Can we go back? Maybe by teleport so we don’t have to drive the twelve hours again? Pretty please? The beach is my jam. The waves, the sand, the sunshine. All of it. The gritty feeling of salt water dried on your skin. Sunscreen smell, damp book pages, flip flops, warm beach towels. All of it. I like it all.
Last year’s beach experience = SUPER pregnant. Still enjoyable, but just large. Just look at that! My belly was still bigger even with my cousin putting a watermelon up her shirt. A WATERMELON PEOPLE. Needless to say, it was nice not being pregnant this go-around.
So can we talk about how happy I was when Jude got to the beach for the first time and loved it?! Whew. What if my child didn’t like the beach? What does one do? Even though he loved it, there were several items that helped our daily beach experience.
Before our trip, I rounded up items I thought we would need here, and some items actually lived up to the hype. Like baby powder: totally helps dry a baby down and get that sand off fast. Make sure to throw a travel-sized container in your beach bag.
Umbrella Stroller: We didn’t have room for our large jogging stroller, so this little guy came along instead. And it was a life saver on the beach and around town. Once he had an hour or two of play time in the sand, we went on a little stroll and he would be asleep in no time.
Beach Hat: Jude actually kept this sucker on most of the time, and I was so thankful. It helped keep his little neck and ears protected from the sun.
iPlay Swim Diaper: We brought three of these reusable swim diapers and they held up so well. We washed them with regular detergent and stuck them in the sun to dry. It was great to have three- a good amount to rotate through while one was wet, dirty, or being used.
Kiddie Pool: So glad my hubs stuck this in the car! At first I was hesitant to take a blow-up pool to the beach. Would it really be worth the hassle? Yes! And it wasn’t even that difficult. So worth it. We plopped that guy under the umbrella and had a great time splashing around while taking a break from the sun.
Rash Guard: Again, we took several of these style shirts. This one from GAP actually zips up the back, which would have been a great feature! But even without the zip, these rash guards were a life saver. Slathering on sunscreen was a little easier with these guys to help cover up his white, white skin.
What are some baby beach essentials you have found to really make taking your kids easier? I’m already thinking of ways I can streamline the process and make it more enjoyable for next year….
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