Hello Lovely! I know it has been too long since I’ve been able to get to my computer and update you outside of Instagram. I hope you are all following me on Instagram as it has become the easiest way for me to share updates on everything (even recipes I’ve tried) with a tiny human around the house. I’ll still post here as I can but I’m really trying to be more in the moment so an Instagram post when she’s asleep is still much easier than a full blog post. I’m treating it more as a Instablog if that is a thing, it is, right? When you have such a cute little face in front of you smiling and making cute baby noises, I suggest setting down your phone and soaking all those smiles up.
Anyway enough on that, if you are following me on Instagram you already know I took a beach vacation in June. So after surviving and enjoying the beach with a 7 week old I’m eager to share how we made it happen. I was terrified of the idea of this trip before I had her and had originally only planned to stay for a weekend before heading back home. After a month of rarely leaving the house I decided even just watching the beach from the balcony sounded better than sitting at home. It was just before the actual trip I decided I wanted to not only stay the full week but also try to let little one experience the beach, while we were there.
In the spirit of full disclosure, my mom, my husband, both sisters, one of their boyfriends, and my brother were all on the trip. Needless to say I did have a good amount of help which did make a huge difference in being able to enjoy the trip. I also spent a lot of time in the room because even on a cloudy day you can get a killer sunburn. In general I didn’t go out with her in tow between 11-3:30pm to avoid the heat of the day. When we did go out I kept her under an umbrella to shade her porcelain skin. But during the time we did spend out the following products gave me piece of mind that we’d survive.
Five Must Haves
1. Babyganics Sunscreen– Our little one has super sensitive skin and this sunscreen didn’t bother it one bit! So for anyone who has to be especially careful with skin products, this is a must have for your beach bag. I used it when I was out without little one during the heat of the day and didn’t burn at all!
2. Rashguard Swimsuit- So much better than just relying on sunscreen and honestly baby girl was so much more comfortable in this little outfit. We got ours at Target and it was so super cute! PS lest we all get carried away by the cute baby swimsuits (I have the whole pieces too), remember you will have to get this off when there is the inevitable dirty diaper… You know if you put that whole piece on for a full day, little one will pick that day to have a full on blow out too)
3. Sun Hat- Even with our girl having on a rash guard swimsuit and good sunscreen, her scalp still needed extra protection. I figured rubbing sunscreen into her hair could become an extra messy experience so a sun hat was a must for us.
4. Mesh Baby Wrap– My husband’s biggest concern with me taking a seven-week old to the beach was carrying her down the walkway with all the slippery stairs. We both felt a million times better with me wearing her instead of just carrying her. I still kept one hand on her at all times but was also able to comfortably hold onto the railing giving this new mom a good amount of reassurance. It also made for the perfect nursing cover that was so much more breathable than my regular nursing cover. Although I didn’t get in the water with her yet, its worth pointing out that this wrap is also really nice for wearing baby in the pool. Anyone with a small baby in the summer needs this one to survive outside the only way you can in the summer, near or in the water.
5. Tent or Umbrella- We lived under a big umbrella when we were at the beach. Honestly with my pale complexion, I do this on most trips but especially with little one. It’s worth it to pay and rent them if you’re in a condo. If your condo won’t let you bring your own or you’re at a public beach a tent would actually be even nicer. I’ve been eying this one at Target for beach trips this fall.
What ever you do soak up that first trip with your little one, watch him or her as they first hear the ocean. It’s pretty cool to get to witness anyone experiencing the ocean for the first time.