Beach Bag Essentials

Today is the first day of summer so you may be thinking about taking your little one to the beach this summer. Whether for the day or the weekend, traveling with the little ones can be stressful and you may be worried you will forget an important article of your baby gear for the beach. Aside from the towels these are some of our beach bag must haves and examples of the best beach gear for babies. Is our list missing something? Let us know what you think is the best beach gear for families.

1. Babiators

These durable sunglasses are perfect to protect baby's eyes from the sun and will not be broken. 

2. Sun Hat

We love this sun hat from SwimZip, it's perfect to keep baby's head and face safe from the sun. 

3. Sand Toys

We love these toys from Green Toys, made from recycled materials right here in the USA and they are perfect for your little one to play in the sand. They make great beach must haves for baby.

4. Powder

We love this organic powder from The Honest Company, its perfect to help get that sticky sand off little (and big) feet. 

5. Posh Play Mat

This mat made from faux leather is easily wiped off or hosed down so is the perfect mat for under the umbrella, as an added bonus it is heavy enough to not get blown away so no more sand pockets in the corners of the beach blanket.

6.  Snacks

Can't forget the snacks, these containers from Kids Konserve are perfect to keep the snacks from smashing. 

7. Swim Diapers

These are key so that baby isn't suffering from diaper bulge, these reusable ones from The Honest Company are great. 

8. Beach Bag

I looked for years for a bag that could hold all our baby gear for the beach, I was tired of lugging around several small bags, and found it at a Thirty-one gifts party. This utility tote holds everything so its perfect for the beach or pool. 

9. Swim Top

The sun at the beach is strong, I like my kids to be pretty covered up so I love these swim tops from SwimZip, a company that specializes in making beach gear for babies. 

10. Sunscreen

There have been many reports recently that some sunscreens are ineffective and in some cases dangerous, this mineral based sunscreen from Babyganics made the safest list and is at my local drugstore. For a complete list of the safest sunscreens go here or check out our list of baby sunscreen recommendations. One thing's for sure, all beach gear for babies should include sunscreen.

11. Lotus Everywhere Crib and Sunshade

With its easy portability and set up the Lotus is perfect to take anywhere, including the beach, when you add the sunshade baby has a place to rest or play out of the sun. A great addition to your baby beach gear. I like to set up with the side unzipped next to the play mat so baby can easily get in and out.