The Top 10 Best Baby Beach Tent, Baby Sun Tent & Baby Sun Shade!

Best Baby Beach Tent

After the best baby beach tent that will protect your baby from the beach environment!?

The beach can be a bit of a tough place for a little one.  Your baby will be exposed to the heat from the sun, the wind as well as the roughness of the sand.  The best baby sun tent that you can buy, will not only help to protect your precious baby, but will also provide a lovely shady place where your baby can relax, sleep, and play.  

Investing in a good quality sun tent will go a long way to helping everyone have a more enjoyable time at the beach. So much so that we even take a small portable baby tent with when we go on beach holidays with our baby. It gives them a safe place to play as well as nap.  

And seeing as we travel heaps, we have tried out a few different baby beach tents and compiled a list of our top 10 best baby beach tents. See more suggestions of great infant beach gear here.

We will outline features that we love of each, as well as share any negatives that we found of the tents as well.



Why you SHOULD Invest in a Good Quality Infant Beach Tent

1.  Sun Protection

There is still much debate about whether sunscreen is safe to use on a baby under the age of 6 months.  For that reason, it becomes even more essential that we take sun protective measures when you take your baby to the beach. Of course sun protective clothing and a wide-brim sun hat will help, but ultimately the best protection will be a UV infant beach tent.

So what is UV? The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is pretty dangerous and we know that UV happens to be the main cause of skin cancer, sunburn, premature ageing, and eye damage.  Not only that, but Sun Smart also talks about how babies under 12 months have very sensitive skin and therefore you should try to keep them out of direct sunlight.

Investing a good quality tent that will protect your baby from UV light only makes sense.  We won't buy a tent without it.  The best baby beach tent with UV protection will offer an SPF rating of 50+.

2.  Wind protection

The best tent for baby at the beach should not only protect them from the sun but also from the wind (whilst still being well ventilated).  It is important to find a tent that wraps around enough to hold out the wind.  It is also important to find a tent that is high enough, with enough windows to offer ventilation.  Otherwise the tent will simply get way too hot!


Comparison Chart of the Best Baby Beach Tent, Baby Sun Tent & Sun Shade

Below is a comparison chart of all the top baby & toddler beach tents; which are mentioned in this article.  You can then read my baby beach tent reviews below featuring the most most protective baby beach tent, baby sun tent and baby sun shades 2017 has to offer.


What Look out For in a Baby Shade Tent

Here are a few factors that you should take into consideration before choosing a baby and kids beach tent.

1.  Well Ventilated

It is super important to find a tent that not only protects bubs from the sun, but that will also allow plenty of air to circulate through.  Look for a well ventilated baby beach shade tent that offers mesh screens for fresh air to pass through.  

2. Protection From Sand & Insects

If your baby is still little, we suggest you look out for tents that offer an attached bottom.  That way you can protect them from the sand and insects.  

3. Protection from Sun

As mentioned numerous times, it is really important to get a tent that not only offers shade but that will also protect your baby from the UV rays.  Make sure that your UV baby tent has a solid roof to block off the sun and do ensure that your tent offers good UV protection of at least 30+.  As a result you might want to stay clear of a baby play tent which might be cheaper in price, but pretty much ineffective against the wind and sun.

Some of the tents that offer good UV protection are iCorer Automatic Pop Up Shelter (UV 50+) and Schylling Infant UV Playshade (UV 50+). 

4.  Lightweight & Easy to Carry

Do have a look at the weight of the tent for baby at the beach.  Carrying items over beach sand is tricky and the last thing you want is to drag along a heavy tent.  Also have a look at whether the tent comes with a carry bag.

We love how lightweight the Pacific Play Tents Lil Nursery Portable Dome Tent (2.2 pounds) and the MonoBeach Baby Beach Tent Cabana (2.2 pounds) are.    

5.  Easy Assembly

Trust me, getting to the beach with your baby and all your beach gear will be challenging enough.  The last thing you want is a beach tent that will be a hassle to set up.  It is for this reason that we love a pop-up beach tent, but unfortunately the pop-up tents aren't the best on windy days.

Our favourite pop up baby beach tent is the iCorer Automatic Pop Up Shelter.

6.  Safe & Sturdy

Another really important question to ask is whether the tent is actually safe for baby.  Will it survive windy days or will it collapse right on top of baby?  Have a look at how the tent will be secured down - is it via stakes?  Or does it have sand pockets to fill up?  A baby pop up tent might be the easiest to set up, but does it feature extra measures to keep the tent securely in place on the beach?

Also look at whether the tent has any small parts, we don't want our baby to get hold of cords when we aren't looking!  In our list below we try to include age recommendations where we can.

The best tent for for young babies under the age of 6 months is the Schylling Infant UV Playshade which is recommended for babies from 1 months of age.



