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Belmont Shore KinderCare
Welcome to Belmont Shore KinderCare
Welcome to Belmont Shore KinderCare in Long Beach, California! If you’d like to come see our facility for yourself, we are conveniently located off the Pacific Coast Highway! We have a caring staff of teachers who communicate well with children and deliver an excellent curriculum day after day. We build a warm, welcoming, and supportive classroom for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences. We love our circle of families and meeting new friends!
Our classrooms are places to thrive!
In our safe and healthy classrooms, your child will be engaged in learning experiences that meet them where they are, both socially and academically. With fun daily activities, passionate teachers, and great friends, a lifetime of confidence starts here. Contact the center director to learn more about our child care options and schedule a tour!
Meet Jennifer Hollandsworth, Our Center Director
Meet Jennifer Hollandsworth! She is the Center Director at Belmont Shore KinderCare in Long Beach, CA. Jennifer attended California State University Sacramento where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree, and Concordia University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Early Education. Jennifer has also earned her Teaching Credential from California State University San Francisco. She joined KinderCare this year, and before that she was a program specialist. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys gardening, traveling, creating art, going to museums, and spending time with her family. Her favorite quote is, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. ” – Mr. Rogers
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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
We’re so proud!
Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited – nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference,
and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.
What Learning Looks Like
Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.
Belmont Shore KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our
centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with
you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant
classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and
ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s
because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the
place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll
help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton
of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in
discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a
classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them
get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas
about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our
preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create
artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step:
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and
writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect
letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families
in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language,
math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that
comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small
class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building
blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we
make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
Interactive Kindergarten (5–6 Years)
Kindergarten is a critical year for young learners. Experienced KinderCare teachers will
tap into your child’s natural curiosity to help get them even more prepared for
elementary school. Our engaging lessons make the most of current technology while
offering plenty of hands-on play and exploration.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for
Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child
Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures – Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and
develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest
rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication,
and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning
Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play
instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math,
science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare
way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love
books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program.
From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters
and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who
attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we
have the data to prove it.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with
the Spanish language. Music, games, children’s Spanish literature, and other tools give
children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop
vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers,
colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally
during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
We’re the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn’t enough though.
KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply,
we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist’s Heart
“My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We’re so proud to have been named one of Gallup’s 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award.
When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience
an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don’t take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare,
please share your story with us
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common,
though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure.
Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Belmont Shore KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Belmont Shore KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on “10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap” to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we’ll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.
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4 La Roche-Posay sun protection tips and review
- Why you should protect your skin from the sun
- Rule 1: Keep out of the sun during its high hours
- Rule 2: Keep children under 3 years of age out of direct sunlight
- Rule 3: Cover arms and shoulders with clothing
- Rule 4 Apply enough product
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Why you need to protect your skin from the sun
The first thing to learn is that you need to protect yourself from the sun even on cloudy days and at the same time use sunscreen correctly – apply it liberally and remember to renew your protection. Let us briefly recall what the insidiousness of ultraviolet rays is.
Sun exposure causes premature aging, and a careless attitude to tanning can provoke skin diseases, including melanoma.
Ultraviolet is one of the main causes of skin pigmentation and hyperpigmentation.
Excessive sun exposure exacerbates reactive skin conditions ranging from acne to rosacea.
In order to remember sun exposure and summer days in general throughout the year with ease and without annoyance at the appearance of new wrinkles, hated pimples and age spots, we advise you to follow a few simple rules.
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Rule 1: Stay out of the sun during peak hours
Stay in the shade and wear sunscreen. © Getty Images
The sun’s rays are divided into UVA and UVB – ultraviolet A and B rays. Both are harmful to the skin, but show different activity depending on the season and time of day.
It used to be that the most active sun is from 12. 00 to 16.00. The data has changed recently. Today, dermatologists recommend avoiding sun exposure between 11 am and 5 pm. And even in the morning or at sunset, not to mention the midday hours, it is advised to appear on the street only under the cover of sunscreen.
Apply generously just before sun exposure. By the way, recent studies show that sunscreen does not inhibit the production of vitamin D, which is important for us, which is synthesized under the influence of the sun.
