Taking a family beach vacation is a thrilling experience but maybe a bit challenging with a newborn. It would be the joy of every parent to have everyone, including the little one, accompany them.
But can you go to the beach with a newborn?
You can take your newborn baby to the beach but not during the hottest times of the day. Babies are sensitive to heat and sun; therefore, you must be careful about their safety at the beach. Ensure you are well prepared in advance and take the appropriate safety measures.
Did you receive your bundle of joy within the last two months and are wondering if you can take them safely along on a family trip to the beach?
I will discuss the topic in-depth and what you should do once you take your newborn to the beach.
Additionally, I will mention the factors to consider and some helpful tips when taking your baby to the beach. This will help you overcome your hesitation and make good plans for your vacation.
Factors To Consider When Taking A Newborn To The Beach
You need to plan ahead well when taking your baby to the beach. You also need to consider the following factors to help make the time away from home that much easier.
There are no specific water safety programs for kids below one year, so you might think twice about actually putting the baby in the water. And one can’t be ignorant of the risks at the beach, like stings from insects or jellyfish.
Also, any child below one year has an immune system that is still in development and is especially vulnerable to overheating or getting chilled so you should carefully consider your baby’s age and general health before heading out to the beach.
Time of The Year
Not all seasons are ideal for a beach vacation. For instance, during midsummer, the sun’s rays are more intense, meaning that your baby’s skin will be at risk of damage by UV rays.
Besides, the temperatures are very high, which is not good for a newborn. The best time to take a baby to the beach is early or late summer when the temperatures are a bit milder.
As I’m sure you already know, your newborn needs regular, round-the-clock feeding, so on your outing to the beach, you should choose a good feeding mode and carry the proper feeding necessities.
Also, ensure you have a comfortable and safe feeding spot. I recommend bringing a baby tent so that you and the baby can have some privacy during the feeding time. It’s also a nice shaded spot for baby to nap while the other kids play.
Tips For Keeping Your Newborn Safe and Comfortable at the Beach
Keep The Baby Under A Shade
As mentioned above, a baby’s skin is sensitive, and therefore, you should avoid exposing it to UV rays. Keep the baby under a shade when at the beach.
You can carry a stroller that features a canopy but ensure it allows the breeze to pass through and doesn’t hold the heat.
Alternatively, carry a big umbrella or a baby tent and keep your baby under them.
I know you are wondering if a newborn baby can wear sunscreen. Yes, but only if they are above six months.
If your baby is six months or below, it’s not recommended to use sunscreen. Instead, keep baby’s skin covered by lightweight, breezy clothing that will block the sun but still prevent them from getting overheated.
And don’t forget baby’s sunhat.
Keep The Baby Hydrated
Beaches are usually quite hot, and also windy, both of which can dry anyone out in a hurry. So be careful to keep your little one hydrated. However, how you hydrate them will depend on their age.
For instance, if they are below six months, you may need to breastfeed them frequently. If they are above six months, you can give them lots of water or fresh juice based on your preference.
You will not have to worry about heat stress if your baby is adequately hydrated. A helpful tip for this is to carry a cooler to keep the baby’s drinks cold.
This is essential when taking your baby to the beach. You need the right clothes to keep them comfortable, cool, and protected from direct sunlight. Therefore, carry lightweight and brightly colored clothes because they don’t retain heat.
The other option would be to carry a wide baby’s sun hat to cover your baby’s eyes and neck. A UV suit will also come in handy.
Don’t forget the beach shoes to ensure the feet of your little one are safe from sharp objects and sand heat. Remember to pack several changes of clothes because babies can easily get soiled at the beach, and they will be more comfortable with dry changes of clothes.
What Else To Pack When Taking A Newborn To The Beach
Before heading to the beach, you must ensure you have all the essentials your little one will need. Here is a mention of some of them.
Extra towels – It is always wise to have a few spare towels in the car. This is because anything you carry to the beach will most probably become wet and sandy. You will need to wipe and dry the baby to ensure that they don’t have any itchy, irritating sand on them on your way back.
Diaper Changing Kit – As much as possible, try to change your baby in a sand-free area. It is immensely helpful to have a diaper kit. The kit should also have a diaper rash ointment and wet wipes to ensure your baby is clean and moisturized.
Garbage bags – The beach should be kept clean always. It would be rude to leave used diapers and wet wipes lying around. Carry a garbage bag and dispose of any used baby items in the right way.
First Aid kit – Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Ensure you have packed a medical kit in your beach bag just in case a shell scratches your little one.
Insect repellant – This is another essential item you should carry, depending on the beach you visit. Some beaches have insects and mosquitoes, and you will need a repellant if you travel to such a beach.
Tips For a Successful Beach Vacation With a Newborn
- Plan to leave early.
- Avoid visiting the beach during peak hours of the sun.
- Set an alarm for sunscreen application reminders.
- Keep a constant watch over your baby.
- Take off the sand from the baby’s body using powder.
- Splash some water on your baby to cool and relax them.
Can I Take My Newborn In The Water?
Newborns can safely be taken in the water, provided you are informed about it and proceed with caution.
Here are things you need to know before taking your baby in the pool or seawater.
Age – You can take your baby into the water as early as three months because their skin is as waterproof as yours. Younger than that, the pool chemicals or salt water can be irritating to a newborn’s skin. If you do take a newborn (under 3 months old) in the water, limit it to very short stretches of time.
Avoid crowded beaches or pools – If your baby is below six months, a crowded beach or pool is a no. They are crowded and noisy and may not have the right temperature for your baby. Your little one should only go in lukewarm water because their bodies can’t regulate temperature changes very well.
The ideal water temperature for a baby should be 90-92 F.
The other reason your baby should not swim at a crowded beach is that they might have contaminants and bacteria. And this may cause your baby to fall sick.
A beach vacation can be more fun with a newborn baby. Beaches are friendly and affordable places. Your baby will enjoy the breeze and nap a little bit in the afternoon as you enjoy swimming.
However, you need to be well prepared and carry the right beach gear for your newborn, and most importantly, ensure the baby is safe and protected from the heat and sun.