I'm lucky enough to live very close to the ocean-but as a new mom to a 9 month old I learned the hard way that a day at the beach can be anything but. Trying to keep sand off a freshly sunscreened kid, trying to keep bottles cold, trying to keep baby cool, all while trying to keep her from feeding her Cheerios to the seagulls or darting fearlessly into crashing waves? Ahhh!
Having a beach baby can be a fulltime job--but it doesn't have to be.
Enlist your friends, your mommy group or even strangers in your town to create a traveling beach playdate.
Gather a group of mommies (and daddies) with babies and toddlers. Each parent is assigned an essential part of the traveling baby-friendly beach.
- A baby pool
- A play yard (depending on the size of your group you may need more than one)
- Beach toys
- Drinks (for our purposes juice or water for the kids is fine but feel free to make frozen beachy concoctions for the grown ups)
- Umbrella or shade tent
- Extras are optional: sandbox, bubble machines, floats, etc.
- Each parent brings their own towel and beach chair.
Once a week you'll get together at a different person's house - that person needs only to provide the yard and voila! You've got a traveling beach playdate.
- Great for parents who don't live near a beach
- Get out for some adult conversation
- A contained environment can be more manageable than a vast beach
- A true community event, many parents means many eyes
- Your baby socializes with other kids
- The burden to host is shared so nobody feels responsible for it all the time.
What are some ways that you've adapted your summer activities so that your baby can be a part of them?