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What to Look for When Buying Kid's Picnic Blankets?

by Franck Jehanne

Are you looking for a picnic blanket for your kids? Picnic blankets are essential outdoor items that can help make family outings more comfortable and enjoyable. Not all picnic blankets are created equal, though. When shopping for the perfect one, it’s important to consider various factors like size, shape, and material in order to get the most out of your purchase.

In this blog post, we'll outline what to look for when buying kid's picnic blankets so you can pick one that suits your needs perfectly.

Types of Kids' Picnic Blankets

kids rainbow colour picnic blanket

Synthetic vs Natural Materials

Synthetic materials like polyester or nylon are usually lightweight and more affordable than natural fibre options, but they don't provide quite as much comfort. On the other hand, natural fibre blankets such as cotton or wool are typically softer and more breathable, making them more comfortable for laying on. (1) Additionally, natural fibre picnic blankets often have a longer lifespan since they can be machine washed and dried, whereas synthetic ones may not withstand frequent washing.

Size & Shape – Round, Rectangular, Square

Round blankets are great for a small group of kids, as they provide plenty of coverage and can be easily moved around. Rectangular or square blankets tend to be more popular for family picnics since they cover more area and fit an adult easier. These can also be perfectly lined up next to a full-sized picnic blanket without a gap between them. Additionally, some blankets come with handy features like built-in straps, making them easy to carry.

Colour & Patterns

You can find kid's blankets in a wide variety of colours and patterns. Bright, vibrant colours make it easier for kids to spot their blanket from afar, plus they can be used as an accent piece to complete the picnic look. On the other hand, more subtle shades like grey or navy blue are great for laid-back occasions such as beach trips. You can even find matching colours with adult blankets for a completely coordinated look.

Waterproofing vs Water Resistant Material

Waterproof materials provide complete protection against wetness and can be easily wiped clean. They are ideal for camping trips or beach days, but they may be too thick and uncomfortable for casual family picnics. Water-resistant materials are suitable for most outdoor events and will keep you dry from spills and light rain. They are breathable and lightweight, making them a great option for everyday use.

Factors to Consider When Shopping for Kids' Picnic Blankets

Durability & Quality/Price Ratio

Kids are usually the most active during a picnic, so it's important to make sure that their picnic blanket will be able to stand up to wear and tear. Look for blankets made of high-quality, natural materials, such as wool, that are both durable and machine washable. Additionally, pay attention to the quality/price ratio – while cheaper items may seem like they offer better value, don't forget to factor in the expected lifetime of the blanket when deciding which one to purchase.

outdoor blanket for children

Comfort/Weight – Ease of Carrying and Setting Up

Look for lightweight options that are easy to carry and quickly set up. Blankets made of breathable fabrics also provide additional comfort and may be worth the extra money. Some varieties come with straps or handles for easy transport, and some designs feature a built-in mat that can help keep your blanket in place on the ground.

Cleanliness – Clean up Ability & Maintenance Requirements

Choose materials that are easy to clean and maintain, such as fabrics that can be laundered or ones that are resistant to mildew, dirt, and water. Some designs come with waterproof underside materials, making them extra resistant to stains and messes. Look for blankets that can be machine-washed or spot cleaned quickly and easily. Wool is an easy choice again, as it is naturally resistant to odours and stains.

Lastly, consider how often you plan on using the blanket – if it's just for occasional use, then a material that can be wiped down with a damp cloth should suffice. However, more frequent picnics may benefit from more durable materials such as 100% cotton or wool.

Where to Find High-Quality Kids’ Picnic Blankets?

Our first choice, naturally, would be our own selection of kid's picnic blanket and walkers blankets. There is a reason why we chose wool as the material for our blankets – it's lightweight, breathable, and - most importantly - durable. Our blankets also feature a waterproof underside that can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth or machine washed.

UK shoppers can find kids' picnic blankets in a variety of local retail stores. Popular home goods shops offer a selection of colourful and lightweight blankets ideal for outdoor picnics, but the quality is often on the lower spectrum.

Outdoor recreation specialists carry more robust models suitable for camping trips. There are also a number of independent boutiques selling custom designs perfect for adding a personal touch to any picnic.

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About the Author

Franck Jehanne is the co-founder of British lifestyle brand, Heating & Plumbing London. After 10 years working for Cartier and other luxury brands from the Richemont group, he started his entrepreneurial journey in 2011, leading to the creation of the brand in 2017.

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