The first year of a baby’s life is full of many exciting and challenging firsts. One of the most intimidating first adventures is taking your baby to the beach. Here is a list of tips and tricks to make your initial beach outing with baby as easy as possible… Read More: Safe Sunscreens – What you Need to Know This Summer
Your first beach adventure with your baby (or babies!) is likely to feel a little overwhelming. However, if you are prepared, you can make your beach day a fun one! Our twins (featured above) were a handful. I remember being a little freaked out about taking them down to the beach but the memories and the photographs were well worth the initial stress.
Babies First Trip to The Beach Tips and Tricks For Success
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Bring a small tent.
Keep baby out of the sun and give them a cozy place to nap by bringing along a small pop-up tent. Your baby will love having their own little getaway and you’ll love being able to keep them out of the sand while they nap. (Isn’t this one soo cool?)
Buy your baby a swimsuit with SPF built in.
Whenever purchasing a swimsuit look for one with built-in SPF. Baby’s skin is more sensitive than yours so taking precautions like an SPF swimsuit can save you from dealing with sunburn. We had our kids wear these full-length suits as long as possible to protect their skin! They are great.
Pack the cornstarch.
Sprinkle a little cornstarch on your hands and then rub them up and down baby’s legs and arms. The sand will fall right off!
Cool off with a spray bottle.
It’s harder for babies to maintain their temperature than adults so be prepared to cool them down. You can always take them for a dip in the ocean, but a spray bottle filled with cool water is a gentler solution. Keep a clean spray bottle in your cooler and spray baby’s legs and stomach with it to cool them down quickly.
Splurge on a good hat.
A trip to the beach doesn’t have to be expensive. The fun is in actually being at the beach so you don’t need to bring much with you, however, you may want to splurge and get your baby a good hat. This will keep the sun off his face. Keep in mind that the beach is windy so you may want to get one that can be tied under the chin.
Stay close to the beach.
If you are traveling to the beach, go ahead and book a hotel that is as close to the beach as possible. This way you can easily go back to your hotel room for naps and feeding. You won’t waste time driving back and forth to the beach and you won’t have to strap a sleepy, sandy baby into his car seat.
Freeze your baby’s food or milk.
If you are going to be at the beach all day and you’ll need to feed your baby while there, you can freeze their food the night before and take it in a cooler. By the time your baby is ready to eat their food or milk, it will be slushy. Now they have a treat that will keep them fed and help them cool down.
Let’s not forget that baby’s first trip to the beach is your first trip to the beach as a mom! You may be used to lounging in the sun all day or relaxing with your feet in the water but this trip is going to be different. You’ll likely be spending most of your trip keeping your baby happy and cool so be flexible.
Finally, take lots of pictures!