We went to Miami for our first family trip! It was over a month ago but I’ve been so busy that I never got around to writing a post about our trip… until now. I’ve FINALLY gathered my thoughts and have some tips to share with other new mommies out there who want to go to the beach with their babies.
Keep in mind, I’m not an expert. I’ve only been mom-ing it for a few months, so this is all just based off of my (obviously limited) experience. If you have any tips to share, please let me know in the comments!
I was really nervous about going on our first trip with Tony. He was so little – not even a full 3-months-old when we flew to Miami – though he did turn 3-months-old while we were there. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have to tell you – I’m so happy that we went. Roby and I both agreed that this was the best trip we’ve been on together – mostly because we got to share our fun with our little guy. No, we didn’t get much sleep – but we felt rested. We moved through the day slowly, at our own pace and mostly spent our days lounging on the beach. The waves put our kiddo right to sleep.
Going on vacation with an infant isn’t a piece of cake by any means – but you have a baby to take care of regardless so why not do it while exploring a new city? Changing diapers in Miami > changing diapers in Pittsburgh (in the winter). I never paid much attention before – but I was surprised at just how many families were hanging out in South Beach. Miami is so baby friendly!
Whether you’re going to Miami or another beach – I think and hope some of these same tips will apply. I did a lot of reading/research before we left and I also asked our pediatrician for advice. Below are some tips that I hope you’ll find useful but you should also talk to your child’s doctor before you plan any trips!
Baby on the Beach:
Is it safe to take a little baby to the beach? That was my biggest concern about going on this trip. After talking to our doctor, I felt like it would be fine as long as we limited his sun exposure. The sun is the hottest around 2-3 pm. We would either go to the beach in the morning or in the late afternoon – or both. If we spent the whole day on the beach, we’d just make sure Tony wasn’t in the sun when it was really hot.
Baby Things to Bring:
- Baby Tent: I personally loved our baby tent because I was able to feed Tony in the tent without having to worry about covering up. I’m not super comfortable feeding him in public yet so the tent was nice because I could nurse him while in the side-lying position. Plus, it was a nice way to get some shade from the sun. I’m hoping Tony will like playing in this tent when he’s a little older too. This is the tent I got – you can see pictures of babies in the tent if you read the reviews! One suggestion: bring something soft to put on the floor of the tent. That’ll help keep your baby comfy.
- Sunscreen: I didn’t think it was safe to apply sunscreen onto babies under 6 months but our pediatrician recommended this brand – it’s from Australia and thankfully, you can find it on amazon. She told us it was safe for our little guy, but you can talk to your own doc about this.
- SPF Clothing: I bought Tony a baby swimsuit with SPF protection and I also bought him an SPF shirt. I didn’t even know this was a thing until I had a baby… (don’t judge, I’m Indian so I don’t have to worry about sun safety for myself as much).
- Baby hat: make sure you have a hat for your babe! Not only will your baby look adorable, his/her head, neck and ears will be protected from the sun. This is the hat with anchors on it that my Tony is wearing.
- Mesh Carrier: this baby carrier is great because the mesh fabric is very breathable, which will help keep you and your baby cool in the heat. It also evenly distributes the baby’s weight on your body, so that by the end of the day your back won’t hurt as much as it might if you wore a sling or some other type of carrier. It’s on the pricey side but if you love to baby wear, it’s worth it, especially if you do a lot of walking.
- Beach Diaper Bag: this weekender diaper bag is awesome for organized mamas like myself – it’s nice and spacious and has plenty of pockets. You can carry A LOT of stuff in it, which makes it a great carry-on bag. Plus, it looks sort of beach-y. I threw it in the wash when we came back from our trip and it came out looking good as new.
Sleeping Arrangements: If your baby sleeps in a crib, call the hotel to ask if they’ll provide one for you. Tony co-sleeps with us so we brought along our in-bed co-sleeper and this wool bunting bag that we open and lay on top. You should do what you feel is best/safe for your baby.
A non-beach related tip: bring ziplock bags and a sharpie! You can use the bags to store dirty clothes, extra clean clothes, baby wipes, etc. Use the sharpie to label the bags
If you have questions about taking your baby on vacation, leave me a comment below and I’ll do my best to help! Also, if you have some tips, please share them with us!