Summer Family Moments

Beach Essentials to Keep Your Toddler Safe

baby on beachBeach season. For the young and carefree, summer means lazy days in the sand, napping, reading a juicy novel, I'll spare you of the rest of the amazing sounding details. But for moms, especially moms of toddlers, the beach can be a dangerous place. The sun's hot rays, the inviting ocean, the sand, sand everywhere -- all can be dangerous to your kid.

So how can you keep your little one safe and make beach season fun for everyone? I've got a list of essentials!

  • Sunscreen -- You'll need a super high SPF and reapply, reapply, reapply. Even when the clouds arrive.
  • A beach umbrella -- Yes. Even with the sunscreen, it's best for your little one to play under a canopy to keep her safe.
  • A wide brim, sun safe hat -- Many sun hats have sun protection built in, so it's best to choose one with that feature to keep baby's face and eyes protected.
  • Swimsuits with function -- The skin that isn't typically exposed is most at danger for burning, so look for baby swim gear with longer sleeves and legs, and protective fabric.
  • Footwear specifically designed for sand and water -- The sand is hot, and little toes need protection.
  • Water bottles and with plenty of water -- Remember, both baby and mama need to stay hydrated.
  • Toys! -- Be sure to bring toys to keep your child occupied and happy. And make sure those toys are good for the sand like little shovels, sand castle makers. Avoid electronic toys and stuffed animals since the sand is not their friend.

What essentials do you take to the beach to keep your child safe?


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starr... starrsitter

"You'll need a super high SPF..."


Actually an SPF of, say, 45 blocks around 98% of UVB rays, only 4 % or so more than an SPF of 15 (which is what The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends as a minimum since it blocks around 92-94% of UVB rays).  So in reality, you don't have to have SPF 478 to get the job done...and you'll pay more for that higher number, which is silly since it's reapplying it as needed (and, thus, using more) that is more important.

daerc... daerca574

sunscreen and plenty of water!

momka... momkaribg

Thanks for the list. My toddler burns easily so we will be using sunscreen often.

slw123 slw123

This is a good list!  We do all of these things and we live in a beach town and go to the beach a couple days a week.  I can't stress the importance of putting on the highest SPF sunblock BEFORE you leave the house so it has time to soak in and work properly.  Bring LOTS of water and juice boxes AND SNACKS because you will need them.  We put rash guard shirts on our son, it's a dual purpose for him, it blocks the suns rays (he's a very pale red head) and it keeps his belly from getting torn up rolling around in the sand or boogie boarding. 


Sunglasses!  Your eyeballs get sunburned too!  Don't forget to spray sunblock on the tops of your kids heads if they won't wear a hat (mine won't).  Especially if you have a girl and her hair is parted and pulled back...that part will get sunburned the worst.

tazdvl tazdvl

I think you got everything.

sodapple sodapple

how about a blanket, yes it will get dirty but your child will not get a sandy butt if you allow them to play in the water and then sit them on the sand.


also a small folding chair for them, if they can sit by themselves.

KamiB79 KamiB79

I think you said it all

Madel... Madelaine

Sunscreen and a hat

Madel... Madelaine

And of course, plenty of water!

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