Growing up just north of Boston in a small beach town I spent each and every day of summer at the beach. I watched all the parents come and go with their little ones, lugging bags, tents, coolers, and children on and off the beach. Struggling with big umbrellas and tents, slathering sunscreen all over the kids, and never having a second to sit down, relax, and read a good book like I fully enjoyed. If you told me I’d one day be one of those moms I would have probably laughed and said “no way. I won’t ever bring all that stuff to the beach!”
Well, whatya know. I am now that mom. Surviving a day at the beach with babies and toddlers is certainly difficult, and it took me quite a few tries before I really figured out just what we needed to enjoy more then 20 minutes in the hot sun. So today I am sharing with you my top tips for a day at the beach with kids! Biggest tip… bring all the snacks! Never underestimate the powers of snacks!
Surviving A Beach Day With Babies And Toddlers
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- Babyganics: This sunscreen offers amazing protection but it is so difficult to rub in! My hands and sons skin are always left feeling a little chalky but hey, if it keeps his tooshy from burning I’m happy!
- Alba Organics SPF 40 Spray: I just bought this sunscreen and love how easily it goes on! No rubbing in necessary so I can spray it on my wild toddler as he sprints out of my arms!
- iPlay SPF Sun Protection Hat
- SPF Swimsuits: These come in so many cute patterns for boys and girls! Long sleeves are recommended and recently I’ve seen a bunch of SPF gear on sale at Target!
- Tents: Kind of a pain to lug around but so necessary if you want to spend more then 20 minutes at the beach with your babies and toddlers. The Gembaby is perfect for babies while the Pacific Breeze Easy Pop-up Beach Tent is a bit bigger, opens and folds easily, and is best for keeping busy ones out of the sun.
- Swim Diapers: Because no one likes a soggy diaper! Disposable or Reusable.
- Water shoes: To protect their feet from hot sand and sharp rocks! A lot of people also love these Native shoes but L’s feet are too chunky 🙁
- Life Vests & Floaties: Sterns Floaties, Splash About Float Suit, and Sterns Child Classic Life Vest (probably best if you’ll be out on a boat for the day).
- Wet/Dry bag and a change of clothes if you have a long drive.
Fun and Toys!
- Beach Wagon Toy Set: If your toddler is big enough to help carry some things, this may be the perfect toy to free up arm space for you! Filled with a bucket, shovels, and a few other goodies for your little one.
- Beach Balls: L is obsessed with balls. If he could have one toy, this would be it! Simple and easy and deflates down so it doesn’t take up much room when coming and going.
- Shovels, trucks, solo cups, and anything else that doesn’t take up much room!
- Water! All the water you can bring.
- Juice boxes: Although I’m not a huge fan of juice for L on hot, sunny days you have to make sure the kiddos are drinking enough.
- Snacks! All the snacks. Fruit, chips, sandwiches. Everything will likely end up covered in sand so make sure to bring extra.
- Wagon: So essential if you have a few kiddos and a lot of gear to bring! This will free up your hands to carry a tantrumming, over tired toddler off the beach!
So, there ya go. My top tips for surviving a beach day with kids. Your arms will be full, your eyes will be on a swivel, and it will never be as relaxing as before. But seeing the joy on their faces when splashing in the water or eating a sandy peanut butter and fluff while wrapped up with a beach towel with perfectly golden skin, nothing beats it!