15 Tips for Parents Taking a Newborn to the Beach

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What can be more beautiful than taking a baby to the beach for the first time?

A baby’s first trip to the beach is a special occasion that should not be missed.

If you plan on taking your child, here are 15 tips for parents in taking a newborn to the beach:

Overview:

Tips For Taking A Newborn to the Beach

When taking a newborn to the beach, it’s important that you’re prepared.

Here are our top 15 tips to help make your trip go smoothly:

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Tip 1: Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

You are eager to take your newborn to the beach, but have you heard the old saying, “You can’t take your newborn baby outside for 6 weeks after birth”?

Well, according to most pediatric health experts, getting your baby out into nature while following some basic safety precautions is good for both parents and their babies.

So, what is a good time of day to take your baby outside while on your beach vacation?

Babies’ skin is brand new, and you want to protect them by not exposing them to harsh wind and sun conditions in the middle of the day.

The sun’s rays are much stronger during the midday hours of 11 am-12 pm and from around noon until about half an hour before sunset.

Recommend: Attending early mornings or late afternoons.

You also want to make sure your baby is protected from the sun at all times.

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Tip 2: Avoid Crowded Beaches

We have all visited a beach a time or two in our lives and ran into huge crowds of people just trying to cool off from the hot day.

But with a newborn in town, it can get frustrating finding a safe place to get set up in the sand as well as your newborn not getting overstimulated from all the noise from the crowd.

The time of day plays a huge part in your decision of when to visit the beach with your newborn.

Earlier times of the day like mentioned in Tip 1 are key to beating the crowd.

You should also choose a beach that is not visited as often or as popular.

As well as a spot that is isolated and may offer some shade for your baby.

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Tip 3: Dress your Newborn for the Beach Correctly

Dressing a newborn is not difficult, but what can be hard about taking your newborn to the beach is figuring out what they should wear?

Newborns can easily get a sunburn even without staying in the sun long.

Packing for the weather is very important.

Cloudy days can also cause sunburn for babies.

Bringing things like an umbrella, hat, and dressing newborn in protective clothing will help prevent excessive sun exposure.

An extra protective option for baby is UV protection swimwear.

The tighter the fabric weave, the greater the sun protection the bathing suit offers.

If you hold up the swimsuit you’re considering to the light, you can see how much it blocks.

You should also consider bringing extra diapers to the pool or beachside with you to help prevent diaper rash when your baby plays in the water.

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Tip 4: Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated at the beach is so important.

You don’t want to get overheated, and not be able to cool down from the hot day.

Bringing lots of water in a cooler with you or carrying a few in your bag will surely keep your body cooled down.

This is also very important for breastfeeding mothers bringing their newborn to the beach.

Breastfeeding mothers already need to drink a lot of water for their health but once you are exposed to the sun, your body needs a lot more water than you think.

This will also provide hydration for your baby.

For formula-fed babies, you should also bring water bottles.

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Tip 5: Limit your Time Outside when Taking your Newborn to the Beach

Because of the inherent risks to sun exposure and heat exhaustion, it is better to limit your time outside to just a few hours or less.

Taking your newborn to the beach can still pose a risk for heatstroke and dehydration both for baby and parents, especially during hot days.

Any outside time should be done before temperatures reach above 80 degrees.

This will mean going out either earlier in the day or later in the evening to help keep the baby safe from getting overheated.

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Tip 6: Don’t go to the Beach Alone

When you think of taking your newborn to the beach, you don’t consider the help you may need in taking care of your baby.

As mothers or fathers, you like to think you got this on your own!

And though that may be be true most times, it also doesn’t hurt having help along the way sometimes.

This holds especially true when taking your newborn for the beach the first time.

Bringing someone with you to the beach with your newborn will make things a lot easier.

Helping you not carry everything yourself down the ocean as well as having a second set of eyes when watching your newborn play or sleep while you relax on the beach.

