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Postby kerribell » Tue May 19, 2009 1:37 am

I am headed to the beach with my 14 month old. It is about an 8 hour drive w/out stopping. Any suggestions about the travel or about the beach?
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Postby riogirl71 » Tue May 19, 2009 5:34 pm

they make some great sun suits for babies that range from long sleeve shirts, to hats that cover their neck like a legionaire. Supposed to be SPF 50 - easier than trying to keep sunscreen on all the time. Also target and babies rus has some pop up dome tents...
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Postby kholtan » Wed May 20, 2009 10:52 pm

We are avid beach goers with our babies! We have been taking the twins since they were 6 weeks old and here are my tips for ya! :)

~Bring Baby Powder!!!!!!!! You can lay a blanket out at the end of the day or when changing diapers and then sprinkle the sandy parts of your baby and the sand comes right off without being abrasive at all. It helps so you can put a clean diaper on while there at the beach with no added sand!
~Buy an umbrella or easy-up for shade. Some are cheap and others more pricey but shade is a must on hot days.
~ Take a jogger stroller if you have one and use it for feeding, naps, walks, or just a place to sit.
~ Hats and lots of extra clothes. Sometimes the beach sand is wet and if it'snot really warm you end up changing the baby a lot. For this reason I also bring a plastic tarp that is small and compact but I can use to keep moisture away on certain days.
~ Toys, bubbles, and easy snacks that stay dry and won't be soggy from the humidity.

Of all these tips the baby powder is the best!!! My kids can last all day (5-8 hours) out there and our drive is also about 8 hours. We bring books and the obvious toys for travel in a big plastic bin that we can also fill up with a ltitle water at the beach for safe fun AWAY from crashing waves. We stop when we have to while driving and just go with the idea that you just simply do what it takes to stay happy! We stop about evey 2-3 hours and let them run off some steam and we try split the day in two with lunch. My kids also still nap twice so that works well too.
I let me kids get as sandy as they want and try not to worry about how much of it they end up eating even though it's hard to do!

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Postby kerribell » Thu May 21, 2009 2:08 am

Thanks for the tips ladies. It seems like it would be easier to pack the beach and bring it to us than to take the baby to the beach. :wink:
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Postby kholtan » Thu May 21, 2009 4:27 am

So funny!!! I know what you mean! I know there is so much to pack but being over ready is better than under ready! :wink: I do think that since my kids have gone so many times they natrually love the beach. Some babies don't like sand at all so be prepared just in case. That's why I initially brought the tarp and I found it had many uses.
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Postby kerribell » Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:35 pm

Well, we are back from the beach and had a great time. He loved to play in the sand, but not walk on it very much. Some days he liked the ocean, others not. We got an inflatable boat to use on the beach. We filled it up with water and put it under the canopy and he loved it. Other times we used it in the pool. Thanks again for your advice.
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