Remember when hitting the beach meant throwing a towel, a water bottle, and your phone into a cute straw bag and spending the day relaxing in the sun + sand? 🤣
These days, going to the beach with the kiddos in tow can be a bit more...complicated. But we think it can also be a lot more magical, too. There are few things more memorable—or more adorable—than watching your babe dip her feet into the ocean for the first time or crawl happily through the sand. And although they might not be as relaxing as they once were, even science has proven that vacations make your kids happy long after they are over.
We've found the best way to conquer a beach day with our babes is to always come prepared. So if you're hitting the beach with your baby this year, mamas, don't stress—we've got you covered!
Here are the 14 things to pack to make your summer beach adventure a success.
1. Waterproof beach blanket
Confession: we are obsessed with these mats. Made from soft, bonded waterproof leather and available in a ton of swoon-worthy styles, they are super easy to wipe clean and perfect for setting up a sand-free spot on the beach. And when you're not spending the day at the sea, they have countless other uses, from picnics at the park to a playroom mat to so much more. We love this large size that seats up to eight people.
2. Modern + stylish sun bonnet
We 💜 this modern take on the sun bonnet, perfect for keeping the sun out of baby's eyes on the beach. These bonnets are made from 100% cotton + denim, are machine washable, and feature a wide brim and an adjustable chin strap so they won't fall off. (And if bucket hats are more your style, they make those, too!)
3. Multi-tasking beach towel
Who knew a beach towel could be so beautiful? Made from soft terrycloth and available in soft, natural earth tones, this circular towel is perfect for drying off your little beach adventurer. It even has a removable pillow for beach naps!
4. Beach tote for ALL the things
Kids + beach = a lot of stuff. This giant, easy to carry tote is just what you need to lug your all your stuff in style. The 100% cotton material is washing machine safe, and the summer stripe is to die for.
5. Comfy + absorbent poncho
If wrangling your little one into a towel doesn't sound like a fun way to spend your beach day, a poncho is the perfect solution. These bamboo + cotton beauties are ultra-soft, ultra-absorbent, and quick drying, so your littles will be warm in no time. They even feature a pouch pocket just the right size for storing all of their beach treasures.
6. Minimalist beach toys
Stashing a few toys in your bag will make sure your little ones stay busy at the beach all day. We can't get enough of this modern, minimalist twist on the traditional beach bucket—it makes collecting and pouring water so much fun!
7. Summer skincare bundle
This limited-edition skincare bundle is just about as fun as a day on the beach! Featuring a hair + body wash, conditioner, and body lotion all made from safe, natural ingredients and in amazing summer scents, this bundle is the best way to celebrate beach season.
8. Reusable swim diaper
Although disposable swim diapers are certainly an option, we think reusable ones are the better bet for both the environment and for your wallet. (They're pretty darn cute, too, which also doesn't hurt.) This one features snug-fitting legs to prevent leaks and comes in a huge assortment of great colors.
9. Stainless steel water bottle
A long, hot day at the beach means it's important to keep your little one hydrated. This stainless cup keeps water cool for hours, and is made without any harmful toxins so you won't have to worry about leaching. And with any easy switch of the top, you can even change out the straw for a nipple, silicone spout, sports top, and more, making it simple to grow with your child.
10. A wet bag (or three)
Wet bags are perfect for storing drenched, sandy bathing suits, but they're also great for containing snacks, packing an extra set of clothes, or more. We like to have a few in our beach bag for whatever the day may bring!
11. Virtually indestructible sunglasses
Worried about what will happen if you hand your toddler a pair of sunglasses? With these shatter-resistant + ultra-flexible frames, you won't have to. They're not only great at keeping your little one's eyes safe from the sun's harmful rays, but they're virtually impossible to break. (We know, we tried!)
12. Mineral-based sunscreen
We love mineral-based sunscreens for their safety + coverage, but they can often be tough to apply. Not the case with this one, our ultimate fave. It goes on easily and is perfect for sensitive baby skin. The bottle even turns pink in UV light so you know when it's time to cover up!
13. Super easy beach tent
Finding a shady spot for baby is key to a great day at the beach, but we'd be lying if we said we hadn't struggled with finding a beach tent that doesn't require an engineering degree to set up 🤣 Until we found this cabana—it's light, easy to carry, and 100% foolproof. (We promise! Check out the video if you don't believe us.)
14. Classic baby powder
#Momhack alert: rubbing sandy skin with baby powder is an easy, effective way to remove sand from your skin! We always stash a bottle in our bag for a day at the beach, especially when there are sand-loving littles in tow.
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