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We took DD there at 3 weeks old. I limited time on the actual beach, we had 2 umbrellas and one of those spf tents, and dressed DD in light pants, shirt, hat. We were cautious of the reflective rays and hot sun. (And I cleared it with the pedi).
I took her to the beach at Memorial day, and to the pool in mid-June, I think she was 10 weeks then, and probably 7 at Memorial Day.
I didn't take her in the water, I kept her in the shade in a bouncy seat. She didn't last very long, but she did take a nap at both I think. I was too nervous to take her in the water, esp. the pool with all the chemicals. Also you aren't supposed to put sunblock on them until 6 months, so it's just about keeping them covered up, but not too hot. By the time she was 6 months it was October so we just kept her in the shade the whole summer.
We live a mile from a few beaches. I have walked to the beach with her and the dog many times. Maybe once or twice I took her in the ocean. She didn't seem to mind the cold at all, (and the water is frickin FREEZING Here) but since suncreen isn't recommended for them when they are very young, I wasn't comfortable with it and was constantly paranoid she'd get burned even though she was only in the sun for a few minutes.
I'm not really a "sit at the beach all day" person anyway. We do have a little baby tent type thing, "lil nursery" so maybe you could get one of those if you do plan to be at the beach?
We had her at a lake more recently and that was really fun, the weather was cooler, she was older, and she really liked the lake water. Plus I love lake water so I could hang out in there with her, without shivering my ass off. The ocean is very cold here.
We went to the beach several times. We bought a tent that zips up so he could hang out in there, nap or look up at the sky though the bright colors. Once they learn how to flip over and maneuver, it's all bad, lol - so as much as you can in the summer :)
We didn't do the pool until about 5mo b/c we were told not to do sunscreen until around then.
Bring a hat with you always!