Easter bunny

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 11:42am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

Spoiler warning for any little ones reading over your shoulder!

Do you worry about giving your kids candies without labels at holidays? Like candy hidden by the Easter bunny and candy in their stocking from Santa? I've been squirming over this one for a while. Today I managed to get only Easter candy in individual packages so that it will at least be obvious what brand it is, and some of them have ingredient labels on them. Our traditional family thing to do for Easter candy was to mostly make little plastic wrap packets of jelly beans, chocolate eggs, etc. It's cheaper to buy a big bag of candy and re-package it, and it ends up looking pretty cute. Other people do that with the plastic eggs. But I don't like to give DD the message that SOMETIMES it's okay to break the label-reading rules because Mommy's sure the Easter Bunny knows about her allergy. I pretend the holiday things probably a little too well and I don't like to give them up! So I felt like I finally reached a good compromise today with all good, individual packaging. It made the grocery bill higher though!

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 1:19pm
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

i just leave all the labels on items in stockings, easter baskets, etc. my kids have somehow never questioned that sometimes santa and the easter bunny shop at wal mart. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] they've never asked and i've never removed a label. i like them to be responsible for reading every single label for anything that goes into their mouths. this is one of the reasons i put together all the goody bags for classroom parties. obviously they cannot read every label if the individual pieces of candy/gum are in there but they have my word that i put them together and verified everything beforehand. if anyone else put them together, certain items would go right into the trash even if we were "pretty sure" they were okay. my kids seem to be okay with santa and the E. bunny using items they've purchased from stores. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 1:23pm
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Yes, I think about this alot. DS is in third grade, so realistically this is no doubt the last year. I'm sure he's pretending already.
That said, we must play along.
I have tried to keep the label on as much as possible, but there have been times when the EB has left a note indicating the candy is safe or the little critter has left the packaging out for DS to read--in a special large egg (made of papier macher).
Vermont Nut Free stuff is an exception.
But yes, this is an inner conflict for me.

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 9:12pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I've always told my kids over the years that the Easter Bunny always leaves *safe* candy at the houses of people who have to deal with food allergies. The Easter Bunny knows Ryan has a peanut allergy, so there's no way the head bunny is going to leave food that he can't eat. Nor will he leave any type of peanut candy in our house at all. The Easter Bunny is NO dumb bunny!
Here at my house, probably no one believes in the Easter Bunny anymore, but they're not talking about it (at least not in earshot of me). 'Cuz the Easter Bunny won't bring any candy if you don't "believe".

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 10:24pm
Peanut Militia's picture
Joined: 03/06/2007 - 09:00

This is the first year our daughter (6) has worried about Easter Candy. She heard us talking about who would supply the candy at our family egg hunt.
My husband had the Easter Bunny send DD a letter (he was on a trip last week). It said he couldn't wait to visit us and he had her peanut free basket waiting for her.
I am also putting together candy for my sister to put in her kids baskets. My fear is cross-contamination from little PB bunny hands.
Are we the only ones who do not go to church on Easter morning?

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 11:19pm
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

Are you saying you don't go to church to avoid the peanut butter hands? We go anyway. I LOVE Easter morning church, so it's one of those quality-of-life issues, like taking vacations; if you skip it for safety, you're missing out on a good part of life. There isn't a lot of kid-to-kid contact, anyway, like there is on Sunday School mornings. And my girls wear gloves for Easter!

Posted on: Thu, 03/22/2007 - 11:25pm
Spoedig's picture
Joined: 09/17/2004 - 09:00

The Easter Bunny and Santa basically do not do food/candy at our house. My PA/TNA son was diagnosed at 12 months and I decided then to not allow any chocolate in the house and turn the special holiday focus away from sweets.
My 10 year old is getting a stapler, tape to use with inventions, special note pads he likes to doodle in, Nerf toy, etc.
My 6 year old is getting an alphabet stamping set, special cup, Nerf toy and I hope to put in a venus flytrap, etc.
If you do the special holiday type candy, perhaps the Easter Bunny/Santa could conveniently "forget" the empty bags and leave them where the labels could be read.

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 12:17am
TNAmom's picture
Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

Oue Easter Bunny is pretty cool. He only puts Vermont Nut Free candies in the basket, labels and all. My daughter loves that he cares about her!

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:10am
Peanut Militia's picture
Joined: 03/06/2007 - 09:00

Yes, I am saying that we do not go on Easter. Her first two Easter's she had problems when playing with children during church (nursery). Our tradition is to have a sunrise service, then go to breakfast and then have church. She did O.K. during sunrise, then had head to toe hives with swelling after people went home, ate ( I'm sure PB candy), then came back. I am not saying all PA should avoid church on Easter, I am wondering what people do to help prevent problems. Now that she is older we would considering trying again. I like the glove idea-we have used that in other situations. Considering past experiences it is scary. We don't want to live in a bubble, but we are pretty sure Jesus understands.
Any ideas?
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Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 8:46am
pitterpat's picture
Joined: 02/04/2006 - 09:00

As for topic....we leave all the labels on everything so dd can check for herself. No, she doesn't read yet, but she "reads" and checks her own labels. I am proud of her for taking such iniative at 4 and encourage her and help her read. Funny though....
As for church....I don't leave my girls in the nursery or send them to Sunday School on Easter. We sit in the back of the sanctuary and struggle through the service with 2 little girls. Keeps them safe and I think gives them a better idea of the celebratory nature of the season.
Good luck to all of us! Those Reeces eggs are everywhere [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:07am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

We were at a church before that had an egg hunt during Sunday School. As a SS teacher (even before having kids) I couldn't stand that. Easter at church became the egg hunt for the kids. And it was inside since there was no lawn.
However, once DS came into the picture (the church went P-free) they used stickers and things like that.
At the church where we live now there is no egg hunt. There is no candy at church either. I'm not sure why there would be if there is no egg hunt--why kids would bring it from home. I've just not seen that, but I guess it must be what happened peanut militia, or did the church provide the candy?
If it's the latter, you still have time to head that off. From a SS teacher perspective, you don't want to be giving kids sugar in the morning. They've still got to get through the morning, trumpets and all, so I'm thinking you've got some pull there. Suggest stickers. Heck, suggest pennies. Kids love those.
Easter is the most important Christian holiday. If a church wants you there, they should be willing to work with you a bit.


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