Baby Beach Tents: Our Summer Favorites

Best Baby Beach Tents

January 1, 2017

Best Baby Beach Tents

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.

Since sunscreen can be a confusing choice for parents, investing in a sweet little tent is a way to sidestep some of that headache. Here’s a quick rundown on the whole sunscreen issue: the Mayo Clinic recommends against using sunscreen on babies younger than six months, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says a little sunscreen is better for your newborn than sunburn. Check out the best baby sunscreens.

If you don’t want to buy a beach tent, you can improvise shade for your baby (like a towel draped over a chair), but a baby beach tent makes things a bit easier on you. It’s a nice investment in making your baby’s summertime relaxing, safe and fun.

Considerations for Buying a Beach Tent:

  1. Does it have full certified ultraviolet protection, or is it just a sunshade?
  2. Does the tent include features (like sand pockets, pegs, or stakes) that will keep it from blowing away in the wind?
  3. Is there ventilation so it doesn’t become an oven? (Many tents have windows or open-up sides; angle them away from the sun to avoid sunburn, though).
  4. How big of a tent do you need? How many children do you have and how long do you want them to use the tent? To avoid disappointment, make sure you check the exact measurements before pressing buy.
  5. Which actually suits your needs better: a baby beach tent or a full family-sized beach tent? (When we discovered that many baby beach tent shoppers end up buying a full family-sized tent instead, we added a few family size tents to this list).

Collapsed, it’s small enough to fit into a carry-on bag, but large enough that some mothers use it for breastfeeding privacy. It has sand pockets to weigh it down on windy days, and is waterproof in case of showers. Reasonably priced, too!

This one is extra-comfortable for napping because of the thick inflatable mat that comes inside, and the mesh windows are nice for checking up on baby without exposing him to bugs. Although the travel bed functionality makes it pricier than the other options, it seems like a great choice for camping.

With SPF 50+ fabric and a pull-down mosquito net, this tent give sensitive skin and eyes a comfortable shelter. Keep in mind that you definitely need to put in the stakes if you want to keep it from blowing away.

Winners in Family-Size Tents

Why let baby have all the shade? A family-size beach tent is not that much more expensive than the baby tent. 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!

You can set up and stow this one in seconds, and it’s delightfully cool and breezy when you unzip the side. Perfect for the whole family to play in the sand together; not very many tents allow for sand play!

This ultra-lightweight beach tent has easy one-minute set-up and thoughtful features like pockets for holding sunscreen and toys. It’s definitely on the high-end side, but people rave about the quality of the manufacturer’s customer service, so the extra money might be worth it.

This tent has good stability in windy conditions, good ventilation in hot conditions, and is as easy to use as opening an umbrella once you get the hang of it (practice a couple times before going on vacation).

Whatever tent you choose, we hope you have a happy summer!

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