Gone are the days of leisurely roaming in and out of stores and outlets, with no schedule but my very own. I use to take my sweet ole’ time as I looked for the best sales. I would throw items in my cart for an afternoon of Fitting Room therapy. Yes, I actually enjoyed Fitting Rooms.
Just the opposite, gone too are the days of having a to-do list a half a page long and a mere hour to accomplish. I could whip into a parking spot, jump out of the car, rush in and out of stores and off to the next stop without even thinking. It was like I was a contestant on Super Market Sweep (remember that show?). And, if I was on the Interstate, just near my Exit, and remembered I forgot something at the grocery store, I would turn my car around without blinking an eye.
Today, life mimics the later of the pre-baby shopping scenarios. Merely because shopping consists of rushing and tackling to-dos. The major difference is I no longer can tackle the same lists in an hour, with my little sidekick. Instead rushed shopping trips are part of a well-strategized plan that is centered on Lo’s nap and dining schedule. We must plan which stops are most important, knowing that depending on her mood we may have to abandon our shopping experience.
The last time I ever tried on something in a Fitting Room, Lo was a mere 3 months old and I remember cooing and signing nursery rhythms as she playfully starred from her stroller. I often spoke up and said, “You are being a good baby!” just so anyone sharing the Fitting Room with me did not think I was a complete lunatic. And, now if I am on the Interstate and remember any item except for milk or diapers that I forgot at the grocery store, I take my chances.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because we spent an hour and a half in WalMart shopping with Lo for her own Easter Basket gifts. I felt like a bit of a jerk just blatantly using her for her reactions to know which toys to buy. I failed! I came out with one toy and two knick-knacks for the basket, so I decided to regroup and refocus on smarter choices. After some serious web surfing in the evenings, when she was tucked in bed, I rounded up some of my favorite Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers, to share with you.
My thought was you still have time to order online and if you are anything like me, (you know, the Mom who needs to master the art of shopping smart with a 1+ year old) then this list will be a reminder that Easter is a mere two-weeks away and that sometimes shopping online is the best option.
Bunny | Sunglasses | Beach Cover-up | Annie’s Snacks | Raincoat | Bubbles | The Story of Easter Book | Bath Toys | Bathing Suit | Gardening Tote Set | Hunter Boots