Now that the weather’s great, and Memorial Day is on the horizon, you may be thinking of hitting the beach with baby. It sounds like a good idea in theory…right? But a day in the sand with kids is much different than without. Pre-children, you probably packed your sunscreen, towel, hat and a good book. Now that you're living with a newborn—or a baby of any age—you’ve got to think about the tents, the toys, the food, the water—as well as getting everyone there. It’s enough to make your head spin! Still, before you cancel your trip, take a look at these great suggestions. We’ve got the tips, along with the baby essentials, that will help you enjoy the beach with baby this summer.
You know how busy the beach gets around 11am? That’s what you want to avoid when you’re with baby. You’re probably up early anyways, so try to load up the car and hit the road as soon as you can. By getting there early you’ll score a prime spot with plenty of room to spread out your gear. You can also get a few hours in before it gets really hot, and be home (in air conditioned bliss) while the rest of the world is just arriving.
When you’re at the beach with baby, a tiny towel just isn’t going to cut it. A big blanket—or even a sheet—will cover all the surface area you need.
A baby pool is one of the best baby products and a great way to contain your littles. Not only does it act as a mini play-yard, it keeps the sand away from baby. Cover it with an umbrella, drop a few toys in, and you’re set for a few hours of clean play. Look for one that’s inflatable and easy to compress.
Have you thought about how you’re going to tote everything to your prime spot in the sand? Yes, a trip to the beach with baby requires a lot of gear. Luckily, there are some great beach wagons that will fit all your stuff, at a variety of price points. Try to find a durable one, and you’ll be able to ditch the tote bags for good.
There’s no such thing as overdoing it when you’re talking about sunscreen. Make sure you put in on baby before you leave the house, and re-apply often. Baby’s skin is sensitive, and the sand and water reflect light. Try to go organic—if you’re looking for the best sunscreen for baby there’s a great list here.
The beach is hot, and it’s important to keep littles (and yourself, for that matter) hydrated. If baby’s still nursing, you’re all set—but make sure to pack plenty of water for yourself. Try throwing a few bottles in the freezer the night before—they’ll double as ice packs and be nice and cool when you’re finally ready to drink. If your she’s is old enough for solid foods, freeze a few baby food pouches—they’ll melt into refreshing smoothies.
Moms in the know may be familiar with this one—baby powder is the best way to remove stuck-on sand. Rub a little on your baby’s feet and hands—or anywhere they’re coated with sand. Just like magic, it will come right off.
Like we mentioned earlier, the beach with baby is so much different than without. And you probably already know that—every aspect of your life changes when you give birth, and the beach is no exception! You may only be able to do a few hours—and that’s ok. Try to relax, enjoy yourself, and take advantage of the time with family. It’s how memories are made!
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