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How to Create the Perfect Summer Picnic

With summer in full swing, it’s time to dine outside. As July is officially National Picnic Month, there’s no better excuse to get the blankets, mats and cushions out and plan a kid-friendly picnic. Not only will it keep your little ones entertained, but you’ll have a blast too. Here’s our guide to planning the perfect picnic, whether it’s in your garden or on the beach…

Plan a Kids Picnic To Remember

A picnic is so much more than just a picnic. When you’ve got the kids to keep occupied, you’ll want to incorporate games, toys, sports races and their all-time favourite - a paddling pool. Don’t forget the kid's food, such as watermelon, crudités, sandwiches and fresh lemonade (easy to prep and minimal hassle for you). You could always treat the adults to a smorgasbord - a platter filled with hot and cold dishes (Pinterest vibes).

The Sunny Day Patchwork Quilt from The Baby Cot Shop was practically made for summer picnics (in our opinion anyway).

Get a Takeaway

Who doesn’t love a takeaway, especially on a hot summer’s day? Sushi, pizza, Chinese or fish and chips tickle your taste buds? The kids will love it and it means a little less picnic prep on the agenda for you. Win-win!

Encourage your little one to bring toys along to the picnic, like the super-cute Plush Sitting Dog Toy from The Baby Cot Shop.

Location, Location, Location

Mums, your picnic location is everything. And the UK has a lot to offer when it comes to dreamy picnic landscapes. Watch the sunset from the picturesque West Wittering Beach, grab a prime spot overlooking the rolling lavender fields at Hitchin Lavender or drive to The Lake District for a backdrop of rugged mountains and serene lakes. Your picnic is a great opportunity to discover new places and plan a day trip or staycation too.

Baby napping during your picnic? The Cloudy Moses Basket in Grey is so snug, they’ll be soothed to sleep in no time.

Celebration Time

Picnics = quality time together as a family/with friends. So if you’re celebrating a birthday or special occasion at the same time, you could incorporate balloons and bunting too. A picnic is a great environment to open presents and have a cake as well. Let the celebrations commence! Got a birthday picnic coming up?

From the First Rocking Lamb in Grey to the Baghera Speedster Dark Red Ride On Car, there’s something for every child at The Baby Cot Shop.

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