Why are picnics so great when you have toddlers?
A picnic is a good way of making a day of a trip out. It’s a less-formal way of eating if you have little ones that don’t like sitting still for long in cafes. And it means you have food with you that you know they will eat.
Picnics are also cheaper than buying expensive food on-the-go. And they mean you can have your lunch whenever you feel like it. Which for some small children will probably be about an hour after breakfast!
We all know toddlers can be brilliant but can also be tricky at times, so follow our tips for a stress-free toddler picnic.
Here are our five tips for a stress-free family picnic with toddlers:
Pack Tasty Treats They Will Actually Want To Eat:
Stop hanger striking while you're out and about stock up on healthy food and snacks that even picky eaters will happily munch on. Read our ideas for healthy summer snack ideas before you pack up your bag.
Pick The Picnic Location Wisely:
Getting out of the house stops everyone from going stir crazy and means everyone has some fresh air, but make sure you pick a good location. Pick somewhere green with lots of space for everyone to run around safely. A playpark for after-picnic play is also ideal.
If you're looking for inspiration on picnic locations, here are twenty picnic locations for families, read this post on a family picnic at Bristol Harbourside and this round-up of the best parks in south east London all of which feature playparks.
Keep Everyone Safe In The Sun:
It's important to make sure everyone is protected from the sun. Pack cream, hats, glasses and protective clothing. Don't forget to apply sun cream to yourself!
Keep Everyone Cool:
Make sure you take lots of water; add ice cubes to the bottles if you'll be out for a while. And water isn't just for drinking, pick a place with a lido or paddling pool too to keep everyone cool.
Finally, al fresco eating always means it's bound to get messy, so take plenty of wipes!
Once you’ve read our tips for a stress-free toddler picnic:
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