How to Pack for the Beach with Baby

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Always keep a watchful eye on your baby at the beach.

A day at the beach with your baby and loved ones creates wonderful family memories. Anytime you leave the house with a baby, it's a good idea to grab extra supplies to properly nourish, protect and entertain your little one. Careful planning and packing helps you focus on beach fun, instead of scrambling around searching for forgotten supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Wide-brimmed sun hat
  • Lightweight cotton clothing
  • Baby sunscreen
  • Swim diapers
  • Changing pad
  • Baby wipes
  • Small garbage bags
  • Fluids
  • Snacks
  • Beach mat
  • Towels
  • Baby sling or carrier
  • Beach toys
  • Beach bag
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Instructions

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      Protect your baby’s delicate skin from the sun. A wide-brimmed sun hat helps keep the sun off her head, ears and face. Lightweight, tight-weave cotton clothing, like long-sleeved shirts and pants, also provides a sun barrier. Keep your little one in the shade as much as you can and try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. If your baby is older than 6 months, apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before heading out into the sun and reapply every hour and a half to two hours. The sunscreen should be at least 15 SPF, and one made specifically for babies is ideal.

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      Bring a supply of swim diapers. These are designed to be submerged in water. Don’t forget a changing pad, baby wipes and small plastic bags to gather your garbage and dirty diapers.

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      Stock up on fluids and snacks. Offer your baby some formula, breast milk or small amounts of water in between feedings to keep him hydrated. If he is eating solid foods, bring some crackers, bananas or other finger foods for him to nibble on. Don’t forget to grab snacks for yourself and the rest of the family.

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      Consider bringing a beach mat for you and your baby to sit on. Grab at least one towel for each member of the family.

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      Use a baby sling or carrier to transport your baby from the car to the beach. These don’t take up much space, and they free up your hands so you can carry your other supplies.

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      Pack some beach toys. A beach bucket is great for scooping up sand and making piles for your baby to knock over. A plastic shovel is useful for digging or drumming on the bucket. A beach ball can be entertaining for baby as well. Any other waterproof toys that your little one loves can be brought along for the ride, too.

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      Throw your supplies in a waterproof beach bag for easy transport.

Tips & Warnings

  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a baby younger than 6 months old shouldn’t be in direct or indirect sunlight for too long, as her sensitive skin may burn and she could experience heat stroke.

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