Beach weather is the best weather! Having an infant shouldn’t stop you from going to the beach as long as you take some precautions to ensure a successful first trip with your new baby.
The American Pediatric Association recommends that babies be kept away from direct sunlight until 6 months of age. With that being said there are steps you can take in order to ensure your baby stays cool and safe in the heat.
10 BABY BEACH ESSENTIALS:
Beach Umbrella: This is an obvious choice since it will keep your family and infant protected from the sun. The example I added is a basic example but you can get as elaborate as you’d like. I like that a lot of beaches rent out umbrellas and chairs which means you don’t have to carry as much with you.
Sunblock: As I mentioned above, I like to keep sunblock to a minimum by covering up a large part of her body to shield it from the sun. When we do use sunblock, we try to stick with sunscreen/sunblock with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients since they are non-toxic and mineral based.
Sun Protection Hat: I like this hat because it’s good from 0-6 months and 6-12 months. Surprisingly it grows with our baby since it has adjustable straps that adjust to your baby’s head.
Sunglasses: I guess this is a matter of personal preference. I find a lot of discomfort in being outside in the bright sun. So I’m sure our baby appreciated these sunnies. Our daughter didn’t fight them off at all so I assume they are comfortable. They stayed on while we enjoyed some family beach time, I
Battery operated fan: Ok, this my sound a little diva (ish) but this is a life saver. This is a good way to keep your baby cool and avoid any
Swimming Diapers: This help by absorbing messes without swelling. As you may have read from another post, we switched to Huggies. I was happy to see they also make disposable swimming diapers.
IcePacks: This is helpful if you are looking to keep breast milk or water for formula
Shaded inflatable baby pool: As babies get older this is another good way to keep them cool and in a fun shaded area.
Beach Toys: Last but not least toys! This will vary with age but even at 6 months our daughter still had fun “building a castle” and playing in the sand.
These are some of the things that have made our trips to the beach more manageable. If you are traveling to a beach destination feel free to check out tips for flying with a baby.
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