What party favors are safe and fun for toddlers? Baby's First Birthday

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Planning a birthday bash for your toddler can be a blast, but it can be challenging to zero in on the most creative and, more importantly, safest party favors for little ones. Here are some smart and adorable options recommended by event planners and moms.

DIY Favors

"When it comes to party favors, putting a personal touch on your favor is always best. You can't go wrong with a personalized cup or tumbler with healthy snacks inside. If you're looking for an easy DIY idea, try melting crayons in silicone oven trays, turning the crayons into fun shapes to fit your theme -- like fish for a nautical party -- and also providing party guests with a coloring book as their party favors. For summer parties, consider gifting sidewalk chalk to get toddlers outside...

"When it comes to party favors, putting a personal touch on your favor is always best. You can't go wrong with a personalized cup or tumbler with healthy snacks inside. If you're looking for an easy DIY idea, try melting crayons in silicone oven trays, turning the crayons into fun shapes to fit your theme -- like fish for a nautical party -- and also providing party guests with a coloring book as their party favors. For summer parties, consider gifting sidewalk chalk to get toddlers outside and using their imaginations to create asphalt artwork." -- Alison Bernstein, general manager of GigMasters, an event marketplace

Age- & Gender-Neutral Toys

"Little universal toys are the best bet: teething rings, bathtub toys (rubber ducky), finger puppets. And try to stay gender- and age-neutral." -- Anne Churchill, CMP, owner and event/wedding planner of AnnaBelle Events and Jubilee Planning Studio, Columbia, Missouri

Nothing Too Small

"Stay away from anything that can be a choking hazard, like hard candy and things with small pieces. Balloons and small plushies are both good options for kids to take home." -- Gina Wade, entertaining and lifestyle expert and special events planner for Gina Wade Creative, Los Angeles

Chalk & Bubbles

"We just went to a toddler party, and they gave us sidewalk chalk, edible grape-flavored bubbles, and a rainbow Slinky!"

Get Musical

"Temporary tattoos. Musical egg shakers. Kazoos -- although those are, of course, obnoxious!"

Don't Underestimate Classic Options

"Medium-size bouncey balls -- not the small kind that are in vending machines, but that are about the size of a soccer ball. They're usually only a few dollars at the store! Sand toy sets are useful for the park and also pretty cheap. A mini kite is cute. Or bubbles!"

Buy Books

"I'm staunchly anti–party favors. We always just give books. You can get some for $5 or less. They're gonna ultimately cost you the same as other favors -- and they aren't lame!"

Keep It Simple

"The best favors for toddlers are anything they can't choke on! Stickers, washable crayons, cool twisty straws. Toddlers are more likely to play with a box that a toy comes in than the actual toy, so keep it simple."

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