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10 Tips for Taking Babies to the Beach
10 "Must Haves" When Taking Your Baby to the Beach
Babies and toddlers can enjoy the beach and be a part of the family if you plan ahead of time.
Too much heat and sun can be upsetting to a baby or toddler but there are ways to prevent this.
I have taken my children to the beach their whole lives and these items are things I have learned to include on our trips to the beach.
#1 UV Protective Hats and Clothing
This photo shows how NOT to let your baby go to the beach!
Sun protective hats and clothing are in the number one position because that is how important they are.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency "too much sun when you are young may lead to skin cancer later in life". But, you can keep the harmful rays from hurting your child by dressing them in UV protective clothing.
Phot by utpal @ flickr
#2 Beach Umbrella
Shade is important in the mid-day sun.
Take one or better yet two umbrellas to the beach with you. I can assure you that everyone you are with will want some shade after a short time in the sun.
The second umbrella can be designated for the baby and you will be glad that you can adjust the umbrella so your baby gets full shade in the heat of the day.
Yes, even for our little ones!
Babies have less protective pigment in their eyes and are very susceptible to damage caused by UV rays.
They should wear sunglasses when exposed to the sun at the beach.
There are many kinds available for even the youngest beach goer.
photo by chimothy27@flickr
Sunglasses for Babies and Toddlers
#4 Small Inflatable Pool
This is perfect for keeping sand off of your infant or, when filled with readily available ocean water, a perfect cooling off area for your toddler.
They are inexpensive but worth their weight in gold!
photo by Honza Soukup @ flickr
Little Pools are Very Inexpensive - Take one to the beach-you will be glad you did!
Where are You Planning to Visit?
Do Your Family Trips Include any Beach Time?
Works like Magic on Sandy Legs
# 5 Baby Powder - Gets the sand off!
Baby Powder really does get that gritty sand off your little one.
If your child is sensitive to baby powder then try some corn starch as it works very well too.
#6 Have Plenty of Fluids
Everyone, including and especially babies and toddlers must have plenty of fluids during their time at the beach.
Take water and juice and make sure you have the babies formula if needed.
photo by Boy27wonder@flickr
#7 Infant Swim Floats - Perfect for toddlers on a hot day!
Great way to cool off you and your baby. These are perfect for the lake or a calm day at the beach,These floats do not do well when the waves are large and choppy.
Beach Tents - The Perfect Nap Time Haven
Perfect for nap time and play time. Make sure that there is a bit of a breeze when it is very hot. Sometimes a little battery operated fan will keep the air moving.
#8 Beach Tents - Complete protection
Great for Nap time!
These little huts are perfect for putting the baby down for a nap -
nothing but quiet.
photo by tamakisono @ flickr
#9 Swim Diapers
Swim Diapers have evolved to include swimy diapers with seashore chic!
Fashion and peace of mind - I can't think of a better combination for you and your baby to enjoy the beach
photo by Svenska @ flickr
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.
John F. Kennedy
#10 Play Together and Have Fun (Take Pictures too)
Memories are made of this!
And who can say this 3 times fast?
She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
photo by *CQ*@flickr