5 Beach Hacks For Babies- How to Have A Care-Free Day at the Beach with Little Ones

May 24, 2017 178 Comments

5 Beach Hacks For Babies- How to Have A Care-Free Day at the Beach with Little Ones


Have you ever headed to the beach weighed down with about 1,534 things to ensure that you and your baby have a good day only to spend the whole time fighting the actual things you came to enjoy- the sand and the sun? Us too. We've put together a *list of some helpful beach hacks that will hopefully make your day in the sand a little sunnier.

1. Spray Bottle:: At some point during any beach day, something or someone WILL fall in the sand- it's inevitable. We've all tried using wipes to get the sand off or pouring bottles of water on said object/body part. The problem is that wipes don't actually work and the bottles of water you're using are usually your drinking water. Instead, bring a little spray bottle with you. In place of wasting precious drinking water, you'll get the same effect with a couple of spritzes of water. It's lighter than a water bottle and cheaper and more effective than wipes.
2. Baby Powder: I never learned this trick until I moved to Southern California. There is something magical about baby powder. I don't really understand the science behind it, but when you pour baby powder onto sandy bodies and rub them down with a towel, the sand falls off. No more spraying your baby down or dunking their sandy parts in the ocean just to get wet and sandy again. Keep some baby powder in your beach bag for diaper changes and when you change them from their swimming suits into their clothes before you go. It doesn't need to be anything fancy because it's coming right off, but buy it in bulk because you'll go through a lot. Did I mention it's like magic? Because it is. 
3. Fitted Sheet: I take no credit for this one but it is pure genius. Instead of coaxing your little one to stay on a beach blanket all day to avoid the ingestion of sand, create a sand-free play area using an old fitted sheet. Use solid objects like coolers and beach bags on the four corners to keep up the sides and you've got a place for baby to crawl around and play that is worry free. 
4. Portable Activity Station: An alternative to the fitted sheet solution is buying a portable baby seat. These handy foldable activity stations do all the work for you while keeping baby entertained and off of the sand. This one folds up small enough to fit in the bottom of a stroller carriage or beach wagon.  
5. Mesh Sand Toy Bag: If you decide you don't mind your baby playing in the sand, keep your beach toys in a mesh laundry bag instead of an enclosed tote. When you pack up the toys at the end of the day, you can easily shake the sand out of the bag for an easy clean up that will help keep unwanted sand out of your car.
Do you have any beach hacks that make your life easier at the lake, river, ocean or even the pool? Let us know in the comments below and help a mama out!

 

*This post is in no way sponsored or affiliated. All opinions are our own. The live links are for convenience purposes only.



100 Responses

Sarah Moriarty
Sarah Moriarty

May 31, 2017

A pack and play with a fitted sheet over the top keeps sun off baby while he’s napping!

Ashley Scheinoha
Ashley Scheinoha

May 30, 2017

The baby powder hack is genius! I’ll definitely be using that. Pool noodles also work in a sheet for children that aren’t mobile or that know to stay put.

Amanda M
Amanda M

May 29, 2017

Like everyone else- love the fitted sheet trick, and it actually works which is awesome. We also use a mesh laundry bag for beach toys to shake out the sand. Baby powder trick is interesting, I wonder if corn starch would work in the same way. Thanks!

Samantha McCarty
Samantha McCarty

May 29, 2017

I love the mesh bag idea! That, in combination with the baby powder will help me combat my hate of sand getting all over the place! Lol The less sand in the car, the better!

Steph
Steph

May 29, 2017

I had no idea about using the baby powder, but that’s brilliant!

Josey
Josey

May 29, 2017

I just got back from a beach trip and we took our changing pad for baby to lay on. With a removable cover to throw in the wash, water resistant, wipeable pad, and the curved sides to keep him from rolling off, he was happy as a clam laying in the shade!

Kristin
Kristin

May 29, 2017

I never knew of the baby powder trick ! Thanks for the tips. Looking forward to summer !

