Can I take my 2 month old to the beach?
The question on every new mama's mind: Should I take my young baby to the beach?
That's me. I want to be out enjoying the beach in summer, especially when my toddler is desperate to be out. But I'm also a paranoid mama. What if there's sun shining on Bub? Will the shade be enough to protect Bub's delicate skin? What items should I be bringing? And the pressing question: Should I even bother?
Here is everything you need to know about bringing a young baby to the beach. It's doable and you'll definitely see us at the beach this summer. Just needs a bit of preparation and loads of positive thinking.
1. Feed more often
Breastfed or bottle-fed babies will need to be fed more often in hot weather.
If you're bottle-feeding expressed breast milk (EBM), bring a thermos of hot water and a glass cup to warm up the bottle when baby needs to feed. If your baby is on formula, bring a thermos of warm boiled water and pre-packed formula to prepare feeds.
2. Know the signs
Babies only sweat from their neck, hands, feet and head which is about 30% of their overall body. So they are more at risk of overheating as their bodies can't cool down as quickly as adults. Watch out for signs of dehydration such as sleepiness, fewer wet nappies, sunken soft spot on head, hot, red and dry skin or absence in tears.
3. Wear the right clothes
Sunscreen is not recommended on babies under 6 months old. All the more important to dress babies in wide-brimmed hat and rash vest with sun protection UPF 30+ for added coverage.
4. Shade is key
Bring an umbrella or a sun tent to shade baby from the harmful sun rays. Lay beach towels on the sand so it won't get too hot. Choose early morning before 11 am or late afternoon after 4 pm to go to the beach.
5. Cool baby down
Bring a cooler and pack in a few cold washcloths to cool baby down when needed. Apply the washcloth on the backs of knees, inner elbows, neck and forehead for a cooling effect.
6. Maybe bring a stroller for nap time
If you can, lay baby down on the blanket for a nap. Otherwise, consider bringing your baby capsule or stroller for baby to nap in. Tip: If you bring a stroller, dragging them behind you is the easiest way to stroll through sand.
7. Get a stroller fan
It creates a good breeze without being too strong. Perfect if baby gets too warm.
8. Enjoy your time as a family
Softly lapping waves can be really exciting for your baby, and baby may love playing with you in the sea.
Stay cool and enjoy the summer xx