Taking your newborn to the beach for the first time is something many parents look forward to. We anticipate relaxing on the sand with our precious baby...but little did we know taking a newborn to the beach can actually be a little more complicated!
To help you enjoy the Australian Dream this summer, we have compiled some life hacks below to give you a head-start on enjoying your baby's first beach days together as a family.
Feeding on the beach.
An important consideration for taking your newborn to the beach is keeping them fed and well hydrated in the heat. If you’re formula feeding, ready made bottles stored in an insulated bag are an absolute godsend for beach trips!
For Mamas who are breastfeeding, feeding on the beach may seem daunting. We've found one of the most comfortable and relaxing ways to breastfeed is to lie down on your side on a blanket or in a beach tent. If you don’t feel confident doing that or don’t have a chair to sit on, you could always try leaning against a friend’s back, or ask your partner to support you in their arms. Make sure you take a water bottle for yourself - breastfeeding is thirsty work!
The best way to protect your baby’s delicate skin from the sun is to keep them in the shade. Babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight. So dress your baby in light clothes to cover their limbs and a cute little sunhat. Find a space in the shade, or use a beach umbrella to keep the sun’s rays off your baby.
The DockATot Cabana Kit is a brilliant baby beach hack for taking a newborn to the beach. It attaches to the DockATot Deluxe and includes a retractable UV-protected shade of 50+ SPF that shields baby’s skin and eyes from the sun. It also comes in a range of gorgeous colours!
Ditch the stroller.
Unless your stroller has off-road wheels, it's not worth trying to take it on the beach. It’s far easier to carry your newborn in your arms or use a baby carrier. Baby carriers (like these from our friends at Babes in Arms) with mesh panels are especially good for hot days at the beach, enabling air to circulate around your baby and prevent overheating.
Keep it short.
Timing is everything when planning your first beach trip. Keep it short to begin with and then head to a nearby cafe where they have comfy seats, cold drinks and nappy-changing facilities are on hand.
Newborn beach gear must-haves
We’re passionate about designing beautiful, safe solutions to make parenting that little bit easier for you. And that includes parenting on the beach!
We’ve designed a beautiful range of DockATot accessories to make parenting-on-the-go a breeze.
Our must-have summer accessory to shield your little one from the sun's rays and bright light. Shown here in Trellis from our new Sun & Sea collection.
The perfect pack-away changing kit to keep handy for changing on the go.
A simple solution for keeping your dock pristine. Pop on your Base Protector and know that the bottom of your dock is protected from the sand and sea!
This getaway tote is the comprehensive hold-all for the Deluxe and its accessories.
We hope you love beautiful beach days with your baby!
Simplifying life for new parents, DockATot is your extra set of hands.
The multi-functional DockATot is the perfect place for your baby to lounge, play, rest, cuddle, and enjoy tummy time. The DockATot is here for you no matter where the day takes you! Created to mimic the womb and voted as a must-have baby product, parents and babies around the world love DockATot.
From parents who know:
"Life saver! No matter if we are home or out and about, we always take our DockATot with us. So easy for on the go and also easy to clean." - Alexia D.
"Best baby investment ever - worth every dollar! Extremely versatile and handy, it's like having an extra set of hands. My boy Quinton absolutely loves his DockAtot. Time to upgrade to the Grand soon." - Anna D.
"This has honestly been my lifesaver post c-section. The DockATot means I can have him next to me all the time and not move around too much." - Meagan L.