16 Beach Essentials for Toddlers

Author: Celine Brewer

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My definition of a perfect summer vacation, when traveling with toddlers, is hitting the beach. I’ve learned a lot through our beach days with a toddler. Now that I know exactly what things to take to the beach with toddlers and how to avoid some of our earlier family beach vacation mishaps, we always have a successful beach day. Here’s the best beach essentials for toddlers that I recommend (recommendations from a real mom who’s had tons of experience taking a toddler to the beach).

Based on the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics to use other important ways to keep toddlers safe when in the sun plus these sun safety tips, I start with the most important toddler beach must-haves. Those are the beach items that ensure our toddler is able to enjoy being in the sun while also preventing sunburns and staying safe in the sun.

While you’ll find sunscreen, toddler sun hats and full coverage swimsuits at the top of this list, you’ll also find plenty of other toddler beach essentials that will ensure a fun day at the beach! Plus some tips on how to handle sand and staying hydrated!

Baby friendly beach near Playa del Carmen

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Toddler Beach Essentials Packing List

As new parents, we don’t always know exactly what to bring for each outing. It usually takes a few times with trial and error to perfect our toddler beach packing list. I’m here to offer my personal experience taking toddlers to the beach so you don’t have to use trial and error to come up with your own list of beach necessities for toddlers.

Here are beach essentials for toddlers that should be on your beach vacation checklist:

using our diaper bag backpack on the beach in Mexico

Better safe than sorry is my go-to mantra whenever I pack my beach bag for a day at the beach with toddlers. This beach checklist for toddlers guarantees an enjoyable beach day with all the necessities.

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Enjoy your time on the beach! A beach vacation, like spending a week at an all-inclusive resort with a toddler, makes for one of the most toddler friendly holidays!

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Make your toddler's beach day unforgettable with these must-have toddler beach essentials! From sun protection to sandy adventures, our curated list has you covered. Discover the top gear for a safe and exciting day at the beach with your little one.

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Celine Brewer is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's helped millions of new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade. In addition to writing on her baby travel blog, she has shared her expertise on traveling with a baby or toddler by contributing to articles about traveling with a baby with the Washington Post, USA Today, the Lonely Planet magazine and Pregnancy & Newborn magazine.

Celine also writes about family travel on the site FamilyCanTravel.com, which she co-owns with her husband. Being from the Canadian Rockies, she shares her passion about her home and travel to Banff National Park and area on their site TravelBanffCanada.com.

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