Today was a full on beach day. It's tough to take a 2-year-old (along with a few siblings) to the beach -- there is so much stuff and so much to watch -- but the payoffs are so great . They are excited by every shell and crab skeleton. They delight in getting knocked around by waves. They NAP. For hours. And still sleep at night.
To make the morning (because morning is the best time for hitting the beach with toddlers) the most enjoyable and reduce your risk of sunburn and other disasters, you need the right beach gear. You don't need anything fancy -- just basic toys and sun protection to make it pure joy.