We have spent some time at the beach this year with our little toddlers and have come up with some of our go-to tips. We started with our trip to Hawaii this spring, and it was a blast! It's definitely different once you add kids into the mix though.
#1- BABY POWDER! This is my number one for the last three years with Lydia. Little kids get sand EVERYWHERE. I mean everywhere. Baby powder drys the skin and lets you brush off all the sand easily, especially the diaper area.
#2- Beach Toys- Before we went to Hawaii I found a bunch of sand toys at Costco for $10 and they were awesome. But with everything we wanted to bring back, they didn't make the trip home with us. Fast forward to Bear Lake a couple of weeks ago. I just took some of the cheap kitchen tools I could find (think ice cream scoop, plastic spoons) and they worked just as well!
#3- Homemade Pool- Almost every beach we have been to, I have had my teenage little brothers with me. The first thing they like to do is dig a big hole and fill it with water for the babies. Its perfect because its just deep enough that the kids love it and we don't have to worry about them running too far into the water.
#4- Lots of Water and Fruit- I think this one is super important. When it's hot outside, it's key to keep hydrated. Lots of times toddlers won't tell you when they are thirsty, so I have found it's good to keep water within reach for them all the time. Fruit is also awesome because not only does it taste great but lots of fruit, like watermelon has high water content .
#5- Sunscreen- Not all sunscreens are created equal. From the research that I have done, make sure to use SPF 30 or higher and make sure it blocks UVA and UVB rays. Labels will most often say broad spectrum which is what you want. I found this article helpful.
#6- Lavender Oil- My Grandma had one of her friends give her a little roller with lavender oil for when anyone got a sunburn. Of course someone is bound to miss a spot with the sunscreen and it worked really well to sooth sunburns.
#7- Schedule Rest Times- Playing in the sun and water can tire out anyone quickly. Make sure to have scheduled breaks, even if it's to sit in the shade and eat.