A beach day or week is an alluring thing. But it is changed by your baby’s presence, now you want to protect your baby on a beach day out. You want to make sure your baby doesn’t get burned, or eat buckets of sand, or crawl off to play with dolphins.
But don’t you worry, the beach can still be a blast and chilling in a chair can be the perfect way to relax.
Packing can be different, depending on whether you are a parent, single woman or man. Here’s how to enjoy it all and be safe on the beach with your baby.
You must start packing your traveling bags few days before your journey. Also keep a list of things you have to take along, or put the items out on a table or dresser, as you think of taking those things with you at the journey.
You must use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap for easy handling. Also prepare yourself for leaky diapers and baby spit-ups in the airplane (If you are travelling internationally). So don’t forget to carry an extra outfit or two for your baby and an extra shirt for you too, in your carry-on bag.
Pack medicines and toiletries in a resealable plastic bag so as to prevent leaks.
Pack each of your baby’s clothes in different plastic zipper bags, so that you don’t have to search around every time for tiny socks, shirts etc. during the trip.
Take a clip-on reading light so that you can read without disturbing your baby. Also take your camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card.
Don’t forget to check if you have the phone number of your baby’s doctor in case of an emergency or in case you have any questions while you’re on the road.
Little travelers need a surprising amount of stuff!
So here’s a checklist of items for systematic and well-organized packing, and tips that’ll make traveling with your babies much easier.
- Beach Tote – First things first! You’re going to need one big beach tote to take everything that your baby might need, when you head to the beach. Look for a tote that is large enough to fit in everything, so as to not carry more than one bag at the beach.
- Water Bottle – Babies need water repetitively, so carry a water bottle for your child to the beach.
- SPF-included Swimsuit – You definitely can’t forget swimsuits! It is recommended that you keep a few pairs with you in the journey. Look for swimsuits that keep the baby protected like SPF-included swimsuits. These kind of swimsuits protect your baby from harmful rays of the sun.
- Beach Umbrella – Most beach outings involve the burning sun. So to keep your kids cool and protected you can bring along a beach umbrella
- Wet Bag – Having a wet bag at an arm’s reach is great and makes it easy to separate those wetsuits from the dry clothes. Especially if you plan to be at the beach all day.
- Snacks and Drinks – Even though the beach has food stands, having snacks and drinks that are comfortable to carry will help in avoiding hungry appetites of your baby.
- Portable Cot – Bring along a portable cradle, as it is a great place for the baby to rest and take a break from the sand.
- Changing Pad – Changing a toddler on a sandy beach towel just won’t be appropriate as he’ll get sand in his clothes, so bring along a changing pad.
- Swim And Regular Diapers – Depending on whether your little ones will be in the water or not, do remember to carry both types of diapers.
- Pajamas – If you plan to leave the beach late or had taken only a day beach trip then consider packing a pair of pajamas, so that the baby is dry, cozy and can take a nap on the way back home.
- Sun Hat – For obvious reasons, a sun hat is a must to protect the baby from the sun rays at the beach.
- Sunscreen – Natural, unscented SPF 30 sunscreen is exactly what you need to protect your baby’s soft skin. It’s absolutely safe for children under six months of age. Also it’s water resistant, natural and has no harmful chemicals.
- Lightweight Blanket – Even though it’s usually very hot when you’re spending the day by the water, taking a lightweight blanket to cover the baby during naptime, ensures extra protection from the sun. Cover yourself properly if you’re nursing so as to protect your clothes from the messy burps.
- Water Shoes – While they may not be “essential” for some, but those who have early walkers may want to keep a pair as their babies learn to walk in the sand.
- Baby Powder – Baby powder will be your best friend! You should always have it when you are going for a beach outing. Sprinkle it during diaper changes so as to quickly remove the sand from the skin.
- First-aid kit – Baby pain relievers and some supplies for treating minor injuries.
- Nightlight – So you can keep the light in the room soothingly low during midnight diaper changes.
- Sling or Front Carrier – A carrier is a lightweight, hands-free way to keep your baby safe and close in crowded places like airports.
- Portable Cradle or Play Yard – It’s a safe place for your baby to sleep and play.
- Sippy Cup – Keeping the baby well hydrated is a must. So do make sure that you pack their favorite sippy cup for the day. The anti-bacterial cup with sliding lid and dual handles means no more sand in the sippy cup.
- Sand Toys – If you plan to be at the beach all day, do pack the baby’s favorite toys so that they can play with them under the umbrella while you can hopefully enjoy some sunrays.
- Hooded Towel – Cover up the ears and dry off the baby in the breeze with a hooded towel!
- Plastic Bags – Carry Plastic bags with you so that you can keep used diapers and other things, which you can throw later on in the dustbin.
What are your beach essentials? Which items did you forget to bring to the beach and which ones did you think you didn’t need?
Let us know in the comments!