5 Tips for an Awesome Beach Day with Baby

From the day my daughter was born, she has loved water. She is the happiest little mermaid baby you have ever met, as long as she has water in her sight. The bath tub, the sink, water fountains, waterfalls, water bottles, ocean waves. The kid is just mesmerized by water.

That actually works out really well for our family, because we are total beach bums over here and we just love the ocean. We live just a short drive from the beach, so I wanted to get my baby daughter familiar with the ocean right away.

If you have ever been to the beach, with or without kids, you probably know that it is hot, sandy, and requires some work. Before my baby arrived, those all seemed like really small things. Even when I was pregnant, I would take a towel and a book to the beach, read until I was sizzling from the sun, and then hop in the cold ocean water to cool off. It was a wonderfully peaceful time, and it was so easy to manage by myself.

It won’t be quite like that when you’re bringing a baby along, but it can still be an awesome and enjoyable day at the beach. Use my TOP 5 tips for beach-going with baby, and it will make your day a whole lot easier!

# 1: Put sunblock on at home.

It’s just so much easier to slather on the sunblock in a clean place where soap and clean water is easily accessible. I personally feel like the cream sunblock soaks into your skin better and stays put longer. So hop into your swimsuit at home, apply your sunblock from head to toe, let it soak in for a few minutes, and you’re good to go. It takes me two minutes, and I never get a sunburn when I follow this routine. Of course, it’s important to reapply every few hours, so I bring the spray-on stuff with me for quick application after a dip in the ocean.

# 2: Keep your beach gear simple and functional.

We have great camping chairs that fold up and store in a net bag that has a strap. It’s easy to shake out any sand, and it’s easy to carry the chair over your shoulder. When I go to the beach by myself with the baby, it’s super easy. I carry a chair, a beach umbrella, and my backpack over one arm, and carry the baby in her car seat in the other arm. This leads us to tip three.

# 3: Keep baby in the car seat while you set up.

Even if my baby is awake, I hand her a toy or an empty water bottle to play with and I set up our stuff while she’s restrained. She loves to watch me, and I love that I can get everything set up without worrying about her face-planting in the sand. I usually keep it really simple and just set up a chair, prop up the umbrella, and unfold a big blanket. If I have more people with me, then we bring along a cooler with drinks and snacks, but if it’s just me and baby, I just bring a piece of fruit and some bottled water in my backpack. Easy peasy.

# 4: Use baby powder

It is like magic for getting the sand off of you and baby. And it really works.

# 5: Have fun!

I find myself adding this tip to a lot of my articles, because it is easy to forget. We’re going to the beach to relax and have fun. One thing I remember about our childhood beach trips is the fact that my dad always made it fun for us; he never complained, and he never lugged unnecessary junk along with us.


Follow the previous tips to make your day sweet and simple! And here’s what I always have in my backpack, just in case you’re curious. You can download the printable checklist here.

Spray-on sunblock
A towel
A blanket
Sand Toy/Teething Toy
Baby sunglasses and sunhat
Baby Powder
Snack/Water Bottle
Change of clothes for baby
Plastic zipper bag for my keys and phone

Now, tell me! What are your tips and tricks for an fun beach day with small babies? What’s in your beach bag? Share in the comments!


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1 Comment

  1. L.M.

    April 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Going to the beach this weekend! Will try out a few of these tips 👍🏼

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