Beach baby at 6-weeks

Monday, November 21, 2016

Tips for taking bubs under 3 months to the beach


“I’m happiest when swimming in the sea”.


I love floating and swimming in the ocean, so as soon as Lottie turned 6-weeks I roped in my friend Penny to join Lottie and I on her first beach adventure. The car was full to the brim with everything we needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable beach trip, but to this day it's still one of my favourite mid-week adventures.

Some Mums are afraid to leave the house for longer days out like this, but the longer you put off these expeditions the more daunting they become. I was determined to rip off the bandaid early. We loved the experience so much, my Fiance and I booked a trip to Noosa the following weekend to enjoy a coastal family weekend away.

It was my love of the beach that made me determined to ensure my first trip with Lottie was enjoyable and memorable in a good way. Here are my top tips if you’re taking a baby under three months to the beach:




INVEST IN A GOOD BEACH SHELTER WITH A FLOOR 

A good beach shade is a must in the Aussie sun. I purchased mine from Anaconda, and after much deliberation got quite a sizeable one with a floor. It’s been perfect for not only keeping Lottie out of the sun’s harmful rays, but also helped in those early beach visits to keep her sand-free. Look for one with good ventilation to keep air flowing inside also. 


TAKE YOUR BASSINET, PORTABLE BABY BED OR BOUNCER

This will keep baby snug, and prevent them rolling all over the place seeing as your baby won’t be old enough to sit-up yet. I really wish I’d invested in something like a bubsnest in those early months for the many adventures I took Lottie on, but I just wasn’t aware of them. 


BE SUN SAFE

Anytime spent in the direct sun should be kept to a complete minimum. The last thing you want is a burnt little baby. Use an SPF 50+ swimsuit, as well as a sun hat to keep the sun off your newborn’s face and head. I used a little bit of Milk Baby Protect Me + Sunscreen on the areas not covered up (N.B recommended for bubbas 3 months+. I tested a small amount on Lottie’s skin the day before and she didn’t react to it, and only used a minimal amount). 

DON'T EXPECT YOUR LITTLE ONE TO ENJOY THE OCEAN 

Let’s be honest, the ocean isn’t always warm and the waves can be rather noisy, which is scary for a newborn. On our first trip to the beach I dipped Lottie’s feet in the water and she just screamed – loudly! Get a few photos of the first time your little one’s feet touch the sand and ocean, and just be OK with that.

BRING A PORTABLE FAN

If there’s not much breeze around, it’s always a good idea to pack a little portable fan to keep your newborn cool.  


MAKE SURE YOU TAKE THE TIME TO GO FOR A SWIM

The ocean is the perfect place to reenergize after those first stressful weeks of looking after a newborn. Ask your partner or your bestie to mind your little one whilst you take a short swimming break – it’s so good for the soul. I was lucky enough that my gorgeous friend Penny was able to mind Lottie whilst I splashed around in the water.


ADJUST YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF HOW LONG YOU'LL SPEND AT THE BEACH

Your days of spending all day at the beach are probably over, now it’s more like “beach hour” (or two) – especially at the newborn stage. It gets easier when they are a little older. Arrive early, set-up camp, enjoy the beach and then head off somewhere for a spot of lunch.


While taking your baby to the beach at under 6 months will be very different from your pre-parent days, you’ll still have the most wonderful time and capture the moment for you all to look back on in months and years to come. 











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