a beach tip

All you experienced parents out here already know this one, but I remember when I first heard it it revolutionized my beach going experience with children.

Yes, revolutionized. No I am not dramatic, why do you ask?

Baby powder. Squeeze it onto your sandy kids. Rub the powder in. And viola the sand comes right off.

I remember as kid trying to wash the sand off of my feet before putting my sandals on. And it was impossible. I could never get my feet dry enough not to have sand stick to them. Then my feet would be uncomfortable in my shoes. And I remember whining and complaining about it, which if I can remember then I feel sorry for my poor mother.

(This is also good for grown-ups if you get sand in you bikini line area. TMI? Probably, huh? But you’ll thank me if you are stuck wearing your bathing suit for a couple hours after you have left the beach and are having areas of your body exfoliated that are not meant to be exfoliated. You’re welcome.)

18 Responses to “a beach tip”

  1. Crisanne Says:

    Wow! What a fantastic tip! I’ve made many trips to the beach but never knew this. My bikini line thanks you! :) Oh, and so do my kids.

  2. Caren Says:

    I had no idea! We are leaving for the beach this weekend. Thank you!!! Do you have any more tips?

  3. Brandi Says:

    This is terrific! I can’t stand being wet, and being sandy and wet is so much worse. I wish my mom would’ve known this when I was growing up in Southern California.

  4. Stephanie Says:

    Thanks for the tip! I had actually started hating going to the beach because of the wet and whiny kids and sand stuck everywhere. Now maybe I will enjoy myself this year when we go.

    Do you have anything for the ‘I wannas’?

  5. Kathy in WA Says:

    Hi! Love your blog. This is one of my favorite beach tips of all times. I agree - the baby powder makes ALL the difference. I think I read it years ago in a magazine. I couldn’t believe how well it worked. Thanks for spreading the word. Ha!

  6. Heather Says:

    Another tip is to carry a jug or two of tap water in the trunk for complete, full-body rinsing of sandy monsters.

    I strip my tot son down to nekkid, stand him on top of his wet bathing suit, towel off as much of the sand as possible, then rinse him down.

    Of course, this only works if you happen to have a car at the beach, which we nearly always do when on vacation.

  7. Wendy Says:

    I never heard of this, but will try it the next time we are at the beach. One question, if you are wet does it still work or do you just get paste?

  8. Karen Says:

    Could have used this tip before our vacation last week - to Pompano Beach and the Keys - LOTS of sand! We’re still brushing it off - now I know to grab the baby powder. Ah, well - the tip’s good for our next beach trip in late July. Thanks!

  9. Corrie Says:

    I never knew, and I thought I was experienced. I’ll make sure to pack it with the kids suits. Thanks, oh and I have the same question about using it when wet.

  10. Brigitte Says:

    I didn’t know that one, good tip! Do you know if it matters if it’s talcum powder versus corn starch powder? Thanks.

  11. Shannon Says:

    We are headed to the beach for the first time in two weeks. Perfect timing on the tips, if you have any more, send them my way!!!

  12. Rebecca Says:

    We love baby powder at the beach.

    However, be cautious in using it in bikini areas. Because the last thing you want is go get back to the car an realize that you were accenting certain places on your body that…er…you might not be comfortable having everyone stare at by coating them in white powders.

    So, uh, use it sparingly and brush it off well!

  13. Tabetha Says:

    Wow! I will soon have my 5th child, and I never knew this - maybe because we haven’t gone to the beach that much. We just moved to the coast, so this info may be quite useful to us now! Sounds like it could take a lot of baby powder…but I have a feeling it is worth it!

  14. Karen Says:

    What a great idea!

  15. Erin Says:

    I could have used this info. a month ago. Great advice!!!

  16. La Bellina Mammina Says:

    I didn’t know about this! So, thanks for the tip!!

  17. Wicked Stepmom Says:

    I remembered this tip (when I read it last summer!) and stuck a bottle of powder in my car last weekend when I took Hansel & Gretel to the beach.

    Didn’t need to use it, but I impressed the hell out of my Dad. He was skeptical at first but then I told him it came from a Mom to seven kids, so it HAD to be true! LOL!

  18. Kimlaree Says:

    This is such a wonderful idea, and i put it to work immeidately as my 2 yr old loves playing in the sand box, of course after we sit in the hot tub. So the wet bottom full of stick sand is dry and sand free with sprinkle of power and a quick rub. A dream for little girls : ) no surprise rashes!!

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