When it comes to spending time with family, we usually plan trips. And among all trips, the trip to a beach seems most appealing and fascinating. The thought of the cold waves splashing in the summer, the wind blowing by, the shade under a beach umbrella and others give us a perfect reason to have a nice trip to a beach.
Going to the beach with the family does not seem that annoying until the family includes small toddlers, i.e. the children. Taking children to the beach and then keeping them in control is a tough task. So, most often the beach trip is cancelled due to the presence of children in the family. But the question is, why should the trip be cancelled if you can spend a peaceful time on the beach even if your children are around?
Here are some tips on how to have a peaceful and tension free time on the beach with your children –
1. Go early, or go late
Why go early? Why go late? There is an answer to both of these questions. The morning beach time and the evening one are the best time to visit to the beach when you have plans to take your kids along. It is because if you visit to the beach during the mid-afternoon, you will face two major problems. First one is the summer heat and the next is the nap time.
You know that a small nap is necessary for the kids. But with the heat scorching during the afternoon, I do not think your kids are going to get that. This may cause problems physically and mentally. So, always plan to visit to the beach in the early morning. So pack up the night before and leave as soon as the sun rises. If you miss, do not worry.
The evening time is also great to visit to a beach. It is satisfying to see the sun set and feel its warmth. And most people leave as the sun goes down, so you will very well have a little more space!
2. Protection from the heat is important
Long gone are the days when we used to go to the beach for the tan. And your small ones will never like the tan on their skin. And there is no way you can protect them from the scorching heat of the sun.
The only way is to take some kind of covering. You can take beach umbrellas, or tents, just take something to save your child from the heat and the sand blowing winds. Both are not good anyway! And you can also take some sun screen lotions or SPFs for the process. Just apply it on the body of your children and they are good to go.
3. Be hydrated, fill up your tummy and be cool
When you are grinding yourself and the children are having a jolly time in the sun, the body is surely going to put the brakes. The feeling of tiredness and dehydration is going to knock on the door.
So every time on a trip to the beach, take some hydrating substances with you. Too much science? Ok. Always try to take a portable cooler with you. You are not going to need it much, but your smaller ones will love it. The cool wind will freshen them up quickly. And also pack some fresh fruits, cold water, coconut water, ice-cream, popsicles and other cool items with you. This will surely bring back the energy. So take a cool break in a time gap and you will be happy!
4. Do not waste time, pack the night before
As said earlier, the best time to visit to the beach is early morning or the evening. So, you need to pack up the important stuffs earlier.
Prior to the trip, make a plan and list all the things that are going to be necessary on the beach. And gather and pack all the things the night before. There are many people who have a habit of remembering. Just at the time of leaving, some item or the other pops up into their mind, and hence, you will surely get late.
The longer you will spend time gathering up stuffs just before leaving, the later you are going to reach and the hotter the sun will be. So, before leaving, give your mind a break, and just leave! And if you prepare the night before, you are not going to regret during your trip that you forgot to bring something or the other. And that would be great!
5. Give your time to your kids
We are talking about how to enjoy on the beach along with our toddlers. So, as much as we enjoy, our smaller ones should also, right?
SO, give some of your time to the kids. Play with them, build sand castles, fascinate them, take them into the water with them and do whatever you feel your kid will like.
And if you are planning to have a quite time in the beach, you should know that your kids will not let you sit back and relax. You have to run behind them, see whether they are swallowing the sand, or teasing any crabs! Spending time with your children will make them happy and you are going to burn a lot of calories by running behind them!
6. Organize some entertainment yourself
Yes, you have to do so. If you are trying to enjoy on the beach, along with your little buddies, then you have to organize some entertainment for them. You can play games with them, like challenge them for a digging competition- take a shovel and give them as well, and tell them to dig and find as many as shell they can- and make them busy. Or take some props like beach ball and play with them. I know you want some peace as well. But if you spend a little time with the children, they will become busy afterwards and you will be on your own again! Or you can play songs on any high-quality outdoor speakers and dance with them, either on the sand or near the shore.
7. Enjoy, and just enjoy
The last and most important task is enjoying. Whenever you are going on a trip with your toddlers, leave all your works, responsibilities and tensions behind in your house. Go in an empty mind and give your time to your children. Take photos with them and play with them. If you are around, your children will be safe and will be away from mischief! In that way, the small ones are at least not going to swallow the sand!