The beach is a wonderful ever-changing playground for young and old alike, but it’s not without its dangers. Stay safe and be mindful of the following when you visit the beach with your little one:
Between 11am and 3pm the sun is high in the sky and its rays are at their strongest, so it’s best to stick to the shade in the middle of the day, especially with a little one. If you are at the beach between these times, a UV pop up tent or beach parasol are really useful for providing shade.
A hat with a wide brim, sunscreen and even a full-body UV rash suit are all good ways to protect your baby from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.
Choose a good quality sunscreen suitable for babies and children with an SPF of 15 or more, effective against UVA and UVB. Apply generously 15 minutes before sun exposure and always reapply after a paddle or a dip in the sea even if you’re using a waterproof sunscreen.
Splashing and paddling in the shallows is great fun, but the strength of the incoming or outgoing tide can come as a surprise and even small waves can pack a punch, so take care. Water always poses a risk and babies should never be left anywhere near water unattended.
A baby’s curiosity knows no bounds! All sorts of interesting things can be found on the sand, some of which can pose a risk, such as sharp stones, glass and rubbish left behind or swept in by the tide. Waterproof shoes or sandals are a good way to protect little feet. Remember that the sand can also get very warm on a sunny day.
The beach is one huge playground for your little one, with so much to see and explore. Keep an eye on your mobile toddler at all times - it’s incredible how much ground they can cover when something grabs their attention!