Anyone have any tips for taking a 16 month old to the beach??

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Julie - posted on 07/21/2009

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The only problem I have is with sunscreen. Until I got the tear free kind, she was constantly rubbing her face and getting it in her eyes. Not a fun experience for her!

Ryan - posted on 07/20/2009

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We've been at the beach for two weeks now and make sure you bring a shovel and pail, sunblock, floaties, a hat and a swim t-shirt. My daughter loves sitting on the edge of the water, shoveling sand and putting in the pail. That kept her occupied for atleast an hour, then we ran back and forth into the water (hold her hands and letting her test her skills a little). She loved it! I never left her side and we both had a great time!

Tara - posted on 07/15/2009

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lots of sunblock, little swimmers, snacks and drinks, sand toys and a camera to capture all the memories!!!

Tiffany - posted on 07/15/2009

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SPF 50+ for the baby, and swimmy diapers. Also a good idea is a cheap pair of swimmy shoes or sandals. The sand can be HOTT. If they will wear hats, bring one, and sunglasses. My son wouldnt keep either on, so it was a waste of $$ for me, but yours might.
A life jacket, or suit with the flotation in it is a great idea. We go in the boat, & he has to have the life vest on. He hates it! So a suit that has the floats in it, would be great!
My son loved the beach, with the waves and water splashing. Sand and all. He hated having salt in his eyes, but keep a cloth handy to wipe them, and it should be fine. If they dont like the water, dont worry. He probably will next year!!

Larissa - posted on 07/14/2009

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just maek sude it is a fun experience for him and not a scasry one...if he doesn't want to go in water don't make him

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I just got the beach cabana that One Step Ahead sells. (currently price reduced to $35) It has 4 sides so will keep our son in it and away from eating sand, running off, etc. Great for naps or diaper changes, keeps the wind out. We go to Mexico with him next week and will bring it.

Geneva - posted on 07/14/2009

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We just did this - in obx nc - we def. put our son in one of those life jacket/swim vest things. if you are going to the ocean/bay, watch the undertoe since the current can be pretty strong! Other than that, just brink plenty of sunblock, water, & we put milk in one of those insulated sippy cups. We brought a few basic sand toys, & a blanket with a really lightweight blanket (we have the solana swaddle blankets) for naptime. He slept great with the sound of the surf right there! Mostly just make sure they are hydrated & sunblocked!

Beth - posted on 07/13/2009

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well i take my son to the lakes and he loves it. he is not use to the sand sinking below his feet, but he wears his saftey jacket and splashes around.

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