Just got back from our annual family beach week. Boy was it a different experience having to worry about our 7 week old baby girl the whole time. Gone are the long drawn out days on the beach soaking up sun. We were able to take Olivia out to the beach for short periods of time during the day all thanks to some last minute purchases. I have compiled a Five on Friday list of some baby essentials for taking a newborn to the beach.
I purchased a Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade from Amazon using my Prime account which gives me free two day shipping. I read on a mommy blog that if you signed up for an Amazon Mom account you would get three free months of Prime. Great deal that I have been capitalizing off of. I got the Coleman beach tent for only $45 plus free two day shipping. I needed it ASAP because we were leaving in just four days. I didn’t even think about using a beach tent until I saw a friends Instagram who had used one for their newborn a few weeks ago. We usually use an umbrella but our base was missing from the move and the tent seemed like the perfect replacement after reading the reviews. It has a shade floor that can convert to a privacy wall when needed (for breastfeeding or sleeping), and a rear window that allows for even more circulation. You can use stakes or the sand bags that come with it to keep it on the ground. I was shocked at how well it held up against the major gusts of wind we had last week due to storms in the area. It did not once feel like it was going to blow away which our beach umbrella seems to do at least once every summer. The tent also offers UPF 50+ sun protection for a newborn that shouldn’t wear sunscreen yet. I plan on using it not only for the beach but for camping, picnics, sporting events and other outdoor occasions. Best buy all summer.
A fan is very important to have when you are out in the summer heat. A newborn has a harder time controlling their body temperature. A baby could develop an angry heat rash or have a heatstroke. Since a baby doesn’t perspire effectively, they can become overheated far more quickly than an adult. Overheating has also been linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). “Babies sleep deeply when they’re hot, making them difficult to arouse, which may increase the risk of SIDS,” explains Bruce Epstein, M.D., a pediatrician in Pinellas Park, Florida.* Scary thought. I purchased a portable battery operated fan from Amazon (I can’t get enough of the two day free rush shipping). It is really light weight and easy to adjust where you want to point it.
A wide brimmed hat will block the suns rays. Babies little face and eyes need protection. We made sure to have a hat on little Livie when walking to and from our beach house down to the tent. The sun is really bright for me even with sunglasses on so I can only imagine how bad it was for Olivia. I got this white eyelet newborn hat at Old Navy on clearance for only $5 back in spring. It has a chin strap that Velcros to help secure it. I’m so glad it had the strap because every time Olivia was in the sun, she would start to flail about.
A cute bathing suit is a beach requirement for anyone but especially for little ones. You will be taking a lot of pictures so don’t even think you can just let them sit their in a diaper all naked (they probably will get naked but at least start off on the right foot). I purchased two newborn bathing suits at a local consignment shop for Livie. They were only $3 each and I can trade them in after Olivia outgrows them for bigger sizes. Steal! I knew she wasn’t going into the water but ruffled pink bathing suits on a newborn is just too cute of opportunity to pass up!
The most important thing to have besides extra diapers, wipes, a bouncer or blanket for them to lay on and other baby care items is to have plenty of water for mama to drink. You cannot get dehydrated if you are a breastfeeding mama! Your little one depends on you for nourishment so make sure you are taking care of yourself first. The beach intensifies everything and the sun can just zap all energy and water out of your system. Drink plenty of WATER (not caffeine or alcoholic beverages) to keep you and your little one safe.