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Winter Escapes: Taking Babies to the Beach

Written by Jessi McAlpine

Now that Fall has arrived, the focus of PLN office-chatter is on planning how we’ll escape to warmer climates this winter—and how that escape becomes much more complicated when little ones are involved. Here are some tips for making the most of a beach vacay with your babies:

Make your own shade.

Shady spots under palm trees or exotic-looking beach shelters are often a luxury at busy resorts. Don’t rely on them; bring along a pop up sun shade tent like this. Its folds up all tiny to pack in your luggage and the best spot on the beach will be wherever you are.

Sunscreen – Use it.

You’re not going to stay in the shade the whole time, so make sure to pack sunscreen and re-apply it often. The tropical sun is stronger than we’re used to here in the North. I like to use the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens to help me pick the best option for my family.

Pack a Beach Blanket.

Bring along one of these tote-able blankets to create a sand free spot for you and your baby to chill on the beach. They’re easy to wipe and they’re very compact. Plus, they’re great for use at the park and picnics when the weather is nice back home!

Say Goodbye to Sandy Skin.

An easy way to get the sticky sand that gets into every nook and cranny at the beach is to sprinkle a bit of baby powder or cornstarch on your skin and the sand will magically brush right off. Pack some in your beach bag and use it before you head back to your room to keep your space sand-free.

Stay Dry.

No, I’m not telling you to stay out of the water. I’m just here to remind you that swim diapers are only designed to catch poop. Pack some regular diapers in your beach bag for when your baby is playing in the sand. Save the swim diapers for splashing in the water (unless you like getting pee everywhere).

Get in the Picture!

You’re on vacation to make some memories with your family. Make sure you’re a part of those memories by getting in the pictures with your kids. Your kids won’t care how you look in a swimsuit, but they will cherish the photos of their parents playing with them on the beach. So get in there!

If you’re hoping to get away this winter and you’re starting to think about the where, head over to Travel Nation Canada’s site to see the fabulous deals they have on winter getaways and start dreaming of sun, sand and ocean.

*Opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Parent Life Network or their partners.