Danielle
Danielle

May 29, 2017

The baby powder trick is cool! I’m just leaving the beach and really could have used that today before getting in the car to head home….

Erin
Erin

May 29, 2017

I love the spray bottle and baby powder hack! We live in So Cal so these will definitely come in handy!

Brandy Marshall
Brandy Marshall

May 29, 2017

I loved reading these hacks! As a mommy, I can always use tips and tricks to make my life easier. My favorite hack was the BABY POWDER hack. Who knew?! Sand can be sooo much fun but also PESKY. I’ll be using this one for sure!

Kristen Wiederholt
Kristen Wiederholt

May 29, 2017

I am loving the baby powder hack. Definitely trying it next trip out!!! I love using the fitted sheet on the ground for less sand and then using it over the PAC and play to help keep sunnout during nap time.

Angelina Cortez
Angelina Cortez

May 29, 2017

I loved reading all the hacks. I’m expecting twins and I’m excited about all of these ideas! My favorites are the baby powder and fitted sheet. I’ve heard great things about a Cover Me Poncho. I want to get one! I bet it can double as a beach cover up!

Jasmine
Jasmine

May 29, 2017

I love the fitted sheet idea!! I will be using that this summer. Also, I carry a paint brush to brush off the sand. It works wonders!

Ember
Ember

May 29, 2017

I love the fitted sheet hack, it’s my favourite for sure. We’ll be camping next month, so I’ll have to try some of the others. Thanks!

Ashley Ovall
Ashley Ovall

May 29, 2017

Love all of these! Baby #3 will be here any day & we plan to camp this summer so I’ll definitely have to try all of these- especially the fitted sheet so baby doesn’t get sandy!

Justine
Justine

May 29, 2017

We live by having baby powder on hand at all times at the beach as well as using a spare pack n play for nap time when they are little. With 3 boys ages 3 1/2, 2, and 9 weeks both are still our go to beach hacks!

Lauren Schumann
Lauren Schumann

May 29, 2017

Pack edible frozen foods/drinks as ice packs so when you leave your cooler is lighter!

Kristina
Kristina

May 29, 2017

I love the spray bottle hack! We also took a pop-up tent so our little one had a safe place to nap with worrying about the sun moving on her.

Jordana
Jordana

May 29, 2017

I have used the fitted sheet trick and it works great!

Olivia Miller
Olivia Miller

May 29, 2017

The fitted sheet idea is genius! I would have thought to bring a pack and play, but the fitted sheet would obviously take up less space in the car. I’m going to have to try this when I take my baby to the beach this summer. Thanks!!

Rachel
Rachel

May 29, 2017

I have seen the fitted sheet idea and have always thought it was genius! Its a perfect way to keep baby/toddler and your belongings all in one area! Sheets are also not too big, so they won’t take up too much room when you pack it up. I love that hack!

Gina Crandall
Gina Crandall

May 29, 2017

I’m a new mom so I haven’t learned any beach hacks just yet. BUT i did invest in a little pop up mesh baby tent for my little guy to lay in to protect him from sun and bugs. We tested it out in the back yard and he loved it, went right to sleep after a few minutes. That also frees up your hands for a swim and a snack :)

Emily Pinkney
Emily Pinkney

May 28, 2017

Definitely going to try the spray bottle and the baby powder!

Amanda
Amanda

May 28, 2017

Definitely trying the spray bottle idea next beach trip!

Briana
Briana

May 28, 2017

My two fave baby hacks are to bring a disposable diaper and roll our valuables in it in the car and place it among our belongings … no one is EVER going to steal what looks like a dirty diaper … we roll it in sand to make it look weathered upon lying out our stuff … the problem with storing items in a sunscreen bottle is I have had strangers ask to borrow my sunscreen … and then where are you?!!! My second hack is packing easily bruised fruit in egg cartons… we love freezing summer fruits so they are cold so we don’t have to travel with an ice bin to load us down… an egg carton holds plums, apricots, halved peaches, and mandarin oranges and they are all chilled and not bruised.

