Traditionally, Easter baskets for children contain boiled, colored eggs, candy and small toys. When creating an Easter basket for a 1-year-old, there are safety concerns that must be kept in mind to avoid potential choking. There are still plenty of choices for basket contents for 1-year-old girls. Babies can’t comprehend the meaning of Easter or Easter symbols, so simplicity is prudent.
Baskets and Alternatives
Use your bare hands to feel the basket all over inside and out to check for sharp, protruding pieces of basket weaving. To avoid possible scratches from natural baskets, consider purchasing a molded plastic or fabric Easter basket. Check all attachments on fabric baskets to make sure they are securely sewn or glued. For example, on a fabric bunny head “basket,” tug on the eyes, nose, whiskers or any part that is obviously attached in some way to ensure the part stays fixed to the basket.
Rather than stock an Easter basket full of candy that a 1-year-old girl cannot and should not eat, buy boxes of baby cookies or zwieback toast. Many baby food companies also make age-appropriate baby snacks made of healthy ingredients such as fruits. Consider buying fresh bananas or soft fruits that can be mashed up or cut into small pieces. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services recommends never giving hard, and especially hard, round, foods to children under the age of 4. Toddlers and babies lack the teeth necessary to properly chew these foods. Fresh fruit is a better alternative than candy.
Choose age-appropriate baby toys such as bath toys, rattles or other toys with interesting sounds and textures that are visually appealing. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services recommends not giving babies any toy or object measuring less than 1.25 inches in diameter. Items such as hair bows and headbands, tights, socks or shoes are pretty and will be appreciated by the baby girl’s parents. A safe, plush toy made for 1-year-old babies makes a colorful basket addition. Chunky board books or foam bath books are great for little hands and can withstand being chomped on by teething babies.
The most important factor to consider while choosing an Easter basket and contents for a 1-year-old girl is safety. One-year-old babies put everything in their mouths as part of their exploratory, learning experience. Choking is a serious health hazard and everything you put into the basket, and the basket itself, must be vigorously examined for risks. According to the North Dakota State University Extension, choking can result in physical injuries, brain damage and even death. If you doubt the safety of an item, don’t include it in the basket.
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