2019 T1D Easter Basket

4/4/19
WRITTEN BY: Brooke Wheeler
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Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published on Finger Prickin’ Good. Check it out here.


 

The first few Easter’s after C was diagnosed with T1D, I stressed about how to make Easter still fun for him without it having to be all about candy and junk. Of course, I wouldn’t expect anyone to go and purchase all of these things at once, but I thought it could be helpful for some to put together some ideas for an Easter basket Type 1 kiddos can appreciate.

Below are descriptions of the items I have pictured:

Jerry the Bear – Jerry really is the coolest! You can download the Jerry the Bear App (for free) and kids can get hands on experience with diabetes management. You can virtually prepare Jerry a plate of food (carb counts included, of course), check his blood sugar, give him insulin via an insulin pen or pump + much more! An awesome little companion, especially for little ones with or connected to T1D.

Percy the Snail – We love our Percy! He is the mascot of the Beyond Type 1 Snail Mail ClubHe is a plush stuffed animal that has his own little insulin pump.

Pancreas Plush – Cute plush pancreas.

Build-A-Bear Diabetes Kit– Take good care of your furry friend and monitor their blood sugar with this three piece Online Exclusive Diabetes Kit! This Diabetes care kit for stuffed animals includes a plush insulin pump, lancing device and glucometer. *Description from buildabear.com.

The Beyond Type 1 Drop Hat – Do you recognize that handsome model?

Bike Beyond: Ride Across America Documentary – Ride Across America follows Team Bike Beyond, 20 amateur cyclists living with Type 1 diabetes, on their epic 4200 mile adventure across America. From NYC to Nashville to Denver to California – through rainstorms and windstorms, battling lows and achieving new highs, the team’s journey inspired thousands and changed them individually and collectively as they became #OneTeamOneFamily.

Beyond Type 1 Stickers – We got these stickers in our starter pack when we signed up for the amazing Beyond Type 1 Snail Mail Club. It would be a gift in itself to sign your child up for this program.

Beyond Type 1 Bracelet Pack

Sugar Medical – Sugar Medical is a company we recently discovered that creates affordable, stylish, yet practical, accessories for people with diabetes. They offer supply cases, purses, backpacks, travel bags and more. Read our full review of their meter case here and our review of the backpack here.

Spibelt – You can discretely wear your insulin pump in these belts. C clips his pump to his waistband and sticks his phone in the belt. He wears it every day. What I have pictured is a belt we got from Dexcom at their booth at diabetes camp. We got several at that time so C has been wearing those, but when those wear out we will be purchasing a Spibelt again. We’ve had one in the past and loved it!

MyID Medical ID – MyID is a medical profile which can be accessed anywhere, anytime using bracelets, sticker kits, wallet cards and an app on your phone. It can be used to manage your medical information, save your life in an emergency, or clearly communicate important information to a health care provider. *Description from getmyid.comC wears a MyID on his Apple Watch and we have loved it! Read my full review of MyID here.

StayPut Med – StayPut is a breathable, water resistant, skin adhesive for wearable medical devices. C has been exclusively been wearing these the past few months and absolutely loves them!

Seat Belt Alert – Last year I purchased a seat belt alert for C from @pumpwear. I don’t like to think about it, but in the event we’d be in a car accident I like this extra reassurance that first responders would be made aware that he has T1D right off the bat.

MedAngel ONE Wireless Insulin Temperature Sensor Thermometer – MedAngel ONE is the perfect tool to manage the temperature of your insulin.

Dario All-in-One Smart Glucose Meter – You can turn your smartphone into your blood sugar meter with Dario!

Warrior TatsMedical alert temporary tattoos. These would be super great for kids who don’t like to wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace.

American Girl Diabetes Care Kit for Dolls– This set comes with a variety of pretend doll-sized tools to help girls care for their dolls with diabetes. *Description from americangirl.com.

Toy Dexcom with Transmitter – For 18 inch dolls and stuffed animals.

Heroic Hugs, Koala with CGM- How cute is this little insulin-loving koala from @realheroickid?! These little koala’s with CGM’s can be purchased from HeroicKid.com. When you buy 1 they will donate 1 on your behalf, to a newly diagnosed T1D child.

Diabuddy Block Belt Kit – I love that HeroicKid.com makes products that allows kids with T1D to make their favorite toys more relatable with accessories like this. This kit comes with one insulin tube pump belt, one insulin Pod/CGM belt and one capped insulin syringe. LEGO figures not included.

Zollipops– My entire family loves these carb-free lollipops. A great addition to an Easter basket. You can find them at Target.

Sparkling Ice – Our entire family can’t get enough of Sparkling Ice! This zero carb sparkling water is a nice alternative to diet soda. They have 16 fruit flavors, so you’re sure to find a flavor you enjoy.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT DIABETES

Lilly & Disney’s Type 1 Diabetes Bookshelf– Disney and Lilly Diabetes have joined forces to bring you these great reads for families of children with type 1 diabetes. Ask your health care provider for free copies, or click here to read digital versions of select title. *Description from t1everydaymagic.com.

Open Up Your Bag: A Diabetes Picture Book

Lara Takes Charge (Helping Kids Understand Diabetes)

The Great Katie Kate Discusses Diabetes

Caillou Emma’s Extra Snacks: A Story About Type 1 Diabetes

Additional Ideas:

GlucoLift Glucose tabs

Transcend Glucose Gel

Sleek Treat Subscription – Sleek Treat is a monthly subscription service, that sends you a box each month with 5-8 handpicked sugar-free gourmet treats to satisfy your sweet cravings. You can read my review of a monthly box here.

Pump Peelz – Add a little style to your insulin pumps, CGMs, and meters, with eco-friendly Peelz. You can choose from hundreds of designs!

 


Editorial Disclosure: This piece mentions Dexcom, a partner of Beyond Type 1. This content was not published as a part of that partnership.



Brooke Wheeler

Brooke lives in the heart of the Midwest where, along with her husband, they raise their 3 children (two boys and a girl). Her 10-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just 21 months old. His diagnosis, and the desire to make an imprint on the diabetic community, ultimately led to the creation of her recipe blog, Finger Prickin' Good (fingerprickingood.com), where she shares kid-approved and diabetic-friendly recipes.