I have a 2 month old baby and was wondering when is it ok to take her to the beach? I live in Miami, Florida which is real hot weather so I'm a little bit iffy. I asked my Pedicatrician but didn't really get a good enough answer to my question. All she said was you can't put sunblock on your baby until she is 6 months old. I was wondering is I bring a tent and a portable fan would that be enough to keep her cool? I know she cant drink water either until 6 months. Please respond if you've had a similar situation or your opinion.
I would avoid taking a small child to the beach during the peak hours, 10 to 4. Maybe it's more palatable if you take your baby around 7 in the morning or around 5 in the afternoon, when the sun is weaker, but I would still dress her well, putting rash guards and hats and all. To top it off, I would also bring a tent! Good luck! Despite all this I think you and she can still enjoy a day on the beach.
Both my babies had their first visits to the beach at about two months. We used rash guards and hats, had a beach tent and went for short periods of time (an hour or two max) during the early morning or evening until our girls were old enough for sunscreen. As your baby gets a little older and your ready for longer days at the beach, Matheson Hammock, which is technically not a beach-beach, has lots of natural shading from all the palm trees, so it's a good option for little ones. Also, you can rent a cabana at Crandon Park for $38/day, which would give a place to give baby breaks from the sun as needed. Have fun!
The Pediatric Association says to avoid taking baby to beach til at least 6 months old. I live in Mobile where it is also hot and humid. I wont take mine out more than 20 minutes at a time. 20 minutes a day is all we need for an adequate amount of vitamin D anyway. I wouldn't risk it at this point.
I took my baby to the beach when she was a month old had a tent, my ped. said that she could have 2ounces of water after she was a month so i gave her water kept her in the shade we got in the water and the pool she did wonderful i live in south carolina its def hot here too.
I don't know about the beach but I do know that I put sunblock on my baby when he was a month old and it didnt hurt him. It was either that or take the chance on him burning and I didnt want him to get burnt.
Also water isnt going to hurt the baby either. They use to tell you to give your baby water. I have also given my baby water and he was fine. If you dont want to do the water my ped said diluted pear juice.
i though it was 3 months for sunblock...Id bring shade and sunhat. maybe the misting fan...I'd limit the time you are there as well.
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If you breastfeed exclusively, then you don't need to give any water. Just let her nurse more often, and make sure you keep hydrated.
I took my son to a local water park when he was about 1 1/2 months old. Do not use sunblock, make sure they are well shaded, and a portable fan doesn't hurt either. Bump up the feedings if exclusive breastfeeding, or add an extra formula bottle if that's your preference. Limit water exposure to 30 minutes or less, and try to keep them shaded with your body if at all possible. The recommendations of avoiding peak times (10-3) are great, so try to make your visits before or after those times. If you like, bring a spray bottle filled with water that you can mist her with when in the shade to help keep cool. Just remember that sun reflects off of the water, and can produce a sunburn before you even realize it. Other than that, have fun!
My (now three year old) son was born in April. Both my husband and I are very pale skinned, so our son is too. Our pediatrician actually told me to use sunblock that first summer when he was only a few months old. She reccomended Aveeno Baby, and we had no problems with it. So I would just ask your pediatrician what he or she reccomends about sun exposure for your daughter.