Before you had children, a day at the seaside was a carefree occasion, perfect for relaxation. Then you had a baby and beach trips suddenly became something stressful to worry about. However if you are well prepared, a day at the beach with your little one can go smoothly and be an occasion to enjoy. Here are some handy tips for a fun beach trip with your baby.
Whereas in the past you went to the beach knowing you would stay until the sun went down, now you have to be a little more flexible. While some little ones love the sand and want to stay all day, others have had enough after just an hour or so. Be prepared to change your plans according to your little one’s needs.
Make Your Own Playpen
You won’t be able to enjoy your day at all if you’re worrying that your baby is eating the sand or crawling off to the sea. One way to make sure that your little one is within sight at all times and still having a great time is to dig a pit which will act as a playpen. Line it with a blanket and fill it with toys so your baby can enjoy their day while you can relax too.
Nobody wants their baby to burn in the sun, so be prepared and cover your little one thoroughly in a thick layer of high factor sunscreen 15 minutes before leaving the house. Remember to take a bottle with you and reapply after every dip in the sea too.
Go Off Peak
There are lots of reasons to avoid heading to the beach at the peak part of the day. For a start the sands will be crowded and it will be difficult to find a large enough spot to accommodate your family, and secondly, it will be the hottest part of the day when your little one is at most risk of burning. Avoid the difficulties associated with the hours of 11 am to 3 pm by heading to the beach in the morning or in the evening. Your infant will enjoy playing in the sea and sand just as much, however the heat will not be so oppressive and the sun will not be so strong.
Remember Snack Time
Playing in the sun will make baby extra thirsty and it’s important to stay hydrated in the warm weather. Remember to pack several sippy cups or bottles with enough water as you may need to replace them if they get sandy! A box with a tight fitting lid filled with healthy snacks will also be indispensable if you are staying out for a few hours and will save you money over buying expensive ice creams as well as being better for your little one’s health.