A friend shared a great idea for making our beach trips a little easier, and I couldn't wait to try it out last week. Taking both boys to the beach has been a challenge because I still need to keep a very close eye on JD, but O is crawling, eating sand, storing rocks in his mouth- basically getting into trouble in any way he can.
To keep him occupied in one spot, I brought JD's Safety 1st booster seat along. It wasn't difficult to carry- I just folded it up and hung it over my shoulder by the straps- and it is very light. I could strap O in, put the tray on, and let him play while I also gave tons of attention to JD. We put some water on it to splash in, gave him a few toys, and he was content for much longer than I had feared. Bonus: I could use it to feed both of the boys without most of their lunch landing in the sand!
|Happy to be sitting in the big boy seat|
|We put him under the tent for some shade.|
|We all had a great time!|
**It is important to note that he was still able to bend over and reach the ground, so placing him on a mat or towel prevented him from eating sand. Also, with enough force, he could tip himself over backwards (since the seat is meant to be used against a chair with a back), but you could pile up sand behind the seat to prevent that. This is NOT a substitute for watching your baby at the beach- just a way to make it a little less stressful.