UV damage tends to accumulate – the effects of sunburn do not appear immediately, but after years, or even after several decades. The skin keeps the memory of them for life.
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Rule 2: keep children under 3 years old out of direct sunlight
The best solution for babies at sea is a special swimming suit that reflects the sun’s rays. © Getty Images
Children’s skin is especially delicate, and at first melanin is not produced in it at all, and then (up to 3 years) it is produced unevenly, hence the increased photosensitivity. How can children be protected?
On a sunny day, dress your child in a T-shirt made of natural fabric, be sure to cover your head with a panama hat.
Every time after swimming in the sea or pool, dry your baby with a towel and be sure to apply sunscreen, preferably in the shade.
Choose a water- and sand-resistant sun cream formulated specifically for children and, if possible, noticeable during application (so as not to miss any skin area).
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Rule 3: Cover your arms and shoulders with clothes
Protect your shoulders and back from ultraviolet light. © Getty Images
This also applies to adults. Linen shirts with long sleeves are best suited for going to the beach. Do not ignore hats and panamas. An important accessory is sunglasses with an ultraviolet filter. By the way, not any clothing blocks UV rays, more precisely, not any fabric. Now on sale there are products made using a special technology that provides skin with protection from ultraviolet radiation.
And by the way, here are some facts that not everyone knows:
Black clothes protect from the sun better than white clothes;
wet cloth less effectively protects the skin from ultraviolet rays;
The denser the fabric (the smaller the distance between the fibers), the less sunlight it transmits.
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Rule 4: Apply enough protective agent
In order to effectively protect yourself from the sun, it is important not only to choose the right sunscreen, but also to use it correctly. The calculation is as follows: 2 mg per 1 square cm of skin. For the face, you will need at least a teaspoon of the product. And don’t forget the neck and ears.
Japanese researchers recommend using the cream in two steps. Wait until the first layer dries, and then apply a thin layer of the product a second time.
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I live on the Black Sea coast with my two daughters. In the summer we spend every day on the beach.
Over the five years of motherhood, I have tried different beach attributes and now I know exactly what things will help you spend time at sea as comfortably as possible, and which ones will just take up space in your bag in vain.
I share my experience in this article – save it to re-read before the holidays.
How to choose a swimsuit
A swimsuit or swimming trunks is the main thing you need on the beach. My daughters are growing up fast and I buy them new swimwear every year. Here’s what I recommend paying attention to in order to choose a good kit the first time.
Swimming trunks model. If you are going to relax on a sandy beach, look for a high-waisted bottom with a wide gusset. Sand will be everywhere, but the tighter the panties fit, the cleaner the butt will be.
|This is what perfect swimming trunks look like: it is difficult for sand to get inside, even if the child is actively playing on the beach||This model is less comfortable: when the baby leans over, the shorts will slide even lower, and sand will easily get inside|
This is how ideal swimming trunks look like: it is difficult for sand to get inside, even if the child is actively playing on the beach This model is less convenient: when the baby bends over, the shorts will slide even lower, and sand will easily get inside
For babies, there are diaper panties in which you can bathe: they do not let liquid through either from the inside or from the outside. It is convenient to use such swimming trunks in indoor pools, but I do not recommend taking them to the hot sea coast: the child’s skin quickly rots and turns red under several layers of waterproof materials.
When my kids weren’t potty trained, instead of swimming diapers, I took three pairs of ordinary cloth swimming trunks with me. This was enough for 2-3 hours on the beach.
How do I save on baby diapers
I have never bought swim trunks for boys, but I guess that boxers will protect against sand better: they are usually higher than panties and fit tighter than wide shorts with mesh inside.
A pack of 11 disposable swimming panties can be bought at Wildberry for 258 R. At first glance, it is inexpensive, but in fact, such a pack will end on the third or fourth day of rest, and a set of 4-5 ordinary swimming trunks will be enough for everything summer At Wildberry, such swimming trunks cost from 142 R
Top model. The top part of the children’s swimsuit usually comes in two types: triangle cups or a one-piece top. I advise you to choose the second option: on the children’s chest, the triangles are held only by the strings, so they easily move out and get into a lump.
You should also pay attention to the type of straps and their fastening. To keep the swimsuit well, choose adjustable straps – they are easy to tighten if they start to slip off the shoulders – or a strap through the neck.
