Babies and Toddlers at the Beach
Are you thinking of venturing out for a beach day with your baby and toddler? If you have multiple children that are young and close in age, then you know just how difficult it can be to do the simplest of things some days. This is especially true if you have to don your Rambo bandana just to go to the local grocery store with 🎶Eye of the Tiger🎶 blasting from your smartphone.
You may feel a trip out of the home for a leisure activity might be too much to ask. Luckily, there are seven parent hacks that can make it possible not only for you to leave the house for somewhere fun (finally!), but make your life a little easier too. We present to you – how to successfully have a beach day with your baby and toddler.🏖
1. Pack the Night Before
While it might seem premature, packing the night before a beach day with your baby and toddler, allows you extra time to track down where all of those new beach toys went. Secondly, it also allows you to go through and visually inspect what items you have and what you still might be missing. Lastly, you’ll have time to go to the store if there is anything you’ve forgotten.
2. Say ‘No’ to the Public Changing Rooms
Germs are a real thing. Since toddlers and babies are notorious for ingesting bacteria of all kinds, have your babies dressed in their day clothes over their swimsuits. This way you can simply strip them down on the beach instead of the creepy public restroom.
3. Set a Timer on Your Phone
This is one way you can remember to re-apply sunscreen. If you’re leaving your cell phone in the car, use your watch⌚️to keep track of the time. Be sure to look at the SPF number on the front of the bottle. For example, sunscreen with an SPF 50, means it only lasts for 50 minutes! That little tip will help ensure a sunburn-free beach day with your baby and toddler.
4. Don’t Rinse off Sand
Use cornstarch instead. Just sprinkle some on the exposed skin on your baby’s arms and legs. Curious as to how it works? Cornstarch whisks away moisture so that your skin stays dry and sand won’t adhere to it. It will save you time and eliminate the need for your toddler to use the public faucet to rinse away wet sand.
5. Stick Sunscreen in a Cooler
This hack is a ‘must’ for young babies that can’t be in the heat for too long. Before your beach day with your baby and toddler, stick your sunscreen in a cooler. That way when you go to apply it, it will cool off your baby’s body temperature, too.
6. Ditch the Diaper Bag
If you’ve ever been to the beach, you know how sand can mysteriously work its way anywhere and everywhere. Rather than cake it into your posh diaper bag, leave it at home and instead go for a simple canvas tote. Be sure to include plastic bags to put the dirty diapers inside (doggie bags work well, too) and don’t forget the moist wipes!
7. Always Bring Towels…Lots of Towels
When you have young children and babies there will always be a need for extra. Inevitably, the moment you’re on the road heading home you’ll smell something incredibly foul and realize your toddler has managed to leak outside of his or her diaper💩. Hold your breath and use an extra dry towel over your child’s seat to help absorb the wetness. It will protect your car’s interior, and save you time from cleaning a car seat.
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