10 Things to Know Before Bringing a Baby to the Beach




Here is a list of things to think about before bringing a baby to the beach.  This requires some planning before leaving on your adventure together.  Hopefully these tips will save you time and money as you travel with a baby.  I believe experiencing new things is important for you and your baby.

  • Pack Baby Clothes in a Separate Bag From Your Own– When you pack the baby clothes and your own clothes in one bag, finding those little clothes are hard to find.  Instead of creating a scavenger hunt for yourself pack the little clothes in a separate bag.  I liked to keep the two bags separate in the room I am staying so I know where to find my clothes, and where the babies are. 

  • Don’t Bring Too Many Diapers– A day or two before leaving on a trip count how many diapers you use that day.  Bring a couple swim diapers for each day too.  Then only bring the amount of diapers for the days you are gone, plus a few extra.  Remember enough wipes too!

  • Pack Baby Food In Multiple Containers– I read a story about a woman who dumped all the formula she had on the floor while on a cruise.  Let’s both learn a lesson from this story by packing baby food in multiple containers so there will not be this type of accident.   If you are breastfeeding you may need to think about putting extra milk in different containers.  A Infant Travel Chair may also be needed if you baby is a little older. 

  • Bring Easy to Pack Toys– Bring flat or easy to store and carry toys with you on your trip.

  • Bring a Baby Hat– White soft baby skin burns quickly!  You may be outside for longer than you think.  A hat can be helpful even when your baby takes a nap in the stroller.  I have been told babies under 6 months should not wear suntan lotion.  You may want to pack sun tan lotion.

  • How You Will Carry Your Baby?– You may have a personal baby carrier or a stroller.  Think about the terrain when deciding what to pack.  

  • Sunscreen Lotion- I was told babies under 6 months should not have sun tan lotion.  They do make special baby sunscreen

  • Beach Shade- If you can’t find shade under a tree, you may need to bring a beach shade that will travel easily. 

  • Eating Sand?–  Decide what you will do when your baby tried to put sand in his/her mouth.  I tried to do some research on this on the internet, and didn’t find any good information.  If you do, I would love to see some! 

  • Pool- If the waves are too big for you little one, you may want to bring a small inexpensive blow up baby pool.  

To read all 50 Tips please go here:  50 Things to Know About All Inclusive Resorts


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This book is for anyone who is thinking about going to an all inclusive resort. A great starting place for choosing a vacation destination. Many tips and advice on Things to Think About before Selecting the All-Inclusive Resort, Food, Pool and Ocean, and General Tips.

This book also includes: 7 Things You May Forget When Traveling On an Airplane, 28 Things to Know Before Traveling With a Baby, and 6 Steps to Booking Your Dream Cruise- Tips to Save Money on a Cruise.

What People Are Saying…

This is a good guide for those looking to book an all-inclusive. It’s a short read packed with tips from someone who has been on tons of these trips. The bonus? I actually got some really good ideas for how to travel with my baby too. Our 1 year old is going with us this time and I’m suuuuper nervous. – Momily

This book is great and very informative. It mentions lots of things that I never would have thought of while planning a vacation. I would recommend this book to anyone who ever plans on going on a vacation (I think that includes all of us, right?). For only $2.99 (the current price of the book, I understand it may change over time) you get a pre-compiled check list, helpful tips and much more. Don’t miss out on this amazing book! – M. Messick

’50 Things To Know About All Inclusive Resorts’ is an excellent book to help you go away on holiday to the right type of all-inclusive resort for you, your family and friends.

The book contains numerous tips to help you select an all-inclusive resort, such as considering the time of year and weather, the facilities available which are of most interest to you, excursions etc, on the foods you would like to eat and the beverages you would like to drink.

The book also helps you think about the type of swimming pool you would like to have access to at the all-inclusive resort and also contains general advice for your trip, such as checking in and out and ensuring you have appropriate footwear and sunglasses.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. – P. Phillips


About Lisa Rusczyk

Lisa is the creator of the blog Charlie-The-Cavalier and his Friends, Family, and Home.  She is also the author of 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby.  Send Lisa Rusczyk an email at lbrennec@gmail.com

50 Things to Know Before Traveling with a Baby

1. Pack Baby Clothes in Shoe Rack-  I decided to pack her clothes in a shoe rack.  A spot for each day.  I packed 3 changes of clothes, 3 travel bibs, and food for each day.   When you pack the baby clothes and your own clothes in one bag, finding those little clothes are hard to find.  Instead of creating a scavenger hunt for yourself pack the little clothes in a separate bag.

