Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Beach Mommy

Going to the beach used to be simple. Pack up some snacks, water, sunscreen, towel, maybe a lounge chair and I was good to go.  But since my new addition, going to the beach now requires many additional items. 

When preparing for my first beach trip with my son, I alarmingly realized..."I have no idea what I need!!!!" I scoured the internet trying to find tips.  I found a few... but not many.  Of course I would need bottles, diapers, extra outfits, and all of the usual necessities for an outing... but what about those needed specifically for a beach trip? Here is my list of what you'll need to take an infant to the beach.

Jogging Stroller
First off... if you plan on going on the sand with the baby, I recommend a jogging stroller.  I didn't realize I would need one of these until our first trip to the beach.  I walked up to the ramp leading to the beach and then it hit me... the sand will ruin the plastic wheels on my stroller. We had to have family stay on the ramp and guard the stroller while I carefully held my 20lb baby (I know... he's big) while I walked in the sand.  Our venture didn't last very long and it wasn't the relaxing family beach day I had pictured. But I did learn a valuable lesson!

Baby Powder
Luckily, I did find this tip online. Baby Powder easily and gently helps remove sand from a baby's soft, delicate skin.

Baby Sunshade
If you are one momma who prefers to bask in the sun and skips bringing a beach umbrella... you will need a shady place for your baby.  I recommend one what doesn't require any assembly and simply pops open and then collapses when you are ready to go.  The one I have is called "Instant Junior Sun Shelter" and is pictured below.

SPF Rash Guard, Swimsuit, and Hat
If you're baby is under 6 months of age you are not supposed to put sunscreen (not even baby sunscreen) on them.  Many clothing brands do make a rash guard that has SPF protection built in.  This is what is recommended for children under 6 months old.  Crazy 8 has some very reasonably priced, high quality swimwear for infants.

Baby Sunscreen (for 6 months and up)
If your baby is 6 months or older baby sunscreen is recommended.

Portable Chair or Napper for Baby
Oh yeah... baby will probably take a nap... and need somewhere comfy to sleep. Because our son is big for his age, we use the Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Portable Rocker (pictured below and it works out pretty well.  There are also several portable bassinets on the market.

That is my list for now.  I will definitely post an update whenever I come across my next "Beach Must Have"

Side Note:  I am very excited to say that I have product reviews coming soon! Between my active BzzAgent, Influenster, and Swaggable accouts I have quite a few products being sent my way to try and review.  My first review will be in the next few days.  I'm wrapping up my redbox instant by Verizon campaign with BuzzAgent and will report here shortly!

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