A T1D Easter Basket

WRITTEN BY: Brooke Wheeler

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published on Finger Prickin’ Good. Check it out here. The featured image for this post is from Katie Love’s amazing Easter Baskets last year – find her here.

I remember the first few Easter’s after C was diagnosed with T1D, I was 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 would 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.

Here 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. Purchase a Jerry here.
  • The Beyond Type 1 Drop Hat– baseball cap or beanie!
  • Power Up Compression Socks– Fun mini crew compression socks, with the Beyond Type 1 #PowerUp rainbow and lightning bolt design. These are the same socks worn by the Beyond Type Run NYC Marathon Team!
  • 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- it’s awesome!!
  • Unicorn Horn Sidewalk Chalk– Since we’re always celebrating those unicorns (a blood sugar of 100) in the type 1 world, I saw this unicorn horn sidewalk chalk and just had to get it. My daughter loved them!
  • Leaf & Love Sugar-Free Lemonade– This lemonade is so good and is sugar and carb free! The co-founder, Sara, has a daughter who was diagnosed with T1 and her diagnosis ultimately inspired her new journey as co-creator of the Leaf & Love brand.
  • Myabetic- Premium Diabetes Supply Cases– I recently did a full review on C’s new Myabetic case. That post will tell you all you need to know. This would be a great gift for an Easter basket!
  • 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.
  • Smashmallow– Premium Snackable Marshmallows (we occasionally use these to treat lows).
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • GrifGrips– Keep your pump and CGM secured. You can read my full review of GripGrips here.
  • Medical ID Bracelets
  • Pancreas Plush

Additional Ideas (not pictured):

Get Beyond Type 1’s Easter Candy Carb Chart here!

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.