It is better to abandon the ties in favor of the clasp: the knot gradually loosens and the leotard begins to fall off.
I ordered this swimsuit online, and it didn’t fit my daughter: the straps were too long, and the top was too wide. I don’t recommend buying without trying on models that cannot be adjusted. But this model completely suited me: the shoulder strap is adjustable in length, and the swimsuit is held on the back by a strong fastener. Such a swimsuit cost me 650 R
Sun protection. My children have dark skin, so I calmly buy separate swimsuits for them: sunscreen is enough to avoid burns. But I recommend parents of white-skinned children to pay attention to the most closed swimwear in order to protect the kids from the bright sun.
In addition to one-piece swimsuits that cover only the stomach and back, there are bathing suits for children with sleeves and legs. My friend buys these for her son. She said that the suit dries a little longer than regular swimming trunks, but the child does not burn, and sand almost does not get inside.
It is not hot for a child in such a suit: the material passes air well and removes sweat. The only negative is that it is inconvenient to go to the toilet in a suit: you have to pull it off almost completely.
Prices for bathing suits in Detsky Mir start from 599 R. Models that cover arms and legs completely are more expensive – from 2239 R
How to choose a hat
A hat is necessary not only on the beach, but also in the water: the sun shines on the child while bathing, and a long stay under direct rays with an uncovered head threatens with sunstroke.
How to avoid heat stroke?
Choose a headgear that fits snugly on your baby’s head and dries quickly. This is necessary so that the child does not want to pull off the wet lump from the head all the time. For children under three years old, I recommend wide-brimmed cotton panama hats: they protect not only the top of the head, but also the eyes and shoulders from the sun’s rays.
When a child grows up, he begins to splash more actively in the water, learns to swim and dive. Therefore, for children from the age of three, I recommend replacing the panama hat with a scarf with an elastic band: it keeps tightly on the head, does not fall off while swimming and dries quickly – you don’t need to take it off after leaving the water.
A baseball cap with a wide brim is also a great option for the beach. The main thing is that she should sit tightly on her head and not be blown away by the wind.
In addition to the model of the headgear, pay attention to the material from which it is made. Despite the fact that synthetics dry faster, it is better to choose natural fabrics: they wick sweat away from the child’s head well and prevent the head from overheating.
There should also be ties on the panama hat. If the headgear is not fixed with anything, it will be easily blown away by the wind. Our panama hat cost 350 R. In resort towns, headscarves are sold at every step for ridiculous money – from 100 R. This scarf was sewn to order for us for 200 R. Here is a good option for a baseball cap: the visor completely covers the child’s face from the sun. Such a cap cost 480 R
How to choose beach shoes
The choice of shoes is a very individual matter. Children, like adults, differ in the width and rise of the leg, as well as ideas about convenience: someone likes flip-flops with fastening between the fingers, and someone they rub the skin after just a few meters. For myself, I have compiled a small list of questions that help you quickly decide on a purchase.
Are the shoes easy to clean? We rest on a sandy beach, the children come out completely in the sand, but before returning home, we wash our feet with a tap on the beach or just in the sea. Putting on sandals on wet feet is very inconvenient, it is easier to wash your feet already in shoes.
Are there glued elements. I try to choose shoes without them: with frequent contact with water, such sandals will quickly fall apart.
Is the heel fixed. Shoes with a back do not fly off your feet. In such sandals, children fall and stumble less often.
The most popular beach shoe option that fits all parameters is, of course, Crocs clogs and sandals. The average price of popular models of this company is 1500 R, and for two children you need to spend from 3000 R. In my opinion, this is expensive for shoes for one season. Therefore, I buy cheaper analogues.
I bought blue sandals for 800 R, and purple ones for 716 R. My daughters have been wearing them for three months, and during this time nothing happened to them. I’m sure they will last the remaining month of the bathing season
Which sunscreen is suitable for children
Sunscreen should be used by both children and adults if the sun is strong enough. To determine this, you should not rely only on your feelings. It is better to compare them with the value of the UV index in the region where you are now.
The general rule is that sunscreen is needed if the UV index is greater than 3. You can check this in any weather app or website, but if you are going to a hot seaside region, prepare for high values in advance.
