Summer is almost here. It’s the best period of the year and many are surely planning to hit the beach and kick back after working extremely hard for the better part of the year. By now, most of us have made it a habit of carrying certain things such as a book, swimming costume & sunscreen when going to the beach. However, what does a parent(s) need to do when taking their newborn along?
It is, without doubt, an ingenious idea to take your latest addition in your family on a beach vacation and start making memories as soon as possible. But it is also wise to take along some nifty baby beach gear to help make the experience at the beach go as smoothly as possible. Here are some top tips for your first excursion to the beach with your baby:
1. Pitch a Baby Beach Tent
This is obviously the most important thing to do when going to a beach holiday with a baby. Baby beach tents are lightweight, easy to assemble and can provide much needed shade for your little one. Not only that, but it will also help protect them from the wind, sand and UV rays. We never head to the beach without our beach baby tent. You can see a selection of our favourite baby beach tents by clicking here.
2. Carry Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an obviously important item to carry whilst going to the beach, no matter what age you are. On top of the baby beach tent, you should take along special baby sunscreen and apply it regularly to your baby. Don’t forget to take a wide-brim sun hat with as well.
3. Use a Clear Plastic Zip-Lock Bag to Pack Your Clothes
We all know that beach sand pretty much tends to get in everywhere. At some point your baby might get a bit frustrated with the scratchy sand (or by the wet togs). Having some clean clothes in a zip-lock bag is a good idea, so you can change them into some soft clean clothes when needed.
4. Carry Lots of Water and Snacks
Everyone needs to be well fed and hydrated during a trip to the beach. If you are breastfeeding, hydration is even more important than normal. Also, don’t forget to come prepared with bottles and formulae if your baby is bottle-fed.
5. Keep the Visit to the Beach Short
The thought of spending the entire day at the beach, relaxing, sunbathing and reading a lovely inspirational book looks like a picturesque holiday. Unfortunately, this is impossible when you have your baby around. That said; keep the trip to the beach nice, sweet and short. An hour or two is plenty when you have your little baby with you.
6. Pack as Light as Possible!
Heavy bags weighing down on you while you’re looking for a nice spot at the beach is the last you’d want to deal with at the beach, especially with a baby in tow.
Keep it simple and only take along the most practical and essential items. Things like a baby beach bag, disposable swimming diapers, a pop-up baby beach tent, a water resistant baby beach blanket, beach shoes, baby powder (work wonders in removing sand from the body), and baby beach toys will make your beach life much easier.
Spending some time at the beach with your loved ones is always memorable. Taking your baby to the beach for the first time will be a memory that both of you will cherish for many years to come.
The above tips will make your beach holiday with your baby nice, sweet and enjoyable. Remember to bring your camera to document this special trip. Happy beach holiday!
This guest post is brought to you by Andrzej & Jolene from Wanderlust Storytellers, a widely successful family travel blog. They love sharing their passion for travel with people all around the globe.