Going to the beach with kids is a ton of fun if you are prepared! After 4.5 years of taking the kids to the beach, I have finally mastered what to bring (not too much, but just enough!) There is nothing worse than feeling like you are bringing your entire house down to the beach! *This post has been updated since I had our second child and I found more and more parenting hacks! So here is my updated checklist with beach stuff that will make your life easier!
What to Bring to the Beach with Baby
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- Swim Diapers- some of our favorites– Unless your baby is going in the water right away, keep them in their regular diaper. Seriously, you will get peed on! Swim diapers only catch poop (they don’t absorb anything,) so if they pee in it it will go everywhere. Change them into a reusable swim diaper right before you go in the water.
- Regular Diapers- Bring an extra regular diaper for your baby to change into after they are finished swimming.
- Wet bag or plastic bag (in case they poop- put the dirty diaper in there!)
- sunscreen and a
- sun shelter
- For one baby- we used an infant sun shelter for the baby
- Now we use this sun tent in addition. It provides enough shade for the kids to play underneath and grandparents to sit, and the baby sleeps contentedly in the infant beach tent (it is pretty small). This looks like it might be a great substitute for our’s infant sun shelter and more portable!
- *To save money, consider looking at Zulily!
Swimsuits and change of clothes:
- Swimsuits- We love getting our’s here and here. For smocked swimsuits, I go here or here. And of course, check here for bargains!
- Extra set of clothes- little ones won’t want to stay put in wet bathing suits. Bring something easy to put on.
- To get sand off of legs and toes, I bring this with me in its own plastic bag.
- With babies: Stick with teething toys that are simple and don’t have nooks and crannies for sand to get caught in. So we stuck with simple wooden teethers, a skwish, and Sophie (who I could just rinse off.)
- Older babies: When B got older, we started bringing real beach toys–simple shovels, pails, cups.
- Toddlers & Preschoolers: Last year, we bought these cheap toys from Ikea, but here’s another cute collection which is affordable
- If your kids love swimming but hate how cold the water is, this is a great option–especially for babies!
Drinks and Snacks:
- Drink Containers:
- Cooler: I love this one for its easy access and its fun colors!
- Don’t forget the food: cheese sticks, fruit, napkins all make great snacks
Towels and a large blanket:
- We love these and they stand the test of time!
- For the adults I love my Kaenons
- For the littles– you will scoff at the price and then when you end up having to replace the cheap ones, you’ll wish you bought these! We have three pairs and bought their goggles too because of their great service and guarantees! (If you lose them or they break within one year, they will replace them no questions asked!)