Advice for beach day out

So, we’re wanting to take the girls for a day out on the Belgian coast (yeah, I know, glamorous north sea!). For reference, the Belgian beaches are wide sandy beaches. We were just gonna wing it and go tomorrow but having a quick read online put us right off thinking we’re VERY unprepared.

It’s also very confusing to me, we’re supposed to have them fully covered but also have a swim suit, they can play in the sand but stay away from it as it reflects UV and it’s bad for skin, etc etc…

As a mediterranean kid, all this is foreign to me. We always went to the beach, put loads of sun screen and hat and and off we went! Now we’re supposed to bring tents, paddling pools, on top of the expected thousand beach towels, parasol, hats, nappies, food, drinks and spare clothes… we’re not supposed to be in the beach between 11 and 3pm (some places mention 5pm!)… All this vitamin D we have to give them now as it’s proven they don’t get enough sunlight and then we can’t really put them in the sun anyway!!! ARGH Contradictions-R-Us or what??!?

I’m now terrified of wind, sand, water, heat, cold… you name it.

Anyone care to share their own experiences? what was useful and what wasn’t? Is it worth it for a day trip?


We have a first crawler

And it’s Alicia! My money was on Laura who did it half an hour after Alicia. Funnily enough both found enough motivation to do it for the remote control… We’ve been trying with toys for so long 😂

I’m luring Ana with my phone tomorrow… Maybe that will give her that last little push!

We tried the put the toys far away approach… Didn’t really work.

Maybe because there was a flaw in our plan. The big ass toy box to the left of Alicia which, of course, did not go unnoticed (but no crawling)

Crawling happened here: