Checklist for Baby’s First Beach Day

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:



Baby's first beach day

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Beach Blanket: A waterproof beach blanket like the JJ Cole Large Outdoor Blanket is perfect for a wet and sandy day at the beach.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?



  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. Hooded Beach Towels: How cute is this personalized Cape Cod Whale Nursery Wrap from Pottery Barn Kids?
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!



 

 

Top 5 Baby Sunglasses, Summer 2014

Living in sunny San Diego, sunglasses are easily my favorite accessory. I’ve been so excited shopping for baby sunglasses for little Miss Blake (she’s starting quite the collection with three pairs already!) And with the first day of summer quickly approaching (June 21st) and National Sunglasses Day not too far behind, (June 27th), I thought I’d share my Top 5 Picks for the most stylish baby sunglasses of summer, 2014:
baby sunglasses

  1. Soft Frame Cat’s Eye Baby Sunglasses from Carters: Soft rubber sides and the cutest animal print frames make these sunglasses the perfect fit for little fashionistas with some sass! (UVA and UVB sun protected.)
  2. Babiators: UVA and UVB protection that come in lots of different colors. I love how they say “Babiators” on the side – such a cute name!
  3. Retro Sunglasses from Gap: I mean, I seriously might die if I saw a little girl wearing these gold chrome retro sunglasses! So hip and so fun! (UV protection.)
  4. Betsy Johnson Cat Eye Sunglasses:These are for the princess of the house – with 100% UV protection and all the glam in the bright pink floral design, I pretty much need these for Blake.
  5. Jetsetter Aviator Sunglasses: Purple colored wire frames and mirrored lenses in an old school aviator design makes for a cool summer look for  your mini!

My Top 9 Valentine’s Day Looks for Baby

Now that I have a beautiful daughter, I look forward to dressing her up in adorable outfits for each holiday. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I began searching Pinterest for the cutest outfits to help celebrate this love-filled holiday. Here are my top 9 faves (for boys and girls):

Valentine's Day Baby Outfits

1. Heart Graphic Jersey Fleece Hoodie for Baby from Old Navy

2. LOVE Sequin Headband from SHOP by Monika

3. Cherokee Newborn Girls’ Heart Striped Coverall – Pink from Target

4. Intarsia Love Hat & Mitten Set from Gap

5. Jersey Top – Gold & Leopard from H&M

6. Intarsia Heart Sweater Dress from Gap

7. Valentine’s Day Bows from Posies Handmade Pretties on Etsy

8.  Valentine’s Boy Tie and Suspenders Bodysuit with Heart Applique and Red Heart Leg Warmers by Chic Couture Boutique on Etsy

9. Feather Pixie Crown “Seashell” by A Tiny Arrow on Etsy

Posies (Handmade Pretties)

One of the BEST things about having a daughter is the adorable outfits and accessories you get to dress her up in every day. That’s why I’m OBSESSED with the online etsy shop, Posies (Handmade Pretties). The owner is also a friend with an adorable little girl and another baby on the way (congrats again Danielle)!

When Danielle sent me a package for little Miss Blake, I was so excited because everything in her shop is to die for! Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Check out these adorable “pretties”:

Red Shabby Flower in Christmas Chevron Elastic

This was the perfect complement to Blake’s little Christmas outfits that I had picked out for her – and fit her perfectly! I love the red and green chevron strap.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Ivory Flower Headband with Rhinestone Center Newborn Headband

This is my favorite! I love the shabby chic flowers with the bling rhinestone in the middle and the GLITTER band – does this come in my size?

Posies Handmade Pretties

Mini Flower Cluster Headband 

I love this piece because it literally goes with any outfit and adds just the right amount of cuteness.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

 Mini Chevron Baby Knot Hat

Such a cute chevron beanie with the spunky knot at the top.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Light Pink Jersey Knit Knot Headband

So cute and simple and perfect for every day dress up! This one is a staple.

Posies Handmade Pretties

Diaper Keeper

I have to admit, I didn’t know what this was at first (being new to this whole “mom” thing and all), but now I use it all the time! This Diaper Keeper is so convenient to carry a couple diapers, and wipes for a quick change. I always have it in the bottom of my stroller or in my purse.

Posies Handmade Pretties

 

Burp Cloths with Blake’s Embroidered Initials

These are my absolute favorite burp cloths because they’re thick and durable yet girly and pretty. And I love that they have her initials embroidered on the backside – so adorable.

Posies Handmade Pretties

Posies Handmade Pretties

Posies (Handmade Pretties) also offers some adorable accessories for baby boys (I’m obsessed with the bow ties)!

Check out these items and more “pretties” on Etsy here, and on Facebook here.

Baby Vogue

After my family baby shower in Sacramento, California, it quickly became apparent that little miss thang is going to own way more clothes than me. Our friends and family have already spoiled her rotten with so many cute outfits, and I’m in love with every single one of them! One of my favorite things to do is hang all of her little clothes on the little pink hangers and place them in her closet (color coordinated, obvi) – it just makes everything feel real. Baby girl is going to be here before we know it and she’s going to rock these outfits. Here’s a look at some of my favorites so far (and I highly recommend you listen to Madonna’s Vogue heard here while browsing…you know you’re tempted):

1. A little wrap shirt with footed leggings from Under the Nile. 100% handpicked organic Egyptian cotton and looks so cuddly and warm.

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2. The cutest dress and polk-a-dot sweater from Carter’s. I love this one because baby girl has so many pink outfits and this one spunks it up with bright yellow.

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3. As a huge Top Gun (and aviator) fan, I love this “Danger Zone” onesie from Etsy (thanks Auntie Jac!)

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4. “5, 6, 7, 8 keep it movin, 1 and 2…” I mean, this little gray sweatsuit outfit from Carter’s is just too much for words.

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5. I wish you could touch the fabric on this outfit so you can appreciate the softness, but the name brand says it all: Feather Baby. And I just can’t handle the ruffled bell-bottoms – so chic! And if you live in Sacramento, check out this line at the cutest baby store in town, Puddles, A Children’s Shoppe.

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6. This one melts my heart – so soft and furry and yes, those are baby bear footsies and baby bear ears on the hood – from Carter’s –  Dying!

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7. We bought this one for Little Miss Helms on our Babymoon in Lake Arrowhead. We found it at a cute little children’s shop, Tattle Tails, in the village.

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8. I love this bright blue onesie with little sunglasses and the pink flower broche from the Circo baby line at Target – so stinkin’ cute and so San Diego! (Peace, baby)

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9.  I know, this is not technically an outfit. But it is the cutest baby bath robe and slippers I’ve ever seen! Can’t wait for our little monkey to wear this after bath time! From the Baby Starters line available at Buy Buy Baby.

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…Vogue, vogue, vogue, vogue…..

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