If you are planning to take your baby to the beach for the first time this summer, make sure that you create a memorable and enjoyable experience by planning the trip in advance. These tips from Baby Center consist of everything you need to know about introducing your newborn to the beach, including how to keep your infant’s delicate skin safe from the sun.
Newborns and the Beach
Stay out of the sun
Babies under the age of 6 months should stay out of the sun entirely, and older children must stay in the shade between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when sun rays are at their most intense.
A UV sunsuit is ideal for the beach. Alternatively, use loose-fitting cotton clothes that cover your baby’s legs and arms along with a wide-brimmed hat.
Babies over six months should use sunscreen on all exposed skin, including hands and feet. Use a broad-spectrum product designed for children and with an SPF of at least 15. Reapply sunscreen every couple hours and after playing in the ocean, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
Create a space for a nap
Anywhere comfortable and safe from the sun is a perfect place for your baby’s nap, such as a UV sun tent or umbrella or your baby’s stroller. If your baby struggles to fall asleep in the unfamiliar environment, walk down the promenade with your stroller or carry your baby along the beach.
Play safely in the water
Gentle waves near the shore can be exciting for babies; however, it is important to remember that it is much more risky to play in the sea than in a swimming pool. Keep a hold of your baby at all times and never venture out of the shallow waters. Even if it is a hot day, only stay in the water a short time as you baby may become cold easily.
One last tip is to make sure that your baby always wears sunglasses. You can find a range of styles in the Real Kids collection specially designed for infants aged 0+.