In case you weren’t already aware, family vacations require a lot more planning and packing than when it was just you and your partner going on excursions. Whether you’re visiting a tropical island or spending a day at the beach, you need to be well equipped with the essentials. For example, you don’t want to forget your baby beach tent at home because while there’s arguably nothing cuter than a toddler in a mermaid-print tankini or baby board shorts, there are also few things sadder than little limbs peppered with sunburn.
Let’s face it, those rentable umbrellas are barely big enough to shelter two people, let alone a family of three or more, and unless you’re splurging on a cabana, your kids need legitimate protection from the sun. Sun hats are an (adorable) option, but on top of shielding your little one’s scalp and skin, you’ll want to invest in one of the best baby beach tents so they can play and stay protected.
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1. Schylling UV Play Shade
Whether you’re headed to the beach, the park or hanging out in your own backyard, this baby beach tent can be up and ready for your little one to crawl into in no time at all. The Schylling UV Play Shade is 31 inches high, 51 inches wide and 39 inches deep, so if you have multiple babes running around or are arranging a playdate, this tent has them (literally) covered. The crawl space features a Sun Sense UV play shade with SPF 50+ for optimal sun protection, and with sand pockets to hold down the fort, your little one can enjoy outdoor play virtually anywhere.
2. Sunba Youth Pop Up Portable Shade Pool
If your little one is too little to enjoy water works like wave pools or a dip in the ocean, Sunba brings the poolside experience to their level. Children under three years old can splish splash in this pop-up shade pool, but it also doubles as a play tent if you don’t feel like filling it up. This baby beach tent also features a silver-coated fabric with 50+ UPF protection so while they might feel the heat, they won’t get burned by its rays.
3. Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent
The Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent is perfect for families with a few kids, but it’s equally as appealing for the family of three who’d rather invest in a full-sized tent than rent an umbrella on the beach. The spacious shelter measures 87 inches long, 47 inches high and 49 inches deep, and includes interior storage pockets for personal items and toys. Unfortunately this baby beach tent isn’t a pop up, however the industry-leading design is fast and easy to throw together, plus it folds down to travel-size so you’ll never find yourself wrestling with the thing to fit it in the trunk of your car.