Babies and beaches do not go very well together. It’s hot, it’s sunny, it’s sandy. Those are not typically things that work well with infants.
I will never forget the first time I took my baby boy to the beach. He was about 2 months old and we were in Hawaii, at an extremely windy, sandy beach. There was just nowhere to PUT him. And putting his carseat down in the sand meant finding sandy bits in every crevice for weeks to come. The beach was beautiful but the awkwardness of juggling an infant made it unpleasant for everyone.
Fast forward four years and that little guy is 4 years old with a 3-month-old baby sister. On our recent trip to Hawaii, there was no avoiding the beach. Luckily I found an excellent solution to this baby/beach conundrum: an infant travel crib.
The infant travel crib is genius for the beach because it keeps the baby away from the sand and the sand away from the baby, but still allows the baby some freedom of movement and space to stretch out. It shakes out and wipes down super easily so it’s OK if it gets dirty or sandy. It also has a flexible toy bar that’s perfect for draping a light blanket over baby as a tent.
I used this $30 infant travel crib from Summer Infant. It is feather light and folds and unfolds in less than a minute.
I would guess it will last until about 6 months old, and then she will outgrow it. But for now – we are able to enjoy beach bliss with a baby! And it works great at a picnic, a park, or any other outdoor activity.
Of course, it is sold as a “travel crib” – and she also slept happily in it for three nights of our vacation. I think once the baby can roll over, it would be too small for that. But for right now, this mini crib is perfect for our family.
[All photos by Karen Merzenich, all rights reserved]