Beckley's First Beach Day  & 10 Tips for Beach Days With a Baby

A little over a month ago we took a family vaca to Hilton Head and Beckley was able to dip her toes in the water for the first time! We weren't sure how this would go because the water was still quite chilly, but thankfully Beckley didn't seem to mind much at all! She made the cutest confused face when we dipped her toes in for the first time. She pursed her lips and dug her toes into the sand! But then she totally relaxed and started practicing her standing in it. Such a fun little moment!

Beckley was just over 2 months when we went on this trip, so it was an ambitious undertaking but we are SO GLAD we did it. Here are a few tips for beach days with an infant:

  1. Our go-to baby beach outfit: rash guard (Old Navy has great ones), floppy hat, baby sunglasses, & baby safe sunscreen.
  2. Bring a beach blanket to lay out. These are much bigger that towels which is ideal for a baby!
  3. Have shade. This is a MUST! You can either bring an umbrella, or purchase a baby shade tent like THIS one I've been eyeing up on Amazon.
  4. If you're feeding formula, bring a couple of bottles already filled with water. This way all you have to add on the go is formula and then give it a good shake.
  5. If you're feeding breastmilk, you can have the milk ready to go in the bottles and keep them stored in a portable milk cooler bad like THIS one we got off of Amazon.
  6. If your baby prefers their milk warm you can use a Tommy Tippee Portable Bottle Warmer like THIS one to warm your bottles on the go.
  7. Bring a Solly Wrap for walks on the beach. These are much cooler than heavier carriers with buckles and thick straps.
  8. Use doggy waste bags to seal dirty diapers. This way they won't stink up your space while you aren't near a garbage.
  9. Don't forget to pack yourself water and snacks! It's easy to forget these things when prepping to take a baby to the beach.
  10. When transporting to the beach from your car, I recommend wearing your baby in a wrap and carrying everything else in a diaper bag and large tote. You could also opt for a beach wagon. Our next time around when Beckley is a little older our plan is to use our bike trailer as a beach wagon. This way we can tow Beckley and all our stuff in one go. 👍🏽

I hope these are helpful! Here are some pics from our beach day with Beckley. ☀️