September 15, 2006, Newsletter Issue #33: A Day at the Beach

Tip of the Week

While a summer beach adventure will easily entertain children of all ages, what baby gear you pack can make a significant difference in everyone's enjoyment. Keep in mind that the beach offers significant exposure to rough elements like sun, sand and water. While also a great source of play, these three items also present unique concerns.

For sun protection, consider a beach cabana or pop-up play tent. A large variety of options exist from the smaller baby style to a large family event. A great example of this type of baby gear is the Under the Sea Beach Cabana by Pacific Play Tents. Look for a beach cabana with good airflow and anchoring pegs and always check the safety with websites like www.consumerreports.org. There are even versions available with UV ratings and places to hang play toys for younger infants.

For the mess of sticky beach sand, bring lots of large towels and some baby powder. A simple trick to remove beach sand is to dust your sandy skin with baby powder helping the sand to easily fall off. Use towels to protect the seats, baby gear, and car, for a more comfortable ride home.

While the sound of beach waves will soothe your young baby to sleep, water also can create a potential play hazard. Utilize your backyard baby gear at the beach and bring a small wading pool with you. The inexpensive compactable inflatable kinds are perfect to carry in your beach tote and fill with ocean water allowing for safer beach water play.

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