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Tip 7: Don’t Forget your Camera

Memories are so important to us all. Especially when you have a newborn!

Bringing your camera or taking photos on your phone is something you want to do to capture the cutest moments of your baby’s first beach trip.

Not only will you want to have your camera or cell phone, but you will need to make sure you bring all their charges and camera stands to capture those special moments.

You should also consider a waterproof camera like a GoPro which can last longer and be safer to use instead of having your expensive camera by the water.

Remember those timeless moments!

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Tip 8: Know all Emergency options for the area you are visiting

Concerns and emergencies are something we all should consider when traveling with a newborn to the beach.

You should consider how far you are away from local emergency hospitals or clinics and have the contact numbers of your local doctor offices in case you need to make a visit.

Staying close by these locations will reassure you peace of mind when traveling to a destination you are not familiar with.

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Tip 9: Talk to your newborn doctor before Heading to the beach

Before traveling or taking any trip with your newborn, you should consult with their pediatrician.

Your baby’s pediatrician will help answer any questions or concerns you may have about traveling with your newborn to the beach.

They can inform you about the best sunscreen and protection to use for your baby.

How to avoid sand causing a diaper rash or even how to protect your baby from heatstroke and long exposure to outside elements.

Every newborn is different, and you should always consult with a doctor for safety concerns when traveling.

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Tip 10: Go To Beaches That Have Lifeguards

When bringing your baby to the beach always look for a beach that has the presence of lifeguards.

Lifeguards are there to help in any emergency situation that may arise such as CPR and First Aid.

They can also give you helpful tips such as when the tide is high or low or even provide you with places of safety when taking your baby for a swim.

You can’t go wrong with going to a beach that has a lifeguard presence.

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Tip 11: Shallow end is you and your Baby’s best friend

Babies can have a great time by the beach.

They are very curious and the best way to pique their curiosity is to let them play on the shallow side of the water.

Always make sure you are taking your newborn in the shallow end of the water where there is no waves or undertow taking place.

The deep end of the beach can be very dangerous for babies because it has a lot more wave movement and could easily pull your baby away from you if they were to fall into the water unexpectedly.

When taking your newborn to the beach, make sure you stay in shallow waters for their protection.

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Tip 12: Check Weather Forecast

Before you head out on your trip to the beach, check the weather forecast and tide reports for that week.

You want to avoid very windy days, extreme temperatures, and areas with high waves and rip currents.

You should consider the safety of everyone in shallow water as well with these conditions.

When taking a newborn to the beach you want to make sure they are safe and sound.

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Tip 13: Prepare Ahead of Time

Prepare for your beach trip a day beforehand.

Make a checklist of essentials for your newborn. 

Have extra diapers, wipes, sunscreen, and even snacks ready to go.

If you’re looking for healthy snack ideas to bring to the beach check out our other post 20 Best Foods and Snacks to Bring to the Beach when your Hungry.

When taking a newborn for the beach you want to make sure they are comfortable so having extra essentials will be beneficial in case something happens or if you forget something at home.

Put the checklist somewhere for everyone to see (the fridge or your bathroom mirror).

Having a complete checklist will make the travel day less stressful because you already have everything ready to go so you can just focus your attention on your baby.

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Tip 14: Bring Baby Powder when Taking Newborn to the Beach

Sand is unavoidable when you are at the beach.

Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of it completely, but you can lessen the exposure taking it with you.

Baby powder has been to known to help get rid of any sand that has made its way onto your baby.

When taking a newborn to the beach, make sure you bring an extra container of powder for them because their skin can get irritated easily by the sand.

Remember when looking for baby powder opt for one that is talc-free, free of parabens, dyes, or phthalates to avoid skin irritation like: Era Organics.

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Tip 15: Beware of Mosquitos

Who knew mosquitos could pose a threat to bringing your newborn to the beach?

Newborn skin can be super absorbent, and it is not recommended to use insect repellent for that reason.

