So it’s been ridiculously hot here in Maine the last week or so. So hot that I made the executive decision to venture out with my entire family, my parents and my 2 nephews and head to the beach. As soon as I suggested this idea, I instantly regretted it. How was I going to manage pulling this off with a baby in tow as well. Thankfully, my mom and dad were managing my two nephews and all the stuff they would need so I was left to worry about my family but most importantly the baby. Besides the obvious beach items such as towels, bathing suits, cooler full of snacks and water as well as the all important sunscreen what would I need to bring to survive this beach day with the older children and a 3 month old?
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Avery is too little to wear sunscreen so we needed to rely on a form of shade to keep her out of the sun for the entire day. It is
also important to have a place for the older kids to sit and get out of the direct sun for a little while as well. My mom has this amazing umbrella from Coolibar. My mom also has a tent from LL Bean which in theory is a great idea but can also get a little too hot if sitting in it for a while. The older kids loved it but I preferred sitting under the umbrella with Avery to enjoy the nice ocean breeze.
Chair for the baby. Honestly it was a massive hassle to cart our vibrating seat with us but so worth it. Avery sat it in the majority of the day at the beach. I have seen other devices that people have used such as the Fisher Price dome and even wanted one until I read that the ideal age for use is 0-5 months. Since Avery is over 3 months old, I decided not to invest in this piece of equipment. If you are just starting out with a newborn I would suggest it since it comes highly recommended with great reviews. It would also make a great baby shower gift for the mom that you know spends a lot of time outdoors. Click HERE to check it out on Amazon.
Change of clothes
The kids basically played in the water and sand the entire time we were there and only stopped to snack. By the time we were ready to leave, the boys were a sandy, wet mess. Aaron was not thrilled about the idea of having wet, sandy children in his brand new truck so I had Hayden rinse off and change into dry underwear and clothing to make the trip home. He ended up going back with nana, papa and the other boys but I’m sure my mom appreciated a clean kid in her back seat.
I had never even heard that there was such a thing until I came across this gorgeous diaper backpack from Anchored East. It’s roomy enough to stow all of your baby needs inside, even a cold bottle of milk in the thermal insulated inside pocket, and easy to just throw on your back and go. It also has straps that can hook to a stroller to make life a little bit easier when you are out and about. Seriously if you haven’t considered a diaper backpack do so now because it really does make carrying all of babies needs so much easier. The one I have and love is from Anchored East and is sold on Amazon. Check it out HERE
Good luck trying to push a stroller through the sand to find the perfect spot on the beach, it just doesn’t work. I have seen pictures of people strapping old skateboards without the wheels to the stroller wheels to drag it across sand but since my stroller has 2 wheels in the back and 1 in the front and I don’t have old skateboards lying around, I needed to carry Avery onto the beach. Since carrying a baby and all her stuff is awkward I made sure to bring my Lille Baby carrier with me to put her in. It also makes it easier if you want to walk around on the beach to have the baby in something.
You may be thinking, yeah Danielle obviously you want to bring beach toys with you, but I will say that there have been numerous occasions where I have forgotten these items. So now it is at the top of my list of things to bring with us. These inexpensive items keep the older kids entertained for hours. When they weren’t playing in the water they were digging in the sand with the shovels or building sand forts with the pails. They love running down to the water and filling their buckets and coming back to dump the water in their forts. The kids get to use their creative minds and exercise so it’s a win-win.
Yes these are essential to surviving a beach day with kids. There is nothing better then kicking back in your beach chair with your cold adult beverage while the kids have the best time playing in the sand and water. Moms need time to unwind too especially after spending the entire morning planning this day while the hubby and kids slept in, am I right? (I only had one and don’t condone getting hammered while watching your children so all you mom shamers out there can just move along.)
We ended up having a great day at the beach and the kids had an amazing time. Even Avery seemed to love sitting in her shade on the beach playing and napping. While it was hectic to get all the kids ready and the beach day essentials together it was so worth it to see the kids having such a great day. What essential items do you bring to the beach with you in order to survive the day? Let me know in the comments!