Beach with Babies: 5 Smart Hacks to Keep Them Safe on the Beach

While beach trips may not be on top of your list this Christmas, sure some of you will start wondering if there’s another way to spend the holidays after being bundled up at home for a couple of days. Going to the beach with the family is always a great idea of fun and relaxing moments. But that idea is sometimes altered by your tiny human’s presence, the one you’ll be tracking like a hawk through the entire trip.

More than enjoying the ocean breeze and white sand, making sure that your babies are safe is something you tend to prioritise on the beach. And by baby’s safety, we mean they don’t get burnt, eat a bottle of sand, or crawl to the water and swim with the mollies. I know keeping your eyes on them could be a little tiring but don’t let the fear of sunburns and sandy bums stop you from hitting the beach this Christmas season. Here’s how to enjoy your family outing and be safe throughout the holidays.

Set an SPF timer.

Some people may think that applying sunscreen for once or twice before and after sun exposure can save them the entire day. But little do they know that there are crucial rules to follow when applying sunblock on the skin. For your babies, choose a sunscreen that has a “broad spectrum” term on its label for complete protection from both skin-damaging (UV-A) and burning (UV-B) rays. Look for a higher SPF level, at least 30 and above. For better application, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and don’t forget to reapply every after 2 hours and after swimming. Set an SPF timer so you won’t miss reapplying on time. Plus, set another time for drinking to keep you and the baby hydrated at all times.

Pack some gears.

Your baby’s gear can provide another layer of protection for her skin. While one-piece swimsuit looks adorable during photo ops, layering with protective gears such as personalised rashies and swim caps can double the skin protection against the sun. Babies in their first years of age can be excited and curious to explore the whole shore and scramble out of your vision. Dress them up with loud gears so you’ll be able to spot them no matter how crowded the beach could be.

Bring an inflatable pool.

If your baby is mobile enough to crawl for a swim, an inflatable pool will make them feel as if they’re splurging the same water from the sea. Don’t forget to set up a beach umbrella. Some inflatable pools may come with built-in shades to keep the baby cool and contained.

Set up a playground with a bedsheet.

Instead of letting the baby crawl on the sand, you can actually let out your creativity and resourcefulness by setting up a play area on the sand by using a fitted bedsheet. Turn the bedsheet upside down and put your travel bags and coolers on each corner to extend. This way creates some stretched sides that act as barriers to keep your curious babies from exploring the shore.

Provide a napping area.

You’ll get surprised by how a laundry basket can turn into an instant napping area for your babies. Laundry baskets can actually tick two boxes at once, from storing the towels and toys you’re bringing to providing a cosy napping area for sleepyheads. Just place a comfortable baby sheet and pillows in the basket and watch over your infant as she sleeps safe and sound.

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