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How to Make Your Baby’s First Trip to Myrtle Beach a Magical One

You are never too young to take your first trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, even if you happen to be a baby. Sure, you might not be able to talk (or read) at such a tender age - but if you could, you’d want to tell your parents to take you to the Grand Strand for your big introduction to the beach and the beginning of a lifelong love affair with Myrtle Beach.

Of course, the parents of newborns also need a break from the emotional roller coaster that comes with having and raising a baby. Cabin fever can kick in after spending so much time taking care of the little one you have welcomed to the world, and your spouse and older children can feel a bit neglected through the process of adding a sibling to the family. To make your baby's first visit to Myrtle Beach extra special, stay at The Caribbean Resort & Villas on the beautiful oceanfront and follow these tips to help it go off without a hitch:

* Beach Tips: The beach is like a baby's dream playpen, with soft sand, cool surf and lots of fun things to get into, but it does require a bit of planning on the parents' part. In fact, you might want to invest in a beach buggy or wagon to haul all the things you will need. (Trust us, you will get plenty of mileage out of it in the years to come.) For starters, bring lots of sunscreen - one high in SPF and suitable for a baby’s sensitive skin - and apply before and during your baby’s time at the beach, especially after playing in the water. Small beach toys will keep kids entertained, swim diapers will keep them dry, and a sand-proof sippy cup will help them stay hydrated. Put a hat on their head and pack a shading device to limit direct exposure to the sun. Bonus tip: No need to bring the pack-and-play when you can make your own on the beach. Dig a small hole about a foot deep and three feet wide, insert a beach blanket, and you have the perfect playpen for babies.

* Children's Museum of South Carolina: Located a short distance from The Caribbean, CMSC offers excellent rainy-day activities for little ones. Although many of the exhibits are too advanced for babies, there are some fun and interactive activities for parents and their newborn children. For more information, visit http://www.cmsckids.org

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* Nap Time: Babies aren't the only ones who need a nice nap during their day at the beach; parents also need a time-out or two for a relaxing vacation. Despite the disruption in your baby's normal routine, it's important to establish a schedule that will allow your infant and family to be rested enough to enjoy the experience. One way to accomplish that goal while also keeping your baby safe is to avoid the outdoors during the heat of the day (between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). When it's not nap time, visit the covered pools and splash pads at The Caribbean or relax in the shade on the tanning deck. Better yet, soak up some air conditioning in your room for a family nap and recharge your batteries for afternoon fun.

* Preserve Memories: Despite all the fun and laughter your baby will experience on a Myrtle Beach vacation, your child will not remember it. You can tell them all about their first trip to the beach later in life, but there's nothing like seeing it for themselves. Be sure to take plenty of pictures and videos, and be ready to shoot since babies are prone to doing something cute without notice. When you post your images on social media, tag The Caribbean so we can see and share your cute baby pics.

* Venture Out: Don't let the difficulties of going out on the town with a newborn keep you from taking in the sights and sounds of Myrtle Beach. Guests at The Caribbean are only a short stroll(er ride) from a nice dinner at the Sea Captain's House and other nearby restaurants, and popular hot spots like Broadway at the Beach and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk are only about a mile from the resort. Don't let the baby dictate the entertainment schedule for the parents.

Follow these tips and get ready for a fun and safe vacation for your newborn’s first trip to Myrtle Beach. Take the experience to the next level by staying and playing at The Caribbean Resort & Villas.