Amazon Beach Baby + Giveaway

It has been hot in Seattle the last few weeks. No one here has any AC so we are suffering away in our brick apartment, blasting fans (that the bay is afraid of) and trying to make dinners that don’t require turning the oven on. We’re also splashing in the wading pool, about to head off for a staycation where AC will be plentiful (and a roof top pool will be at our disposal), and prepping for a trip to the Maine coast in August. I really should take out stock in baby sunscreen.

Since we had our first trial run with baby + beach in Miami in March, I do have some tips and beach baby product ideas (with the help of Amazon!) to hopefully make any summer pool/beach/park/outdoor adventure easier.

Babiators.

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These glasses are awesome. Super durable (a guarantee against breakage for 1 year… what?!), perfect fit for little noggins, and they come in lots of colors. We have classic black.

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We got them just after Gabe turned 1. At the time he wasn’t super into wearing anything on his face, but now that he is a few months older (at 16 months), he loves glasses. I’m thinking about getting a second pair that live in the car so when he is getting blasted with sun even through our window screen he can be comfortable.

The iPlay Baby Sunhat

We do not have this exact brand, but I have it in my shopping cart. We are hat obsessed and since our stroller was stolen (and our favorite red orca hat along with it!) we are down to just 1 hat. And with SPF clothing on my fair skinned baby, 1 hat is just not enough!

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I like the iPlay because they have the back of the neck flap which I used to (And still do because I am forgetful) burn all of the time as a kid. Sunburns before you’re 18 are a major cause of skin cancer, so hat’s with 50 block sunscreen fabric that make my kid look like a weird little explorer? Yes please.

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You should also check out the other stuff iPlay has on Amazon. They have some great options for kids younger than a year as well.

Organic Diaper Cover

Look at how cute these beach bloomers are!

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This is not my baby, but I want a reason to buy these so badly!! Beach bloomers are way better for the beach than stupid boring shorts! I didn’t even know these things existed! And now I want my own grown up beach bloomers! With sea animals! Look at those chubby little thighs! I am dead of beach bloomer adorableness.

Pop’n Play Summer Infant Portable Play Yard

We don’t have one of these, but I’ve been spending a lot of time browsing amazon trying to figure out some sort of contraption for beach or park nap time. If you have little crawlers this may be perfect for a backyard or a deck you want to hang out on this summer. There is a great video on their amazon page that shows how easy the set up is. I wish I had this when Gabe was smaller so that he could have hung out in the kitchen with us without always getting caught up in our feet. The Pop’n Play is so much easier to set up than a Pack’n Play (which we were using as a little play yard before), it basically unfolds like a camping chair. Super easy. If this had a sun protecting accessory I would be all over it.

Munchkin Five Sea Squirts and Beach Buddies Deep Sea 3 Piece Bath Set

For Gabe’s first birthday we asked for clothes and bath toys. Bath toys are the best! Especially if you can’t get to the beach this summer, these work amazingly well for backyard kiddie pools. Plus in our house we are obsessed with “under the sea” anything. Gabe is constantly “Fish fish fish!” even if one pops up on the TV, so fish themed bath things that squirt? YAY!

The three piece bath set comes with little baby spa slippers! Plus a terry robe and a bucket for sand castles. I may pick this up as a surprise fun thing for Gabe when we get to Maine after our red-eye flight into Boston. We’ve been having fights getting him toweled off and dressed post bath, I’m hoping adding some special bits to that routine will help with the tantrums.

JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket

We use blankets and quilts all of the time, whether it is on the floor in Gabe’s room, or at the beach, or on the grass at the park. It’s nice to have somewhere to sit where fishy crackers can be spilled and plush toys can hang out without getting sandy, wet, muddy, grass stains, etc. As we continue our weekend-ing adventures and traveling this summer, it would be nice to have somewhere that is water resistant and super durable so that I am not constantly washing and wearing out our good quilts I hope to hold onto for many years. Having an outdoor blanket is something I don’t always think about, but when you can just toss it in the car, they can come in massively handy when you least expect it.

 Itzy Ritzy Reusable Snack Bags

Ok. I have a confession. One time I ate an opened granola bar in the diaper bag when I was really desperate that had been in there for I don’t know how long. Long enough to be hard? I ate it anyway. Here is another confession: because there are so many pockets in my diaper bag sometimes I lose snacks. And often they have been opened and not finished and little crumbs and crunched cheddar rockets are everywhere and there are almonds where the diapers should be and old spoons willy nilly. It’s a miracle my kid has never gotten some weird mold growth on his tongue. It may not be exactly that bad, but it is pretty annoying.