What does the UV index mean – World Health Organization
A UV index with values of 7 or 8 is a standard situation in summer: the sun in our region is very active both in the evenings and in cloudy weather. Source: yandex.ru
To choose the right cream, you need to pay attention to several parameters.
SPF. This is a UV protection factor. The higher the indicator, the more reliably the skin is protected. For children, doctors recommend using a cream with an SPF of 50 or more.
Filters. This is the name of the components of the cream that help protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation. They are physical and chemical. Chemical ones only absorb radiation, while physical ones both absorb and reflect. It is more reliable when the cream contains both types of filters.
You can find out which filters the cream contains from the composition on the back of the jar or on the manufacturer’s website. To sort through a long list of Latin words, I use special tables. For example, you can see which filters are physical and which are chemical filters on the Skinacea website.
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Waterproof. If the cream is not waterproof, it must be reapplied after each bath. This is inconvenient and uneconomical. Waterproof product can withstand several visits to the water. In my experience, one application is enough for two active baths.
Product safety. Fragrances and certain other ingredients in sunscreen may cause skin irritation and allergies. When choosing a cream for children, it is better to carefully study the composition and avoid products with benzophenones, cinnamates, dibenzoylmethanes, PABA and derivatives. In the instructions, they may be hidden behind the following words: Benzophenones, Oxybenzone, Octyl methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene, Dibenzoylmethanes, Avobenzone, Padimate O, Roxadimate.
For children under three years old, it is better to choose a cream labeled “suitable from birth” or “0+”. Its composition should not contain components that can damage the skin of a newborn. But just in case, before applying a new cream, I recommend checking the body’s reaction to it – apply the product on a small area of skin and wait a bit. If the skin turns red, the cream should be washed off, and another remedy should be taken to the beach.
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Packaging. Sunscreens are available in different formats: in the form of the actual cream, spray or stick.
I prefer tubes: they are more economical. We only need 250 ml of spray for two weeks of daily use, and a cream in a tube of the same volume lasts twice as long – we have to buy a new one every 3-4 weeks.
I have not tried sunscreens in the form of a stick: they are rare in stores.
Our family favorite is La Roche-Posay cream. I haven’t cheated on him for many years. Its price varies from 1300 to 1800 R in different stores
To protect children from sunburn, it is not enough to buy a good cream – you also need to use it correctly. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting burned.
Read the instructions for use carefully. Some products need to be applied to the skin 15-20 minutes before sun exposure. If you use it directly on the beach, the child may burn before the cream begins to work.
Convenient if the cream can be applied to wet skin: no need to force the child to sit on the beach until it is completely dry when it’s time to reapply the product.
Keep track of the time. The time of effective action of the cream in the open sun is indicated in the instructions and usually varies from two to six hours. If you spend several hours in the sun, I still recommend that you do not wait until the last, but renew the cream more often: the product clogs into skin folds and is washed off later, which means that its effectiveness gradually decreases.
How to choose insurance
If the child spends a lot of time in water or sand, the cream should be reapplied every 30-40 minutes. You can notice that the cream has washed off by the drops of water on the skin. Usually, the products repel water, so the drops seem to gather together, and when this effect disappears, it means that the cream is no longer on the body.
Do not use last year’s product. Sunscreens typically last 6 to 12 months after opening. If more time has passed, the cream may simply become ineffective.
The expiration date of an open cream is often indicated by an open can pictogram. This cream will keep its properties throughout the year
Do not go out in the sun in the middle of the day. The safe time to stay in the sun is before 10 am and after 4 pm. It is dangerous to go to the beach in the middle of the day, even if you are covered from head to toe in sunscreen. I don’t recommend taking risks.
Sun protection – recommendations from the World Health Organization
Should I buy sunglasses for my child? To be honest, at first I didn’t bother with sunglasses: it seemed to me that the panama hat had enough margins to make the child comfortable. But after some time, she noticed that her daughter was grimacing, despite the headdress. This alarmed me.
The concern turned out to be justified: according to WHO, strong exposure to sunlight threatens to burn the retina and cornea of the eye, and an excess of ultraviolet radiation can cause the development of melanoma and cataracts of the eye. To protect the child, I decided to choose the most reliable sunglasses.
