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Lauren - posted on 07/04/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I'm taking a trip to the beach this week and I'm kind of nervous. I have an 8 month old and I just was wondering if anybody could give me tips on what you would take to keep your baby happy.

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Gloria - posted on 07/04/2010

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I think everyone has it covered but here is a tip. DON'T use little swimmers or similar diapers until you are ready for water. They don't absorb liquid they are just there to protect the water and other swimmers from solids.
We fitted Wyatt with a pair of little swimmers and stopped to eat before heading to the pool. He peed allover the highchair and everything. I didn't realize the swimming diapers worked that way. Maybe I'm the only one but just in case I'm not I thought I'd share my new finding.

Brean - posted on 07/04/2010

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make sure to take: bathing suit. little swimmers. (water diapers) a float or arm floaties. loads of sun block. a cap or sun hat. some bath time toys. help him make a sand castle with some sand toys. make sure to take plenty of formula, baby food, snacks. and alot of water. something for him to nap in or on; the sun really can drain you.

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Lauren - posted on 07/08/2010

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we took our trip yesterday and he was such a trooper! especially since it was such a windy, rainy day. we ended up staying at the beach for about 30 minutes then left to go out to eat. but he loved looking at the birds and the waves. i just can't wait to take him back when he's older and can enjoy it more.

Chandra - posted on 07/08/2010

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All the ladies have gaven you a helpful list of things. make sure to apply the sun screen at least 30 mins before going out in the sun and then again right before you go to make sure. the reflection from the water is horrible. I wouldn't use water wings yet til your child is already learnign how to swim, floaties are alot better. to be safe bring water based eye drops in case sand gets in their eyes. if it's windy (which it can be at the beach even if it's not on regular land) make sure to bring blankets to stop it from blowing in your babies face if you bring your pack n play. Or if you buy the tent it's an awesome investment! if you can find a little pool for babies (mostly found at Walmart, Target or kmart) some have a sunblocker on one side. that way they can play in some water without the fear, just don't leave him alone in it. lol.

Andrea - posted on 07/07/2010

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Gloria I made the same mistake a couple weeks ago I got everyone ready to head out on the boat to go to the beach. I got my daughter already and went a head and put the little swimmer on her. I had to stop at walmart to get a few items to take with use. She ended up peeing all over the cart we weren't any never the bathroom. I had to carry my daughter though the store so I could change her. It 's funny now but people were looking at me like I was crazy I was carrying her away from my body as far possible.

Nicole - posted on 07/07/2010

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The diapers only work when wet. I would only go to the beach early in the morning and later in the day. The sun is too strong midday and your little one is very little. There are alot of clothes and hates that have sunproof also. Lots of water and fruit if old enough to keep hydrated. Good luck!

Danielle - posted on 07/07/2010

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Don't forget your camera =) If it's his first time you're gonna need that!

Trinity - posted on 07/07/2010

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i agree with bringing a pack n play. since he is only 8 months old your may find it hard to keep him from putting the sand in his mouth. lol, i have twins and they put everything in their mouths!

Kelly - posted on 07/05/2010

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I also didn't understand how the swimming diapers worked, and once when I ran out of diapers, I put one of those on my daughter and proceeded to Walmart. I was in line with a cart full of groceries, and she peed all over the seat of the cart (it ran down on top of the groceries too-it was awful!). I had to quickly pay for my stuff, run in the restroom with my newly purchased diapers, clean her up, then come back out and clean up the cart and my groceries! And this was with child #3! LOL-you never stop learning! Anyway, for the original question, maybe a bucket you can fill with water for him to splash in? And sponges that he can dip in the bucket and watch the water drip out. Maybe at 8 months he is not quite ready for that, but it is always nice to challenge their little brains and watch them experience something new. Have fun!!

Jolayne - posted on 07/05/2010

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They have these little tents just for babies (kinda like a pup tent) that is really great as well.

Kristel - posted on 07/04/2010

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Take a pack and play, then put up an umbrella and put the pack and play under it after putting sunscreen on the little one. Just make sure you keep an eye on the shade from the umbrella.

Gloria - posted on 07/04/2010

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't know they worked that way!!! I feel much less stupid now. thanks!

Lauren - posted on 07/04/2010

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that happened to us too with the swimming diapers! we were going to our friends pool but i had to stop at walmart first and i looked down and my shirt was wet from where he was sitting on my hip haha. i was like what the heck!

Gloria - posted on 07/04/2010

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OH! those little portable battery operated fans that come attached to a water bottle are nice to help keep cool.

Lauren - posted on 07/04/2010

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thanks ladies. that's along the lines of what i was thinking, but i guess since i'm so nervous about it being the first time going to the beach with him i'm kinda scatter brained. haha

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