Memorial Day should always be spent on the water — but if you’re going to go to the beach and you are trying to park your car, you have to wake up at like 6 a.m. If you aren’t at the beach by 9:30, seriously, good luck getting a parking spot. Because of the construction on Coon Key Bridge, there was no way I was attempting making it out to The Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club, so public beachin’ it was the way to go. We made some last minute plans with friends to spend the morning at the beach and then cookout at our house. We opted for Turtle Beach for the day and not kidding — we got the LAST parking spot at 9:56 a.m.
Tim and I were both a little bit nervous taking Olivia to the beach. Even though this wasn’t technically her first beach day, it was her first day out on the sand, if you will. I have taken her to the Beach Club before (the day she met Alec Baldwin, see below) and Sanderling Beach, but those are low key beaches, equipped with umbrellas and cabanas, onsite kitchens and family restrooms, ect., so this was her first REAL beach day.
I had been doing some research and talked to a few friends about things to order for this inevitable day at the beach, but I hadn’t ordered anything yet, so we just went with what we had and it actually worked out pretty well. That being said, it worked out well, but I am still ordering these things I wanted in the first place. It will just make it easier for next time.
What I wanted to order: Redmond Beach Baby Pop-Up Shade Super Dome, misting fan
What I brought: Pack ‘n Play (with a large sun umbrella propped over it), Pampers Splashers, beach blanket, Unicorn backpack (filled with all of her essential toys), beach chairs with attachable umbrellas
When I wasn’t holding her or dipping her little toes in the ocean, she played in her Pack ‘n Play, took a nap and was happy as a clam. I was very thankful, because the umbrella really kept her cool in the Pack ‘n Play — I totally forgot the misting fan and I was kicking myself when we got to the beach and realized I didn’t have one because I was so worried she would get too hot. After spending all morning getting ready and packing up to get a baby to the beach, I was ready to just take it all back to the car and leave because it was a very warm day, but the breeze was nice and she was fine without the fan.
When it comes to dressing a baby at the beach, mine has very, very, VERY pale, sensitive skin, so instead of putting her in cute bathing suits, I’ve been opting for full body swimwear or a swim shirt over a suit (which is still, amazingly adorable) to cover those precious little shoulders and chest and back from the sun when we are doing more than just a quick swim in our pool. I lather her up in California Baby Super Sensitive Sunblock (my favorite — it does leave a bit of a grey tint on her skin, no matter how well I rub it in, but it keeps her well protected), put a hat on her and she is good to go. I do reapply every hour, just to be super safe. We were out on the beach for 4 hours — we had two feedings, a nap, some water time and not an ounce of sun got on her. I’d call that a success.
SHOP THE POST
Swimsuit: Robin Piccone Yolanda Pleated Bandeau One Piece — Swim City | Hat: Aviate — SRQ | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Aviator | Lips: Kylie Lipkit by Kylie Jenner “Mary Jo K”
Liv’s Look — Swimsuit/Swim Shirt/Headband
And a few photos from our cookout.. <3