A better option is to cover your baby with free-flowing, lightweight outfits that leave the skin covered.

Hats, shirts with long sleeves, pants, and socks are ideal.

But you should also use clothing that is breathable due to hot temperatures.

This will help protect baby from being bitten by a mosquito that could also be carrying a virus.

Some popular swimsuits for newborns include long sleeves and bottoms that cover babies’ bodies to protect them from bites and sand exposure.

In addition, bringing a beach tent that offers a screen like the Sunba Youth Portable Bed allows fresh air flowing in while your newborn rest while keeping the mosquitos out.

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10 Newborn Beach Essentials

These are our top 10 newborn beach essentials for taking a newborn to the beach for the first time:

1. Swim Diaper

Features

  • Machine Washable
  • Adjustable Snaps
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Breathable material
  • Waterproof

Keep your little one safe and looking stylish in the water with the Will & Fox Reusable Swim Diaper.

Made from premium waterproof polyester with stretchy silk that is soft and breathable, ensuring your newborn stays comfortable while at the beach.

This swim diaper carries adjustable three different size snaps to offer a secure fit for your newborn to up to toddler.

The beauty of this swim diaper? It’s eco-friendly and can be reused after washing.

2. Stroller

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Features

  • Swivel front wheel locks 
  • Padded 5-point harness
  • Large cargo basket with zip-top cover
  • Adjustable Handlebar
  • Ergonomic

For those mothers or fathers who enjoy walking by the beach bring your newborn along with the help of Thule Urban Glide 2 Stroller.

The swivel front wheel locks into place for stability, and the integrated twister hand brake provides speed control on hilly terrain.

The comfortable seat reclines and features a padded five-point harness and integrated ventilation to keep your child safe and cool.

You can adjust the handlebar to find the perfect fit, and there’s plenty of storage space in the large cargo basket with zippered cover.

There’s even a peekaboo window so you can check on your sleeping child without disturbing them.

3. Diaper Backpack

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Features

  • 17 Pockets
  • Changing Compartment
  • Water Resistant
  • Premium Oxford Material
  • Scratch Proof

When heading to the beach with your newborn nothing is more helpful than having all your essentials in a one storage.

KeaBabies Explorer Diaper Backpack was built to make your life a little more easier so you can focus on your baby.

This roomy backpack comes with 17 pockets in total, making it easy to organize all of your baby beach gear.

Made from Premium Oxford material that is waterproof ensuring your belongings stay safe and dry.

Features a changing pad to keep you prepared for diaper emergencies.

Has three insulated inner pockets can fit bottles up to 7.8″ by 3.5″ inches.

In addition, backpack comes with two stroller hooks allowing you to hook your bag on the beach stroller.

Built to take with you wherever you go.

4. Baby Wrap Carrier

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Features

  • Sturdy Fabric
  • Versatile
  • Up to 35 lbs. weight
  • Back Support
  • Machine Washable

The KeaBabies Baby Wrap Carrier is a versatile carrier that can be used both indoors and outdoors.

It is machine-washable carrier made from stretchy, sturdy fabric and provides safe and snug support for your newborn.

Whether you’re at the beach or out on a walk, the Baby Wrap Carrier is perfect for keeping your baby close while freeing up your hands.

And breastfeeding on-the-go has never been easier thanks to this carrier’s convenient design.

5. Portable Travel Bed

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Features

  • UPF50+
  • 100% Polyester
  • Lightweight
  • 1.4lbs
  • Zippered Curtain 

Looking for a safe and comfortable way to take your little one to the beach? The Sunba Youth Portable Travel Bed should be your go-to item to the beach.

This 100% eco-friendly and non-toxic bed comes with UV protection of 50+UPF, ensuring that your child is safe and comfortable.

The frame is made from elasticity metal material which can withstand thousands of times bending, making it durable enough for even the most active baby.

And for added peace of mind, the mosquito net will keep pesky bugs at bay.

