Over the 4th of July weekend, Lil B, hubby and I, headed to Long Beach, NY to spend some much needed R&R with friends and family. I am not a beach person (I am still finding sand in my slippers), but since having my son, I have become “Mrs Adventurous” and love seeing things through my son’s eyes. But mind you, even though sharing this experience was pure joy it was a far cry from just hanging out my with friends. So take note when bringing your baby to the beach, you need to be particular cautious, especially with those rays of sunshine.
So here are a few tips to keep in mind when going the beach with your baby.
Tip 1: Cover up! a summer hat, sunscreen (SPF 50), beach umbrella also with a SPF of 50 are must haves when exposing your ‘Lil one to the sun.
Tip 2: With all the beach gear needed to occupy your ‘Lil one plus these; towel, change of clothes, diapers, wipes, beach blanket and a small portable beach chair, I recommend just using one bag for everything. Moms, I know this sounds like a lot, but your back will thank you in the end.
Tip 3: Get his feet wet! ‘Lil B was not happy when the “cool” ocean water touch his toes, but by the third or forth lap up and down the beach he soon began to open up and didn’t mind it. Also, don’t forget to protect his tiny feet with water shoes.
Tip 4: Occupy them! Toys and more toys!
Tip 5: Snack it up. A hungry baby is not a happy baby so use a soft sided cooler, like PACK IT (Amazon, $19.99), to carry storage for your milk, fruit and water.
Tip 6: Don’t even bother bringing a magazine or book cause you won’t read it. You’ll be watching your baby like a hawk. By applying and reapplying sunscreen, checking his diaper and building sand castles. And besides that’s just one extra thing not to bring.
Tip 7: Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
Tip 8: You’ll need wheels on the beach. With all the accessories needed for you and your baby, make sure you take a proper stroller (preferably a jogging stroller) or even a beach cart (ie Nantucket Beach Buggy), to carry everything back and forth to/from the car. With the heavy and hot sand this can slow things down or even cause back injury when you have to carry all the beach gear plus your baby so with a cart things can be simple as 1-2-3!
Tip 9: Above all, just HAVE FUN!