We just returned back from our first beach trip with our son. We had been to the beach before with our older girls but it was the first time taking all three with us. I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t just a teeny tiny stressed thinking about it all. My son loves to run and eat anything he finds on the ground. He is into EVERYTHING at this age. The idea of chasing an almost 2-year-old around the beach while trying to prevent him from eating sand was enough to give me just a tad bit of anxiety thinking about our vacation.
Luckily, I had gotten a few tips from some mama friends on how to make the beach fun with baby and I want to share some of those with you, plus a few things I learned on our trip.
- Take short beach trips – One of my worries was that we wouldn’t be able to stay long on the beach with our son. I wasn’t sure how long he’d last before he got fussy or tired or wanted to take a nap. Surprisingly, he was having so much fun that he did pretty well the entire time we were on the beach. One thing we did that I think helped was to take mini-beach trips throughout our stay. We stayed at a hotel on the beach, so it was easy for us to head down to the beach 30-45 minutes at a time. Then we would go back up to our room, eat some snacks, get some rest and then we’d head back down to the beach again.
- Don’t overdo the beach toys – We brought an overload of toys and even a baby pool because I had heard it would help keep the little ones occupied. We didn’t wind up using any of those things. The only thing my son was interested in was the sand. He LOOVED scooping sand and transporting it from place to place, the only thing we really needed to bring were shovels and buckets. We know for next time.
- Prepare to sleep in – We like to sleep in when we’re on vacation. We are lucky if we get to sleep in an extra 30 minutes with these kids, but shockingly everyone slept until around 9/9:30AM everyday. I think the beach activities really tired everyone out. 🙂 Be sure to bring the right baby diapers to avoid overnight leaks when the little one wants to sleep in. One of the things I dislike most is having to get up in the middle of the night, especially on vacation, to change soggy diapers. Or worse, waking up to find that the baby sleeping next to you has soaked the bed! We like to use Pampers Swaddlers because they offer up to 12 hours of overnight protection. Pampers Swaddlers also have a color-changing wetness indicator so there’s no guessing game when baby needs to be changed.
- The absolute essentials – There are a lot of things to remember to take with you to the beach when you have little ones. The things that I found to be the absolute essentials were sunscreen, water, snacks, swim diapers and sunglasses and/or hats. We took a few other things like chairs – but we never actually got to just sit down and relax, I mean – we have three remember? There was always something keeping dad and I on our toes. We also took a beach blanket that we didn’t use much because we were mostly either in the water or on the sand playing with the kids. My son didn’t play in the baby pool much because he prefered to sit in the sand. I would probably also list a camera or water resistant phone here so that you can document baby’s first beach trip. 🙂
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Here are a few photos from our trip. 🙂