● A TOY WATERING CAN
Popular beaches often have showers, but if you’re further off the beaten track, a toy watering can and a bucket of sea water mean you can de-sand your youngster easily.
● A SMALL SPRAY BOTTLE
Spritz the kids with water to quickly cool them down.
● A POP-UP UV BEACH TENT
This gives you shade when it’s hot and is a useful place for getting changed, discreet potty stops, and nappy changes away from blowing sand. Take your nursery thermometer if you think your youngster might nap in the tent, so you can keep an eye on the temperature inside.
● A DUST PAN AND BRUSH
Use it to sweep the sand from your tent or picnic blanket in seconds.
● A KING-SIZE SHEET
If your baby is still at the crawling stage, having a big area that you can keep relatively sand-free really helps.
● A LONG-HANDLED NET
‘Pre-schoolers love standing near the waterline, seeing what they can scoop into a net,’ says Cassie, ‘be it pebbles, seaweed or just water! He’ll find it a challenge to manipulate the net, so it’ll help him to practise balance and fine motor skills, while he explores the world around him.’
● A HOODED TOWEL
Perfect for warming up post-paddle. Towelling poncho, £19, jojomaman bebe.co.uk