Just because I live near an island doesn’t mean I take my kids to the beach often, especially in the summer. However, since we live so close to the beach I would be crazy if I didn’t take them every now and then. So these are things you need to know and prepare for before going to the beach.
- Let Go – for those type A personalities like me who have to have everything clean every second of the day… just let them get dirty and sandy for a bit. I hate bringing have of that sandy beach back with me every time I take the kids to the beach. So basically I need to mentally prepare myself to know I have no control over how messy they are going to get. Even if you tell them 100 times to not step on the towel with their sandy feet, they will. And if your husband is like mine, he will dig a hole in the sand and place your baby in it and cover him with sand so that he can’t move. He thinks he is providing him a great place to sit, however, I just see the massive amount of sand that just went in his diaper. But hey, I am letting go.
- Baby Powder – Take some baby powder and Dad’s old sock. Put the baby powder in the sock and rub all over those sandy bodies and you will actually leave the sand at the beach versus taking it with you. A thing of store brand baby powder and a sock you already can’t find the match to anyway will literally save your car and sanity for beach days.
- Sunscreen before you go – How hard is it to get a child to stand still anyway, but much less when you have a large body of water that is literally calling them to come jump in? Right! Sunscreen before you go in your nice air-conditioned home before they become sticky and sandy. Almost as if as soon as you get to your location, they can run and play in the water. You will be well on your way to having them tired so a nap will be in your future… wishful thinking again?
I don’t always have help with my kids on the weekends so I have to make sure going out will be easy and fun for everyone. I don’t like to be miserable while my kids are having a blast.
Brought to you by Sara Gooden of Gooden Plenty.