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10 Tips for Taking Babies to the Beach

Updated on September 20, 2014

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.

needs UV protection on beach
needs UV protection on 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

beach umbrella
beach umbrella

#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.

#3 Sunglasses

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

baby playing in pool
baby playing in pool

#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.

baby bottle
baby bottle

#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.

sleeping baby on beach
sleeping baby on beach

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 -

no sun,

no sand,

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

playing on the beach
playing on the beach

#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

Going to the beach this summer? - Anything I missed for the youngest in the family?

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      Mommy 3 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      Duh, swim diapers. I totally didn't even think of that. We are planning our first family trip to the beach next month, so this article was very helpful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is such an important subject and you have covered it masterfully....and I have never seen a cuter beach page, babies will bring smiles every time! :)

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Sunscreen is extremely important for babies, and for everyone else, too.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Yeah i am waiting to go to beach :)

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      JeromyS7 4 years ago

      Careful planning and preparation is key! We have our beach stuff all pre packed and ready to go. Then we can go without too much fuss.

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      Yes, definitely going to the beach this summer! :)

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for all the 'Beach Tips*

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      Emaily LM 5 years ago

      These ideas are useful, great lens

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We often forget how sensitive babies are especially to the sun.

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      tmstrekkie 5 years ago

      great ideas - thanks

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Taking babies to the beach requires a lot of preparation and attention to detail.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Great information. First I've heard of baby powder to get the grit off. Thanks for the tips.

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great lens with very good information. thanks for featuring mine too. I shall repay the compliment.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      These really are excellent ideas for keeping baby safe and happy on a trip to the beach. I grew up near a beach too and it is surprising how many people are not aware of the little things which make the beach so much more enjoyable for the entire family.

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      dumhaka 5 years ago

      This lens is great, I love to read it here. good guide, thanks for share

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      CraftsIdeas 5 years ago

      Thank you very much for useful advices!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Excellent guide! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      On second thought, I think a sprinkling on angel dust is appropriate. The little swimming pool, all the emphasis on UV protection - up and over the regular lens.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Everything for the beach with the family here!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Love the idea of bringing an inflatable pool - so smart! Congrats on being featured on the Weekend at the Beach monsterboard!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I never thought to bring a small inflatable pool - what a great idea!

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      Pretty good list, very helpful.

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      aliciamaggie54 5 years ago

      This is right on time for summer.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      Indeed, summer is slowly approaching, so it's time to prepare for the beach!

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      SPhilbrick 5 years ago

      Love all these ideas! ........with a new grandbaby girl in our family, outdoor time is a must and so is safety for her - including at the beach, which we love.

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      MerandaJade 5 years ago

      Yes, we don't want the little ones to burn. Great suggestions for keeping them safe.

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      It must be a real challenge taking young ones to a sunny, sandy beach. Great suggestions.

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Excellent tips!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      I would never have thought to take a small pool but I can see the merits of doing so.