When you have a kid, going to the beach isn't quite as relaxing as it once was (no more falling asleep on the sand while you tan your tummy!). But nonetheless, it's still a blast.
But you want to be prepared when going to the beach with the kids. You need to be prepared. In case you haven't noticed, toddlers aren't quite as understanding and patient as adults. If they're hot, bored, hungry, or tired, you're going to know about it. In fact, the whole beach may know about it. So do yourself a favor and cover all your bases. Here are 5 items every parent needs to pack when they're heading to the beach with the kiddos.
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Okay, so it's not a "fun" beach item, but let me tell you: If you forget the sunscreen and your little one gets a burn, it will be a very "un-fun" time later on.