This blog will be different than the others. Instead of giving you advice I am in need of yours. How can I enjoy the beach with my baby?
Going to the beach is, by far, one of my most favorite things about living on an island. Instant relaxation just add headphones. Last summer I was very, very pregnant. I didn't let that stop me. I waddled out onto the sand, set up my chair (because there was no way I would ever get back up again if I sat down on the sand), opened up my magazine and a big ol' bag of chips and stuffed my face. I swear there were hungry girls in itsy bitsy bikinis drooling with every crunchy satisfying chip I munched. Nevertheless I knew it was the last time I'd be able to sit on a beach in total unattached bliss so I tried to live it up...
So this week I plan to take my little munchkin to the beach.
In my head I have visions of poopy diapers floating in the ocean, her picking up old cigarette butts that never quite made it to the trash, to taste them. I picture myself frantically running around saying No, no, no! Then there's sunburns, seagulls and speedos...oh my! I need a plan to make this beach trip a success.
Here is my tentative plan. As much as I'd love to give y'all a failsafe plan of action this is my first time. So let's learn together?
I plan to lather Cadence up with sunblock before we leave the house so that she's A. Not a sticky sandtrap waiting to happen and B. thoroughly protected. I'm sure I'll need to reapply but we'll cross that bridge when (if) we come to it.
I don't have a beach buggy so I can only bring what I can carry on my person--this will most definitely include the baby. These are one of those times I wish I had a donkey. My essentials list includes water, diapers, sunblock, umbrella, snacks and a blanket. Barring a sudden discovery of a mule--I'm thinking I might need to bring a friend for this one.
These seem like the must-haves/mental list of what I think I have got covered.
So I ask you veteran moms, tell me your tricks of the trade!
What can I do to make sure my curious monkey isn't eating anything she sees on the ground if I blink?
What do I do if she wants to take a nap?
How long can a 10 month old stay on the beach?
Thanks in advance ladies for what I know will be informative and useful tips!