Summer time is here! Please pardon while I pause for a moment to do my *happy dance*
For many families, Summer time equals Beach time. Many are hesitant about heading to the sandy beach with a baby or toddler in tow. However, if you prepare properly, it should not stop you.
Here are my top 10 items to take when the Taff Crew heads to the Beach:
1. Sun Hat – I really like bigger ones that keep as much sun off the little ones as possible. Try getting one with a strap if you do not think they will keep it on.
2. Sunblock - ok, so that seems like common sense. And, it probably is, but do you know how to apply it? I see so many moms just run or spray their kids down, and off again they go. This is setting up for a sunburn later. You should allow 15 minutes for sunscreen to absorb in the skin. Otherwise sweating, or water will just take it right off. Make sure to reapply every hour or so…depending on how much sun your kids are getting. Also, if you have a bald baby, or going to part hair, those sunscreen sticks are AH-Mazing for those areas! I piggy tail french braid my daughter’s hair, and a stick is less messy than rubbing lotion in her head.
3. Baby Powder – This is my secret weapon when sand is near. Baby powder takes the sand RIGHT OFF the skin. I promise – it is magical. Just rub it on the skin and all sand comes off easy peasy!
4. Shade – Shade is necessary while at the beach for a day. If going for an umbrella, try one that will tilt. The sun does not stay in the same spot all day. Also, check out shades made from UPF materials. Preferably one with a UPF of 50 or higher for maximum protection. However, when the Taff crew hits the beach, 1 umbrella is not big enough, so we take our canopy.
5. Plenty of Food & Drink – stay away from sugary items. Hydration is key!
6. Blow up Pool – Many babies are afraid of the sand, on the other-hand, many try to eat it. Buy one of those really small 1 ring inflatable pools. I found one at the Dollar Store for only $5.00 Blow it up, add a little water and some toys and no chasing your child up and down the beach!
7. Mesh Bag – Like many families I am sure, we have a TON of sand toys. I keep ours in a draw string mesh bag. It is pretty large, and has a shoulder strap. At the end of the day, I can simply throw all the toys in the mesh bag – no worries about mildew and I can clean them off with the water hose when we get home. ( And I like the strap because it is easy enough for my 6 year old to carry)
8. Trash Bag – Trust me, when kids there will be trash. This will keep you from littering, or running back and forth to a trash can.
9. Baby seats – If your child can not sit up by themselves, think of a creative seat. Bumbo seats are a big help, or those mesh slings that come with the baby bathtubs. This way they can recline in style and be off the sand!
10. Patience and a Smile – No one wants to be at the Beach with the Hulk!