After months of being stuck at home with the family, people are eager to get outside. Many Louisianans are flocking to beaches for vacation and a change in scenery. Most beaches are now open with social distancing requirements, however, this could change as numbers in Florida Caranovirus cases continue to climb. Below you’ll find a few safety precautions to consider as well as some tried and true tips and mom hacks for beaching with baby!
Travel by car and limit contact with other travelers.
This seems obvious but the less contact you and your loved ones have with others during your travels to the beach the better. Avoiding crowded airports, oversold airplanes, and high traffic rest stops, which are a hub for germs, is highly recommended.
One of the biggest issues is the location. Try not to go to a beach that you know will be packed with locals and possibly tourists. Another factor is assessing your risk.
Ideally bring your own towels, toys, chairs, and food. If you need to rent equipment, just make sure to use a disinfectant wipe. And don’t forget your mask! There are mask mandates in place at some beaches, at least in areas with shops and restaurants.
Social distancing is encouraged at all open beaches—beach visitors should stay at least 6 feet away or more (both in and out of the water) from people they don’t live with.
Beaching with Baby: Tips for a Successful Trip to the Beach
Here are some fabulous tips for Beaching with Baby from a mama who recently had a first-hand experience!
- Umbrella Stroller
We brought an old, cheap one that I found in my in-law’s garage. It did the trick and would probably use it even if the baby was walking. It helped with trips back and forth to the room.
- Swim Diapers / Baby Wipes / Regular Diapers / Clothes
I used the Huggies Little Swimmers and didn’t have any issues with them. They were just the first ones that I saw on the shelf. I brought a pack of the normal baby wipes, as well as regular diapers. I packed the diapers and an extra set of clothes and a light blanket for nap time. I packed a hooded towel and a hooded cover-up in case of a change in weather.
- Sun Protection
- Battery Operated Fan / Air Pump
We didn’t need a fan because there was a good breeze every day and it was never too hot. We used the air pump to blow up the kiddie pools/floats/toys after we got down to the beach. It is easier to carry floats not inflated.
A kiddie pool is a must-have for babies because it kept them cool and entertained and contained. We sat the pool on the sand in the shade, so they were out of the sun pretty much all day. Our kiddos weren’t able to get out on their own so they played in the pool most of the time. We had the guys bring up water from the gulf in buckets to fill the pool up. It took a couple of trips but it was worth it. I brought some beach toys and some water toys from home. The biggest hit was foam bathtub letters and koozies – who would have thought?! We used the Swimways Baby Spring Float Activity Center with canopy in the pool and it was perfect.
- Shades and Covers
A small tent for the kiddos or baby to get out of the sun is also a great item to bring the beach. Our favorite is the Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent.
Another option just for baby is this small SUNBA YOUTH UPF 50+ Sun Shelter Baby Travel Crib with Mosquito Net.
- Baby Powder
This is a miracle worker! You simply cover the sandy area and let it sit a minute and then you can literally brush the sand off without any scratching or pain. You will be covered in white baby powder but it will wash off with a splash of water.
Most importantly, enjoy! Soak up the sun, the sounds and the breeze of the salty air while staying safe! 😉