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How To Have Fun In The Sun: 10 Tips For Toddler Beach Safety

Beach Umbrella From Target

Beach umbrella from Target

Hooray for beach season coming around the bend! Wait, should we jump for joy, or run for the hills? Going to the beach with toddlers sounds all great and fun, but when you think about it, it’s more of an anxiety-ridden adventure for parents than, well…a day at the beach.

From the scorching sun to the worrisome waves, with rip currents that can suck your toddler up in seconds, who the heck would sign up to bring their toddler to such an environment. I’m not even going to bring up the possibility of jelly fish stings and…gulp…sharks.

Okay, let’s step back for a second. There are precautions you can take that will make going to the beach a little bit less stressful for parents of toddlers. Let’s look at 10 ways you can prepare for a beach day that will make it a little bit easier.

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  • 1. Survey the scene 1 of 10
    1. Survey the scene
    Scout out the following before you get to the beach: The bathroom locations, the lifeguard locations, and the nearest hospital, just in case.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • 2. Make sure lifeguards are on duty 2 of 10
    2. Make sure lifeguards are on duty
    Some beaches have limited hours for lifeguards, so check before you go. Avoid lifeguard-free beaches unless you are a lifeguard, yourself.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • 3. Use complete sun protection 3 of 10
    3. Use complete sun protection
    The sun is no joke. Little ones need as much coverage as possible. Frequently applied sunscreen with zinc or titanium oxide is ideal. Hats, sunglasses and SPF clothing are also a great way to go.
    See Coolibar.com for great sun protection gear.
  • 4. Cover those tootsies 4 of 10
    4. Cover those tootsies
    Don't forget feet when considering full body sun protection. That sand is HOT!
    Available on Amazon. $17.99
  • 5. Get a big giant umbrella 5 of 10
    5. Get a big giant umbrella
    I don't like to go to the beach without a sun umbrella anymore, the bigger the better. To properly install an umbrella in the sand,read these instructions.
    Buy at Target $34.99
  • 6. Keep hydrated. 6 of 10
    6. Keep hydrated.
    Make sure to bring plenty of cold water and water-dense fruits and veggies in addition to your other snacks.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • 7. Wear flotation devices 7 of 10
    7. Wear flotation devices
    If you're planning on being in or close to the water, make sure you have a Coast Guard-Approved Flotation Device for your toddler, like this one .Obviously, ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR TODDLER, especially near the ocean.
    Available on Target.com $18.99
  • 8. Learn some basic first aid 8 of 10
    8. Learn some basic first aid
    Make sure to bring some vinegar and fresh water in case of jelly fish stings.
    Photo Credit: Naomi Odes Aytur/Puerto Escondido, MX
  • 9. Avoid peak sun 9 of 10
    9. Avoid peak sun
    The sun is hottest between 10am and 3pm. Yeah, that's most of the day, but you can either do an early beach day and go home for a nap, or check out the beach in the late afternoon. Or stay under your umbrella all day and enjoy the beach from morning until night.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • 10. Check local water quality 10 of 10
    10. Check local water quality
    Some days, the water is too polluted to go in, which might be a real downer for your toddler. Best to call ahead or look online.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

If you have any additional tips to add, please do so in the comments!

Sources: Baby Proofing Directory
Web Md
Safe Kids USA

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