It’s coming right into summer now and what a great time to take a trip to the beach with the kids. It was easier when it was just you, but now that you’re bringing the young family along it takes a bit more organizing to have a great day.
Here are a few tips to help you have an enjoyable day and avoid getting overwhelmed.
1) Prepare a Treasure Hunt
Kids all love a mystery. For little kids who are under 8 years, creating a treasure hunt using little gifts found at the Dollar Store is a fun way to pass the time. If you look carefully in the discount store, it’s possible to find some darling necklaces, shiny coins, ballerinas, cars or mini action figures to keep the girls and boys amused. Be sure to tailor your gifts to whether you have more girls than boys and tell the kids that they’re allowed to swap their gifts for another one (stops any crying).
Let the kids play in the water while you prepare a marked area near where you’re sitting. Use a plastic spade from their bucket to dig down to hide the trinkets ready for the treasure hunt when they return. Don’t gingerly dig only a couple of inches deep. That won’t present a challenge to active kids. Bury the rewards deep enough that they feel like they accomplished something when they make a find.
To take things to another level, wear a pirate hat, a black eye patch, and adopt on a pirate accent when presenting the treasure hunt. The little ones will get a hoot out of it.
2) Wear Something Comfortable
We all want to look out best when out on the beach with our kids. But let’s face it. We may not have lost all our baby weight or we could be naturally plus sized and struggle to find a bikini that looks flattering. Rather than making the mistake of choosing an inappropriately tight bikini or one piece, let Swimsuits Direct provide some swimwear that will flatter your figure. They have girls swimwear available for your little ones as well.
On top of this, consider investing in a sarong or a cover up. This is ideal for keeping the sun off you, yet is light enough to prevent you from getting too warm.
3) Padding Pool for the Toddlers
When at the beach, the idea of having a paddling pool seems a little odd. But it’s a multi-purpose tool that moms will love!
For babies and toddlers, don’t carry the Pack and Play, but use the inflatable paddling pool as its own containment area. Add some blankets to make it softer and let the baby crawl around in there.
With sleeping, the raised sides of the pool when situated under the sun umbrella will keep the sun out of their eyes too.
Lastly, on hot days, it’s easy to cool your little one down by pouring some water into the paddling pool and letting them cool off.
4) Change How You Pack for the Beach
The problem with picnics on the beach is that items get squished and squashed on the way. Small plastic storage containers are a good idea to avoid the crush and to keep the sand out. When taking ice along, keep it in a separate Ziploc bag to stop everything else getting wet.
And use the pyramid rule for beach packing: smaller items on top; larger items on the bottom.
5) Fly a Kite
On beaches that strike a good balance between having a little wind but not too much, a kite is a lightweight beach toy that is easy to pack. Kites are available in all styles and shapes. They’re better choices for older kids than younger ones, but kids that get along together can share and learn from each other.
Animal shapes, Disney themed ones, and an assortment of other options are available for parents who wish to buy a kite that’ll catch their eye and think is cool.
6) Seating & Coverage
It’s an excellent idea to bring some folding chairs, towels, and a simple table. A Pacific Playthings tent is also an interesting option because it provides shelter from the wind, sand, and heat.
Having a great day at the beach is all about proper preparation before you leave. Keeping the kids occupied as well as having food and drinks at the ready is essential for a well-organized day out.