Beach vacation with baby: Top 5 Tips

Are you planning a beach vacation with baby this summer? This year's trip to Destin, Gulf Shores, Pensacola, 30A, or your beach of choice might be different than before kids, but don't let that deter you from having a great time with your baby! Here are our Memphis doula Top 5 Tips for a beach vacation with baby:

Baby Beach Vacation Tip #1: The Magical Pop-Up Tent

If you're taking a beach vacation with baby, you might ask yourself questions like:

"What are we going to do for shade?" "What if baby is tired and needs a nap?" "What if we need some privacy or a quiet place to nurse?"

beach vacation with baby tent

Enter the magical pop-up tent. A small two-person adult tent is inexpensive, portable, requires almost no setup, and takes care of several logistical problems you might have. If the sand isn't allowing you to stake your tent, bury it around the edges a bit and it'll hold up better than an umbrella or gazebo on a windy beach day. If your baby is tired and needs to take a nap, there won't be anywhere 100% sand-free, but the tent provides a safe place for a snooze. If you need to change a diaper, your clothes, or need privacy for any reason, you're all set. Don't feel like baring all when breastfeeding on the beach? No worries- slip into your tent for a nurse and a cuddle.

Baby Beach Vacation Tip #2: Beat the Heat

beach-691392_640If it's possible, take your beach vacation with baby earlier in the season when the water is warm and the sun is, too! Avoiding scorching temps will mean baby is more comfortable and you get more of the beach time you love. If you can't go earlier in the season, hit the beach in the cooler parts of the day.

Baby Beach Vacation Tip #3: Don't Salt the Rim

No babies were given virgin or real margaritas in the making of this silly photo.

Perhaps this is common sense already, but in the interest of full disclosure for your beach vacation with baby: if you are a breastfeeding mother who plans to both get in the ocean AND nurse your baby, it's a good idea to rinse off your breasts before latching on. You might love a salted rim on your beach cocktails, but your baby is unlikely to feel the same way! In addition to salt, a quick rinse with some bottled water will get rid of any sand lingering on your breast and make breastfeeding on the beach much more enjoyable for your baby.

Baby Beach Vacation Tip #4: Less isn't more when it comes to dressing baby

Nobody likes a sunburn or a sandy bottom!

It can be difficult to keep sunscreen on a wriggling baby, and the less surface area you have to apply it on, the better.  Baby bikinis and swim trunks are super adorable, but perhaps not the best choice if you plan on spending a long time at the beach. Consider a hat and a short-sleeve or long-sleeve rash guard shirt with a high UPF to keep baby protected from the sun. It might seem counter-intuitive to put pants on a baby on the beach, but some light cotton pants are easy to slip on over a swim diaper, will provide a little sun protection, and keep sand away from the diaper area. Covering up will keep baby protected and comfortable, and reduce the amount of sunscreen you need to apply.

Baby Beach Vacation Tip #5: Rethink the "essentials"

IMG_0465You can have a great beach vacation with baby without bringing every baby item you own with you. Aside from clothing, diapering supplies, and a place to sleep, your baby doesn't need much to have a good time. It's difficult to maneuver a stroller on sand, so consider leaving it behind in favor of a baby carrier. Some simple sand toys and the shells and other interesting textures you find on the beach will be entertainment enough. After all, the best part of a beach vacation with your baby is the time you spend together!

 

Do you have any more tips for taking a beach vacation with baby? Share with us in the comments!

 

 

 

Doulas of Memphis Running Man Challenge

It's been a month of awareness here on the Doulas of Memphis blog! First it was hyperemesis gravidarum, then it was mental health, and now Multiple Sclerosis. Doulas of Memphis was called out by Concierge Doulas of South Florida to do the Running Man Challenge to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is defined as:

Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The exact antigen — or target that the immune cells are sensitized to attack — remains unknown, which is why MS is considered by many experts to be "immune-mediated" rather than "autoimmune."

Within the CNS, the immune system attacks myelin — the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers — as well as the nerve fibers themselves. The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing a wide variety of symptoms. The disease is thought to be triggered in a genetically susceptible individual by a combination of one or more environmental factors. People with MS typically experience one of four disease courses, which can be mild, moderate or severe.

When we got called out to do the Running Man Challenge, co-owner and Memphis doula Abby Powell was on vacation at the beach. Good news: the best doula agency in Memphis never goes on vacation!

Here at Doulas of Memphis, part of how we are able to be the best doula in Memphis is that utilize a sustainable agency model that allows us to balance work, family and fun. While one owner is vacationing at the beach, Doulas of Memphis can continue to run smoothly from home (thanks to co-owner Lindsey Hanna!) and we are able to serve our clients without interruption. Everybody wins, and we can make completely ridiculous videos for you to enjoy....like this one!

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