What to pack for the beach: an age-by-age guide

It’s officially beach season which means it’s time to pack your bags and head out to enjoy the sunshine. Make sure you’re packing all of the essentials so you and your family will stay safe and have fun. Here’s our list of must-have baby gear to pack before you leave for the beach.

0-12 months

Schylling UV Play Shade 50+ SPF

If your baby is under 6 months old, they shouldn’t be in the sun at all and can’t use sunscreen. Place them under a shaded play area or tent with SPF and they’ll still be able to enjoy the beach safely. 


Amazon – $47.99

JAN & JUL Kids adjustable sunhat 

No matter what your child’s age is, adding a sunhat is an easy way to add extra protection against the sun. This hat is adjustable and can be worn from the newborn to toddler stage. 

Amazon – $19.99

Neutrogena Pure & Free baby sunscreen with 60+ SPF

If your baby is at least 6 months old, you can apply sunscreen liberally. Look for a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen with at least 30 SPH. Don’t forget the ears, nose, and toes!


Amazon – $7.57 

Mist ‘N Sip misting water bottle

It’s important to stay hydrated at the beach, especially if you’re breastfeeding! This misting feature on this water bottle is great too if you want to freshen up before a feeding session. 

Amazon – $9.99

Boppy ComfyFit carrier

Make your long walks on the beach hands-free with a Boppy ComfyFit carrier. It’s super comfortable with yoga pant-type material. Just make sure baby is wearing proper protection!

Amazon – $65.99

12-24 months

Huggies Little Swimmers disposable swim diapers

These disposable swim diapers are perfect for water play without the worry of a mess. They’re adjustable to you can make sure your child has the perfect fit. 


Amazon – $12.50

Intex baby pool 

Bringing an inflatable mini pool to the beach is a great way for your child to have fun in the water without having to set foot in the ocean. 


Amazon – $9.32

Yeti Hopper Two portable cooler 

This cooler is really perfect at any age, but it’s great for transporting baby’s fruits, veggies, and drinks. Although it’s a little spendy, I can vouch that this cooler is worth it and is a great investment to ensure your food won’t spoil while on all your travels. 

Amazon – $239.99

Hape beach basics toy kit 

This 4-piece beach toy kit is the perfect set for your child at this stage. They’ll be curious during sand play and will even be able to work their fine motor skills. 


Amazon – $9.12

Happy Tot super foods pouch 

These yummy food pouches make it super easy to pack a snack. If you’re looking for more homemade options, check out our favorite on-the-go treats


Amazon – $24.17

24-36+ months

AmazeFan kids swimming life vest 

This adjustable swim vest makes it easy to keep your child safe in the water even as they grow. It’s made with soft fabrics so it won’t irritate their skin either. 


Amazon – $14.99

Bigib toddler water shoes 

Water shoes serve great protection against hot sand or pebble beaches. These are slip resistant and are easy to get on and off.


Amazon – $11.99

RIVBOS polarized children’s sunglasses 

In addition to a sun hat, add these children’s sunglasses for extra protection against harmful rays. 


Amazon – $9.98

Click N’ Play 18-piece beach toy set 

Now that your little one is a older, add a variety of beach toys into the mix. This 18-piece set offers prime sandcastle building supplies. 


Amazon – $16.99

Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids SPF 70+  

Now that your little one is more mobile, they may sweat a little more at the beach. Opt for a sunscreen that stays on even through sweat or swim.


Amazon – $10.50

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