Mr. Brightside

by tinysneakers

The little stinker bug is 5 months old. When that happened I have no idea because I promise you that madness that was his delivery was only just weeks ago.

newborn baby just delivered

The overwhelming theme that is motherhood around here? Sleep. Or lack there of.

sleeping baby


It’s so bad that there’s nothing left to do but laugh about it. You probably want to steer clear of me on the days I can’t manage to do that.

So in honor of looking on the bright side, I give you the two main topics that monopolize my current thoughts: Math & The Time Continuum, sleep deprived version; and The Beach.

1. That math-time-vortex thing. You all may do math in a way that makes my baby 5 months old. The way I do it? We’ve spent 7 months together.

time vortex

See, conservatively estimate an average of 8 wakings per night, approximately 40 minutes each, minus a handful of good nights, and you’ve got 2 extra months of 12 hour days on your hands. That doesn’t even account for the extra daytime hours where other babies are wasting time doing silly things like nap.

So take that moms-of-babies-who-sleep {a breed of humans I find completely foreign}. I’ve beaten the system of kids-who-grow-up-too-fast and earned myself 7 months of quality time with my baby in a span of just 5 months.

2. The Beach
This needs far less explanation.

We’re going soon. It’s my current favorite method of self distraction, of which is vital importance. If you don’t understand why, please reread the aforementioned solid 2 months of not sleeping I’ve done.

Sooo. Babies & the beach. Advice?

Currently thought of:
– some kind of shade for baby
– swim diaper {I have the cutest cloth one ever}
– cooler with wash cloths to keep baby cool
– baby powder to help brush of sand
– baby sunglasses, hats, & rash guards
– pool float. No idea if I’m being crazy that he will actually be able to use it.

baby sunglassesbaby bathing suit

– how many bathing suits does a baby need?
– how many cloth swim diapers should I have?
– best toxin-free sunscreen for baby? He’s a little young but the doc says better to use it then get burnt. I agree.
– what am I not thinking of?

So beach-vacation-with-baby-advice ready go!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebekah June 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

Can your little guy sit up unassisted yet? We always take an inflatable swimming pool with us, blow it up when we get down there, and then fill it with ocean water. My babies didn’t really like the ocean, but I could keep them cool (and happy) in a little pool with a few sand/water toys. We set up a large 10 X 10 canopy too and then the kiddos can play in the sand or little pool out of the sun.

Saw your post on Twitter. I’m Mamaskids.


Lindsay June 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I have heard that Badger Balm has a great sunscreen for babies


Kelly Andersen June 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Your little man is growing up so fast! For the pool or beach I would bring 4-5 diapers depending on how long you will be there and Badger sunscreen (organic, sold at Whole Foods)has worked well for us. Maybe bring coconut water for you to stay hydrated if you are still nursing? Also you can make popsicles out of breastmilk for baby to stay cool. Hope you have fun!


Kristy @ Breath of Sunshine June 12, 2012 at 8:51 am

Since I live at the beach one would think I would have great advice, but I have none (sad!). I am enjoying all the comments so far though. My husband and my older son are fish. I’m hoping to not miss out on summer fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Does baby powder really help brush off sand???


Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's June 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

I am looking forward to the advice on this one!


PavementRunner June 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

Sun screen is a must. Their skin is so sensitive… and if you thought a baby didn’t sleep much, try a sun burnt one. When we take our baby girl (8 months) out, we make sure to have one of those sun hats that covers their face and neck. She loves it now and doesn’t try to take it off, so far so good.

We use pampers swim diapers. I don’t know that they really do too much, other than not open or come loose in the water, which is good. Enjoy and sending positve vibes for more sleep (for the both of you).


Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life June 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I took my little guy on vacation to the Dominican Republic when he was five months old and he did great. I had two bathing suits for him because I would change him right after we got out of the water so he didn’t get cold. I used aveeno baby sunblock and lots of big rimmed hats. We stayed in the shade for most of the time and I had a thin sheet to cover him with when he napped. Good luck and have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚


Jerrica June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

My youngest is just a few days younger than your little guy and we just got back from a very successful trip to the OBX. We used waterbabies sunscreen (made with zinc oxide). Our dr. said it sits on the skin rather than absorbing into the skin. We also got a Rio portable sun shelter. It has spf 50 built in and is EXTREMELY roomy. I was a little hesitant at first but it was a great purchase (very affordable) and now we even use it in the yard! We took 2 suits and bought them in a size bigger because rash guards tend to run small. Take some cottonballs just in case some sand blows the wrong way (i wet it with bottled water and brushed it right off). Also, bugs were terrible so I got a clip on repellent for myself. I used our front carrier a lot so she was protected by it as well!


MCM Mama June 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Long sleeve rash guards are a must. I always had two suits for my boys. My favorite sunblock is Badger. I also like Aubrey, but they don’t have a kids’ version (my kids are older so it doesn’t matter) and Kiss My Face. I use all of those on my kids and myself. The swimways floats are great. My kids loved floating around in them and the newer versions have canopies. I never used them at the beach though.

Have fun! (And my older kid sucked at sleeping. At 10, he still needs less sleep than most kids, but at least I can ignore him at night now.)


Kelly June 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I think a tent is nice to have, especially to help with wind ๐Ÿ™‚ I have one you can borrow! We use blue lizard sunscreen and it has worked well for us. Low on toxin scale and you can get at the teeter! Oh, definitely hats that will cover face and neck


tinysneakers June 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Thanks! I ordered a tent last week so hopefully it comes in time! ๐Ÿ™‚


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