Long gone are the days when moms plopped their sunscreen-free kids out for hours in the sand, only to have them come back browned with white creases like butter biscuits fresh from the oven.
But even though we're more skin-cancer savvy and wary of UV exposure, it doesn't mean the beach has to be banned for babes. Slather on the SPF, suit up and pack some of these beach finds in your diaper tote for some fun in the sun.
All of the toys in this five piece set are made from corn, and will completely biodegrade in 2 to 3 years (instead of plastic's 500).
zoe b organic $20
Made for shells, these bags would be great for holding any beach-bound toys.
Kathe Kruse $16 each at amazon.com
What's a beach trip without a good bucket (or four)?
Melissa & Doug $10 at babiesrus.com
Bath, schmath—these scoopers work just as well for sea water as they do for bath water.
Boon $11 at allmodernbaby.com
The standard in seaside frolicking.
Intex $4 at amazon.com
It's always good to have a back up book distraction, in case the main attraction floats out to sea.
Little Simon $7 at amazon.com