Going to the beach with a baby can seem a little intimidating. What if baby gets too much sun? How will I bring everything that I need without bringing too much? Will I even be able to enjoy it?
While it can definitely bring it’s challenges, it can also be a lot of fun for both mom and baby. Seeing your little one enjoy the sand and the water (maybe for the first time) can be so exciting! And while you may not have a beach day full of uninterrupted reading or snoozing under the sun anymore, you can still enjoy your beach time with your family if you’re prepared. Pack your bag with these beach essentials for baby, and you’ll be ready for anything!
15 Beach Essentials For Baby (And Mom)
1. Baby Beach Tent
A baby beach tent is a great way to keep your little one out of the sun, especially if you’re planning on staying out all day! This baby beach tent is UPF 50+ and easy to fold up and put away. It’s also great for letting your little one nap in (with supervision, of course)!
Have multiple littles (or want to stay out of the sun yourself)? If you have the room for it, you can bring along a family-sized beach tent that’s easy to store and carry back and forth. Another option would be a large umbrella (this canopy is a hybrid between a beach umbrella and beach tent)!
Tip: Many beaches have umbrellas and chairs that can be rented for a day rate! This is especially handy if you’re traveling to the beach and don’t have the space to bring your own. Do research on the beach or call surrounding hotels to ask if they know of any rental stands in the area!
2. Gathre Mat
Gathre mats are PERFECT for beach days! They’re lightweight, easy to bring along, and perfect for letting your little one crawl around on. They’re also weighted enough that they aren’t flimsy, and they’re easy to remove sand from after a long day at the beach. Bonus: if it’s your baby’s first time on the beach, these mats are perfect for taking photos on!
Alternatives to the Gathre mat are sand-free beach mats (like this one) or simply using a towel to let your baby crawl on. Of course, it’s much harder to get the sand off of towels at the end of the day!
3. Baby Sunscreen
This one might seem like a given, but it’s important to remember sunscreen for your baby! Even if you plan on being in the shade the entire time, remember that sun ray’s can still reflect off of the sand and water. A baby-safe sunscreen is essential!
This Babyganics sunscreen spray + natural insect repellent is perfect for keeping in your beach bag at all times!
Protecting those little eyes is so crucial! And not to mention, baby sunglasses are the cutest thing ever. Just sayin’.
These Baby BANZ stay on and have 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays!
5. Baby Hats
This is also a life saver when it comes to keeping baby out of the sun! Hats with a flap on the back (like this one) are really great for protecting the back of your baby’s neck. However, sun hats with cute patterns are fun and still protective! Especially when they have a strap to keep them on your baby.
6. Baby Swimming Suit
Purchasing a good quality rash guard swimming suit for your baby is definitely worth it! A long sleeve suit is perfect for the beach, since it’ll protect your baby from the sun.
7. Swim Diapers
If we’re being honest, babies don’t typically spend a whole lot of time in the ocean when they go to the beach. Still, it’s important to have swim diapers on hand just in case they do!
Tip: Don’t use swim diapers as regular diapers! They’re not very absorbent, so make sure to only put these on right before baby gets in the water. Once they are done swimming, put them back into a regular diaper!
8. Regular Diapers, Wipes, & Baby Powder
And on that note, regular diapers and wipes are a definite must! It’s also been said that baby powder can help remove sand at the end of the beach day. Try taking this travel sized baby powder with you in your diaper bag!
It’s very important to keep your baby hydrated while you’re in the heat and on the beach. To prevent dehydration, be sure to nurse your baby often or bring lots of bottles of formula/breastmilk! If you’re staying all day, a small cooler can be helpful.
Tip: Take lots of water with you. Mamas need to stay hydrated, too!
10. Baby Food & Snacks
For older babies, baby food and snacks are a definite must! Especially if your beach trip will last all day. Store homemade baby food in small jars (these glass baby food storage jars are AMAZING) to carry in your diaper bag, or purchase pre-made baby foods. Don’t forget to bring a spoon!
11. Beach Bag
In addition to a diaper bag, it may be a good idea to have a beach bag for towels, mats, toys, extra clothes, food, etc. This large beach bag is waterproof, has a built-in phone case, and a key holder!
We definitely want to keep baby entertained! And while the beach may be entertainment enough for us, baby might want a little more. Have your little one’s favorite toys in your beach bag (as well as beach toys, such as small buckets and shovels) to keep them busy!
13. Extra Outfits
You and your family may go out to a casual dinner at a restaurant on the beach or drive home after spending the day on the beach. Be sure to bring several outfits for both you and your little one(s) that are comfortable, warm, and easy to slip in to!
If you’re staying at a resort or hotel on the beach, towels will most likely be provided. If you’re not, however, then you will need to bring your own beach towels! These microfiber beach towels are known for being sand-free and lightweight, making them perfect to carry in your beach bag.
15. Baby Canopy Float
For those staying at a hotel, there will also most likely be swimming at the pool in addition to the ocean. If that’s the case, it may be useful to have a baby canopy float on hand to keep baby out of the sun!
A few extras for mom
Nursing Friendly Swimming Suit
Definite must if you are breastfeeding your baby! There’s nothing worse than trying to breastfeed a baby after being in the heat all day and realizing that you didn’t plan your swimming suit accordingly. You get the picture! This nursing-friendly swimming suit will make life a million times easier on your beach day or week.
On the note of trying to breastfeed in the heat, a small portable, battery-powered fan is an amazing addition to your day!
Drawstring Mesh Bags
At the end of the day, you will have a lot of baby items that are covered in sand and possibly wet from the ocean or pool. Keep drawstring mesh bags in your beach bag for easy clean up at the end of the day!
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