Going to the beach with a child requires much more than a simple towel. Beach baby gear incorporates everything from sunscreen to inflatable floatation devices. Safety is often the main focal point of much of this gear.
A play tent is one of the most common pieces of baby beach gear. These tents allow your child to play in the sand without having to be in direct sunlight, which can be very harmful to the delicate skin of infants. They can be quickly set up, and when done they often pack away into one convenient carrying case.
One of the most important items of baby beach gear is undoubtedly sunscreen. It is important that this sunscreen be heavy enough to protect the skin from the intense sunlight common to most beaches. Most experts also recommend using a waterproof sunscreen, so that it does not wash off in the water. However, most experts agree that sunscreen should not be applied to babies under six months of age. The best protection is to keep baby shaded at this young age.
Before applying sunscreen to your child, learn more about what ingredients to avoid when shopping for sunscreen. Read our complete article about sun protection for your family.