Surviving a Day at the Beach with a Toddler


My son Greyson is full of energy and has a loving and cheerful personality. Being a toddler though, meltdowns, rants and toy throwing are all becoming a normal state of affairs in my house. So now, going ANYWHERE with him takes careful preparation and planning. If you’re already a mom and have been through this stage, you get it. If not, you’ll soon come to see exactly what I’m talking about.

A few weeks ago we took our first beach trip this year. Before baby, my husband and I would drive to the beach without a moment’s notice and with no thought at all other than what bikini or bathing suit we should bring; how times have-a-changed! With a two year old in tow, a beach day takes not only more planning but many, many, many more bags! We quickly realized things we are going to do differently the next time. Read on for some of my tips (that we will surely be using next time) for a trip to the beach with your kiddos.246Prepare the night before: Even though we talked about going to the beach the night before, we waited to pack until the morning. Fools! Grey woke up late (thus so did we). Secondly, everything inevitably takes longer than expected. I had to pack our beach bag(s) including changes of clothes and towels, organize our beach chairs and toys, prep snacks, and get myself ready. Sorry hubs, but a mismatched bathing suit and cover-up is just not going to happen! Mama needed some glam time before hitting the beach. Lesson: Definitely pack the night before and even load chairs and toys in the car to save even more time.

Bring baggies, many baggies: An hour late, we did finally get out the door to meet up with friends. We had a full day of fun soaking in the sun, playing in the sand and taking dips in the ocean. As we started to pack up to call it day, I realized I forgot to pack plastic baggies and I had nothing to throw our wet suits or left over snacks in.

Don’t forget the baby powderMy girlfriend who has two older children shared a little secret with me as she watched as I struggled on a small beach towel covered in sand to get my son out of his diaper and still wet swimsuit: baby powder helps to easily remove sand from squirmy tots! We will definitely be including that in our beach bag for our next trip.

If you have any summer mommy secrets you’d like to share, please let me know… I’m all ears! -Olivia

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  1. I’ll definitely be using this advice in the future!! We plan on taking ours to Spain when he’s 4 months old which will be a challenge! Aimee x

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