We’re heading to our favorite vacation spot this summer (Nags Head, anyone?!?) and I know that toting along a 9 month old will be a far different experience from my past beach trips filled with leisure. I obviously knew I needed to look into what would make this an easy trip on us and William- so without further ado, here is my list of top items needed for a baby at the beach! (There are some affiliated links here.)
1. Baby Powder
Okay. I’m sure you’ve heard about this one by now. Baby powder has some sort of magical quality that helps sand fall off baby. We have a TON of baby powder lying around- we don’t use it during diaper changes. I can’t wait to give this a try at the beach.
2. Baby Pool
In all the research I did, this was an item that was on almost every single list! It’ll be hot out on the beach, and I’m just not comfortable with toting my squirmy child into the ocean at this age. Sooo how else can we cool that baby off? Hellllloooo pool! I found a cheap blow up from Amazon, here. (Be warned- it is SUPER small…but I didn’t want William to have an excuse to be up and moving.) I’m excited about this one- he loves bath time, so I know this pool will be a hit.
3. Sun Protection
This is obviously a no-brainer, and should be listed as number 1. Babies’ skin is extremely sensitive and delicate. No way do I want my little man to have bad memories of the beach because of sunburn. Luckily there are some great products out there that will help us keep William safe from those power sun rays. We are taking along…..
– a large tent
– sunscreen (DUH. And I’m sure putting this on will be a feat all in itself.)
– hats (Here is a great one with 50 SPF in it.)
-long sleeved rash guards (Here is one with SPF in it. AND it is doubly good because it is button up. Let’s face it… babies have big heads and those rash guards have small head holes. This is a recipe for disaster!)
4. Sippy cups for WATER
Sitting in the heat all day can be relaxing. But- it can also cause you to become dehydrated. We will be sure to throw a sippy cup and some bottled water (for refills) into the cooler. If you want to pack less and leave out the sippy cup, here is a cool converter for most water bottles.
Okay- this may be a little extreme, but we have an extreme baby! William is already starting to walk and he isn’t happy unless he is able to move. Like… constant motion. So we figure the easiest way to give him this movement and allow us a few moments of relaxation would be a pack-n-play. We’ll plop it under our canopy tent and give the little man the freedom he loves. (We found a cheap one off eBay- so no big deal if the sand/salt water do a little damage to it.)
6. Swimmer Diapers
These guys are a must! They help to keep the “dirtiness” in, and keep out the extra moisture.
We don’t want to have to go back and forth to the house more than necessary, so we will be sure to have some snacks on hand to give W if/when he gets hungry and it isn’t meal time. (puffs, cut up fruits/veggies, etc..)
8. Beach Toys
We know William will need some things to keep him occupied while down at the beach. Some toys that can easily be rinsed off are a must!
9. Diaper Rash Cream
Between the sand, salt water, and a wet diaper, I’m sure William’s skin will be screaming for help by the end of each day. This will for sure be thrown into the beach bag for extra applications throughout the day.
10. Patience, Flexibility, and Humor
So obviously these are more hypothetical things to pack. But in all seriousness, We need to wrap our minds around the fact that this vacation will be different from other vacations we have had. But- a good kind of different. We are looking forward to starting beach memories with our baby boy!
These are the 10 things that we will be sure to bring along with us. Has anyone tried out the stuff mentioned above? Do you have another good item that I didn’t think about? Comment below!