Baby Beach Must HavesPersonal
A lot of you guys have asked me tips for taking your little ones to the beach. Madison, Navy and I have been spending the past couple of weeks at Rosemary, and TRUST me! I know how daunting it can feel to pack up and go each day and actually relax when you’re thinking about your baby. But I’ve rounded up a few of my go-to baby beach must-haves (thank you friends who have shared your tips along the way!). These top 15 don’t just make it doable but ENJOYABLE. Let me know if there are any others you guys have found to be helpful to you!
Portable Camping Chair
A friend recommended this to me and it is a total game changer. It’s made every snack and meal-time with Navy so easy – almost like a portable high-chair but super lightweight and easy to travel with. This way you’re not battling sand, water and everything else when you’re trying to feed your little one.
This has been perfect for carrying everything – baby and gear 🙂 – from one spot to the next. Super easy to go from car to beach and back again with this wagon, and also helps to keep everything together while we’re at the beach.
Gathre Mini Matt
We usually have ours under Navy’s high-chair at home but these matts are perfect for they beach because they’re super lightweight so they’re easy to pack and lay out for your baby to crawl around and play on. AND easy to clean after a long sandy day at the beach!
I love having a good oversized beach tote that you can toss in everything you need for the day – sunscreen, snacks, towels, diapers – so it has to be BIG :). Soraya Hennessy has some great ones. Linking some other I love below!
SwimWays Swim Sweater
We love this for Navy because we can take her into the water with us but it isn’t as much of a hassle as a big float or life jacket. You just put it on like a shirt and the band acts as an inner-tube around her body!
Important for keeping baby essentials (breast milk if you have it, milk) and other snacks and drinks chilled! I got this Filson Cooler for Madison last year as a Father’s Day gift and it’s the perfect size, and has a convenient side pouch for Navy’s bottle. I don’t know if it’s still available so I linked some others that I love.
Perfect for diapers, dirty bibs, wet swimsuits and anything else that might need changing throughout the day – ha! It’s great to have something waterproof (and washable) that you can use to store things on the beach. I keep an extra to store our phones & electronics!
This is a trick I learned from a fiend! Baby powder helps sand from sand from rubbing against your baby’s skin – just use some baby powder rather than trying to rub the sand of with your hands or a towel!
Essential to keep the sun out of your child’s eyes – I love the brands Flap Happy and Angel Dear – they both have some great options! I look for anything with a tie or velcro – that way I know it will stay on even when Navy is playing or on the go!
It may seem like a given but finding the right sunscreen can be super overwhelming but SO important. We’ve been switching between Babyganics and Sun Bum and Baby Bum mineral sunscreen and thankfully have avoided any real burns!
Sunscreen is great (and a MUST!) but a good rash guard helps keep your baby safe from sunburn and sand rashes. Try to look for something with a UPF rating of at least 30+.
If your little one is old enough to crawl, I definitely suggest beach toys to keep her entertained! We found that it didn’t take much for Navy though :). Shovels and buckets provided little lady endless entertainment – ha! Who knew?! Sharing some of my favs below.
A must! So many times I was grateful to quickly clean hands, eyes, or just cool Navy down. We got one that has a battery operated fan and it is amazing – so simple but perfect to keep your little one cool!
This one speaks for itself :). You need something that holds up against the sun, sand and WATER! The more absorbent, the better 🙂 We use Huggies Little Swimmers.
A good pair of sunnies for baby is KEY for the beach! And I also can’t get over how Navy looks in shades – ha! Linked a few of my favorite pairs below that we’ve been using.