2. Don’t Bring Too Many Diapers– A day or two before leaving on a trip count how many diapers you use that day.  Then only bring the amount of diapers for the days you are gone, plus a few extra.  Remember enough wipes too! Remember your swim diapers! 

3. Pack Baby Food In Multiple Containers– I read a story about a woman who dumped all the formula she had on the floor while on a cruise.  Let’s both learn a lesson from this story by packing baby food in multiple containers so there will not be this type of accident.   If you are breastfeeding you may need to think about putting extra milk in different containers.  

4. Feeding Chair– A Infant Travel Chair may also be needed if you baby is a little older.

5. Bring Easy to Pack Toys– Bring flat or easy to store and carry toys with you on your trip.  The stacking cups worked great on the ship and at the beach.  I also like the rings for holding toys and to play with.  Great for strollers or to attached to the diaper bag. 

6. Plan a Sleeping Place– The ship had a pack and play ready for us.  All I had to do was ask the room steward.  My parents watched then in their room one day and their room steward found an extra one on their floor.   A pack in play in a great place for a baby to sleep while traveling.  If the pack and play is too big to bring with you, they do sell other devices for your baby to stay in one place so you can both sleep sound at night.

7. Bath Time– Remember your baby soap.  I believe bathing your baby is where you are both the most comfortable.  Some people can bath them in a sink.  Other babies don’t mind a shower.  If you prefer a tub you can purchase a collapsible tub one or bring the one you use from home. We used the shower and it worked just fine.  

8. Remember Your Must Haves– I have certain things that I think works best to put the baby to sleep and keep her from crying.  Remember to pack these things because if they work for you then why not bring them with you.  

9. Sound Machine– We brought her sound machine.  We listened to the waves while we were on the ship and rain in the yurt.  

10. Pack Your Baby Medicine Cabinet– A friend recommended to me putting all the baby medicine in a small fishing tackle box to have organized baby medicine whenever you need it.  This may include baby Tylenol, teething gel, and a thermometer.  There may not be a 24 hour Walmart where you are traveling.

11. Bring a Baby Hat– White soft baby skin burns quickly!  You may be outside for longer than you think.  A hat can be helpful even when your baby takes a nap in the stroller.  

12. Sun Tan Lotion– I have been told babies under 6 months should not wear suntan lotion.  You may want to pack sun tan lotion.

13. Baby Carrier– You may have a personal baby carrier.  Think about the terrain when deciding what to pack. 

14. Stroller– Collapsible strollers work best on the ship and on land.  In Bermuda they only allow umbrella strollers on the bus.  Jogging strollers are nice for camping but large to pack.   

15. Disposable Bibs– Disposable bibs  worked great for us during the week.  We had three in the diaper bag each day.  We just left them to be thrown away when we were finished.

16. Ziploc Bags– Ziploc Bags are a great way to store everything!  Snacks, old diapers,wet bathing suits, and old bibs.  They are very helpful while traveling with a baby. 

17. Pack in Large Suitcases- We decided she was too big and heavy for a carrier.  We brought a umbrella stroller.  So there was only 2 hands left.  We brought 2 big suitcases with all of our stuff.  

18. Plan Packing List Ahead of Time Make a packing list and check it twice.  You can’t buy formula, food, or diapers on board.  

19. Kitchen Trash Bag– Bring one of these for your dirty laundry.  We put the entire families in one bag.  Then when we got home, we just put the bag in the laundry.  

20. Plan Itinerary Ahead of Time– We did some internet research before going on her trip.  For example babies can be on buses without car seats in Bermuda.  

21. Connect With Other Moms– You may not be the only one with a baby.  Connect and trade stories with other Moms that are traveling. 

22. Be Ready to Changes– Everything does not always go smoothly even when you are not traveling with a baby.  Have many back up plans.

