When our older daughter was little, we were beach bums. We lived just a short distance from a gorgeous beach on the Gulf of Mexico and we visited often. Over the three years we lived there, we were at the beach more times than I can count. When we moved back to Utah, the beach was one of the things that I missed the very most. Nowadays during the summer you can find us at the water park, the splash pad or in our backyard pool. I can count on one hand the days we haven’t spent in water this summer. Our the last 8 years of spending all day in the water with little ones, I have found some things that make it much more enjoyable for everyone.
Hooded towels. I used to bring beach towels for my kids to the beach and then I noticed they would drag them on the ground as they were drying off. They would get dirty and extra wet. Now I bring hooded towels. The hood on their head helps keep it from dragging on the ground and picking up water and dirt.
Protein filled snacks. It can be really hard to get protein in your kids when you are far away from your fridge at the beach or the water park only has greasy amusement park food. We have just started toting around Lil’ Beanies which I found in the baby food section of Target. Made from the goodness of navy beans and naturally flavored, Lil’ Beanies is a fantastic protein filled snacking option not made with genetically engineered ingredients and has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. It has 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value) and 1 gram of fiber per serving. It is the perfect snack to keep my little one going between meal breaks.
They come in original flavor and white cheddar and broccoli. My toddler calms them “healfy cheetos.”
Extra things I make sure to bring:
- extra diaper
- extra swim diapers
- sandwiches (for actual lunch)
- a change of clothes for each kid
- bug spray (if we are staying until dusk)