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5 Tips for Keeping Your Baby Safe & Happy at the Beach

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baby at beachBabies and the beach -- it sounds adorable and it also sounds like a recipe for disaster. The sun, the sand blowing all over the place, children running around not paying attention to where they're going. But it can be a fun and safe adventure with just a few precautions. Here are some important safety tips for babies at the beach.

Be careful with sunscreen: The American Pediatric Association does not recommend using sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months old. But for babies over 6 months, pick out a sunscreen with full-spectrum coverage but minimum toxins. I like California Baby unscented sunscreen sticks. Test for skin sensitivity first by applying just a stripe on an arm or leg. Don't use aerosol sunscreen sprays around babies and small children because they may inhale the spray.

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Get serious sun protection: For all babies, the best sun protection is to just stay out of the sun. Use an umbrella or a baby tent. Find a hat with SPF fabric. Keep your baby in long but loose clothing. And watch how your shade moves throughout the day.

Hydrate: Whatever your baby is eating these days, make sure she gets extra fluids while you're at the beach. If you're nursing, make sure you get extra water, too.

Watch the sand: It can blow in baby's eyes or irritate his skin. Make sure your baby naps far from the edge of your blanket. Put water shoes on his feet to protect them. If you do let your baby play in the sand, watch to make sure he doesn't put it in his mouth. If he does get sand in his mouth, rinse out and use your fingers to work it out. For sand in the eyes, just rinse out as much as you can with water but don't rub.

Caution around water: It can be fun to dip your baby's toes into the water -- but whether you're at a lake or ocean, you'll want to be careful with strong tides and waves. If you get knocked over, you'll be fine, but not so much for your baby! Never leave your baby playing unattended near the shore. Ever, ever, ever.

Are you planning to take your baby to the beach this summer?


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ceciliam ceciliam

All important tips! We don't really go to the beach. I'm not a beach person but I do enjoy the boardwalk.

daerc... daerca574

No babies for me. . .. but I do make sure my kiddos have lots of sunscreen and replenish it often.

Madel... Madelaine

Very good tips!

Mrs.P... Mrs.Pool2Be

If my 50 year old baby counts than yes I am.  :-)

I haven't had a baby in my house in 12 years, that makes me a sad Momma.  

dusky... dusky_rose

I learned the hard way what not to do with a baby near a lake. When my youngest dd (now 17) was a baby my now ex wanted to go fishing by a lake at high evelations where the air is thinner. I tried to keep her in the shade, but she still got a sunburn. Let's just say I wish I could do that all over again and just stay at the hotel instead.

.Ange... .Angelica.

thanks for the info.

Bob192 Bob192

We won't make it to the beach or lake, but too the pool.  Thanks!

Bmat Bmat

No baby this summer, but these are good reminders. I never took the baby in the heat of the day.

Chari... Charizma77

We're going in 2 weeks. Jackson will be 6 mo. Thanks for the tips.

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