How to choose glasses for your baby
Here are the criteria I used.
UV protection level. UV400 labeled goggles provide maximum eye protection: they block 100% of ultraviolet rays. The marking is usually found on the headband of the glasses or in the certificate of conformity – the seller in the store must provide it at the request of the buyer.
Lens light transmission. According to this parameter, the lenses are divided into four categories – from the first to the fourth. Filter 1 passes from 80 to 43% of the light, and 4 – only up to 8%. I choose the darkest lenses for my daughters.
Eye safety. Be sure to try on children’s glasses before buying. This will make sure that the lens does not distort the perception of space and only darkens, but does not change the colors of the surrounding world. If this is not the case, the eyes may get tired and hurt.
Vandal resistant temples. The best option for kids is glasses with soft bending temples: they are more difficult to break.
My choice fell on Babiators glasses. I liked them externally and in terms of characteristics, and I was also bribed by a one-year warranty against loss and breakage. I bought them three years ago for 1200 R, last year for 1400 R. Now they cost an average of 1600 R In order for the child not to lose glasses, special straps that are put on the temples and do not allow the glasses to fall will come in handy. Prices for them start from 200 R. I bought these glasses holders for my daughters. They help the glasses fit more tightly on the head, and also insure against loss: if the child takes off the glasses, they will simply hang around the neck. Source: wildberries.ru
At first, it was not easy to persuade the eldest daughter to wear glasses: she was frightened by an unfamiliar accessory. Then I said that in glasses she would be as fashionable as mom and dad. The trick worked, and now the daughter does not go out at all without them in the sun.
It is also better not to take off your sunglasses in the shade: sunlight reflects off sand and water and can still damage your eyes.
What will help your child get comfortable in the water
The ability to stay on the water is a skill that requires practice. To introduce this to children who do not yet know how to swim, you will need accessories for swimming.
It can be difficult to know what to buy in a store. In addition to the usual circles and armlets, you can find many other things on the shelves: boards, vests, noodles, mattresses, and even mermaid tails. We tried many different devices, but in the end I came to the following conclusion: swimming aids should be safe and comfortable for the child and convenient for parents, that is, they should fit in a bag and not require too much fiddling with them on the beach. I’ll tell you about the boats that I especially liked.
Circle with holes for legs. Suitable if the child is between six months and two years old. The kid is well fixed inside the circle, does not run the risk of slipping down and swallowing water, even if he still does not know how to properly hold on to the inflatable bumpers.
Prices for such circles start from 300 R, but my favorite is the circle of the Swimtrainer brand. Usually it costs about 1300 R. Source: ozon.ru
An inflatable vest or a regular circle. From the age of two, a circle can replace an inflatable vest. In it, the child will be able to understand how to stay on the water. But it is more convenient for us to use a regular circle: it is faster and easier to put on a child.
Circles vary in diameter. Before buying, it is better to try on the circle: this will help make sure that it does not put pressure on the body, the child is comfortable in it, and that it tightly wraps around the baby’s body to prevent it from slipping out. I also recommend paying attention to the seams: they should not be prickly and sharp so as not to injure the skin.
I do not advise you to overpay for circles with a roof. This device takes up extra space in the bag, but does not save from the sun: there is practically no shadow from it. Source: wildberries.ru
Sleeves are suitable for children who are actively learning to swim: unlike a circle, they do not hinder the movements of the arms and legs, but keep the child above the water.
They also come in different sizes, so I advise you to try them on when buying.
Daughter quickly learned to swim with the sleeves. We bought them for 200 R in a chain store
Goggles or diving mask. If the child has mastered the water and swims without support, offer him a new entertainment – exploring the seabed. Goggles or a diving mask will help with this. I noticed that it is psychologically easier for a daughter to put her face into the water when there is some kind of protection in front of her eyes.
But the snorkel and fins did not take root with us. It takes skill to use the tube. In my opinion, it is more suitable for older children who can stay on the water for a long time and control their breathing. The children simply did not like the fins, but I did not insist: they are too bulky and it would be inconvenient to wear them to the beach every day.
