Waterproof tarp, hat, spray cream and rubber tube. Here are some of the “must have” items to take to the beach to make your life easier if you have a small child …
The long awaited moment has arrived: you are finally in holiday with your small children by the sea. Let’s rewind the tape: ok, you are not on vacation, you are simply at the beach with your little ones.
For your own good and avoid unnecessary illusions is prepare yourself by forgetting the times when …
went down to the beach as graceful as feathers in the wind in a sundress, flip flops, diva hat and straw bag with fresh water, tanning cream and the latest issue of your favorite magazine in it: if you have a small child in tow (and you don’t have two or three nannies available), your sea equipment will be more similar to that of a scout leaving for the camp.
These are the words of Zelia and Alice, mothers of two girls, journalists and co-founders together with Irene of Wannabemum, the blog useful for navigating the complicated and fascinating world of care.
They have compiled some very useful (and fun) tips for going to the beach with small children that we report here. The first of all? NEVER, NEVER, NEVER go alone: in these cases, even the mother-in-law is welcome!
1. The fundamentals
- Waterproof sheet and towel to be spread on top to avoid the breading effect;
- transparent bags (excellent from Ikea) for changes;
- adjustable swimsuit that will accompany them in their growth;
- hat and sunglasses with elastic on the back, impossible to remove
These are the objects that cannot be missing in your beach bag (better if with horizontal opening to rummage inside more easily while you have your wet baby in your arms).
2. The cream
The one in the tube has the defect of transforming the brats into sand statues 7 minutes after entering the beach. With that spray it’s a whole other life. Apply it at home and then put it back to the sea, in order to avoid dramatic scenes for the benefit of the bikini-clad audience.
The alternative, if you are in particularly sunny areas, is the UV-blocking children’s costume. A respectable “diving suit” that will work better than an interstellar shield.
3. Shaded areas
The umbrella is the best friend of mums and dads, but in the unfortunate event that you have forgotten it at home, recover your memories of young explorers and build a shed with towels anchored to the stroller to shelter the infants. More prepared parents can opt for curtains that protect against UV rays.
4. The rubber tube
What a thrill to see your little ones splashing around happily in the water. Then the witch’s stroke, a shoulder contracture or a sudden attack of tendonitis will make you look at the shore with an accomplice eye. The life-saver for the bathroom is the classic rubber hose for the swimming pool: there is also a connector to bring the ends together and create the so-called “motorboat”, but you can also make do with a rubber band.
5. The games
Small children have fun with little and, fortunately for mothers, there is no need to bring the arsenal of the Frozen excavation or flamingo-shaped inflatables. A small spoon and a couple of containers for the transfer will be sufficient. A game that will keep them entertained for hours is that of hole: Little ones find it exhilarating to watch you dig a little deep where they can go in and out on their own.
6. The swimming pool
To make your approach to the sea softer, equip yourself with a comfortable one inflatable swimming pool to be filled with water and placed in the shade. You will be able to watch your little ones wallowing happily, guaranteeing you a few minutes of breath.
7. The right beach
It is not always possible, but if you can, prefer an equipped beach. The shaded areas, the play area with swings, the changing table in the bathroom and the sink for showering the little ones are “luxuries” that will make your life easier.