Are you ready to hit the beach this summer?! We are! Especially now that Luna is toddling around. I'm already imagining her squealing as she runs from the waves and tossing sand in the air ... probably right on top of me!
I don't want anything to ruin our summer fun ... like accidentally forgetting something we really need. That's where this list comes in handy. You already know the everyday things to pack (diapers, wipes, bottles) but here are 8 extra beach essentials for older babies:
A CUTE SWIMSUIT
Here are two reasons for your baby to suit up this summer: First, it helps protect baby's sensitive skin from the harsh summer sun. Second, babies in bathing suits are just really cute.
I've been known to take Luna into the water in a regular diaper ... and it always ends with little bits of gel all over the place! That's why I use swim diapers now. They're specially designed to go in the water and you'll be thankful you have them when it's time to leave!
A BEACH TENT
A classic umbrella is great but a beach tent offers even more shade. It's a good "home base" where your baby can enjoy a snack, take a nap, or have a few minutes of quiet play time.
Most doctors don't recommend sunscreen for babies under 6 months. After that, your little one should be wearing it on a daily basis - and especially at the beach! To make things easy, skip the lotion and go straight for the spray. Just be sure to cover your little one's eyes and reapply every 30 minutes or so!
A MINI FAN
Your sweet babe will probably get cranky from the heat at some point. A battery-operated mini fan will help cool her down ... and you, too!
Pick up a small pail and shovel before heading to the beach. Even if your little one isn't building castles yet, she'll probably have fun banging on the pail and throwing sand inside!
Bring an extra towel just for baby. Use it to dry her off, cover her shoulders while she plays, and bundle her up when it's nap time!
A WOVEN TOTE
Mommas, this one is for you. Because if you have to lug your baby's things around anyway, you might as well look good doing it!