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I want these adorable bags. I would not have to deal with half opened zip lock bag crumbs of doom, and I wouldn’t have to deal with stupid zip lock bags of doom. Bags of doom, these are not those kind. (I kind of want them just for my work lunches, to be honest.)

Terry Shark Robe

Oh HELLO amazing shark robe!

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This robe is ridiculously fun. It is super soft and it has a shark fin on the hood, teeth, and a tale!

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The fun news is: We (Me+Amazon) are giving away this awesome shark robe to one of you! It is for babies 0-9 months, but seeing how it fit on Gabe (who is now 16 months) it should definitely be good for up to a year at least. Gabe is not a small tyke.

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This robe is so awesome!! And will be perfect for any occasion – bath time to beach time. I love it.

To enter: Leave a comment telling me about your favorite summer adventure. You get an extra entry if you also share this post on facebook (make sure to tag betterinrealife or me directly in the post so I can see it). 

Talking about this amazon list is really about finding those handful of items that make the normal stuff fun. Protecting your kid from the sun, bath time, pool time, etc. How can I make these daily grinds, or seasonal adventures easier and more fun?

Side note! When I was pregnant with Gabe a lot of family and friends wanted to send us congratulations gifts. It was a lovely sentiment and many people asked us what we needed. At the time the whole baby making process paired with the baby “things” dilemma was very overwhelming. We didn’t have a baby shower of any kind because the amount of stuff that demanded seemed too much for our tiny apartment. What we did do is suggest Amazon Gift Cards which worked out great! And helped us fund daipers and last minute must-haves for many months after the Gabe was born. If I had known more, though, and what I totally should have done was start a registry at Amazon Baby. Tons of brands and items all in one place. I also suggest Prime as a new parent – sometimes you just need stuff asap and not having to pay for shipping is a godsend. We have used that Prime icon more times than I can count. The cost of membership has repaid itself over and over and over again with convenience and the savings in shipping costs.

Have you used any of these products? What do you suggest for making beach and summer play easier? (Do you use a pop up contraption for baby naps outside? I would love some sun-proofing recs!!)

30 thoughts on “Amazon Beach Baby + Giveaway”

  1. My husband and I just went to Boston for the first time and it was AMAZING! So much history, really easy to get around, amazing food. There were a ton of tourists there with little kids (like 4ish) though, and I’m not so sure I’d bring a small child there if we weren’t visiting somebody. But anyway, super fun adult vacation 🙂

  2. MY favorite adventure this summer is going to be having a baby who needs all this adorable fun-in-the-sun stuff! We have a cute iPlay hat, fancy organic sunscreen and some sunglasses all gifted from some friends who I grew up on the beach with so I think we’re set to hit the sand and surf! (I know babies shouldn’t be on the beach – YET)

    1. The best part (and the saddest part in a pathetic way) is when babies are afraid of the sand. Gabe was terrified and every time we tried to put him down he would lift his legs up as high as he could. Hahaha. Poor baby. Now he is better. Babies are hilarious. I can’t wait until our baby arrives!!!!!

  3. delurking to say YAY for your trip to Maine! I am a Mainer living in Boston and lovelovelove my home state, especially in August. Happy to provide recommendations for summer fun activities if you’d like!

    1. We are staying in Kennebunkport and will be taking a kayak tour while we get a babysitter for the baby for an afternoon (YAY!) and we are also hoping for a day trip somewhere (or stopping at a few places) and I have no idea where to even start with that. This is a BIG maine adventure for me as I have wanted to visit since THIRD GRADE. 🙂 Any tips and spots we should check out would be excellent. Also we are taking a red eye into Boston and then driving up and we were hoping to stop and get breakfast in Boston somewhere good. So any recs on that would be also much appreciated. I love Boston, but Kamel has never been! So I wanted to at least show him a bit of the city.

      1. Yay! You’re going to love it. Kennebunkport is beautiful. Definitely consider a day trip to Portland–great food, beautiful little city with lots of cute shops, and ferries out to the nearby islands. It is only about 30-40 minutes north of Kennebunkport. If you want to venture further north, Freeport has great outlet shopping and a very kid-friendly park called Wolfe’s Neck State Park. Paths along the ocean, picnic area, restrooms. You could combine Portland and Freeport into one meandering day trip for sure.

        Camden and Lincolnville are also beautiful little seaside towns (I am biased, this is where I grew up) but a longer haul–probably about 2.5 hours from Kennebunkport, but awesome hiking (Mount Battie is easy and you can drive up if you just want to enjoy the view), a cute downtown area, and some free winery tours/free tastings nearby too.

        My favorite brunch spot in the Boston area is Friendly Toast–it’s in Cambridge. They actually have a second location in Portsmouth, New Hampshire too, which is on the drive north to Maine.