No assembling is required, pops up within seconds and is easy to fold back up.

6. NewBorn Lounger

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Features

  • Lightweight
  • 360 degree protective pad
  • Breathable Material
  • 3d High-density Padding
  • Machine Washable

Looking for a cozy place to put your little one to sleep while you’re at the beach?

The Mamibaby Baby Lounger is your perfect newborn beach essential must!

Made of breathable material, this lounger keeps your child safe and comfortable against any hard surface.

Can go with the portable travel bed.

Plus, the 360-degree protective pad side guardrail design creates a separate sleeping space for co-sleeping babies in the adult bed.

The hidden zipper on the bottom of the baby nest allows for easy disassembly and laundering.

So relax by the water knowing that your little one is safe and comfy in their very own Mamibaby baby lounger!

7. Sun Protective Clothing

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Features

  • UPF 50+
  • Made from Nylon and Spandex
  • Zipper Closure
  • Long-sleeved
  • Hand Wash

Looking for a way to keep your newborn safe from the sun’s harmful rays?

Look no further than RuffleButts’ Newborn Rash Guard!

Made with UPF 50+ sun-protective fabric, this suit is perfect for protecting your little one at the beach or pool.

The zipper back and snaps at the bottom make it easy to put on and take off, while the three nickel-free snaps at the bottom provide a snug fit.

Boy's Newborn Rash Guard

Features

  • UPF 50+
  • Striped Long-sleeved
  • Front Zipper Closure
  • Hand Wash

The RUGGEDBUTTS Boy’s Long Sleeved Rash Guard offers maximum protection for your newborn at the beach.

Made with UPF 50+ material to keep your little one safe from sun rays.

Features a front zipper for convenient easy changing.

Stylish and protectively made for your newborn.

7. Newborn Baby Toys

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Features

  • 10 pieces
  • Variety
  • Handles easy to grab
  • Educational

With iPlay, iLearn Newborn Toys, you’ll have everything you need to keep your newborn entertained while at the beach.

This toy set includes ten pieces, each with its own unique function and purpose.

Your baby will love exploring the different textures, sounds, and colors of these toys – all of which are designed to help with early development.

Easy to clean and store away hygienically when not in use.

8. Baby Food & Snacks

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Features

  • 21 Ounces
  • Complete Nutrient Blend
  • Dual Prebiotics

Happy Baby Organics Infant Formula is built nutritious and convenient to take with you on your next beach trip.

Contains milk and soy ingredients, as well as key vitamins and minerals, to help keep your little one healthy and happy.

Features dual prebiotics for enhanced digestive health.

So whether you’re spending the day at the beach or hitting up the pool, be sure to pack to make sure you have plenty of newborn food while outdoors.

9. Newborn Hat

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Features

  • UPF 50+
  • 100% Polyester
  • Foldable
  • Head Strap
  • Wide Brim

Keep your newborn head and face protected from the sun by bringing a Winkeyes Baby Sun Hat.

Made with UPF 50+ sun protection fabric, this hat is perfect for trips to the beach or pool.

The wide brim provides extra coverage, while the adjustable head strap and chin strap ensure a perfect fit.

Plus, the chin strap is detachable so you can use the hat in multiple seasons.

Lightweight and foldable, this sun hat is easy to take with you wherever you go.

10. Towels

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Features

  • Bamboo Material
  • 35″ by 35″
  • High Quality Stitching
  •  Machine Washable

Looking for a quick and easy way to keep your newborn dry at the beach?

Look no further than KeaBabies’ Baby Hooded Towel!

Made from 100% bamboo, this towel is super absorbent, meaning it will quickly and easily dry your little one off.

Plus, the high quality stitching and premium quality bamboo fiber make this towel a must-have for any new mom.

So go ahead and hit the beach with confidence this newborn towel has got you covered!

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FAQs

There are some frequently asked questions when traveling with a newborn to the beach for the first time:

Is it safe to take a newborn to the beach?

