With summer having finally arrived, as soon as a sunny weekend is predicted you can almost guarantee that the beaches will be packed with families enjoying a day at the seaside. Packing for yourself is easy enough but if you’re taking baby with you, then you’re going to need to be prepared for every eventuality!
Here’s our checklist for taking baby to the beach.
Sun cream – There’s nothing more important than skin protection for little ones. No one wants to see a little nipper in pain because their ears are red so lather on the sun lotion and make sure to top it up regularly, especially if they’ll be having their first paddle in the sea! We recommend a nice high factor, designed especially for kids, like this Ambre Solaire lotion.
Swimwear – Chances are if you’re at the beach then baby will be heading for a mini paddle or perhaps going in with mum or dad to cool off. In which case you’re going to need some swimwear! Check out our swimwear section for inspiration – why not go with something nautically themed for that real seaside feel?
Change of clothes – There’s no point in heading to the beach with your little monster dressed in a set of clothes, and just a swimsuit to change into. Once you’ve factored in food spillages, skin irritation from the salt, slippery sun lotion and sand getting in all manner of places, chances are that you’ll need at least one full change of clothes. We find that a summer dress and leggings are easiest for girls, while little boys would be happier in some shorts and a light t-shirt. If in doubt a few sleepsuits are perfect for the journey home. Head to our babywear section for plenty of choice.
Raincoat – Sadly, we’re not in the Costa del Sol, so the chance of rain is always a real possibility if you’re heading for a UK beach. Prepare for the inevitable by packing a handy raincoat. They’re light and don’t take up much room and if you do get caught in a downpour then they can save baby getting very grumpy and soggy. For the girls, we just love this fruity rain coat for fighting those summer showers!
We also recommend keeping an eye out for a nice big beach umbrella to keep baby (and anyone else who’s feeling the heat!) in the shade. Set up a nice base camp with some roomy beach towels (to keep the sand at bay) and a cool box to keep any drinks and food cool, rather than warm and soggy.
Now you have all the essentials you can really just go and enjoy the beach with your little ones and make the most of the summer, whether it’s in a hot and sunny climate or somewhere closer to home!