Going to the beach with a baby is a lot of fun, but can also be a lot of work! They one beach bag cargo you used to have is now multiplied to several bags, diapers, wipes, bottles and the list goes on. So much that the famous beach wagon is a must. However, all of this work and luggage is worth the joy of seeing your little one enjoy a day at the beach. Here are the items that helped us survive the beach with a baby.
Beachcomber Wagon: This is at the top of my list. The wagon served many different purpose than just toting around our beach essentials. Once we made our way down to the beach and unloaded all of our bags we used the wagon as a play pen when Ava was tired of the sand and to help us keep her in one spot. We also used it for wagon strolls down the beach, and as a crib for Ava to drink her bottle and take a nap in. I think the cheapest place we have found it is atBed Bath and Beyond (don't forget your 20% off coupon).
The spray bottle helped us rinse Ava's hands and face and cool her down when she got really hot. I used it quite a bit too! It was just nice to have some fresh water on hand.
This sunscreen is a must have for us. We use the one they have for adults and Ava has been using this all summer long. It works so well and is recommended by pediatricians. It's also great for babies who have sensitive skin or eczema. It's also on our Summer Time Essentials List. You can read that blog post here.
I usually use the reusable diapers for Ava when playing in the water but hers have gotten a little small on her and are hard to take off. So I thought for the beach I would try the disposable diapers to make things a little easier. They worked really well! One pack lasted us for the three days we were there with some leftover.
We use this all the time when on the go for Ava's formula and it worked great for us at the beach.
This is another one of our on the go essential. We carry one of these with us filled with her favorite snack puffs all the time! I forgot it one day at the beach and needless to say I ran up to the room very quickly to retrieve it.
These sand toys worked out great for Ava. You get several pieces for a great price and they come with a bag to keep them all in. They are petite in size and great for little ones to play with at the beach.
Hats are great to keep their little heads from getting sunburnt. This hat has a pull on closure, with UPF 50+ fabric, is light weight and has a tie closure under the chin.
Baby Food Pouches: These are awesome for the beach. No bowl or container needed. Your child can squeeze it straight into their mouths or you can squirt it on a spoon for them and then just throw away when you are done. Also right now Happy Baby has a coupon for buy 1 get one FREE. You can find that coupon here.
This blanket was perfect for the beach. It folds up very easy and small making it easy for storage. It's also water resistant and the sand slides right off of it. We seriously use this blanket all the time throughout every season of the year! It's one of my most favorite baby items we own.
Other Recommended Beach Essentials...
Here are some more baby beach essentials that were recommend fellow moms and bloggers that we didn't bring to the beach but they might come in handy for you!
What's one of your beach baby essentials?