After a long and cold winter I could not be happier that it is finally summer! We are so lucky to live on an island with so many beautiful beaches. We took Desmond a few times last summer and he enjoyed it about as much as a 3 month old baby can, so this summer is a completely different story. He’s so curious not to mention very mobile!
So here is our beach bag essentials for our big day at the beach!
Sunscreen– This is number one for a reason. We’ve all heard the dangers of sun exposure and I certainly wouldn’t want to chance anything on my little guy. I apply it before we leave and while hes either naked or just in a diaper to make sure I don’t miss any spots. And a good rule of thumb is to reapply every 2 hours.
Sunhat– Desmond has a wide-brimmed bucket style hat that covers his ears and has a chin strap to keep him from pulling it off. Sunglasses are also a great idea if you can keep them on your little one.
Swimsuit + a change of clothes– There’s nothing worse than sitting in a wet suit for the entire ride home (trust me, I seem to forget my own change of clothes every time)
Diapers– I always make sure I have one more diaper than I think I’ll need. Now depending on your preference you can take regular cloth diapers or disposables, they will get pretty puffy and saturated if they get wet, another option is swim diapers, but turns out these are only good for catching number 2s. They will soak through with pee. I find a cloth diaper works best for us. Also don’t forget the wipes!
Towels or blankets– You’ll need something to lay out on and to dry off with
– For Desmond I fill up his sippy cup with ice and water and offer that to him frequently throughout our outing. Being in the sun can be very dehydrating. I also make sure to take a little something to munch on if we’re out for a while. Granola bars, rice cakes, fruit or crackers are all good options.
Now of course there’s a million or more things that you can find to take along to the beach but these are just a few things I find I can’t live without. I’ve actually seen people who haul their pack and play down to the beach. Now that’s dedication! I try to pack as light as possible when we go, a 25lbs baby plus a bag full of stuff is already heavy enough!
Lastly, have fun at the beach! Before we know it the polar vortex will be returning!