Yes!

As long as you get your pediatricians blessing and your baby is well-protected then it’s safe to take them to the beach.

The beach can be a great first experience for your baby.

From viewing natures waters to experiencing new moments with your newborn.

Just come prepared your baby beach essentials and follow our mentioned 15 tips will help you create a more safe and enjoyable experience.

Enjoy your time at the beach with your newborn and create those priceless memories.

When can a newborn baby go to the beach?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight.

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This is due to the sensitivity of a newborns skin.

However, that’s not to say you can’t take a newborn to the beach earlier than 6 months.

As previously mentioned with Tip #9.

Before taking a newborn to the beach for the first time consult with your pediatrician!

They will be able to advised what would be the best time frames for your baby or answer any questions you may have.

You can’t go wrong with just asking!

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How do you take a newborn to the beach?

You take your newborn to the beach by being well-prepared!

From bringing your baby beach essentials:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Snacks

To name a few, as well, as following our 15 Tips for Taking a Newborn to the Beach:

  • Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
  • Avoid Crowded Beaches
  • Dress your Baby with Proper Attire for the Beach
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Limit your Time Outside in the Sun
  • Don’t go to the beach alone
  • Don’t forget your camera
  • Know All Your Emergencies
  • Talk to your Child’s Physician First
  • Go to Beaches that have Lifeguard Presence
  • Stay in the Shallow End
  • Check your Weather Forecast
  • Plan Ahead of Time
  • Bring Baby Powder for Sand Protection
  • Beware of Mosquitos
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Can I take my 8 week old baby to the beach?

If you’re planning on taking your 8-week old baby to the beach we recommend consulting with your pediatrician first!

As previously stated the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises babies under 6 months of age to be exposed to direct sunlight.

And well, beaches usually are illuminated with sunny forecasts.

Especially, during summer times, unless you live in Iceland or known cold countries where the beaches are often just gloomy and cold.

P.S. Not to offend anyone who lives here, but you get what I mean.

Technically, you could possibly take your 8-week old baby to the beach during the times in which the sun rays are not the strongest: sunrise or sunset.

Nevertheless, consult with your pediatrician beforehand if you’re not sure!

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Can a 2 month old go in the Ocean?

There are some people that claim you can take your 2-month-old baby into the ocean while others claim to wait until 6 months of age.

After all, even having your newborn just dip its little feet in the ocean’s shallow end seems harmless, right?

But, just for safety, we think the best answer is to consult with your pediatrician.

They can give you a more direct answer.

How do I keep my Baby Safe at the Beach?

Keep your baby safe at the beach by following our mentioned 15 tips:

  • Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
  • Avoid Crowded Beaches
  • Dress your Baby with Proper Attire for the Beach
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Limit your Time Outside in the Sun
  • Don’t go to the beach alone
  • Don’t forget your camera
  • Know All Your Emergencies
  • Talk to your Child’s Physician First
  • Go to Beaches that have Lifeguard Presence
  • Stay in the Shallow End
  • Check your Weather Forecast
  • Plan Ahead of Time
  • Bring Baby Powder for Sand Protection
  • Beware of Mosquitos

In addition, bringing all necessary newborn beach essentials should give you a more successful experience.

Like Zig Ziglar, once said,

Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.

Zig Ziglar.
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Conclusion

Taking your newborn to the beach shouldn’t be a stressful experience.

We hope these 15 tips mentioned make taking your little one to the beach a breeze and worry-free.

If you’re heading to the beaches in Florida we recommend visiting these 10 family-friendly beaches.

However, if you’re visiting California these are 21 family-friendly beaches worth visiting.

Let us know in the comments below what are some of your recommended tips for taking your newborn to the beach.

Until next time, safe beach travels.

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Hi! This is Jess and Jeanette. Two sisters & beach travelers. We built this blog to share our travels in hopes of helping you plan your next beach vacation. Cheers! ❤️

 

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