Toddler at the beachRelaxing at the beach is a wonderful way to spend your summer, but if you have a toddler, your trip to the beach is probably not quite as relaxing as you were hoping for. A little bit of planning can help you enjoy a (relatively) stress-free trip to the beach with your toddler, so you can create some wonderful family memories.

Bring Something to Carry all your Stuff

The hardest part about going to the beach with a toddler is all the extra stuff you have to bring. Make it easy on yourself by having a way to carry all that gear. A jogging stroller works great, if you have one. You could also use a wagon, a beach cart or a large bag that you can sling over your shoulder. Any of those options will make it easier for you to keep your toddler safely with you.

Pack Plenty of Snacks

Toddlers have tiny tummies, and they’ll definitely let you know when they are hungry. Keep your toddler happy at the beach by packing in plenty of easy snacks and drinks. I like individually packaged snacks so I can keep sand contamination to a minimum. Try to choose food that can be eaten even with sandy hands like yogurt in a tube (freeze them the night before) or applesauce pouches.

Dig a Hole

My toddler loves the water, but chasing her back and forth is not at all relaxing for me. Dig a large hole in the sand in front of your beach chair and park your toddler inside. It’s the perfect beach playpen. She’ll love playing in there and will likely forget to try and escape to the water for a bit. If you have older kids, put them in charge of digging the hole.

Bring your Own Shade

Sunscreen is great, but ideally, you’ll also have a nice shaded area to give your toddler’s sensitive skin a break from the sun. Bring a sturdy umbrella or beach shade. You’ll last longer at the beach, and if you are lucky enough to have a toddler who will nap while you are out, you will have a great shady spot for her to sleep. If your toddler is willing, have her wear a hat and light clothing that covers as much skin as possible to limit exposure.

Learn the Baby Powder Trick

My toddler loves the beach more than just about anything, but even she gets a bit grumpy when we go to leave and she’s covered in sand. Bring along a small container of baby powder to sprinkle on your toddlers arms and legs when you go to leave. The baby powder does amazing things and helps sand fall right off.


What tips do you have for going to the beach with a toddler?

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