Loved all the suggestions listed here as well … and I adore your covers. I’ve tried 4 brands and this is by far my fave!!

Happy summer everyone!

Elizabeth Falagan
Elizabeth Falagan

May 28, 2017

These tips are a lifesaver to a momma who dreads cleaning sand out of the car after a day at the lake! Now if only I could convince my husband to cover his feet in baby powder… ?

Alexandra Howe
Alexandra Howe

May 28, 2017

The baby powder trick has saved my life a couple of times at the beach!!!! :D :D Works like magic!!!

Naomi Gilch
Naomi Gilch

May 28, 2017

Great hacks! I like to apply the first round of sunblock to my kiddies at home. They say you should apply at least 1 hour before going in the sun. I apply to my lil ones while they’re in just a diaper too. This way, no burns in between where their clothes end & their skin begins, since sometimes clothes move around a bit while they play. With the base coat of sunblock already on, when we get to the beach, they can start playing right away, which is all they wanna do. And you don’t have to worry about rubbing in sunblock with sand (at least for the first application, anyway)!

Stefanie
Stefanie

May 28, 2017

I love the spray bottle hack. Genius!

Erica
Erica

May 28, 2017

Love the spray bottle hack! Every year I keep forgetting about the baby powder one?, but this year it’s definitely on my must pack list! This is going to be our first year at the beach with a baby?, wish us luck! Lol

Winter Sams
Winter Sams

May 28, 2017

Spray bottle instead of wipes! Why haven’t I thought if this before? Great hacks! Thanks for the tips.

Arualstra
Arualstra

May 28, 2017

Love the spray bottle and baby powder ideas – definitely trying these this summer. The fitted sheet is always great to have with!

Brittany Kanagy
Brittany Kanagy

May 28, 2017

If you fill an old sock with the baby powder it becomes a dusting bag so simply rub the sock over sandy bodies and the sand falls off! It’s convenient!!

Monique
Monique

May 28, 2017

I love the spray bottle idea and the baby powder trick! My first experience taking a baby to the ocean revealed baby wipes and hand sanitizer do NOT get sand off. Definitely leave the stroller rather than lugging it to the beach (learned the hard way). A sun hat that ties under baby’s chin helps keep the sun off and the hat on, and pack the cooler with some frozen water bottles as “usable” weight so it’s lighter when returning home. A hydrated mama is a happy mama!

Cassandra Manti
Cassandra Manti

May 28, 2017

I absolutely love all of these hacks along with the ones I read in other comments. I’m a mother of a 19 month old and a 2 month old, so I’m still new to taking children to the beach. These hacks will be so helpful this summer. Never would have thought about the baby powder one; good to know!

Faye
Faye

May 28, 2017

You basically said most of the hacks. Though my family used to have an empty container, something that can be covered and not easily opened to put wallets. cellphones, and other important things and bury them in the sand and then place a beach blanket or whatever on top of it so it is not easily stolen.

Sara Holerud
Sara Holerud

May 28, 2017

A pop up tent (similar to a windshield shade) that opens up and breaks down within seconds! Just recently got the Genji brand and its great. Big enough for the whole family to be inside and covered!

Kenia Guzman
Kenia Guzman

May 28, 2017

You totally mentioned every single one of my hacks!! But another I would like to add is the empty sunscreen bottle hack and creating a hiding stash for your wallet, credit cards, cash, car keys etc.. because no one will come to try and steal sun screen! Or even putting your phone inside of a ziplock bag to avoid sand or water damage. The ziplock is clear Enough to still take some great beach pictures!

Angela
Angela

May 28, 2017

I love the idea of the spray bottle! I’m also a fan of the trick suntan lotion bottle to keep valueables in – won’t be keeping on eye on those when you’ve got a mini you to keep on eye on!

LOVE your covers. I get compliments on ours every time we go out!

Sharyn
Sharyn

May 28, 2017

I like the idea of hiding your cell phone, money, and other valuable items in an empty, cut open lotion container or a diaper. No one would want to take or search through what they think is a dirty diaper!

