5 Beach Essentials For Toddlers That Make Life A Lot Easier
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Whether you’re on a vacation or a staycation, the fact is that parenting doesn’t get any easier. And in some circumstances, things can get a little stressful, especially if you’re not prepared.
I live close to the beach, so my kids and I spend time on the beach on a regular basis, and each time we go, I get a new idea for an essential item that makes the next trip much, much easier.
Enjoying the beach can be especially tricky if you have very young children. It can down right even be exhausting. Hence, preparation is key in order to have a stress-free time.
So, as a mom of two young children who have visited the beach many times, I’m going to list my favorite tips and must-have items that help me enjoy the beach every summer.
Unless your little one is still in diapers or training pants, it’s a great idea to bring along a portable potty with disposable liners. It personally took me a very long time to potty train a stubborn 3 year old, and there is no way I’m letting her revert back to a diaper—so I pass on the swim diapers.
I really love and recommend this portable potty chair by Tinukim because it’s compact and small enough to fit in any tote bag, and it’s awesome for road trips when you don’t want your child to sit on public toilets. I keep my portable potty in the trunk of my SUV and it’s so convenient.
An Inflatable Swimming Pool
Many young children are terrified of going near the ocean water—and they’d much rather stay on the sand where it’s safer and less intimidating. But, the problem is that they still long to play in water—especially because it’s hot and they want to feel like they’re still experiencing the water.
So I bring along a small inflatable swimming pool and fill it up with ocean water using one of my daughter’s sand buckets. And if you don’t feel like blowing anything up (you’re tired from all the walking, I get it), you get can a pop-up tent & pool combo made just for toddlers.
Sand-Proof Beach Towels
I’ve been to the beach enough times to know that regular beach towels are a complete nightmare because they trap sand. So if your child gets out of the water and they want to wipe their face—they get an eyeball full of sand—even if the towel was nowhere near it, the wind will find a way to get some on it.
I recommend getting sand proof towels which are ultra thin, ultra smooth microfiber towels that basically repel sand instead of trapping it. Plus, they dry you off better, and also dry fast as well—so you’re not stuck with a wet and sand-filled towel on the drive home.
A Beach Umbrella That Won’t blow Away
If you don’t go to the beach very often, then you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise when your beach umbrella gets picked up by the wind and you’re chasing it up the beach while trying to keep an eye on your stunned kids. This would happen to me every time and one day I got fed up and ordered a special umbrella that came with an anchor. Sandbags are also a great way to keep your umbrella in place.
A Beach Wagon
When you have kids, let me tell you, it’s exhausting trying to guide or carry them from the parking lot to the shore along with all the other necessities that you’ve packed (beach tote, food, snacks, water, umbrella, chairs, towels). I mean, it really is a lot of work. There were times walking back to the car when I though I would pass out not only from the heat, but because I had to carry a heavy backpack and a crying toddler in my arms. So I highly, HIGHLY recommend a beach wagon!