Going to the beach is a fun day for the whole family. The Littles have a great time exploring new textures, hearing new sounds, and seeing new sights. It will certainly wear them out for their next nap!
If you are going to the beach with a baby (not walking yet) the goal of the day is to keep them entertained in the shade. For the toddlers, you have the same goal, but add in water-safety. Toddlers can make their way to the ocean in a blink of an eye, so always be on alert!
Eating vegan at the beach may seem hard at first, but it is actually extremely easy- especially when eating healthfully. Be sure to keep yourself and the Littles well hydrated. For babies older than 9 months, water is a great supplement to formula or breast milk. Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water- so load up! Avoiding salty snacks or caffeinated drinks will help slow dehydration. Below you will find a list of our favorite beach day snacks.
- Organic Vegan food pouches- We especially like unsweetened applesauce for the Littles. Once they enjoy combination flavors- there are so many options for delicious organic vegan food pouches. You can also make your own!
- Fruit! Oranges, bananas, grapes (not for the four-legged family members), apples, pears, mango, the list goes on. For convenience sake- we prefer bananas and oranges- easier fruits that don’t require a knife.
- Hummus and Veggies– celery, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, etc. Depending on how the age of your Little, the veggies may need to be steamed in advance.
- WATER! Depending on the beach, you may have access to clean, fresh, drinking water, but if not- bring a lot of water! We prefer to bring a gallon of drinking water to refill bottles and a gallon of tap water to wash hands prior to eating.
- Coconut water. If your family is prone to dehydration, coconut water is your answer. I’ll spare you the boring details, but its electrolyte balance makes it ideal for quick hydration.
- Nuts. Almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc. All are great sources of protein and omega-3. I recommend finding the unsalted variety. Nuts are a choking hazard for kids under the age of 2 years. As long as your Little doesn’t have a nut allergy, almond butter or other nut butter packets are great snacks. However, the consistency of the butters can be very hard for babies to swallow. For the babies, nut butters should be diluted to a sauce consistency for easier swallowing.
- Dried Fruits. For the adults or older Littles, I am a huge fan of dried mango, dried apricots, etc. While eating a whole fruit is ideal, the convenience of dried fruit is great for the beach!
Sun protection! Sunscreen, rash guards, UV protective hats, umbrellas, beach tents- these items are musts for a beach trip. No matter how long the sun exposure, everyone should be wearing sunscreen. Be sure to ask your doctor at what age they recommend babies start wearing sunscreen. In regards to UV protective hats- always read the labels. Surprisingly, not all are intended for UV protection. The label should clearly state UV protection or SPF 50+. Consider buying brightly colored rash guards, bathing suits, or UV protective hats for the Littles. This way you can easily spot them on the beach or in the water.
Raising Vegan Tip– My favorite sunscreens are zinc oxide based. Zinc oxide is a mineral and sits on the surface of your skin. It acts as a barrier reflecting and absorbing the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. It is also used to treat skin abrasions, diaper rash, and chapped skin. Bonus!
Sometimes the amount of gear needed to go to the beach can seem overwhelming. Keeping the essentials (shade, water, snacks, diapers) in mind- try to pack light. Below is a list of a few of our favorites. Click on the affiliate-linked pictures for quick purchasing.
Best Beach Tent- Fits 2 adults and 2 Littles and is very easy to set up and break down. I especially love the built-in sand bags so it doesn’t fly away!
Great Beach Mat that allows sand to fall through it when packing. We also like beach mats since the surface of this mat can be rough for crawlers.
UV protective hats are a must!
Great toys to keep Littles occupied.
A tub at the beach? Yes! Fill it up with ocean water and let the Littles splash and play. Also keeps the Littles cool. Always supervise!