Heading to the beach with Baby? Things have changed from the days of putting on your swim suit and flip-flops, grabbing a towel and a magazine and heading for the coast. Now, you have a tiny little human who requires much more thought into the beach packing process. But don’t worry, I’ve done some extensive research on which items you’ll need to make your day full of fun under the sun the best one yet with your little bambino in tow! Here is the ultimate Checklist for Baby’s first beach day:
- Sun Tent: preferably a large UV protected sun tent like the Pacific Play Tents Baby Suite I Deluxe Lil Nursery Tent With Pad to keep harmful rays away from your baby.
- Sun Hat: Choose a sun hat that has wide flaps, a chin strap and UV protection, like this Baby Girl’s Splashy Bucket Hat from Coolibar with UVF 50.
- Beach Blanket: A waterproof beach blanket like the JJ Cole Large Outdoor Blanket is perfect for a wet and sandy day at the beach.
- Sun Screen: If your baby is 6 months or older, check out this list from Lucie’s List of recommended sunblocks – gentle enough for baby, but strong enough to keep harmful UV rays off the skin.
- Sunscreen Bands: How cool are these Sunscreen Bands? You apply sunscreen to you skin and the band, and then it will change color when it’s time to reapply or to remind you that you’ve had too much sun for the day.
- Rash Guard/Bathing Suits: I think it goes without saying that your little one will need a cute little swim suit for the beach. I’d also recommend packing a couple juuuuust in case. I love the swim zip line because it’s a bathing sut and rash guard in one – and it’s adorable – like this baby girl’s sassy surfer look.
- Portable Crib: Think something light weight with mesh sides and easy setup, like phil&teds Traveller Crib (only 7 pounds) that fits nicely under a large tent and gives your little one the perfect place to take a break from the sand and get some shut eye or play time.
- Lightweight Blankets: Chances are you little bambino will tucker out while you’re still at the beach. Pack some light weight blankets like the Aiden and Anais Snuggle Bug organic dream blanket to keep them covered while napping.
- Portable High Chair: For longer stints at the beach, a portable high chair like this Ciao! Baby High Chair can come in handy to keep sand at bay while feeding your bambino.
- Snacks: If your babe has begun eating solid purees, I highly recommend packing these convenient and organic puree pouches from Plum. Easy to pack, easy to store (room temperature until opened) and BPA free packaging.
- Mini Blow-Up Pool: If your baby is too young to splash around in the actual ocean, consider bringing an easy-to-inflate mini blow up pool to keep your baby entertained and to double as a place to rinse sand off of baby. Choose something with a sun shade and UV protection like this Sunsmart Baby Hideaway.
- Diaper Backpack: Don’t make the same mistake I did and haul your every day, designer diaper bag to the beach – no matter how hard you try, you will get sand inside. And, as recommended from a mom in my playgroup, a Diaper Backpack allows you two free hands perfect for beach set-up – like this Eddie Bauer Broadmoor Diaper Bag.
- Wet/Dry Bag: Don’t forget to keep wet clothes/bathing suits away from clean/dry clothes in your beach bag, with a wet bag handy. And how cute is this Fairfax Navy Striped Wet/Dry bag from Pottery Barn Kids?
- Disposable Swim Diapers: I just recently found out that there was even such a thing! Try these Huggies Little Swimmers and soggy, wet diapers will be a thing of the past as your baby plays in the water!
- Baby Sunglasses: Not only will these make for adorable pictures, but they’ll also help protect baby’s eyes against UV rays. Check out my list of baby sunglasses I’m loving for summer 2014.
- Hooded Beach Towels: How cute is this personalized Cape Cod Whale Nursery Wrap from Pottery Barn Kids?
- Beach Toys: Something appropriate for water time fun, like this Lanco Natural Rubber Bath Time Ocean Set that is 100% natural rubber, PVC, BPA, and Phthalates Free (appropriate for 0+ months).
- Baby Powder: During my research for this list I came across several suggestions that recommended bringing baby powder that supposedly helps get rid of unwanted sand by rubbing a little onto the skin. The powder absorbs moisture, acting as a magic eraser for all stubborn sand. Try Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder. The 100% natural, talc-free powder is non-irritating and hypoallergenic.
- Sanitizing Wipes: I use these on the reg, but I’m sure they’re especially useful at the beach! I like these from CleanWell – alcohol-free, cruelty-free, and safe for sensitive skin.
- Comfy Outfit for Ride Home: It will be a good idea to change your little one out of the wet, sandy beach clothes and into a soft snuggly outfit for the drive home – something like this Button Footy in Pink Twinkle by Feather Baby – so soft!
What else woud you add to this list? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
We’ll see you on the beach! Surf’s up!