When the sun comes out and summer is on the way, it’s time to start thinking about taking your little one to the beach for the first time. Part of the joy of being a new parent is enjoying new experiences with your baby, but a trip to the seaside requires plenty of preparation. Here are some of the most useful things that you may want to pack in the car when you make that all important first visit to the sea.
When you take your baby to the beach for the first time, one of the things that you’re sure to want to do is take a dip in the sea, but regular diapers don’t stand up well in water. To make sure there are no unpleasant accidents, you will need some good quality swim diapers, designed to be waterproof while keeping the contents safely inside. Although you could buy the disposable variety, reusable swim diapers are better value for money and have the added bonus of having cute designs.
A baby’s skin is still very sensitive and hot sun beating down on their heads can easily cause overheating and sunstroke. Prevent this from happening by investing in a wide brimmed sun hat or one with protective flaps to cover the back of their neck to guard against burning.
Although babies can have a lot of fun playing in the sand, if you are planning on spending all day at the beach, at some point it will be nap time for baby and beach sun tents are the way forward. Providing a protective shelter to keep your little one out of the sun’s harmful rays, a sun tent is a great way to put your infant down for a sleep so that you can enjoy some child-free time catching the rays!
Regular strollers don’t work well on the sand, so if you are planning on taking your little ones to the beach regularly, perhaps for long walks in the fresh air or even for jogging, you may want to invest the best double stroller for sandy surfaces. Lightweight three wheelers are perfect for navigating the uneven rocks and sand of the beach and are comfortable for your little ones too.
Although you could use a regular beach towel for your little one after they have been splashing in the water, a special hooded baby towel is much cosier and easier to use. There are many cute designs available suitable for both boys and girls, so choose one that will best suit your baby.
If you are visiting a beach with calm waters, you may want to let your little one float in the water alongside you. This leaves your hands free rather than carrying your baby in the sea and will be great fun for your infant as they can kick freely in the waves. An inflatable baby float seat is therefore an indispensable piece of equipment for your beach trips.