After posting "What's in my Potty Trained Bag" last week, I received an e-mail requesting I do a post on tips for taking a baby to the beach. I don't receive requests like this very often, so I was a little excited. Sorry in advance to all you people in a polar vortex right now. This post will be geared towards infants, but I'll probably post a toddler version closer to the Northern Hemisphere's summertime. :)
I'm actually very surprised I've never put together a post like this before, seeing as Eva has probably been to the beach the majority of days of her life, starting at just three days old...
... but better late than never! Here's what I like to have handy for a baby's day at the beach:
|Tip: A Bumbo is also a good thing to bring to the beach if your baby can't sit up on his/her own yet, but it probably won't fit in your bag.|
|Tip: Apply the sunscreen when the baby is nakers. It's easier not to miss a spot.|
he cute green anchor one from Target) or a one piece from SnapMe Swimwear, which has snaps like a onesie for diaper changes (I don't know why all kids' one pieces don't have that). For Damian I think I'll buy a pair of Quiksilver Baby Boardshorts because they're just too cute. And sometimes you just gotta let them go naked.
Reef Grom Sandals- If you have a walker, you'll need sandals for the hot pavement or sand on the way to the beach.
6. Sun Hat - For Eva I used one of these pretty white eyelet sun hats. Eventually she got to the age where she refused to wear a hat, but I tried to keep it on her for as long as possible.
Baby Sunglasses- Because they're cute. Especially if they match Mama's.
Rashguard- For days when you'll know you'll be in the sun for hours, it's best not to take your chances. It beats having to worry about reapplying sunscreen on those super exposed little backs and shoulders.
Mist Fan- We always brought a mist fan to the beach with us on hot days.
10. Beach Nursery Tent- When Eva was first born, we bought one of those big pop-up tents that we could all sit under as a family. This might be okay if you go to the beach every once-in-a-while, but we're everyday beach people, and putting up a pop-tent is a hassle. But you know what else is a hassle? When your baby reaches the stage where she just wants to crawl as far away from you as possible and eat as much sand as possible. Once I resorted to bringing my "baby cage" to the beach with me, which worked really well but it wasn't convenient. If you have a regular play pen, that might be easier. Eva refused to be in a playpen, though. For Damian I think I'm going to try out one of these Beach Nursery Tents, that way I can sit on one side of it and prevent him from crawling out when he reaches that explorer stage. It'll also be a really nice place to put him down for a nap.
|Tip: This is too much work.|
Cooler with Drinks and Snacks- I really like this Roxy one because it has separate spaces for both wet and dry snacks. My favorite beach snacks are fresh fruits. And maybe some potato chips and a cold beer if I'm feeling naughty. Don't forget to bring plenty of water!
13. Floatie with Canopy- Eva LOVED this little floatie and so did we. I especially like how it had the canopy for extra shade, which could also be removed like so:
Sand Toys- If you forget to bring these (or even if you don't), your child will try to steal them from other kids. Santa brought Eva this wagon set for Christmas and it has been her favorite so far. A dumptruck is also an essential beach toy, no matter what gender your child might be.
15. Hooded Towel- For when it's time to dry off!
16. Travel-Size Baby Powder- Baby powder makes it so easy to get sticky sand to come off both mommies and babies.
17. Wet Bag- To keep those wet swimsuits separate from everything else in your beach bag. It also comes in handy as a pillow, apparently:
Coverup or Change of Clothes- For the car ride (or if you're lucky, stroller ride) home where your baby will almost certainly crash. My favorite thing to put on Eva is a Mexican dress (also available on Amazon).
LifeProof iPhone Case- A waterproof iPhone case (or a waterproof camera if you feel like splurging) so you can forever remember days like these: