Several years ago, a co-worker exclaimed that he would not be able to go to the beach for a year because his wife had just had another baby. And it was too bad because the first child was already walking and the perfect age to take to the beach. I scoffed and said no baby would ever stop me from going to the beach.
And she hasn't - BUT - it is definitely challenging to do it alone! I still scoff at any set of parents who find the beach to be off limits. Two parents can handle setting up an umbrella, lying down the beach towel, reining in the baby while the other takes photos, etc.
Here's how I did it alone -
10:00am - arrive to beach (it took me 2.5 hours to wrangle her out of the house + 30 min drive)
I arrive without any consideration for packing swim diapers or swimsuits! The last time we came it was enough to just play with the cooler and the water's been really rough lately.
Then I spot the beautiful placid water - I want to run home and get our swim suits, it's perfect!
Look - green flag and the sign says OK!
I guess we can come back next weekend with swim gear. Here's baby crawling directly onto the sand as I set up the umbrella.
And she's off like a rocket across the sand.
Take photo, pull her back to blanket. After about an hour of playing in the sand I get really desperate to check out the water. Remove silly dress and prepare for water baby.
And now for the money shot
We are both totally covered in sand, I didn't bring enough water and probably could have planned for a better post-water outfit because tight fitting onsie over a sticky salty baby is not a good idea!