We have never lived close to a beach, so for me the beach always had a holiday association. Going to the beach immediately gave me a holiday, relaxing feeling. Laying on your towel getting a nice tan, hearing the waves, sipping from a drink, reading a book and going for a swim. Oh the good old times, how much changes when you go to the beach with kids!
Although I always loved the beach, I did have some sort of hate-love relationship with the sand. I mean obviously it´s part of the beach but it´s also quite annoying and I always strived to keep my towel, stuff and actually also my body as sand-free as possible.
New beach reality
My new reality is that I have come to peace with having sand everywhere. If you go with a toddler to the beach that´s basically the only way to stay sane. They´re going to eat it, roll in it (you can put them on a towel as often as you want, they´re going to place themselves in their wet swim ming pants just next to the towel), sprinkle it over you (or less gently, empty their bucket on top of you), and drop their dummies or water bottles in it.
The first day I still tried my “keep the sand off my body and towel at least” tactic, but that lasted for about 5 minutes. And I have to say, it´s also fun to play with the bichin in the sand. Especially since he clearly loves it and starts jumping from excitement the moment we enter the beach. So yeah, who cares about a little bit of sand then right?
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My 4 beach tips
1. Before you go Just accept that it´s going to be a mess. There´s going to be sand EVERYWHERE (when bathing the bichin I am finding sand in places I didn´t even know existed) and yes he will eat some sand in that 1 second that you´re not paying
attention. Just don´t stress about it.
2. Forget about the sunbathing completely: shadow is what your kids need, and believe me you´re going to be sweating enough from all the chaos and stuff that
you´re taking for an afternoon on the beach so you´re probably already overheated without the sun bathing
3. There is no such thing as too much sun cream for little kids: just keep applying layers and layers (and layers) to your kid. (The last thing you want is him suffering from sun burns, and not only for him, it will also make your night way less pleasant)
4. Don´t bother bringing a book or magazine for yourself: it´s just adding extra weight to your already heavy beach bags and you will not get to it anyway.
How was your first time going to the sea with your kid?
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