Going to the beach sure has changed. Before kids, it was tanning oil, magazines and relaxing. Now it consists of wagons full of stuff, never being able to sit down and trying to keep them from getting sand where it doesn’t belong. The first time you go to the beach with kids could be mildly terrifying; but follow these simple tips and it should be as enjoyable as going to the beach with a toddler or baby can be.
Tips for enjoying the beach with kids:
- Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen. For yourself and your little one. Make sure to read the labels, and be cautious of the sunscreen you apply to your babies. I recommend trying it out on a small part of their skin ahead of time, just in case they have a reaction. I also recommend applying the strongest SPF you can find, as kids have sensitive skin and minimal sun exposure. There can’t be anything worse than a cranky baby with a sunburn; Luckily, I haven’t had to find out.
2. Bring a wagon. Maybe you use it to carry your stuff, or maybe your child will ride in it, but either way, I feel its necessary. Just like traveling with kids, going to the beach is no different in that you need ALL THE THINGS. Seriously, clothes, towels, toys, snacks, drinks, fans and the list can go on. Obviously, a heavy duty wagon is ideal to get through the sand, so I would suggest something like THIS.
3. Time of day matters. Going out with children in the middle of the day is not a good idea. Typically that’s the hottest part of the day or naptime, so it could make for unruly children. I recommend early in the morning (We all know most kids wake up early) or later in the day. Going at these times reduces the direct sunlight exposure and often has cooler temperatures.
4. Have a life vest on them. God forbid they get out of your sight, or venture off to the water, at least you know they are protected from accidental drowning. You can use a floating bathing suit, so they can’t remove it or just a standard life vest, but either way, it will give you a little peace of mind while around any body of water. I personally like the ones with a zipper and safety strap. If you put the zipper in the back, its harder for them to take it off, and buckling the safety strap keeps it from riding up and being uncomfortable, plus its an added layer of protection.
Although your kids may not have vivid memories of these times spent with sand between their toes, and in every crevice of their bodies, you as a parent will and that’s what truly matters. Now relax and charge your Dustbuster (to vacuum up all the sand in your car).
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