There’s nothing quite like a day at the beach. You can help your little one build sandcastles, run along the water together, and squish the sand between your toes. With a couple of tips and tricks, you can plan the perfect beach day with your mini-me! Remember to have fun, prioritize comfort, and apply sun protection. While there’s a lot to pack, you don’t want to leave anything behind. With these tips, you’ll know exactly how to have a beach day with your baby.
Pack Your Gear
Start by packing all the essential gear and thinking about how long you’ll be at the beach. For instance, if it’s a day trip, you may want to pack a blanket so your baby can take a nap. You should bring (a):
- Stroller or wagon
- Beach umbrella
- Drinks and snacks
- Diapers and wipes
- An inflatable pool
Your baby’s skin is sensitive, so make sure you have baby-friendly sunblock; only applying it before you leave isn’t enough. Set a timer on your phone so you can reapply sunblock to your little cutie throughout the day. Be mindful of sensitive spots such as the tips of the ears and the back of the neck—these will need more sunscreen.
Also, don’t forget the diaper bag. Your baby will need at least a good changing or two if you’re out all day, and remember to pack some baby powder. Many moms have shared that it helps remove sand from unwanted places!
Pack the Best Snacks and Drinks
Pack the right snacks for your baby by thinking about what they’ll need. For example, salty snacks aren’t ideal for a day in the heat. Instead, try packing frozen snacks and milk to keep your baby cool and hydrated.
Packing To Keep Cool
Brining a pool to the beach may sound strange, but it allows your child to play safely. Your baby isn’t old enough to splash around in the ocean, and an inflatable pool lets them keep cool on a hot day! Likewise, you could pack a pop-up tent. This gives your baby a shady place to relax or nap after hours of fun.
If you’re packing a change of clothing for the car ride home, make sure your baby has something light and airy. Light clothing is one of the must-have summer baby basics since the last thing you want to worry about is a heat rash.
As you pack your beach bag, remember to grab sunglasses and a sun hat. A sun hat will keep the hot sun off your baby’s head and protect the back of their neck.
Plan for Fun
Knowing how to have a beach day with your baby includes planning for a great time, so relax and have fun together! Buy a shovel and bucket set so that you can build a sand palace. You don’t have to limit yourself to beach toys either—bring some of your cutie’s favorites too! Allow your baby to explore their new environment and squish the sand between their hands. Or you can chase seagulls and look at fish together!
Remember not to make the trip too long, especially if it’s their first day at the beach. After a few hours, your baby may get cranky and want to go home. Rather than overextend the trip, go home and plan for another trip in the future. Better yet, a second trip to the beach provides the perfect excuse to take even more photos of your precious child!