A Weekend At The Beach
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Last weekend, my family went to Grosseto, Italy for a fun day at the beach. Grosseto is a bus ride away from Siena, our home base. My toddler enjoyed playing in the sand and walking by the shore with his papa. I had some quiet time with my eleven-month-old baby as we sat on the warm sand and listened to the splashing waves.
Are you ready for the beach season? I would love to share some tips on how you can make the most of your beach trip with your little ones!
1. Set the stage.
First of all, we got our two-year-old Leon excited to go to the beach by reading books about the beach, talking about sea-related words, and watching videos about the ocean and sea animals. I recommend Ocean Buddies, a board book that comes with sea animal toys. We also taught Leon the words “beach” and “mare” (Italian). Additionally, we watched aquarium videos on Youtube and toy shows with sea animals. I also ask him questions such as “Where are we going tomorrow?” and “What will you see at the beach?” By the time we got to the beach, Leon was ready to “see the dolphins” and “play with the octopus”. Of course, he just used his imagination when we got to the public beach. He did get to see shrimp in my cocktail and baby octopus in his dad’s pasta for lunch! (Recommended restaurant: Ristorante Belmare)
2. Prepare one beach bag.
As parents of two very active little boys, we have learned that it is best to keep all our stuff in one backpack. We experienced losing stuff before because we could not manage to carry so many things at the same time. I love my husband’s Kelty Redwing backpack because we can put so many things in it. It also has an ergonomic design so it is quite easy to carry.
We brought the following items:
a new set of clothes
diapers and wipes
3. Bring a beach umbrella.
We forgot to bring a beach umbrella that day! Next time we go to the beach, we will remember to bring this very important thing. Kids need to be protected from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s a good thing that they put on sunscreen!
4. Download the Instasize App.
If you are an Instagram mom like me, it is important to capture those precious moments for our feed and Instastories! I use the premium version of a photo editing app called Instasize. I really love their filters, especially L1, L2, and L3 because they really make your photos stand out! You can also add text to photos and videos! Most of all, they have a pretty fun collection of text styles, borders, and wallpapers that are not available on Instagram. Check out this link to read about Instasize’s amazing features! (Are you on IG? Please follow me @thebellissimamma!)
Check out our Instasize photos:
5. Soak in the sun and have lots of fun!
Enjoy this day with the family and forget about work. Use your phone only for taking photos and videos. Savor this moment with nature and listen to the sounds of the sea. Let your kids play with the sand and the water. They will surely remember this fun day with their parents. Moms and dads can have fun too! Do what makes you happy. (I definitely enjoyed my aperol spritz!)
Have you brought your children to the beach? Do you have any tips to share for parents? Share your thoughts in the comments section!