New moms know how much fun it is to celebrate every one of their baby’s “firsts.” Besides the all-important ones like their first tooth or their first word, there’s also that special experience of making your baby a part of your family’s holiday traditions for the very first time.
Easter can be a very special holiday for your baby. They may not be able to run around finding all the eggs that their older cousins can, but there are still plenty of ways you can make them a part of the day. Here are a few ideas for making your baby’s first Easter a special one — and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures!
Dress Them Up
Many families follow the tradition of getting specially dressed up for Easter. Even non-religious moms who don’t go to church all dressed up on Easter morning will enjoy getting their little one all dolled up in springy pastels. This is also a great opportunity to get some new family photos professionally done to commemorate the occasion.
When your baby is the only one participating in an egg hunt, it’s easy to pull together. Hide plastic eggs in easy-to-find locations and then walk around the house with your little one. It may take you “finding” the eggs for them a few times and putting them in the basket before they catch on, but you’ll be surprised how quickly they may catch on to the game! At this age, putting actual candy or toys inside the eggs is optional. They’ll have plenty of fun just finding them and playing with them later.
If you’re gathering with extended family to coordinate an egg hunt for all the kids, consider color-coordinating the plastic eggs to match the ages of the kids. For example, the older ones look for only green or blue eggs, which are hidden in much tougher places, while the babies get yellow and red. That way the little ones get to hunt without their older siblings and cousins getting to all the eggs first.
The Easter basket tradition is another classic that is easy to adapt for younger children. The only difference between a baby’s Easter basket and a 10-year-old’s is what you put inside. Some good suggestions for your child’s first Easter basket ever: stuffed animals, appropriate snacks, colorful baby toys and board books. Line the basket with a soft blanket instead of fake grass.
It’s never too early to start introducing your baby to the holiday traditions you know and love. Just change the details here and there to make it more age-appropriate, and your first Easter together with your baby will be one you’ll remember forever.