Baby Beach Tents of 2021
Best Baby Beach Tents
May 14, 2021

Best Baby Beach Tents

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A baby beach tent gives your little one a special shady place all their own to relax, sleep, and play.Best Baby Beach Tents

A baby beach tent gives your little one a special shady place all their own to relax, sleep and play. It prevents your bundle of joy from getting sunburned or overheating, and it goes beyond that beach vacation. Use it in your own backyard all summer long, or throw it in the trunk for a compact travel playpen for non-babyproof areas.

For protecting your little one against UV rays and sunburn, creating a shady area is the first step, and sunscreen is step number two. Most of our beach tent picks have UV-blocking features, but if kiddo is going to be out in the sun for some of the time, sunscreen is still a must.

You can always improvise shade for your baby (like a towel draped over a chair), but a baby beach tent makes things a bit easier on you. If you plan to be out and about a lot during the warm weather, it’s a nice investment in making your baby’s summertime relaxing, safe and fun.

What to Look for When Buying a Beach Tent

  1. UV protection
  2. Features like sand pockets, pegs or stakes to keep it from blowing away in the wind
  3. Ventilation to prevent overheating (many tents have windows or open-up sides; angle them away from the sun to avoid sunburn, though)
  4. Size (how many kids do you have and how many years will they be using the tent). Make sure you check the exact measurements before buying.

Best Bug Protection Tent

With SPF 50+ fabric and a pull-down mosquito net, this tent gives sensitive skin and eyes a comfortable shelter while also protecting from pesky summer bugs. Its roomy size makes it a great option for older babies and toddlers. Bonus: there’s a carry bag included!

Best Nap Time Beach Tent

With a retractable, full-enclosure canopy and a comfy mat inside, this tiny tent is perfect for smaller babies to have contained playtime (check out those toys!) or secure naptime whether you’re out on the beach, in the park or in your living room. That’s right, it works both indoors and out! Keep in mind: This tent doesn’t have UV protection, so you’ll still need to apply plenty of sunscreen on your little one and limit their sun exposure. Also, it only holds up to 20 pounds, so it’ll only last for about the first year.

Best Two-for-One Beach Tent

Younger babies are too small for the big water, especially if they’re not crawling or even sitting up yet. But that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy some splashing at the beach or the lake. This clever little tent combines the safety of the shade with the fun of a wading pool—all you have to do is dig a small hole, lay the tent over it, fill the divot in with water and BAM! tiny (shaded) baby pool!

Best Beach Tent for Multiples

If you’ve got multiple young kiddos in tow, especially ones of different ages, you’ll need a slightly bigger space to contain them (and all their stuff). Not only does the Basecamp from Veer provide the space, it also opens faster and easier than any other tent we’ve come across. In one swift motion and no assembly, this tent is up and ready to go. We also love the removeable UV-blocking sun/rain cap that rests on top.

Best Family-Size Tents

Why let baby have all the shade? Some family-size beach tents aren’t that much more expensive than baby tents—though some are a lot pricier, but the extra cost is worth the extra space and features). That’s why many parents who are considering baby beach tents end up getting family-size instead.

Plus, it’s easier to use the big tents in creative ways. One brilliant mom set her beach tent up on her deck at home and put an inflatable pool inside of it. Instant beach paradise!

Best Beach Tent with Extra Storage

This ultra-lightweight, UPF 50+ beach tent has easy one-minute setup and thoughtful features like pockets for holding sunscreen and toys. It’s fully open in the front, and the added roll-up windows on the sides allow for extra ventillation and views.

Best Beach Tent with Options

Sometimes you want an open-faced tent that lets plenty of breeze in and gives you a nice view of the outside, but sometimes you want a little more privacy (like for diaper changes or breastfeeding). This versatile beach tent from Coleman—the same brand that brings you lots of other favorite outdoor gear—lets you decide how much privacy or openness you want, thanks to the extended floor piece that zips up to create a closed fourth wall. And with UPF 50+ protection and an included dry line to hang wet clothes, this tent has everything you need for a full day out with your little one.

Best Stylish Beach Tent

This tent isn’t just stylish—it’s practical, too! Its open-sided design keeps it light and breezy, and since it’s roomy enough for several toddlers or preschoolers, this is one you’ll want to take to playdates on the beach.

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