We just got back from our yearly summer beach trip with my family, and I figured I would do a blog post rounding up tips on traveling to the beach with a baby!
So what’s a must for babies and the beach, and what can be left at home? Well, I felt like I packed everything but the kitchen sink, but really we did get to leave a good bit more home this time around than on spring break. Harlie was barely 2 months old when we went back in early April and I’m so glad I had my parents there to help us with her. If you are the few that are brave enough to travel alone with kids under 1, kudoz to you! You can just call me a wimp.. Here are some things I was so glad I had with us:
We saw these on spring break all over the place and knew we had to get one before the next trip. This thing holds everything, and I mean everything. Its set up to hold 4ish beach chairs, a cooler, and tons of space for beach bags, sand toys, and more. The only thing we had to carry was my beach tote and the beach tent. There is no doubt, we will always pack this bad boy from here on out and you should totally get one, too! (another option- HERE)
2. EZ Up
Of course anyone of any age could benefit from one of these. Instead of having to dig a hole everyday and bury 1-2 beach umbrellas and hope they don’t blow away, you put this up on day 1 and leave it until your last beach day (unless its going to storm of course). We would just lower the poles after we were done for the day so the wind wouldn’t pick it up and take off. They come in different sizes and colors.
3. Baby Pool/Float
I saw this idea a couple years ago and was excited to try it out. She was too little and it was overcast the whole spring break trip, so this was our first time. THESE are perfect for little ones that are still too young to play or swim in the ocean but want to still enjoy water (and shade!). Harlie was able to be in the shade, but still play in the water. We also had some small floats like THIS for pool time.
-Baby powder/Cornstarch: to get sand off of skin and bottles
-Spray bottle: to keep her cooled off as well as rinse anything that may go in her mouth (ex: paci)
-I keep seeing babies and small children have allergic reactions to SPF, so HERE is a popular natural version.
-If you want to have a “play pen” like area for babies/kids to play without sand everywhere, I saw that you could bring a fitted sheet and put something decently heavy (ex: coolers) in each corner to keep the sides up as a barrier from sand. How neat!
-We also packed her Bumbo seat so she could sit alone and play with some toys on the beach blanket or have a snack.
-Apple Cider Vinegar for any little ones that may get pink even after staying in the shade. Add just a couple drops to their bath at night to help relieve any burn or itching.
-After applying sunscreen, throw it in the cooler so when you go to re-apply it helps lower their body temp for a little bit.
–Mini clip fan: no details needed!
Are you traveling with a baby soon, what are ways you plan to keep organized?