It’s finally that time of year where we can get our bathing suits on and go to the beach! Sometimes, this can sound more delightful then it is…especially when you’re taking tiny humans with you. To make sure your day remains a great one, here are 8 tips on surviving the beach with toddlers.
- Pack in advance. You don’t want to be rushing around minutes (or hours) before the trip or believe me, you will start the day off with frustration. Not to mention your more likely to forget something in the rush to get ready. Instead, make a list of items several days before and begin packing a day or two in advance. Probably best once the kids are in bed, because if they see you packing for the beach…they will think they are going…NOW.
- Go early, or find a quieter beach. Easier said then done. But, try get to the beach early to find a great spot, warm days will be the busiest, and you don’t want to be stuck near the back, as most kids cannot decide if they want to play in the water or the sand. Or, if possible drive an extra 10-20 min to an area that is not as busy, it will be worth it as you can relax more knowing your kids have more space to run without accidentally falling over someone else’s towel.
- Pack lightly. This is a difficult one. If you succeed in doing this please let me know, my husband would really appreciate it! Try not to bring extras, or leave your extras in the car. Just remember, what ever you want to bring to the beach must be carried there, as most strollers and wagons don’t do well in sand. Not to mention you will have your hands full of excited toddlers!
- Bring water and snacks. Playing in at the beach is serious business and you will find that the little’s will get thirsty and hungry, fast. Be prepared and bring several small, easy to east snacks and tons of water.
- Don’t forget the essentials. Things like sunscreen, something to sit on, toys and baby powder. Yes, you read that right. Baby powder is magical for getting stuck on sand off. It won’t work for wet sand, but it will work for that stubborn, dry, “I’m going to stick between their toes” sand. Just rub some baby powder on and the sand falls right off. Best thing, your kids will smell baby fresh!!
- Take/Schedule time for a break. Some toddlers still nap in the afternoon so try to arrange your beach visit accordingly. You don’t want to be stuck with an over stimulated, hot, cranky toddler because they missed nap time. Most toddlers can only take 1.5-2hrs at the beach, they tire easily and will need a break, preferably indoors out of the sun.
- Bring wet bags. These bags are very useful. I never go to the beach without one. They are perfect for putting all the wet, sandy suits in when you are all done at the beach. Along with any other clothes, sandals or hats that get a little to mucky for your liking. Large ziplock bags work great too.
- Relax and enjoy. In the end, it’s a day at the beach! The kids are going to love it and you will too. Memories are going to be made and it’s the best feeling ever!
Hopefully some of these tips will be useful for your next trip to the beach with toddlers. For help making a list of things to bring check out Tips for Packing for a day at the BEACH. Beach season is just getting started, so you’ll have lots of time to perfect the best beach outing!