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December 03, 2023 3 min read

Taking your newborn to the beach for the first time is special time for new parents! To help you enjoy the Australian Dream, we have compiled some life hacks below to give you a head-start on enjoying your baby's first beach day together as a family.


4 Parent-Approved Tips for Taking Baby to the Beach

1 - Feeding Baby on the Beach

When taking your newborn to the beach, it’s important to keep them fed and well hydrated in the heat. If you are 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 challenging. 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, 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!

4 Tips for Taking Baby to the Beach - DockATot

2 - Sun Safety for Baby

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. 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 rays off your baby. 

The DockATot Cabana Kit is a brilliant baby beach hack for taking a newborn to the beach. Perfect for the Deluxe+ DockATot, it includes a retractable UV-protected shade of 50+ SPF to shield baby’s skin and eyes from the sun. It also features a waterproof base protector and hideaway bug screen and comes in a range of gorgeous prints and colours!

4 Tips for Taking Baby to the Beach - DockATot

3 - Ditch the Pram

Unless your pram 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.

4 Tips for Taking a Baby to the Beach

4 - 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.

Bringing Baby to the Beach – Tips & Essential Products

Must-Have Baby Products for Taking Baby to the Beach: The Essentials!

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.


1 - Deluxe+ DockATot Baby Nest

Whether it's a family beach day or a longer overseas adventure, DockATot is your perfect lightweight on-the-go lounger providing your baby the comfort they need with the constant familiarity wherever your family roams.

5 Beach Essentials For Baby (And Mum) - DockATot

2 - Cabana Kit Sunshade

Our must-have beach or poolside accessory to shield your little one from the sun’s rays, complete with a 50+ SPF UV sunshade, waterproof base protector and a hideaway bug screen.

5 Beach Essentials For Baby (And Parents) - DockATot

3 - Clutch Changer

This essential accessory is an all-in-one portable changing station for your moments on-the-go even when at the beach! It is complete with ample pockets and pouches to hold all your nappy changing necessities.

Baby Beach Essentials

4 - Waterproof Base Protector

A simple solution for keeping your DockATot clean and free from dirt. Simply, pop on your Base Protector and know that the bottom of your dock is protected from the sand and sea!

5 Must-Have Baby Beach Essentials

5 - Getaway Tote

Protect your DockATot while travelling or at the beach with our weather resistant Travel Totes. Available in both Deluxe and Grand sizes!

The Baby Beach Essentials You Need for the Perfect Day

We hope you love beautiful beach days with your baby!

Love, DockATot xx

5 MUST-PACK Best Baby Beach Gear Items

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