If you have a newborn baby who is under 3 months old and you are wanting to go to the beach, there are some tips you can follow to not only keep your baby safe but to also make your trip go a lot smoother.
Going to the beach should be a fun time and taking your baby for the first time should be memorable… in a good way.
Here are 5 tips to remember when taking your newborn baby to the beach.
Bring Along a Beach Tent to Keep Baby Out of the Sun
One of the best ways to keep your little baby out of the sun’s harmful rays is by using a beach tent. Look for a good baby beach tent that provides shade for your little one but also has ventilation to keep air flowing inside as well.
You can place towels or even a little portable bouncer seat inside the tent so your baby can lay down comfortably since he won’t be old enough to sit by himself.
You can also consider buying a larger beach tent so that your whole family can sit inside or at least one adult can sit with the baby in the shade.
Beach umbrellas can be nice, but a tent does provide more shade and less direct contact with the sunlight.
Cover Your Baby Up As Much As Possible
You want your baby’s skin covered as much as possible without him overheating. This may include long pants instead of shorts or a swim suit as well as a nice baby sun hat to keep the sun off his head and face.
This may also include wearing a sun protective sunsuit rather than a typical swimsuit while at the beach. You’ll definitely want to add a sun hat to your packing list as well.
Even if you bring along a beach tent you still want your baby as covered as possible for any time you may bring him out of the tent as well as things like walking around the beach as well.
It used to be that doctors didn’t want parents applying sunscreen to baby’s under the age of 6 months, but now according to American Academy of Pediatrics, you can apply a small amount of sunscreen to the exposed skin on a baby under 6 months old.
So make sure you bring along the baby sunscreen as well as enough clothing to keep your little one covered.
Leave the Stroller At Home and Bring the Carrier Instead
It can be really tough rolling that big stroller through the sand. It’s not only tough for parents but gives your baby a bumpy ride as well plus it has the chance of tipping over as you are pushing it.
Instead bring your baby carrier with you instead so you can wear your baby if you decide to talk a walk or just to simply walk from your car to your spot on the beach. This way you can still cover up your little one with a lightweight blanket and a hat while wearing them to protect them from the sun.
If you don’t have a baby carrier or you aren’t baby wearing people, I would still reconsider pushing the stroller onto the beach. It is possible but it can be a pain in the butt. Instead I would simply carry your newborn and then use the beach tent to lay him down in it.
Remember to bring everything you need in your diaper bag so that you don’t have to keep going back and forth between the beach and your car. Pack plenty of diapers, wipes, bottles, clothing, blankets and pacifiers.
Keep Your Baby Hydrated
It’s going to be hot at the beach and your little one needs to stay hydrated. This may mean more bottles than usual or breastfeeding more often.
If you are breastfeeding, remember to keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water as well.
A good tip to follow is to feed your newborn twice as much as they usually take in that time span. So if you usually breastfeed every 2 hours you may want to try every hour to make sure your baby is staying properly hydrated.
Know When It Is Time To Leave
When you have a newborn you need to realize that your beach trip may be cut shorter than you are used to. Some babies may start getting fussy because they are getting hot or just too stimulated.
If your beach trip only last 2 hours instead of your usual 4 hours, go with it, as you can always try again when your baby is older.
Keeping your baby out longer than they should be due to just wanting to stay longer at the beach may only spell trouble for you and your baby. Overly cranky babies make for overly cranky parents.
Going to the beach with your newborn may seem like a lot of hassle but if you plan properly and follow these tips your whole family can enjoy a day out at the beach.