Recently, my husband played a soccer tournament in Virginia Beach. This meant bringing out little one to the beach with us. Traveling to the beach, with a baby, is SUPER DIFFERENT than when it was just you and your significant other. Prepare yourself and you will have a FABULOUS weekend like we did! And don’t worry, there will be more pictures at the end!
Here are some tips I learned alone the way…
- Re-evaluate what your expectations are for the trip. If you expect to sun bathe and read book while listening to the ocean, you’re gonna be miserable. Your baby is gonna need you attention ALL DAY LONG. This isn’t a bad thing, it just may not be what you are used to. He may or may not like the sand. He may love water at home but then think the ocean water is too cold. You have to just roll with. He may try to eat sand or seashells. My little one absolutely WOULD NOT put his feet on the sand, even though he can walk. He would crawl in it but if you tried to walk him over to the sand, holding onto his hands, he would pull both feet up and just hang like a monkey from a branch of a tree. He also frequently changed his mind on if he wanted to play in the sand, water, or on mommy’s lap. But it was amazing to sit back and watch him take everything in.
- Baby powder helps get rid of the wet sand that’s hard to brush off, but don’t let your baby inhale it!
- Remember your baby will need a nap! You may want to cool off to in the room so it isn’t a bad time to take a break.
- Lather on your sunscreen! No one like being sun burnt. And it is SO MUCH HARDER to take care of a little one when you’re not 100%. I used California Baby sunscreen since it doesn’t contain chemicals for Landon and applied in 30 minutes before we went out if the sun. We were lucky and no one got burnt!
- Figure out shade for your baby! We got a shaded pool that he cool splash around in. At nap time we even tried pouring the water out and laying down towels so he could take a nap there. Unfortunately, he never falls asleep in anything other than a crib, pack n play, or car seat. He squirms around like crazy when its nap time. A umbrella would work to. For our set up, we had a battery powered pump to inflate and deflate our pool. We would use a sand bucket to get water from the ocean for him to splash in and let him pour it into the pool at his own pace. This worked wonderfully and he played all day (for the most part)
- Come to terms that your nights may end much earlier. We had my sister come with us to help, but felt guilty leaving her by herself in the room (while Landon slept)…so our nights out ended around 8pm. Such a big change!
- Stay at a hotel or place ON THE BEACH. You will be packing so much stuff with you, you are gonna want to be close. Some of our essentials swim diapers, wipes, snacks, bath toys, large sand bucket, sippy cup, sunscreen, our baby pool (to provide fun and shade), towels, neat sheet, bottled water, and our inflater/deflater.
- When in doubt of how to entertain your baby, DIG A HOLE. Yeah, it’s that simple. Bring a bucket of water up. Instant entertainment for the young ones!
- Get a beach bag and make your husband carry a backpack. You are going to need help to carry all your baby essentials.
- Consider water shoes. Think about being the parent, you may have gradually stroll across HOT, HOT, HOT sand.
- If your baby has never been in sand, maybe try a sand box out before you go to the beach. You’ll know what to expect then.
That’s all the tips, I have! What do you guys do to make things easier?
Here’s the photos I promised: