Last year I did a post on What’s in my (baby’s) beach bag? and thought it would be fun to do an updated version! I switched out some of the items we’ve been using and loving. The only things that are still the same are the swim diaper and hat, Jack actually still fits into both from last summer and we are still crazy about them!
1. Charlie Banana Extraordinary Swim Diaper
I was so happy when I found this from last year and it still fit Jack so well (he’s a little shrimp who really hasn’t grown much in a year!) If it didn’t fit I was ready to run out and grab another one because this is by far the best reusable swim diaper I’ve tried. The waterproof shell is softer and Jack has way more freedom to move in it than other brands I’ve tried (also love the drawstring inside.) Speaking of soft, the organic cotton lining on the inside is one of my favorite things about it- I love that he has something nice and soft against his bum. The material and diaper as a whole just feels like way higher quality than others and I’m totally obsessed with it.
2. Quicksilver Bubble Springsuit
I just talked about this in my last post, so I won’t get too repetitive but the UPF 50+ Ultraviolet sun protection, great fit, and zip up back make this a staple in our beach bag!
3. Foogo Thermos
Well, it took a really long time but I finally found the sippy cup of my dreams! The only thing that really attracted me to it in the first place was I really wanted to ditch the plastic cups for Jack and get him a nice stainless steel one and I ended up falling in love. Jack has dropped this (and thrown it) so many times and it remains to be in perfect condition, sometimes the lid pops off but we just have to snap it back on. I love that there is a lid too so I don’t have to worry about it spilling in a bag (which it never does) and it keeps the straw clean. It does a pretty good job of keeping his water cool for awhile, and is sweat-proof so there’s no condensation to deal with. My only complaint is I wish it held a little more (it holds 10 oz.) That isn’t really realistic though because it’s the perfect size for Jack to handle now and any more would probably be too big for him to hold easily.
4. California Baby Sunscreen
We made the switch to California Baby sunscreen awhile ago now, we like the Super Sensitive (Fragrance Free) Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ one- the only differences in the other options is scent. I still think the sunscreen that was in our beach bag last year is a great choice, but I’m just a die-hard California Baby fan and now that’s the only brand I use for all of Jack’s body products. This sunscreen is great because it’s mineral-based which is a really great natural choice for a physical barrier from the sun. It’s also vegan, tear-free, and you can always count on California Baby for organic and sustainably grown ingredients. A little of this goes a long way and it definitely holds up to the claim of being water-resistant. Love this stuff and I love that it keeps Jack’s skin safe from the sun! If you want to read more on safe sunscreens or need some guidance on how to choose a safe one, I wrote a blog post talking about those things last year and will link it here for you- Choosing Safe Sunscreens (For you and baby!)
5. Earth’s Best Organic Puree Pouch
When Jack was actually eating baby food, we never gave him these but now we like them as a quick snack out of the house. We usually only pack them for big days out like Disneyland or the beach and it’s a nice way to switch up the things he is used to snacking on. Of course real fruit is always best, but when we are in a hurry or on the go these are a nice (and super convenient) alternative. He likes a few different brands, but this brand and flavor is easily is favorite.
6. i Play Sun Flap Hat
I’ve talked about it before but this hat is still my favorite for things like the beach or pool. With the neck flap, baseball cap brim, and UPF 50+ material no other hat I’ve put on Jack offers as much protection from the sun. The material feels like a lot like a swimsuit which is perfect for when it gets wet, the brim keeps its shape great and I can easily flip it up out of Jack’s face or put it back down for maximum sun protection. I also love that I can tie it on him which is always helpful and sometimes necessary!
7. Carter’s Hooded Towel
There isn’t too much to say about it, but I love how cute it is and it’s the perfect size for toddlers! We got this for Jack last year and it’s held up great, I’d love to get him at least one more this year with all the swimming we are doing between the beach, aquatics center, and our community pool!
We are headed to the beach Friday to escape the heat and will be taking all this along with us. Just need to grab a blanket, an umbrella, and Jack’s new favorite thing for the beach- a boogie board and we’re good to go!
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