Keri
Keri

May 28, 2017

These rinsekits (http://www.rinsekit.com/mobile/) are awesome for those beaches that don’t have showers, or for washing feet right before getting into the car.

My sister got me a bareskin towel (http://bareskintowel.com/) for my birthday one year and it has been awesome! It dries fast and it sand doesn’t cling to it when dry. We usually have a quick shade when we go to the beach and we just hang the towel up to dry for the next person to use. We could use that one towel for our whole family instead of packing a towel for each person. It also doesn’t take up a lot of space so it’s easier to transport. It’s also good for my daughter to crawl around on, on the ground. ?

I like the mesh basket idea for the toys. We’re always looking for ways to make our beach trips easier since we go year round. So, thank you for that.

Shelly
Shelly

May 28, 2017

Totally have used the baby powder trick! Also your wallet/keys can be rolled up in a clean diaper, no one will know its there!

Dena A
Dena A

May 28, 2017

Ahh, the painful memories of my mom beating the sand of our feet with a towel when we were kids! I am so excited to try this baby powder thing; thanks! My only beach hack is to steer VERY clear from dark-colored beach towels…I know some of them are super cute, but they will ROAST your little one’s bum. The lighter the color towel, the safer it is—take the advice from a Floridian. (:

Kari Barone
Kari Barone

May 28, 2017

We would bring a small tent with us to the beach for an all day trip. It was great for changing, or just getting out of the sun. Excellent for putting baby down for a nap, as it is shaded and cooler. I always bring a baby carrier, so that I am hands free. There is always so much to carry.

Julia
Julia

May 28, 2017

I love bringing the a cooler on wheels that is bigger than what you need to keep refreshments cold. Pack everything in there, get to the beach and get everything situated, put the ice in the cooler, and when you’re packing up just empty the ice and roll everything to the car. It also helps to have your husband carry everything while you reel in the kiddos :)

Becky
Becky

May 28, 2017

I have used the baby powder trick on myself when I used to live in the Dominican Republic, and it works great. I am intrigued by he fitted sheet idea! We always use a regular sheet but I like the boundaries the fitted sheet makes!

Nicole O
Nicole O

May 28, 2017

I ALWAYS take a spray bottle with me to the beach. Its great for sand, dirt or even when you just get hot but don’t want to get all the way wet.

Ammie H
Ammie H

May 28, 2017

I haven’t tried any of these but I want to try them all this summer with my 1 year old. I think the mesh bag idea is my favorite because I hate dragging home half of the ocean sand with me with all the toys!! The bag is genius!

Ashlee Oliver
Ashlee Oliver

May 28, 2017

I love the fitted sheet idea!! Especially for before the crawling stage!!

Courtney
Courtney

May 28, 2017

I haven’t heard the spray bottle hack before—I’m interested to see how well it works!

Shannon
Shannon

May 28, 2017

I have definitely used the baby powder idea when my first was younger. It works great! Also, make sure to bring snacks and water for the little one (if they are over six months).

Lindsey H
Lindsey H

May 28, 2017

My beach back is using a newborn/infant bathtub seat as a beach chair for an infant. The kind that look like chairs kinda and are made of mesh. We used it for my daughters as a chair when they took their first beach trip. Love all the other ideas from everyone else too! Will be using some of them!

Andrea
Andrea

May 28, 2017

I like the idea of the sheet beach hack, I’ll have to try that one…and all of them!! Haha

Joana Ortal
Joana Ortal

May 28, 2017

I oove the baby powder hack. Ill be definetly trying it this summer.

Jana
Jana

May 28, 2017

I love the idea of taking a small inflatable baby pool to bring the water farther away from the ocean . Perfect for sand castle building!

