Summer is the perfect time to relax by the beach or by the pool with your loved ones. You can decide to take a dip to cool off your body or set up your umbrella or hammock and read your favorite book or take a sip of your favorite drink. However, it becomes a challenge to be enjoying all of these things when you have a baby in tow. You should take a lot of precautions even during the preparation stage making sure that your baby as well as every member of the family gets to have the fun and enjoyment that they deserve. Just think about it, if the waters, UV rays, and increase in temperature during the summer season affect you as an adult, what more would be their effects on a small child or baby?

Nonetheless, enjoying the beach as a family should not be an impossibility with a baby in tow. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan your family beach getaway including your babies.

• Age matters
For most parents, the most common question when going to the beach with babies will be what age can babies be brought to the beach. Though there is not one correct answer, there are some age estimates that might work for your little one. Just keep in mind that your baby’s skin is very sensitive during their first months of life. They maybe irritated from the harmful rays of the sun, the sea salt, sweat, and the abrasion of hot sand on their skin. With this, the recommended age for bringing your little one to your beach outing will be when they turn 10 months of age.

• Time is of the essence
The time where the damaging rays of the sun strike the most and the UV rays do more damage are the hours between 11 noon and 5 in the afternoon. If you must bring your baby with you during your family beach outing, make sure that you take them outside of these hours. Ensure that you also do not extend their time at the beach for more than 80 to 90 minutes.

• Preparing your basic kit
If you are going to be bringing your baby during your family beach trip, make sure that you bring along with you a basic kit. This basic kit of yours must include the following:

  1. Towels, baby clothes, and extra diapers;
  2. Cream for irritation and chafing;
  3. Sunscreen with physical filter;
  4. Pieces of fruit, water, and baby bottles with milk inside your thermal bag;
  5. Pacifiers/teethers and toys; and
  6. Kid wagon.

• Protection
Of course, you have to keep the skin of your baby a hundred percent protected. For children beyond six months, make sure to get specialized sunscreen lotions intended for babies. They should be able to provide them the highest level of protection, have a physical filter, and be resistant to water. Physical filter sunscreens mean that your baby will not be absorbing the components that are found in them because all chemical filter sunscreens are absorbed and can cause some damage to their skin.

• Hydration all the way
Smaller babies are at more risk of being dehydrated. For infants, they can remain hydrated with breast milk. However, it is still highly advised that you carry some thermal bag that comes with their water bottles and pieces of fruits that are fresh and rich in water.