If you’re wondering at what age it’s suitable to take your little one to the beach, the simple answer is that there is no age limit. The beach is the perfect destination for babies and young children as there is just so much to enjoy. Exposure to the natural world and the benefits of sunshine - not to mention the magical effects of the sea air and the soothing sounds of waves at naptime! - mean that the seaside will have a positive impact on your little one from a very early age.
There are, of course, a few considerations to bear in mind. Sunshine is an important source of vitamin D but in safe doses. Avoid giving very young babies full exposure to the sun by visiting the beach before 11am and after around 3pm when the sun’s rays are not at their strongest.
While it’s possible to use sunscreen on your baby at any age, it’s best to choose a quality brand that is suitable for babies and has an SPF of 15 or above and is effective against UVA and UVB. Use sparingly on those younger than six months old, with the additional protection of a wide brim hat, loose fitting but tight-weave clothing and a parasol.
The older your child gets, the longer they can stay at the beach and the more they will enjoy it. It’s best to be flexible about the length of your stay and to go with your baby’s mood; while you might imagine a full day at the beach, the reality might be a quick half an hour!