Going to the beach with your baby may seem like a fun experience, but if you are not prepared it can turn out disastrous. Aside from making sure your baby has plenty of toys to play with, you also want to protect your baby from harmful ultraviolet rays. When you take your baby to the beach, make sure you take appropriate measures.
- Beach umbrella
- Beach toys
- Baby food and beverages
- Swim diaper
- Baby seat
Bring a chemical-free sunblock that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to the beach. These ingredients don't penetrate your baby's skin and provide instant protection so there is no need to apply it ahead of time as you would with a chemical sunscreen. Reapply sunblock to your baby's skin every two hours or after water exposure; focus on areas prone to burning such as your baby's ears, nose, shoulders, and back of the neck. Use a sunblock with an sun protection factor of at least 15.
Pack a sunhat and sunglasses for your baby to protect his scalp and eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
Take a beach umbrella with you to provide shade and to protect your baby from the sun.
Bring plenty of age-appropriate beach toys for your baby to play with, to avoid boredom and to peak his curiosity.
Pack a cooler with water, milk, formula and baby food to keep your baby hydrated and nourished while playing on the beach. Keep the cooler in a shaded area.
Pack extra swim diapers so you don't have to worry about accidents while your baby is in the water. Swim diapers have a water proof layer on the outside and are disposable or reusable. Put on a swim diaper as-is, or cover it up with your baby's swimsuit.
Provide a portable baby seat that your baby can sit or nap in. Avoid putting your baby on a towel because sand can get in his diapers.
Bring a camera to take photos of your baby on the beach so you can cherish the moment forever.
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