Summer is here and it’s time to head off to the dunes, get a tan, and cash in on all that R&R credit – except that if you’re travelling to the beach with a tot in tow, getting prepped for the vaca requires a little more…prep.
Check out these top tips for ensuring your bubs is beach-ready, sun-safe, and happy as a clam for the hols.
1. Keep them protected.
A pop-up tent like this one is brilliant for providing baby with a break from the sun – and just as easy to fold up and take back home in the beach bag. It also doubles up as a shady treat for siesta time.
2. Make sure to have plenty of sunscreen.
Make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and are applying it every few hours. The key things you need to be looking for in a sunscreen are whether the product provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and whether it has an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 to 30. You could go for a higher SPF, but most experts believe that these high SPF sunscreens don’t provide a significantly higher degree of protection. It’s also a good idea to use a water-resistant sunscreen; even if your kiddo isn’t going swimming, if he’s outside, he’s likely to sweat. You also want to make sure they have a wide-brimmed hat and shades – and if your bathing beauty is younger than 6 months, keep her out of direct sunlight.
3. Keep them entertained.
Don’t forget to pack plenty of sandcastle building paraphernalia – or you’ll be seriously unpopular for the remainder of the holiday. Think buckets, spades, rakes, funnels, and squirt toys to cool down with after.
4. Give them a seat.
If your little one isn’t able to sit up on their own yet, a baby seat will help them feel like they’re part of the fun, as well as provide a sand-free space for them to chill with their playthings or nibble on snack foods. Waterproof play mats are another good idea, too.
5. Allow them to get used to their surroundings slowly.
A trip to the sea can be an entirely overwhelming new sensory experience for young ones. Don’t force them into embracing the surf and sand until they’ve (literally) had a chance to dip their toes in of their own accord. The last thing you want is a miserable critter on your first day of what should be fun in the sun. Allow them to get accustomed to the texture of the sand by introducing some in a bucket first – and a bit of sea water in another for little hands and feet to splash around in. Then take a stroll to the shore together to watch the waves and get the tootsies wet.