All the Baby Beach Essentials You Need for the Perfect Day at the Beach

Taking a baby to the beach is the perfect way to spend a summer day. While you won’t get to spend the day sitting back and reading a book on the beach, you’ll love watching your baby play in the sand and water. We’ve put together this comprehensive list of essentials for baby at the beach, with plenty of options to suit every family. So pack up your baby beach gear and get ready to hit the beach!

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Baby’s First Beach Trip

If this is your first time taking a baby to the beach, be prepared to haul a whole lot of beach stuff for babies. Babies skin is so sensitive that you’ll want to take extra precautions in the sun.

baby sitting in a baby beach tent

Your beach essentials for baby will need to include a way to provide shade for your baby. We also recommend trying to keep your baby as covered as possible when in the sun. Not only will this offer better protection for your baby, it’s much easier than trying to cover a wriggly baby in sunscreen.

Can you take a newborn to the beach?

Yes, you can take newborn to the beach! You might need to make sure you have a spot to put your baby down to sleep on the beach. We also recommend consulting your doctor about sunscreen on newborns.

Typically the recommendation is to wait until a baby is 6 months old for sunscreen. With a portable baby beach tent or a larger baby beach shelter, you should be able to safely take a newborn to the beach and still protect your baby from the sun and wind.

We haven’t forgotten about the toddlers! You can find all the best toddler beach essentials here.

baby on beach playing with baby beach toys

Whether you are going on a beach vacation with a baby or visiting a local beach, here is a complete list of beach essentials for babies:

Baby Beach Essentials

Here are your beach must haves for baby by category. In some instances we’ve included a few options, as we know every family is different. We’ve also included all of these items in a convenient Baby Beach Essentials shopping list on Amazon.

Baby Beach Clothes

One of the most important beach necessities for babies is their beachwear. Keeping your baby's skin protected from the sun is much easier with your baby's beach clothes rather than trying to make sure you cover every spot with sunscreen. You'll still want to be diligent with covering other areas with sunscreen and reapply as needed.

*Please consult your doctor about using sunscreen on babies less than 6 months old.

Baby Swimming Essentials

Help your baby keep cool in the pool or in the calm ocean water with these baby swimming essentials.

Baby Beach Toys

Bring along some baby beach toys to keep your baby occupied and hopefully to distract your baby from eating all the sand!

Baby Beach Tent

If you are planning a full day in the sun or really want to keep your baby protected from the elements, then you can't go wrong with a baby sun tent. There are few options to consider when looking for the best baby beach tent and it will depend on how you want to use it.

Other Beach Must Haves for Baby

While that probably already seems like enough stuff to pack for the beach, we have a few more baby beach accessories to add to the baby beach packing list. Sunscreen is a must have beach item, but we also like the fans for keeping baby from getting overheated at the beach. A cooler is also necessary to keep any food or milk from spoiling.

Beach Vacations with a Baby

Now that you have all your beach essentials for your baby, where will you go? Here’s a list baby friendly holidays that should give you some inspiration for your next beach vacation with a baby:

Best Baby Friendly All Inclusive Resorts

San Diego with a Baby or Toddler

Greece with a Baby

Barcelona with a Baby

Amalfi Coast with a Baby or Toddler

Cinque Terre with a Baby or Toddler

Best Places to go with a Baby

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