Angelene Bryan
Angelene Bryan

May 28, 2017

These are all awesome beach hacks, thank you!! Definitely doing the spray bottle and fitted sheet ideas with our littles and new baby, so great!! We love to load up our collapsible wagon with all our gear and the kids and pull them over the boardwalk and out to the sand. The large tires work great on the sand (& all terrains really) and everyone and everything gets there safely in one trip. Our family appreciates these hacks and the opportunity to possibly win a pretty poncho from Cover Me Ponchos!!!!! Blessings!

Frances
Frances

May 28, 2017

My favorite hack for the beach is wearing socks down to the beach. Wear a pair of socks instead of sandals when the sand it hot. It protects your feet and you don’t have to run to avoid scolding your feet. This is great with young kids and parents having to carry everything! You may get some strange looks, but very worth it!! By the way, the sand does not come out!!! I’ve used the same pair a few years in a row, and the sand is imbedded in them.

Sara Moore
Sara Moore

May 28, 2017

The fitted sheet is pure genius!! I’ll definitely have to use this hack!

Kinsley
Kinsley

May 28, 2017

My sister took a small inflatable pool to the beach, and it was perfect for the babies! They loved playing in the water, we were able to keep them in the shade the whole time, and we didn’t have to worry about waves or other people knocking them down.

Stephanie hawes
Stephanie hawes

May 28, 2017

I love the fitted sheet idea!! Some friends and their babies are headed to the beach with us this week and I will definitely be using this idea as well as the spray bottle to keep them clean and me cool.

Abbie
Abbie

May 28, 2017

Love the fitted sheet idea! For older littles we also freeze yogurt and juice packs the night before and throw them in the cooler. They work like little ice packs until they thaw enough for kids to enjoy!

Emily Terry
Emily Terry

May 28, 2017

Love the spray bottle!

Julie
Julie

May 28, 2017

Love the fitted sheet idea. Easy to pack along and genius!

Julie Zare
Julie Zare

May 28, 2017

I love the fitted sheet idea! So great and a cost saver. As far as our own hack, we love a clip on fan to keep the baby nice and cool!

Alyssa
Alyssa

May 28, 2017

I love the spray bottle hack! Its on my list for our summer vacation!

Sabrina
Sabrina

May 28, 2017

We love the baby powder trick!

Jess wolpe
Jess wolpe

May 28, 2017

I’m going to have to try the fitted sheet back! Genius! We also like to take a little pop up tent for shade!

Erica Gensel
Erica Gensel

May 28, 2017

We like to take a large tarp, dig a hole, and make a little pool for the kids to play in!

Erin
Erin

May 28, 2017

I love these ideas! An inflatable pool is another alternative to the fitted sheet option. If your little one is a little older and might enjoy the water but your hesitant to let him or her near the waves, fill some buckets with water and transfer them to the baby pool and let the little one enjoy the water right beside you while you relax!

Ali
Ali

May 28, 2017

Love the sheet idea!

Megan
Megan

May 28, 2017

Woah. Some of these are so easy, but awesome! I’m totally using these ideas! I love the laundry basket beach bag AND I’m dying to try the baby powder trick :)

Angela
Angela

May 28, 2017

I am definitely going to use the fitted sheet idea!!!! Great tips!!! :) Thank u!

Tori
Tori

May 28, 2017

I love the fitted sheet idea, pure genius!

Justine Alexander
Justine Alexander

May 28, 2017

I love the spray bottle hack! I’ll have to use that this summer when we go to the beach. :)

Pamela s
Pamela s

May 28, 2017

I love the mesh sand toy bag! Just rinse toys and shake the bag! Hopefully they’ll dry nicely!

Bea
Bea

May 28, 2017

I love the fitted sheet idea and I also add a pareo attached between the umbrella and one of the cooler for protect the baby to the wind and sun.

Amanda Dunn
Amanda Dunn

May 28, 2017

The spray bottle is a winner for us. My sons at the age that he puts everything in his mouth and throws it on the floor. We’re always washing his stuff to keep it clean.

Jody
Jody

May 28, 2017

Very interested in trying the baby powder trick for our littles this summer! This is the first I had heard of the idea!

