Toddlers and vacations are a hectic combination; family vacations are always fun, but with a toddler on board, things can get out of hand quickly! And when it’s a beach vacation, it becomes crazier.
When you tell a toddler to do something, they do the opposite, and if they don’t, get your ears ready to hear the loudest sirens you have ever heard; however, some solutions might guide you to survive and even enjoy that beach vacation.
Get a couple of toys
A Beach vacation is a great opportunity for toddlers to have much fun; there’s no need to buy new beach toys because anything found around the house and safe for toddlers can be a beach toy.
Ensure not to bring any stuffed animals or fabric items that sand will cling to; instead, bring toys that can be easily washed; moreover, you can pack some toys such as a solid beach pail, a mini shovel, and a sand sifter, which will keep the little ones occupied and allow them to do many activities and explore the shapes and textures of sand, water, shells, and seaweed.
Tips & Tricks
Bring toys that can be folded up or easily fit in a beach bucket or bag to save space, especially when flying to the beach.
Choose the right pair of sunglasses (both for the kid and you)
Spending a long time on the beach will expose you and the kids to the glare and reflection of the sand and seawater; therefore, sunglasses are a must to protect your eyes. Keeping the sunglasses on the toddler’s head all day isn’t the only concern, but also choosing the right pair of sunglasses.
Sunglasses must provide high UV protection and block both UV and UVB rays. The common mistake is getting caught up in how they look and ignoring how comfortable they might be for long periods, especially for kids.
Lightweight frames are a great choice to keep toddlers comfortable and more inclined to wear them for longer. Also, kids are active, and having a high-quality plastic frame will help the sunglasses to survive some hard knocks.
Tips & Tricks
Although it might cost a little extra, it’s advisable to invest in polarized lenses that reduce harsh glares and protect your eyes in the long run.
Pack enough sunscreen
Alongside the discomfort of sunburn, it can be harmful, and sunscreen is necessary to protect adults and kids. So, make sure to pack enough sunscreen for the whole family. Apply a tablespoon(about one ounce) at least 15 minutes before going out to the sun, and cover all the body, especially exposed spots like the tips of the ears and back of the neck. Re-apply sunscreen every 60-80 minutes or immediately after swimming or sweating.
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Choose the right water-resistant sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage(UVA and UVB protection) and SPF 30 or higher.
Get at least 2 swim diapers
Regular diapers are not useful when getting around water; they quickly fill with water, puff up, and leak the interior everywhere, which is not a happy situation for you and the baby. Therefore, swim diapers exist; they don’t absorb liquid and better contain solids to prevent accidents in the water or on the beach. Swim diapers have two types: disposable and reusable, and it’s up to you to choose the best for you and the toddlers.
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Reusable swim diapers will be more cost-effective for a long beach vacation as they can be washed and worn again. Also, change the diaper immediately after leaving the water or when an accident happens!
Taking a toddler to the beach is fun as long as you’re prepared. Throw some toys in the car or beach bag, wear sunglasses, have enough sunscreen for the whole family, and swim diapers to prevent surprise accidents, and you’re ready for the next family beach vacation.
About the Author
Isabelle is an associate editor at EyeBuyDirect, an online retailer of affordable and high-quality eyewear. She is a lifelong learner who is always eager to try new things. Isabelle combines her skills and experience to transform lifestyle, fashion, and travel ideas into practical reality and relevant information.