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We’re headed to the beach next week. Fun! Relaxation! Sleep! Peace! Quiet!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Don’t worry; I may be naive, but I’m not that naive. I’ve been to the beach with kids before. And this year, it’s going to be particularly challenging, because I have a toddler. A sand-eating, diaper-wearing, risk-taking toddler.
It’s been four years since I’ve braved the beach with anyone under age two, and in those four years, I’ve picked up a few valuable tips — the kind of tips that make you go, “Damn! I wish I’d heard this idea back when my own kids were toddlers! What a waste!! Oh well, I’ll just have a third kid. That solves that.”
Here are the tips. Please add your own nuggets of wisdom in the comments. (Do it now. I don’t want to hear any brilliant ideas four years down the road; my ovaries are in retirement, and they’re not coming out.)
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Baby powder as an antidote to sand is one of those secrets that Organized Moms keep to themselves. I weathered serious dangers and great personal risk to uncover this clandestine nugget. See how much I love you? Simply dust the powder on your toddler\’s sandy limbs, and due to some odd chemical reaction that I don\’t understand and never will, the sand brushes right off.
Intex Sunset Glow Baby Pool, via Amazon
A friend of mine claims that a cheap inflatable pool saved her Memorial Day beach weekend. Her toddler happily played in the the ocean water (and sand), never realizing he was in a tiny little prison. Er, cage. Er, happy place. (If you have older kids, charge them with filling up the pool.)
Caravan Canopy, via Amazon
Bringing a canopy is a no-brainer, which might explain why I\’ve never used one before. Instead, we broiled like fish fillets, while all around us families lounged in their personal shades. This year, I\’m finally cluing in.
Progressive GT-3520 International 19-Piece Set, via Amazon
Measuring cups and spoons! They have handles. They\’re Real Things, not baby toys, so they\’re less likely to be cast aside in disgust. And there are lots of them, so even if we lose a few (which we will), there\’s no way we can lose them ALL. Right? Right?
Rio Beach Wonder Wheeler Wide Beach Cart
Did you know they have carts that are MADE for the sand? I didn\’t. I mean, it\’s crazy. Next thing you know, we\’ll be able to have LIGHT in our houses with just the flip of a switch! And water that comes out of the faucet! Anyway, no more schlepping heavy, crap-filled beach bags in both arms, leaving only a pinky with which to carry one\’s sandy, crying toddler!
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