Jenny Eubank
Jenny Eubank

May 28, 2017

The fitted sheet is a wonderful idea for everyone. I also had never heard of the baby powder trick to remove sand.
Keeping sunscreen in the cooler is another great idea.
Thanks for the chance to win a pretty nursing poncho!

Megan Goetz
Megan Goetz

May 28, 2017

The baby powder is genius! I am going to make sure I take baby powder for myself too!

Candace Hoffman-Hussain
Candace Hoffman-Hussain

May 28, 2017

I love the fitted sheet hack!

Alicia T
Alicia T

May 28, 2017

Not really a hack, but I love having a beach wagon with two kids. My three year old rides in the wagon with all our stuff, and I carry the baby in the carrier. Made solo trips to the beach with the kids doable.

Stephanie L. Kish
Stephanie L. Kish

May 28, 2017

The go pod is great and so is the ciao baby highchair because it’s at your height for help feeding. Also great for picnics, camping and even just bringing to dinner at people’s houses that you know won’t have an available highchair :)

Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor

May 28, 2017

Baby pool at the beach for the kiddos to enjoy!

Trina Juliano
Trina Juliano

May 28, 2017

I love the spray bottle. That’s fantastic.

Casey
Casey

May 28, 2017

I’ve never gotten to do the baby powder thing, but can’t wait to try it! I’ve also heard of people taking a little baby bathtub for baby to sit in under the umbrella.

Rachel
Rachel

May 28, 2017

Baby powder/no sand is the coolest thing!!

Lisa Bradford
Lisa Bradford

May 28, 2017

I’m going to have to say the baby powder and the fitted sheet are the two best beach hacks for us. Now if only I could find something that works on the dogs just well!

Jocelyn Cherry
Jocelyn Cherry

May 28, 2017

I’ll definitely be getting a spray bottle for the beach in a couple weeks and also a mesh basket for toys. Thanks for the ideas!!

Summer
Summer

May 27, 2017

Love these ideas!

Selena Mariaca
Selena Mariaca

May 27, 2017

My favorite beach hack is the spray bottle it seems very convenient. A hack that I know of is to take two umbrellas and lay them down at the beach where you will be sitting for shade.

Vanessa
Vanessa

May 27, 2017

A personal baby pool. We found them on Amazon. You dig a little hole for the pool so you can add water! Great way to keep baby cool and comfortable. It also comes with a personal sun shade. We also use a huge pop up tent for nursing, snacking, and lounging out of the sun. Baby powder is a must for sand removal and the fitted sheet idea is awesome!

Sam Becker
Sam Becker

May 27, 2017

Such great ideas! I live in FL and I am always sure to bring the baby powder! I had one instance when the showers weren’t working and I had to drive home with a sandy toddler. I definitely learned my lesson.

Samantha West
Samantha West

May 27, 2017

Wow truly love the fitted sheet idea another great idea i love to use is bringing a shower curtain and digging a hole and using the curtain as a barrier to keep the water in. This is great for small children you want to keep close
by this way everyone gets to have worry free fun :)

Elizabeth Stevens
Elizabeth Stevens

May 27, 2017

Ooh I never thought of the laundry bag or spray bottle (tried the baby powder trick, but it only works if the powder contains talc). I will be trying those two new-to-me ideas for my oldest this summer!

Nicki Kennington
Nicki Kennington

May 27, 2017

It’s not much of a hack, but I love having a cooler with drinks and snacks for when you need some refreshments!

Alicia
Alicia

May 27, 2017

These are incredible! I’m going to save these for later when my 2 week old can go to the beach with me.

Kayla
Kayla

May 27, 2017

Wow, I never thought to use baby powder. I must try this!

Joann Bally-Chase
Joann Bally-Chase

May 27, 2017

LOVE absolutely LOVE the baby powder idea and definitely be using that one!

diana
diana

May 26, 2017

My favorite hack is hands down the fitted sheet one. With our 5 month old we cant wait to try it this summer.

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