Things to Do in Emerald Isle, NC: Insider’s Guide 8
Things to Do in Emerald Isle, NC: Insider’s Guide 8

Pack for a stress-free day at the seashore with the baby beach essentials on our mom-approved list. Keep baby safe & happy at the beach.

Ready for baby’s first beach trip? It’s exciting to think about the world of wonder your bundle of joy will discover in the surf and sand. But as experienced parents know, there’s a lot to consider to ensure baby’s beach day is all about fun in the sun – not stress on the seashore.

We asked Shibumi Shade’s Head of Ecommerce Ashely Canning (mom of two) for tips on baby beach gear that makes life easier for parents and babies.

“Preparation is vital to an amazing beach trip with baby,” she said. “Consider everything you’ll need to care for your baby on the beach, like feeding, changing, and sun protection. Then pack accordingly to keep your baby safe and happy.”

To that end, here are 20 baby beach essentials plus a shareable mom-approved packing list for a day at the beach with your baby.

20 baby beach essentials

  1. Swim Diapers
    Swim diapers are a must if your baby is going in the water, and both disposable and reusable versions are available. Tip: they only hold solids, not liquids, so keep regular diapers on-hand for the car.
  2. Sun Hat
    A wide-brimmed sun hat is perfect for protecting your baby from the sun’s hot UV rays. Choose a hat with a chin strap so it stays on throughout the day.
  3. Rash Guard
    A rash guard that covers your baby’s arms and legs provides excellent protection and minimizes the amount of sunscreen you’ll need to apply.
  4. Sunscreen & Makeup Brush
    You know your baby needs sunscreen (SPF 50+) after six months (pediatricians don’t recommend using it any earlier), but did you know a makeup brush makes application a breeze? Many moms swear by this baby beach hack.
  5. Sun Hat
    A wide-brimmed sun hat is perfect for protecting your baby from the sun’s hot UV rays. Choose a hat with a chin strap so it stays on throughout the day.

Baby Beach FAQs

When can babies go to the beach?

Though some sources recommend waiting until your baby is 2-3 months old, there are no set guidelines for what age is appropriate to take a baby to the beach. Ultimately, it’s up to parents to decide when their infants are ready. The most important thing is to plan and pack to protect your baby from the sun, wind, and water.

How long can babies stay at the beach?

There’s no set time limit as long as your baby stays cool and hydrated. You might want to consider taking your baby to the beach during cooler times of the day, such as the morning before it heats up or late afternoon/early evening once it starts cooling down.

How to protect babies from the sun at the beach?

Constant shade is the best way to protect babies from the sun at the beach, as the FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics do not recommend sunscreen for babies under 6 months old (FDA). Make sure you always have ample shade, cover baby up with hats and rash guards, bring sunglasses, and keep baby well-hydrated. Avoid direct sunlight – especially between 10am and 2pm, when UV rays are strongest – and use a spray bottle mister or baby pool to help baby stay cool.