It’s hard to believe that Memorial Weekend is already upon us and summer is right around the corner! Weekend getaways to the pool, the beach or the lake — it’s the time of the year when most of us can’t help but flock to the water. Even with baby in tow, you can still have an enjoyable day in the sun. But it might require more than an iPod and a trendy tote. This roundup I’ve got will help ensure you’re prepped for a fun, successful trip to the beach.
Just check out these 15 beach-day essentials, and you’ll be good to go!
1. Beach Tote
First things first! You’re going to need a big ole’ beach tote to shove everything inside when you head to the pool or beach. Look for something that is large enough to fit everything so you don’t have to lug more then one bag.
2. SPF-included Swim Suit
You can’t forget the swim suits! I suggest stocking up and packing a few pairs. Look for swim suits that keep baby protected like this adorable gingham zip-up, UV 50+ included. How adorable are those sweet pink bows? Oh-so-cute. Oh, and even better – rash guard included.
3. Wet Bag
Having a wet bag at arms reach is great to separate those wet suits from dry clothes. Especially if you plan to be Oceanside all day.
4. Portable Cot
Bringing along a portable crib is a great place for baby to rest and take a break from the sand. The full mesh sides that un-zipper couldn’t be more perfect for a day on the beach! It’s worth every penny.
5. Swim Diapers
Don’t worry about the diaper swelling, disposable swim diapers are the way to go for hours of fun in the water.
If you plan to leave the beach late or only took a day trip then consider packing pajamas for the ride home so baby is dry, cozy and will take a nap on the way home. A tank top and short set is perfect for summer nights!
7. Sun Hat
For obvious reasons a sun hat is a must to protect baby from those hot rays in the summer heat.
Natural, unscented SPF 30 sunscreen is just what you need to protect baby’s skin. It’s even safe for use on children under 6 months of age and water resistant! Vegan, no harmful chemicals, biodegradable and reef-friendly! What’s not to love?
9. Lightweight Blanket
Even though it’s usually pretty hot when you’re spending the day by the water, taking a lightweight blanket to cover baby during naptime ensures extra protection from the sun.
10. Water Shoes
While they may not be “essential” for some, those who have early walkers may want to grab a pair as they learn to adjust to walking on the sand.
11. Baby Powder
Baby powder will be your best friend for the beach bum! I learned this trick quite young and you should always have it when you head to the beach. Sprinkle the baby powder during diaper changes quickly releases the sand from skin in an instant. It truly is magic when it comes to get the sand away from all those sweet baby rolls and toes.
12. Sippy Cup
Keeping baby well hydrating is a must. Make sure you packed their favorite sippy cup for the day. The anti-bacterial cup with sliding lid with dual handles means no more sand in the sippy cup.
If you plan to be poolside or on the beach all day pack their favorite toys so they can play with them under the umbrella while you hopefully catch some rays.
14. Hooded Towel
Cover up the ears and dry off in a breeze with a hooded towel!