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!
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