StepsBeach Safety for Toddlers
- Apply sunscreen to your toddlers' skin throughout the day. Sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 can prevent your toddlers' skin from becoming sunburned and causing them discomfort, even in overcast weather conditions.
- Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before your toddlers are exposed to the sun, and at least every 2 hours or immediately after your toddlers have gone swimming or become wet.
- Dress your toddlers in beach-friendly clothing. Your toddlers should wear clothing with built-in ultra-violet (UV) protection, and flip-flops or sandals to prevent their feet from becoming hot or injured from debris left in the sand by other beach patrons.
- Bring extra sets of clothes for your toddlers so you can replace wet or sandy clothing if needed. Cold, wet clothing, or clothing full of sand can potentially make your toddlers irritable.
- Bring plenty of drinks and snacks for your toddlers. Your toddlers will become hungry and thirsty throughout the day from playing in the hot sun and staying active.
- Bring foods and drinks that are easily manageable for you and your toddlers on a sandy beach; such as pre-made sandwiches, crackers, and bottled water or juice boxes.
- Keep an eye on your toddlers at all times. Powerful waves, currents, and some sea wildlife are hazards that can prove fatal to any person, especially toddlers.
- Keep your toddlers near you while they play in the sand, and only allow your toddlers to go into the water when you are alongside them.
- Collect shells from the beach. Talking a walk along the beach with your toddlers and examining shells and other wildlife can be an enjoyable and educational activity for your toddlers.
- Build sandcastles and surrounding moats. With shovels, spoons, or your hands, you can build and mold sandcastles alongside your toddlers.
- Draw pictures or write words in the sand. With the use of an object such as a stick or shovel, your toddlers can write their names, or draw shapes and pictures in dry or wet sand.
- Dig large holes in the sand to sit or stand in. Digging holes is often a manageable task for toddlers, and can be made deep enough for your toddlers to sit or stand in, or deep enough for you to be buried by your toddlers.
- Go snorkeling in the water. In calm waters, you can place masks and snorkels on your toddlers and take them swimming to search for coral reef, wildlife, shells, and other ocean wildlife.
- Play ball games. Playing catch with a beach ball or with other beach-related catching toys can be a fun activity for your toddlers and other family members.
- When arriving to the beach, look for a spot near other families with children who are playing happily and behaving nicely. This can encourage positive behavior in your toddlers and keep them relatively safe from other families and children displaying rowdy behavior, such as throwing water or sand at one another.
- Never leave your toddlers unattended or in the care of lifeguards. Lifeguards are not responsible for babysitting children, and may not have the opportunity to prevent certain accidents from happening.
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