        Hope that helps!

        1. Oh my gosh!! This is so exciting!! I had no idea we could see so much of maine in just a few hours! We will definitely be going to Portland and scoping that out. And I will run the rest by Kamel too. YAY!!! Do you have any recs on specific things to see in Portland? I will absolutely be checking out that Park. And Ferries! eeeeeeeeee!

          1. Portland Museum of Art is small but quite good. Strolling through the Old Port–the old cobblestoned section of Portland–is really fun. Lots of cute shops, ice cream and I think two gelato places? More than there is any business being in such a small area. If you like raw oysters, Eventide Oysters is beautiful in a very laid-back way (but a little pricey). Ferry to Peak’s Island is a totally do-able trip–not very far. I think there are also boats that just go around the harbor. Flatbread pizza has a great deck overlooking the harbor–super kid friendly, too. If you’re into beer, Novare Res is an awesome little beer garden with outdoor seating. The Eastern Prom is an awesome little park along the water. Portland is a very walk-able city–I’d pick a couple of restaurants or sights to structure your day there, and then leave lots of time for wandering, too.

  4. One of my close friends just got married last weekend and a huge group of friends rented a fabulous house together. We’ve done this before but this was the first time there were babies there (2 of them) and it was great to see everyone hanging out and having a great time like always. Relieving to know the good old days don’t end with tots in tow!

    1. I am DYING for my best friends to start having babies and then we can rent homes on beaches and let the kids run around! Shoot, I’d even settle for someone with a backyard at this point!

  5. We have the shark robe and I put it away thinking it didn’t fit him past three months, because I was expecting it to cover his tush and tie shut. But it looks pretty cute hanging open like that. I think I’ll go find it again for use after baby swim lessons!

  6. OMG that shark robe is ridiculously adorable!!! My favorite summer adventures were always spent tromping around my grandparents’ lakeside cabin in central Minnesota. Flashlight tag, shore wading, and cannonballs off the pontoon boat were always involved.

  7. Love this whole post!! Bookmarking it for when I need baby sun things and I don’t know where to start. I am very forgetful about sun protection for myself and having cute/fun ways to cover up is going to be key for hypothetical-smeeny baby!!

    So my husband super wants a robe with a hood– for him. Thank god they don’t seem to make them (and if they do I DONT WANT TO KNOW) because if he found one there is no way I could stop him from buying it.

      1. Also, no AC?!?! What, how, what….. I just cannot. I don’t have AC in my car and that is almost unbearable even though my husband and I both work with in two miles of our house. I would die. I keep the heat uncomfortably low in the winter just so I can afford to keep my house nice and cool in the summer. Yeesh.

        1. Seattle just doesn’t have AC. Actually when it gets hot out, restaurants put out signs advertising they have AC!! hahaha. So quaint. I love it. It is generally pleasant with ocean breezes and right now it is super hot for hear and it is just in the low 80s. There are only a few truly unbearable 90 degree days a year.

  8. My big summer adventure is…having a baby. Any day now, allegedly. We are going to the beach for a week later this summer, which might be overly ambitious but hopefully fun.

  9. Oh cute little Gabe Shark. I want those lunchbags too they are adorable.

    Favorite summer adventure must have been taking trains with my Bolivian best friend and getting lost because we took the stop train instead of the direct one, then arriving too late and missing the tramway, and getting rides from strangers so we could sleep at the airport because the university residence where we stayed had a curfew and we were way past it so doors wouldn’t open until the next day at 19h.

    Or… as a kid, playing at the beach , learning how to dive into the wave and getting rolled over and completely soaked in sand.

    My brother camps and climbs a lot and we got him a Deryan baby tent with included mosquito net for naps / play in the sun and in the shade. It is this one.

  10. We love to go up north (northern Michigan). The beach, climbing dunes, fresh cherries–it doesn’t get any better! I also shared on fb! Thank you for the chance to win!

  11. I am so excited for summer adventures!! Especially with a new baby in tow. EEK!

    My favorite thing to do is to go camping at Kohler Andrae state park and sit on the beach, play in the water and crawl on the sand dunes.

    Hope the baby likes to camp!

  12. There is a wading poo a few blocks from my mom’s house. I live it when I was a kid – we went there all the time. Now Jess loves it, and maybe by the end of tge summer we can get Allie splashing at the edge…

  13. I just had my baby on the 4th of July, so we haven’t used too many baby products. I’m excited to get her out a lot next summer 🙂 The best summer baby product we have is actually a car seat cover that is a sunshade and a bug net. I think it’s called a Cozy Cover, but I’m not sure. It’s a buggy summer in the midwest, and the bug net part helps us take her for walks without worrying about mosquitoes.

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