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Going to the beach can be so relaxing. You sit back in your beach chair, close your eyes and listen to the waves. The water kissing your toes, the gentle breeze, and the warm sun calms your weary soul.
Then you have children.
After kids, the beach just isn’t quite the same.
Suddenly you’re finding sand in places you didn’t even know existed. You can’t close your eyes for fear the tide sweeps your child out to sea. Making sure you apply enough sunscreen (and the safest version of it) is tough. It is only made more difficult when it’s reapplication time and your little one is covered in sand! You have to make sure you have plenty of snacks, drinks, toys, and other necessities because just getting to your ‘spot’ in the sand is a battle by itself!
All of those things can make going to the beach nearly unbearable. Honestly, I’m exhausted just writing it all out! Despite all of the stress, exertion, planning, and pure exhaustion that can come from a quick trip to the beach, it’s worth it.
If you have been following my blog you will know that I never really liked the beach before I had Leopold. Suddenly I have a total beach bum who is at his happiest when he is chest deep in the water. Honestly I think if I let him he would just keep walking until the waves took him away! He has NO fear when it comes to being out in the water, and he loves playing in the waves.
Last week he got splashed in the face and after spitting the water out and wiping his eyes, he smacked his lips and said “mmm, delicious!”
Sure, Leopold loves to play in the sand too. He will sit and dig forever. Dripping the wet sand onto his legs is another favorite of his. But eventually the water calls him back!
So true, the beach has it’s ups and downs. It’s so worth all the work to see my son completely in his element!
We usually have my husband with us when we spend time at the beach. He and I will switch off taking Leopold out into the waves. James does a lot more of it but it’s nice to be able to tag team! Dragging all of the necessities AND a toddler out to the beach is tough enough with two adults, but last week I was brave (dumb) enough to try it alone.
My (wonderful) mommy group had a ‘beach day’ and four of us were able to make it. I carpooled with another mama which made the trip down much more enjoyable. She had her own toddler and beach gear to cart around so we were both a bit of a hot mess getting from the car to the waves! The beach we chose was full of people on vacation and the shade was very minimal. That sand was HOT!
Once we got to the sand, we had a little ways to walk to get to our friends. Let me tell you it was not the easiest thing, having both arms full and trying to coax my VERY distracted one year old into following me.
I received a BeachMate in the mail in exchange for my honest review, and all opinions are my own!
It wasn’t easy to get down to the beach with all of our gear without my husband, but thanks to my new BeachMate, I did it!
The BeachMate did get a little heavy once I’d jammed everything into it, but it was so helpful to have everything we needed in one bag. I took a backpack for our towels and a change of clothes, since the cabanas were on the way back to the car. If we were staying at a hotel on the beach, the BeachMate would have been the ONLY thing I needed.
I brought along Leopold’s folding chair which has been such a useful purchase! We take it everywhere, and it was only 5.47 at Wal-mart! You can also find them on Amazon, they cost a bit more but are super cute!
Let me break this BeachMate down for you.
There are FIVE buckets in one bag. If you are into building epic sandcastles, you can take out all of the BeachMate’s compartments and use them to built your ultimate castle.
The buckets are also great if you need to transport water from the beach to your moat. The straps on the BeachMate buckets are thick and sturdy and easy to grip!
Time for lunch? Below the top four buckets is an insulated cooler to keep your lunch in. Flip the buckets over to find cup holders and places to set your sandwich or snacks. If you need a bigger ‘table’, use the biggest bucket in the BeachMate (the one that holds the bag up).
The BeachMate has pockets on the front and sides to store things you may want secure but accessible. I used them to keep my glasses, phone, and some Advil in.
In our four BeachMate bucket compartments I kept the following:
Large Bucket #2: My SunSnapz baby blanket, in case we needed shade, privacy, or if it got chilly unexpectedly. Target’s $1 sunglasses are a favorite of Leopold’s recently and he wears them all the time!
Small Bucket #2: Our Munchie Mug full of cheese-its, some fruit snacks, and goldfish.
The BeachMate cooler is just big enough for an afternoon snack or an entire lunch for a family of four!
The large shovels attached to the back of the BeachMate are made of strong, sturdy plastic and are all one piece so they can withstand heavy loads of sand.
Thanks, BeachMate! We loved the opportunity to try your bag and it is definitely going to be a staple for all of our future beach trips!
Visit their website to check it out or get your own!