I fielded this question from a mom of a baby the other week. She's headed to the beach with her son this summer and was wondering what type of products are out there that will make their vacation a little easier.
After eight years of beach trips with my own kids, I've learned that when you have young ones with you, it's always best to bring more swim diapers than you think you'll ever need, extra sunscreen and a bottle of water devoted to washing sand off little fingers and toes (though this mom mentioned she'd read somewhere online that baby powder does a great job removing sand. Has anybody tried this?).
I've always been partial to the wide brimmed sun hats like this one from Target. And when my kids were much younger (my younger one is 3), I thought the small beach tents for little kids were a great idea, but I never got one.
My main advice for a beach vacation with kids isn't what to bring, but what to do. And that is to follow your child's lead. Jump in the waves, make sand castles, try out the boogie board and listen to them. If they thrive on routine, keep to your routine at home as much as you can. That makes for happy kids, which makes for a happy mom.
What are your tips for taking little ones to the beach? (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register").
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