baby feetSummer is here and taking your baby to the beach for the first time is a memorable milestone. As fun as the trip may seem, it can also be equally as stressful for first-time parents. You want to make sure your baby is protected and has everything he or she needs to peacefully soak their feet in the sand. We crafted the ultimate hassle-free guide to taking your baby to beach--because you should soak up as much fun with your little one and leave the worrying at home.  

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Bring sunglasses 1

Bring sunglasses

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UVA protective sunglasses are a must to pack. The exposure to ultraviolet rays could put your baby at risk for cataracts and other eye conditions when they get older. Besides, they'll look super cool in their shades! 

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Don't force your stay 2

Don't force your stay

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There's a chance that the beach may bring out the moodier side in your baby. Make sure you don't force the stay. The trip could last as little as 30 minutes or a couple of hours. This is actually ideal since you don't want to risk your baby suffering from heat stroke. Just remember to be patient and tolerant. 

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Avoid going during peak hours 3

Avoid going during peak hours

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The sun's rays are the most damaging between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You should avoid hitting the beach and these times to prevent sunburn and heat stroke. A less crowded beach also decreases your chances of losing sight of your baby even for a second. 

Pack an umbrella & sun hat 4

Pack an umbrella & sun hat

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You don't want to leave home without these two essential items! They will give an added layer of sun protection to your baby. You need the extra shade even when it's cloudy so don't forget it! 

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Set up a large blanket 5

Set up a large blanket

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Babies love to roll around and take up more space than you think. Make sure to set up with an extra large blanket so he or she has room to groove! 

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Bring swim diapers 6

Bring swim diapers

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If you plan on helping your baby take a dip, you'll need to bring swim diapers. These are made so that they don't swell up in the water. You'll be grateful you took the extra step!

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Sunblock is a must 7

Sunblock is a must

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Babies younger than 6 months shouldn't get much time in the sun. Regardless of your baby's age range, go for a chemical-free sunblock with at least SPF 30. You want to make sure to reapply every two hours to avoid sunburn. 

Bring a first-aid kit 8

Bring a first-aid kit

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Taking your baby to the beach for the first time can be stressful. Carrying with a first-aid kit will help put your mind at ease. Whether it's a small cut or rash, you want to make sure you have all of your necessities to help cure your baby in a flash. 

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Pack toys 9

Pack toys

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Beach toys are essential for kids of all ages to have a good time! It will guarantee that your baby will be entertained for a long time, which means you'll have more fun in the sun too.

Come with snacks 10

Come with snacks

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Healthy travel snacks are a mom's best friend. If you're still breastfeeding, pack a cover-up. If your baby takes the bottle, make sure to bring a cooler to store the milk in. It's important that your baby stays hydrated. If your baby is more than 6 months, bring light and healthy snacks that won't spoil in the sun.