With Spring on its way and Summer quick to follow, outdoor fun becomes a must for children. Trips to the park, beach and picnics will increase and with that lots of gear needs to be gathered and toted along. One essential to take along is the JJ Cole Essentials Blanket. It is a 5 x 5 ft all-purpose, water- resistant blanket. The Blanket is not only stylish (5 fun patterns) but also durable, padded and cleans easily (wipe clean or washing machine safe). The Blanket folds into itself so the inside blanket never touches the side that comes in contact with the ground. Once folded, secure with the Velcro closure and carry with the detachable carrying strap. The JJ Cole Essential is small enough when folded that it can be stored in the car for those spontaneous trips to the park and beach. Big enough for the whole family, the Blanket will keep everyone dry and clean. After my baby was born in December, I received the JJ Cole Essentials Blanket as a gift and I cannot wait to start using it once the weather warms up.