Summer is here, and there's no better place to cool off than at the beach! Growing up we spent most of our summer-time at the beach playing in the sand and water. But if you're heading to the beach with your toddler, it's important to keep safety in mind.
Here are some beach and tide pool safety tips we used to help keep ourselves and little ones safe and happy:
Tip #1- what to bring
Sandbox & Shore bags are ideal for the beach, because you can pack everything you need and leave the messy sand at the beach. the insulation pocket is great for all your snacks plus the two water bottle holder will allow you bring your large water bottles for hydrating throughout the day. don't forget towels, toys and extra clothes or swim diapers.
Tip #2 - Identify lifeguard stations
most beaches have a main lifeguard station and additional stations along the beach. You can find lots of information at the main station, such as water visibility, water temps and tide charts. The main station is where you go if there are any injuries while at the beach.
Tip #3 - Keep an eye out for posted signs
Some beaches have strict no swim zones. These areas are usually designated to surfers only to prevent anyone from getting hit.identifying these sign will help you choose the right spot for on the beach to set up you things. when looking for a spot also avoid sitting under cliffs they are often unstable and can collapse.
Tip #4 - Use sun Protection
having fair skin makes me more prone to get sunburned so when I go to the beach I always wear sunscreen. Protect your toddler's delicate skin from the sun by applying a waterproof sunscreen with a high SPF. Reapply every two hours or more often if your toddler is in and out of the water. Mineral sunblock or UV protecting swim clothing are also great options as well. we also bring hats and an umbrella for extra protection.
Tip #5 - Keep an Eye on Your Toddler
The most important thing you can do to keep your toddler safe at the beach is to keep a close eye on them at all times. Toddlers are curious and can easily wander off, so make sure you are always within arm's reach, especially while splashing in the waves. teach your children where to find help if they need it.
Tip #6 - water safety
while entering the water in the shallows you should always do the "stingray shuffle", the vibration from your shuffling feet alerts stingrays you are coming and prevents you from stepping on them and getting stung.
know what riptides look like and what to do if you get stuck in one.Rip currents are strong currents that can pull swimmers away from shore. swim parallel to the shore if caught in a rip current and never try to swim against it
HOW TO IDENTIFY A RIP CURRENT
Differences in Water Color: A rip current may appear as a darker or murkier patch of water in an otherwise calm sea. This can be caused by the sediment being stirred up by the current.
Waves Breaking Abnormally: Rip currents can cause waves to break in an unusual pattern. Look for an area where waves are breaking consistently in one direction and not breaking in other areas.
Foam or Debris Moving Outward: If you see foam or debris moving out to sea, this can be a sign that a rip current is present.
If you are unsure if the water is safe than stay out or go ask a lifeguard if there are and any rip currents you should be aware of.
Tip #7- tide pools
if you want to explore any tide pools at the beach remember to be respectful of the creatures living there. teach your kids to not touch the sea creatures and to leave things the way they found them. keep in mind the rocks can be slippery and often times the black rocks are more slippery than the green mossy ones. be mindful of loose and wobbly rocks always test a rock before putting all your weight on it.
Don’t Forget to have fun!
By following these simple beach safety tips, you can help ensure that your toddler has a safe and fun time at the beach. Remember, safety should always be your top priority, so don't hesitate to ask lifeguards or other beach officials if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy your time at the beach with your little one, and make lasting memories together