Planning on a trip to the beach with baby in tow? There are some things you’ll want to have on hand. Check out this list of must-have baby bits and pieces to keep your little one safe, sound, happy, and sunburn-free.

• Hypoallergenic Baby Sunblock
The last thing baby needs is a painful sunburn. Dr. Jennifer Shu, editor of American Academy of Pediatrics Baby and Child Health, advises parents to use SPF 30 or higher with UVA and UVB protection. Apply about 20 to 30 minutes before going out and reapply every two hours, and after swimming. The sunscreen face sticks are super easy for those squirmy babies!

• Swim Rompers with UV Protection
Go one step further than just sunscreen by dressing baby in a cute romper that provides UV protection. These adorable bathing suits give the ultimate protection from too much sun exposure, which can lead to sunburn.

• Sun Hat
Not only are these hats way too cute — tiny baseball caps, fishing hats, little flowered sunbonnets — but they also keep the sun off baby’s sensitive scalp. Try a sun hat with earflaps to cover those delicate little pieces of skin so often missed when slathering on the sunblock.

• Swim Diapers
Most pools have rules now that don’t allow babies to swim in regular diapers. And, really, you can’t blame people for swimming the long way around a baby whose diaper is bulging with questionable contents. Swim diapers are wonderful and effective alternatives that allow baby to enjoy the water without worry.

• Sunglasses
Sunglasses aren’t just for raising the cute quotient. The sun is hard on baby’s sensitive eyes, especially if you have a little blue-eyed one. Consult with your pediatrician or optometrist on what’s best for your baby.

• Light Cotton Infant Gowns with Long Sleeves
For younger babies, gowns are great for keeping the sun off sensitive skin and keeping cool. Plus, when you’re out, the last thing you want to have to do is unsnap, unbutton, and unpeel layers of clothes for a diaper change.

• Beach Umbrella
Babies don’t like missing out on all the activities. With a nice beach umbrella, you can make your own protective shade. There are also some great tents and shades on the market now that provide shelter from the sun.

• Insulated Diaper Bag
A diaper bag that is well insulated is a must if you pre-mix your baby’s bottles. Bottle coolers are also available that hold just the bottles, and can be placed in an insulated diaper bag for even more security, and the formula stays nice and cold.

• Play Mat
A play mat is a must for a trip to the beach. Toss on a few favorite toys, and baby will feel right at home under that beach umbrella. You’ll still have to do a lot of shaking to get the sand off when it’s time to head home, but it’s definitely worth it—and of course, part of the beach experience.

• Just for Fun
Toys for baby are a necessity. For your beach trip, stock the diaper bag with ocean-themed toys, such as an amusing fishy play mat, nautical stacking toy, or rattle that represents one of the many interesting creatures of the sea. And don’t forget the sand buckets and shovels!
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