Planning on a trip to the beach with Baby? There are some things you’ll want to have on hand. Here’s a list of must-have baby gear to keep your little one safe, sound, and happy.
The last thing Baby needs is a painful sunburn. Dr. Jennifer Shu, editor of American Academy of Pediatrics Baby and Child Health, advises parents to use SPF 30 or higher with UVA and UVB protection. Apply about 20 to 30 minutes before going out and reapply every two hours and after swimming. The sunscreen face sticks are great a great choice because they don't run into the eyes and cause stinging.
Go one step further than just sunscreen by dressing Baby in a cute romper that provides UV protection. These adorable bathing suits give the ultimate protection from too much sun exposure, which can lead to sunburn.
Not only are these too cute—tiny baseball caps, fishing hats, little flowered sunbonnets—but they also keep the sun off Baby's sensitive scalp. Try the kind with the earflaps to cover those delicate little pieces of skin so often missed when you're slathering on the sunblock.
Most pools have rules now that don't allow babies to swim in regular diapers. And, really, you can't blame people for swimming the long way around a baby whose diaper is bulging with questionable contents. Swim diapers are wonderful and effective alternatives that allow Baby to enjoy the water without worry—even at the beach!
Sunglasses aren't just for jacking up the cute quotient. The sun is hard on Baby's sensitive eyes, especially if you have a little blue-eyed one. Consult with your pediatrician or optometrist on what's best for Baby these days.
For younger babies, gowns are great for keeping the sun off sensitive skin and keeping cool. Plus, when you're out, the last thing you want to have to do is unsnap, unbutton, and unpeel layers of clothes for a diaper change.
Babies don't like missing out on all the fun. With a nice beach umbrella, you can make your own protective shade. There are also some great tents and shades on the market now that provide shelter from the sun for Baby.
A diaper bag that is well insulated is a must if you pre-mix your baby's bottles. Bottle coolers are also available that hold just the bottles, and can be placed in an insulated diaper bag for even more security that the formula stays nice and cold.
Sometimes after a long trip in the car, the last thing Baby wants is to stay pinned into that car seat. And putting Baby out on the beach towel could have you emptying two-ton, sand-laden diapers later. A bouncy seat could be just the thing to keep Baby happy under that beach umbrella and give her a good view of what's going on around her.
A play mat is a must for a trip to the beach. Toss on a few favorite toys, and Baby will feel right at home under that beach umbrella. You’ll have to do a lot of shaking to get the sand off when it’s time to head home, but definitely worth it—and just part of the beach experience.