Lots of people entertain outdoors this time of year, and taking part with your baby in tow can be bundles of fun. If you're heading to a picnic party with baby, here are some tips for making it an enjoyable time for baby, you, and other picnickers:Stake out a spot under a tree. A tree overhead will provide the protection of shade. And as an added bonus: your baby will love laying down looking up at the leaves fluttering in the breeze.
Plan for baby's picnic. Babies might be so excited by the activity of a picnic that they won't be interested at all in the main event: eating. Consider bringing a light cover for nursing to block out distractions. If your baby is eating solids, bring along non-perishables that can wait until your little one is over the excitement and ready to eat.
Bring a very big blanket. Picnic tables won't be nearly as comfortable as sitting right on the ground. Be sure to bring a moisture-resistant blanket that's big enough for wiggle room. We like Tuffo for easy-to-carry and easy-to-clean picnic blankets.
Timing is everything. Your baby probably won't last as long at a picnic party as the adult guests. Consider attending for the very beginning or the very end of the party. It'll keep you out of the extreme heat of midday and will keep the picnic short and sweet.
Have you attended a picnic with your baby? What other tips do you suggest?
Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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