With the heatwave set to return in the coming days, many of us will be looking for respite and that fresh sea air. A trip to the beach can be a huge amount of fun, but if you arm yourself with a few of our tips, you can avoid the common mishaps!
1. Avoid sunburn
The most important thing to take care of is safety, particularly when it comes to the sun. Although it’s recommended you use a high-factor sun cream, when it’s coupled with a sun protection suit, your little one will be extra safe from harmful UV rays. The quick-drying fabric features a special UPF50+ coating, meaning covered areas of your child’s skins are protected, giving you peace of mind.
2. Keep accidents contained
If your child is still in nappies, or has started their potty training journey, a good swim nappy is a must. Sure, you could use a standard disposable swim nappy but if you’re trying to cut down on single use plastic, our bestselling swim nappy is a must. Made with traditional swimsuit fabric with an integral liner inside, it will be much less heavy and soggy than a disposable – and it doesn’t require a regular nappy underneath either. Just pop it on and you’re good to go!
3. Timing is key
Aim to get to the beach early or late to avoid the middle of the day when UV rays are at their strongest (between 11am and 3pm). This also means you’ll avoid the crowds, which is likely to be one of your biggest concerns right now.
4. Ice, ice baby
Freeze bottles of water in the run up to your trip. When it’s time to hit the beach, leave the bottles in your car or another shaded spot. The frozen bottles will slowly melt, providing you with icy cold water, essential for cooling everyone down and encouraging children to keep hydrated!
5. Sand-proof snacks
Take snacks that are less likely to get sandy – think yoghurts in pouches and sandwiches separated into small portions, so if one set gets sandy the whole batch isn’t ruined.
6. Windy woes
Beaches can be notoriously windy so avoid taking things that might blow away, particularly plastic packaging or tin foil. Take food and other items in reusable plastic containers which are less likely to blow away, plus it’s better for the environment.
7. Plenty of provisions
Returning again to the food theme, always take twice the amount you think you’ll need! Kids have a habit of becoming very hungry when you’re out and about, and particularly if they’ve been active. Don’t forget to take plenty of liquids too.
8. Time to relax
Toddlers can expend a huge amount of energy and may even conk out after a couple of hours splashing in the sea and building sandcastles. Make sure you bring some home comforts such as a pillow and their favourite cuddly toy so they can take a lovely shaded, al-fresco nap if they need it – and you may even get to read a page or two of that novel you’ve been trying to finish for six months!