23. Time– Give yourself more time than you need. 

24. Create a Diaper Bag List– Make a list of things you want in the diaper bag every day.  Then you can pack the bag an not worry that you are missing anything. 

25. Unpack– My husband and I usually live out of our suitcases on vacation.  This time we actually organized and unpacked.  

26. Recreate Your Changing and Feeding Areas– Put the materials you need in these areas for easy changing and feeding. 

27. Reusable Food Pouch– We fed her with a reusable food pouch.  We found apple sauce, yogurt, and other liquid foods to add to it on our trip. 

28. Wet Wipes– Bring more than you think you need.  This are great for cleaning up spills too. You never know where you will be when you might need to clean up lots of poop. 

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    About Lisa Rusczyk

    Lisa is the creator of the blog Charlie-The-Cavalier and his Friends, Family, and Home.  She is also the author of 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby.  Send Lisa Rusczyk an email at lbrennec@gmail.com

    Marvelous Charlie Monday- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Baby


    Don’t worry, we have not forgot about our favorite Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Charlie!  I get the question all the time, how is Charlie with the baby.  Great!  He does like to lick her and her stuff sometimes though.  But he knows the difference between his and her toys which we are very happy about! He sleeps under her crib, and he makes her stop crying when she is sad. Someday they will be best friends!  Sometimes we will put a treat in his Dog Kong to distract him.  Or some peanut butter!


    4 Things to Know to to Keep Your Home Safer By Thinking Like A Criminal

    Guest Post- Jennifer Kurtz 

    This guest post is brought to us by Jennifer Kurtz. Home security is important and something you may not think about often. Special Note: As a cavalier owner, I do not see this type of dog as any type of security system! They love strangers and rarely bark when someone comes to the house. Unless you are a cat!

    The criminal mind is a complex one, but remarkably predictable. Many criminals think in the same way, and hence have a tendency to follow a specific pattern of behavior. By knowing what a criminal is thinking, you can take measures to protect yourself and your home from being robbed. In fact, this can also help protect your car from break ins, or your business from being a target for a criminal.
    Here are some of the recurring patterns found in crime, and what you can do to protect yourself.

    1 Criminals Want to Avoid Trouble

    Ironically, committing a crime is as close to trouble as you can get. However, regardless of the nature of the crime or the motives behind it, criminals do not want to get caught. They will avoid situations where it is apparent that they will run into trouble. For example, if they are looking to make some quick money by breaking into a home and stealing, they would rather attempt this on a vacant home. Encountering someone inside only means that there is a greater risk of being caught or being noticed.


    The ideal crime for a criminal is being able to do it and then disappearing. If your home looks like a soft target, they will be more likely to target you. You can make your home seem more difficult to rob by installing an alarm system. You should also attend all doorbells, so that anyone at the door knows you are inside.

     


    2 They Look For Obvious Indications of Low Security


    As a corollary to the previous point, low security leaves your home or office looking like and easy target. A criminal will see an alarm system or a security guard and view it as a hurdle that he may not want to cross. You should display a warning sign as deterrence. Otherwise, a thief may break in thinking there is no alarm system, causing damage. Even if he does make a run for it without stealing, you will eventually have to pay for repairing the damage that has been caused.


    3 They Don’t Want to Draw Attention


    Anything that draws attention to the presence of a lurking stranger will result in scrutiny of the individual, and they may be reported for suspicious behavior. A criminal does not want to look suspicious, or have anyone remember who he was. He will try to be as discreet as possible.
    You can counter this by installing motion sensitive lights, so that anyone in the vicinity will be immediately noticeable. You should also have a well-lit porch, so that you can view anyone at the doorstep. Having a dog is also a good idea, as barking may help alert neighbors in case of trouble.


    4 Most Criminals Are Looking To Get The Work Done Quickly


    A criminal’s worst nightmare is to be trapped or slowed down at the scene of the crime. They will often plan a quick getaway before they attempt any activity. Having physical barriers such as high walls or barbed wire will make a getaway slower and the crime less attractive to the criminal. Also installing blinds or curtains on all windows will prevent the criminal from being able to plan his escape, and make your home or office more secure.


    Jennifer Kurtz is a home security adviser, who has helped to make many homes safer. She has worked for many years Lifeshield home security, and uses her experiences to blog on home and office security.