Beach Baby Must Haves

As a local beach mom, I compiled my favorite must have items for those little beach babies. Whether you live at the beach or just visiting, you’ll want to ensure your little one stays cool in the shade, protected from the sun and hydrated, of course.

Check out my Amazon Storefront for quick links to the items listed below –

  1. SPF Rash Guard
    • Check to ensure the rash guard has SPF. Most has 50+ which is perfect protection for that sensitive skin.
    • I love shopping Old Navy, Amazon and TJMaxx/Marshalls for Rash Guards.
    • Link to RuffleButts on Amazon
  2. Sunscreen (if older than 6 months)
    • Apply sunscreen before you leave the house for ultimate coverage. We love the mineral based sunscreen “Think Baby”. It’s gentle on their skin and
    • Babies under 6 months of age should not wear sunscreen unless they absolutely have to. It is best to leave infants in the shade and minimize direct sunlight before 6 months also. Talk to your pediatrician if you have questions.
    • Link to ThinkBaby SPF 50 Sunscreen
  3. Baby Carrier
    • My #1 baby essential is my Ergo Baby 360. I do not go anywhere without my baby carrier and the beach is no exception. I baby wear while I walk to the beach so my hands can carry any other items I take (bag, chair, shade, etc.)
    • It is wonderful to walk to the water with my older child and a safe place for baby to fall asleep.
  4. SPF Hat
  5. SPF Blanket
    • Since most rash guards don’t fully cover your little ones legs, I like to cover legs when I walk to the water or out in the sun. The blanket is also a great nursing cover or be used as a blanket for nap time! It’s cool and lightweight too.
    • Link to SPF 50+ Baby Blanket
  6. Swim Diaper(s)
    1. Remember swim diapers only hold poop, not pee!
    2. You can buy disposable swim diapers, but I love saving money and reusing swim diapers. The link below are great choices that can be adjusted as your child grows.
    3. Link the Reusable Swim Diapers
  7. Extra Diapers and Wipes
    • I like to store my in a wet bag to keep them dry and protected. I usually get my baby in the water and then a dry diaper before it’s time for nice beach nap. Remember swim diapers don’t hold pee, so you’ll want them back in a clean diaper before getting in the car seat.
  8. Battery Powered Fan
  9. Shade
    • This is probably the most important item you will need!
    • We love our Shibumi Shade and our Pop ‘N Go Playpen for the ultimate shade and napping area for our kids. They are both super easy to carry and I can put these both up with my baby in the carrier.
    • Link to Shibumi Shade (30 UPF)
    • Link to Pop ‘N Go Playpen (SPF 50 cover)
  10. Make sure baby is staying hydrated!
    • Bring bottles/formula or if you are nursing make sure you are staying hydrated also. I usually offer every hour just to ensure my little one is getting plenty of milk and not overheating!

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