We just got back from our annual beach vacation. And as much as I love this annual trip, this year I was a little weary about Annie. She is 10 months old and not a great age for the beach. I remember three years ago at the beach when her sister was 10 months as well. It took us fifteen minutes to get sunscreen on and then I didn’t want to put her swimmy diaper on until we got to the beach so that she wouldn’t pee all over me. We would drag the picnic blanket, towels and toys and get set up on the beach. I would change her into her swimmy and the minute that I set her down on the blanket, she would crawl onto the sand, rub her face with her hands, get sand in her mouth and eyes and be done with the beach.
I mentioned this story to one of my friends and she offered up a great solution for non-walking toddlers at the beach. I took her advice and purchased a blow-up baby pool and SPF umbrella. We blew up the pool when we got down to the beach, set up the umbrella so that it covered the pool and had my three year old and her cousin fill up buckets of water for the pool. We placed Annie in the pool, out of the sun with a bunch of toys. It was like being in a bathtub and she just loved it. She sat in it for two hours and I got to relax in chair right next to her reading my book and watching Zoe play in the sand. It was the most relaxing beach trip yet. So relaxing that I forgot to take a picture of Annie in her pool (unfortunately, no fun picture for this post). I can’t tell you how many people walked by and admired her little set up. What a life!
Please tell us your tips for a safe and relaxing beach vacation with kids.