We have the most ordinary Intex glasses, they cost 150 R
I do not recommend buying some accessories: in my opinion, they are unsafe. Here’s what I think is better to give up:
- swimming boards. It is convenient to swim with them only in perfect calm, and the rest of the time, children often turn over;
- air mattresses. The wind can quickly blow them out to sea or turn them over at depth. I recommend using this device only with adults;
- inflatable animals. They are very unstable, easily roll over and cover children.
It is very hard to keep balance even for an adult on such an inflatable shark. On the waves, the child will quickly fall off it. Source: toys-land.ru
It happens that a child is afraid to go into the water, despite the bright circles and assurances of parents that it is safe. I myself encountered this: while the eldest daughter was actively splashing in the sea, the youngest was sitting on the shore and agreed to touch only the water that I brought her in a bucket.
It was exhausting, so I decided to use a trick that my grandmother used to do. At first, I took my daughter in my arms and said that we would just watch how other children bathe. So for the first time we went into the water together. This excited my daughter, but I managed to convince her that we really won’t swim: this is important so as not to aggravate fear and not undermine the child’s trust.
The next time, the daughter was calmer and we went a little deeper so that her heels were in the water. To cope with fear, I suggested that my daughter dangle her legs to make splashes. This cheered her up. At each visit, I offered her to dip a little more than the last time. After the heels, the daughter agreed to go in knee-deep, then waist-deep, and then I managed to put her on her stomach and show her how to row. It took one day for everything. This was enough to overcome the child’s fear of water without stress and unnecessary worries.
What else is useful on vacation
In addition to the most necessary things, I take a few more things to the beach for a comfortable stay with children.
Bedding. To sit comfortably on the sand, we use thin blankets. It is better to choose a natural fabric: it easily absorbs water and dries quickly. I didn’t like waterproof options: I constantly have to sit on a wet surface.
One large blanket is enough for our family of four. Children only sit on it, and my husband and I take turns sunbathing.
|We did not like the mats: the texture is too rough and leaves marks on the skin||The bedding that folds into a purse also turned out to be uncomfortable. They do not fit in an ordinary beach bag, and you don’t want to carry something else in your hands. In addition, they are quite thick and take a long time to dry. Source: extrememarket.ru|
We did not like the mats: the texture is too rough and leaves marks on the skin. The mats that fold into the purse were also uncomfortable. They do not fit in an ordinary beach bag, and you don’t want to carry something else in your hands. In addition, they are quite thick and take a long time to dry. Source: extrememarket.ru
Towels. Regular terry towels are too thick and take up a lot of space. The ideal option is waffle beach towels: they are thin, dry quickly, absorb moisture well and are inexpensive. This year I bought them for 350 R apiece.
Toys. At first, I took with me as many different toys as possible so that my daughters would not be bored, but then I was convinced: more does not mean better. Children play with two or three toys from the whole variety, and carrying a whole trunk with plastic molds is heavy and inconvenient.
Now I take one bucket with me and some toys that fit in it. Usually this is a spatula, a rake, a couple of molds and a watering can.
Such a set for playing in the sand cost me 275 R
Snack and water. If we plan to spend 2-3 hours on the beach, I take a liter of water and a container of fruits and berries with me. To keep the water at a comfortable temperature, I pre-cool it in the refrigerator. If you take a bottle of warm water from home, it will quickly become hot on the beach – it will be difficult to drink it.
Tunics. If we linger on the beach and the sun becomes too active, I put on thin white tunics with long sleeves for my daughters. It is not hot in cotton fabric, even if it covers almost the entire body, and daughters do not risk returning home with red backs.
These tunics often have a hood that can cover the baby’s head. Source: wildberries.ru
How much does it cost to prepare a child for a beach holiday
In order to organize a beach holiday for two children, I spent 11 941 R. Here’s what I bought.
Things for the eldest daughter — 4150 Р
|Swimming goggles||150 R|
9000 2 Sunglasses
Goggles for swimming
Things for the youngest daughter — 5060 R
|Swim trunks||344 Р|
|Swim ring||1300 Р|
9 0002 Towel
Beach accessories for the whole family – 2731 P
|Fruit container||156 R|
|Beach bag||500 R|
Toys 2 Fruit container
- Swimwear must be not only beautiful, but functional.