We had a blast during our stay in North Captiva Island, but before the trip, there was a lot of pre-planning and coordination of ALLTHETHINGS on the backend. Amazon was definitely our friend and I discovered the joys of same day delivery (it truly is a beautiful thing). Here are a few purchases that made our beach trip a little easier.
My sister had originally brought the puddle jumper for my 2.5 year old nephew, but he wanted nothing to do with it. He preferred dry land and the kiddie pool. You do you, buddy. However, since we couldn’t keep Annalynn away from the water, we decided to try it on her to give her a little freedom. She LOVED it. It took her a few minutes to figure it out, but once she did, she didn’t want to take it off. I was a little concerned Annalynn was too young for the puddle jumper at 19 months, but it ended up working out fine. I ordered her own puddle jumper as soon as we got home.
The baby pool was a clear winner of the trip. We dragged it to the beach each day and filled it with buckets of ocean water. All of the kids (ages ranging from 10 months to 2.5 years) enjoyed splashing in the water with their beach toys. It was also nice having the ability to keep the pool under the shade to limit sun exposure.
The Aveeno Baby Sunscreen is hands down my favorite sunscreen for Annalynn. It’s very mild, easy to apply, and kept Annalynn’s skin pasty white. We made sure to reapply regularly, while also keeping her under the shade as much as possible especially since she refuses to keep a hat on. How do parents get toddlers to keep hats on – teach me your ways!
My brother brought the Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent and it was amazing. There was no need to spend 20 minutes trying to figure out tent poles, loops, or digging out instructions. He pulled it out of the bag, wiggled the tent to pop it up, and he was done. That’s it – no extra assembly required. It was a nice, cool spot for the kids to rest and I even enjoyed laying in it.
Even with 9 adults helping, it was still a huge pain to get everything to and from the beach… especially with 4 kids to wrangle at the same time. The folding wagon made life 10 times easier. Instead of filling up arms and bags – we just filled the wagon up. It was easy to load and easy to pull through the sand. Technically this was my parents’ but I’ve added it to my Amazon wish list for the future.
This was my first swimsuit purchase from Amazon and it’s inspired me to buy many more. I first discovered that Amazon even had swimsuits when I was browsing the internet one day and stumbled upon a Buzzfeed article on the best swimsuits on Amazon. The Retro Halter Peplum Bikini instantly stood out to me. It was cute, had awesome reviews, and was only $25 – sold!
The suit is super flattering with retro high waisted bottom and a cute halter top. I like that I can chase Annalynn on the beach in it and not worry about anything popping out. It also conceals my soft belly, while still giving me some shape. Plus, it was $25. You really can’t beat that.
The beach house we stayed at had 3 floors and a ton of stairs. I had ordered this gate right before we left and it came in handy. Not going to lie, it was a pain to get in secure, but once it was secure, it didn’t budge.
I’ve blogged about this before, and I’ll keep blogging about, this cot is awesome. My sister actually purchased one for the trip and my 2.5 year old nephew did great on it. It’s easy to travel with, easy to assemble, and is the perfect size for a toddler. The cot fit perfectly between the closet and our bed. I highly recommend if you’re traveling with a toddler.