Has anyone taken their babies to the Beach? I have a 8 month old and we're going on Vacation soon...

Amanda - posted on 07/02/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Our family is getting ready to go a beach trip...

How does your baby do at the beach, do they get real fussy , hot? what all should we take? any advice would be appreciated :)

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Nikki - posted on 07/02/2010

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We took my son to Mexico when he was 8 months and he ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! Honestly it was the best time we ever had , he was the happiest lil baby around. And he slept amazzzzingly , the heat tires them out really quick, but before you take him to the beach you need to be very careful;
1) COVER THEM IN SUNSCREEN and REAPPLY OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!
2) Keep them out of the sun as much as possible, yes let them play in the water and sand , but for short periods and then move them under an umbrella. Also make sure he is wearing a hat
3) Make sure he drinks lotts of water, alot of people don't realize how dehydrated you can get from being in the water and in the sun.
4) If it gets too hot take them inside somewhere w AC to cool them down.
As long as your careful, it can be the greatest time with your little one!!!!

Jonna - posted on 07/02/2010

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Please do some research before lathering your children up in sunscreen! Like I said we lived in FL with three kids. We never used sunscreen, just always made sure they wore protective clothing and brimmed hats and were kept shaded by an umbrella or stroller shade and never had a problem with sunburn. Here a just a few (of many) websites with information linking sunscreen to skin cancer. Whatever you choose is up to you, I just want parents to be able to make informed decisions about things like this, and I think many parents don't have enough info to make an informed decision.

http://www.tanplusforhealth.com/news/jul...

http://thecontrarianmom.com/2010/06/16/s...

http://www.yourhealthbase.com/sunscreens...

Jonna - posted on 07/02/2010

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We had three kids in FL and went to the beach all the time. I would recommend an umbrella (we got a cheap one from KMart for like 20 bucks) and a huge blanket. My biggest problem was getting the babies to not eat the sand, but a big blanket helps with that. Bring bottles or cups of cold water for the babies and a small spray bottle full of water (the mist from the spray bottle will cool them down). Just mist them down with water every few minutes, my kids loved it. If yours is big enough to dig, bring a little shovel and bucket, if not them just a few toys that will occupy them for a while. Don't worry if baby gets sandy... just give a bath afterward. Have a great time!

Kristin - posted on 07/06/2010

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I would go to a BabysRUs and get the beach hut. It is a little pop-up tent that has 100% UV protection. It is very useful for the beach. Also, a battery operated fan helped us out a TON when we went to the beach with our little one.

Stina - posted on 07/02/2010

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We live on an island so yes, we have taken our 14 mo dd to the beach many times.

During the summer, we set up an umbrella and a sheet to return to if we plan to make a day of our visit.

I put sunblock on my kids before the swimsuit goes on so that we don't miss any spots.

I BF so keeping my babies hydrated was never a problem. As for getting fussy or hot, I figure if I am comfortable, my baby is probably comfortable. Especially since I keep her shaded more than her brother and sister. And they tucker out pretty quickly so have a plan for naps.

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Mary - posted on 07/07/2010

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The first time I took my daughter to the beach I took the pack and play with us. Yeah its big but it sits out of the sand. my daughter didnt like the sand so it was a big help. Just put an umbrella up over it and relax. It kept her in sight and happy.

Stephanie - posted on 07/07/2010

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i took my son to the beach at 3 1/2 months and brought the pack n play and put it in the shade also they have floaties at walmart with a built it in in t them if you want to put them in the water with out risking a sun burn!

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i just brought my son last week and he's 5 months old! he LOVED it and he's normally fussy. he can't wear sunscreen yet so i just had the UV protective clothing on him and a hat and sunglasses. i brought his car seat, bumbo chair and tray, umbrella and a beach blanket. along with toys and a fully stocked diaper bag. it was only in the mid 80s on the beach and in the shade with the ocean breeze he was actually on the cool side!

Jenee - posted on 07/05/2010

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We live right now the block from the beach! We are there all the time. My son doesn't get fussy unless he is there all day. The sun and water drains their energy and he ends up sleeping great. Yes they can get hot.

1. Make sure you bring some form of shade for your baby. Umbrella, baby tent or stroller with a good cover. So that way your baby is out of the sun for long periods of time.

2. Bring sunblock. A good baby sunblock and make sure that you apply it at least every 15-30 minutes. So that way your baby does not burn.

3. Make sure that your baby has something to drink. Werther it be juice, water or formula/breastmilk. Make sure you keep your baby hydrated.

4. Bring some toys. So your baby can have some fun in the sand.

5. Bring baby powder. Its the best way to get sand off. Works great.

6. If you have it bring a pool. So that yway you can dump some water into and your baby can sit in it. Sometimes the ocean is too much for a small baby and depends on how rough the water is, it might be too much.

Most of all and most important. Have fun! :)

Mandy - posted on 07/05/2010

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I live in a tropical island and the beach is a staple here! My daughter was in the sea from 8 weeks old, and she loves it!

Laura - posted on 07/04/2010

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We went last weekend with my 3 year old and 13 month old. Factor 50 sunscreen, a large umbrellla, bucket and spade and a sun hat for each were the essentials! Large water bottles for all 4 of us were also v helpful! Hope you enjoy!

Lisa - posted on 07/03/2010

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My daughter is about the same age...I often take one of the little blow up tubs or inflatable kiddie pools that are made for under 1 year..I inflate it and she hangs out in there under a big umbrella.I helps cause she has here own space to motor in with out really worrying about sand and what not to much. Sometimes I put water in it some times I dont...It helps and it keeps here safe and contained!

Amanda - posted on 07/03/2010

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Thank you all so much!:) I feel better and more aware of what to take with us on our trip.. Kim Corven asked if anyone has any advice on how to keep her 1 yr old in his car seat bc his biggest struggle will be the ride because he is going through an 'I hate my carseat phase' :/ If you could please give some suggestions for that :)

C. - posted on 07/02/2010

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The first time we took our son to the beach was when he was almost 8 months old in HI.

I would advise you to use sunscreen on your baby.. Hats are also good to help shield their eyes, head and ears from the sun. Sunglasses if your baby will actually wear them.

The only thing was, when my son was that young, he didn't like the sand and it was getting pretty windy that day, so a good portion of our beach trip was spent sheltering our son from the sand that was flying through the air.

What to take:
Extra sunscreen, extra clothes and diapers (we used the Little Swimmers, they're pretty good), snacks for baby, water- depending on the age of your child, small baby-friendly water toys (my husband picked out a little shark ad when you pulled the string and let it go in the water, it swam- my son loved it).

Keshia - posted on 07/02/2010

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I take my son to the pool since we live in town plus its cleaner but i put lots of sunblock on him swimmers diaper swim trunks and a protective swim shirt oh and sun glasses too he loves the pool hasnt fussed once hes just about 11 months

Kim - posted on 07/02/2010

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Getting ready to take my 1 year old on his first beach trip as well so I'm glad you posted this. I already have a list going and it seems I'm taking the whole house with me. Our biggest struggle will be the ride because he is going through an 'I hate my carseat phase' :/ Any suggestions for that???

Ashley - posted on 07/02/2010

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We just took our daughters to the beach almost a month ago .. they are 2.5yrs( 32months) and 14 months old now...(as of this coming tues) the oldest loved it even the cold water the youngest not so much buit then again she hates grass and tile floors and wood floors basically everything... just take lots of toys that you baby can play with that wont get ruined by the sand ... lots of drinks and snacks .. and know your limits.. if your child does get overly fussy be ready to leave make sure you take the normal things you would take for yourself blankets to sit on something for shade ... and have fun with your family

Samanatha - posted on 07/02/2010

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don't go anywhere without the sunscreen! i would bring a blanket for Baby to nap on, also a hat or an umbrella over the area you are sitting would help. depending on how mobile your baby is, bring some sand box-type toys and if Baby gets warm, sit in the water with Baby, and have a great time exploring! Also remember to pack lots of snacks for everyone!

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