Top 10 Best Baby Beach Shade Tents

Below you will find the best baby tent for beach use.  We will have a close look at the top 10 best kids' tents.  I will outline the top features, the pros and cons of each in detailed beach baby tent reviews, which should help you choose the best beach tent for babies 2017 has on offer for you. 

We all know that the Coleman tents are brilliant quality tents.  This Coleman Beach Tent has not exactly been designed for babies, but we think that it is a brilliant tent for those of us who travel to the beach with young kids. 

The Coleman Shade Tent is UV protected (50+) and has tent stakes to hold the tent in place on windy beach days.  The tent is large enough for a family of 3, but I would look at larger options if you wish to have more kids inside the tent.

The Coleman beach shade shelter is well ventilated and has flaps for the windows that you can pop down to block out the sun whilst baby sleeps.

It has a closed in bottom as well as an extra lay out flap that can extend your coverage, or alternatively tie this extra flap back up to give the baby some privacy whilst he/she sleeps.  

The tent is slightly heavier in comparison to the other tents on the list and it takes require assembly.  The Coleman sun shade will take you around 10 min to set up.  So probably not the best choice for those of you who love to visit the beach solo with your baby.

PROS

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    UV 50+ protected
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    Well suited for a small family 
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    Stakes to secure tent in the sand
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    Well ventilated with option to close windows whilst baby naps.

CONS

  • Slightly heavier than the other tents
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    Requires some setup

We love the Pacific Play Tents!  These tents are designed with kids in mind and the Li'l Nursery Tent is perfect for kids aged 6 months to 2 years.  It is a great size (36" wide and 36" tall), making it a fabulous choice for parents who have babies, toddlers and younger children.

The Pacific Nursery Tent is really lightweight (4 pounds) and easy to carry around.  What is even better is that the tent is washable! There are also a variety of color options for this tent.

Now it is important to note that this tent is indeed designed as a 'play' tent and not as a beach tent. Features that make this tent great for the beach is its enclosed bottom, mesh sides, and a zip down front for easy access into the tent.  It also has a UV rating of 30+.  This tent will give baby a place to sleep, eat, and play at the beach, while staying out of the sun and wind.

Whilst the tent is not a pop-up tent, it is really quick and easy to set up and comes with a carry bag for easy transporting.

Whilst we love this tent as a play tent, it might not be the best tent for windy beach days as there are no stakes or sand pockets to hold down the tent itself.

PROS

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    30+ UV protected
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    Washable floor
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    Lightweight and easy to assemble
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    Well ventilated

CONS

  • The material is a bit flimsy
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    No stakes or sand pockets to hold it down

The iCorer Beach Tent is another fabulous popup tent option.  The tent offers a whopping 50+ UV rating and is really lightweight (2.2 pounds).  The tent is a great size (65" x 59" x 345") for little baby's.

We love how well ventilated the iCorer Pop Up Tent is and with the 6 metal stakes (and sand pockets) you can secure it down properly for those windy beach days. Whilst this tent hasn't been designed for baby's specifically, we do love this tent and we also love that when it is folded up in its carry bag, you can even fit it in your luggage - perfect for those beach holidays with your baby. 

PROS

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    50+ UV protected
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    Very lightweight
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    3 Sec Pop Up Assembly
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    Well ventilated

CONS

  • Takes a bit of practice to fold it up correctly
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    No cover for the back mesh panel to block out the sun whilst baby naps

One of our personal favourite beach tents is the Schylling Infant UV Playshade. This tent has all the safety features we could need and it is suitable for babies from 1 month of age till 10 year old kids.

The tent is spacious enough (31" x 51" x 39"), whilst still being really lightweight (2.9 pounds) and easy to carry around. It is a popup style tent, so even us mommies can operate this tent easily without a dad around.

The features that make this tent stellar is that it has a 50+ UV rating. 

This spacious beach tent option is a popular choice due to it's 50+ UV rated fabric. It comes with tie-down pegs and sand pockets to keep it in place on windy beach days and has the all important closed-in bottom and air vents to allow the lovely sea breeze through.

PROS

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    UV protected
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    Suitable for kids 1 month - 10 years of age
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    Made of lightweight materials
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    Pop-up design style

CONS

  • Great for kids, but not so great for mom or dad.

The popular One Touch Tent is suitable for small families.  It is nice and roomy at 65" x 59" x 45".  Super easy to up with its popup feature and not too heavey (5pounds) to carry around. It is suitable for children aged 36 months - 12 years.

The One Touch Play Tent is sturdy which makes it safe to use on the beach.  It has a SPF 30+ rating and comes with a carry bag for easy portability.

The mess front cover is great for allowing the sea breeze in whilst keeping mozzies and bugs out whilst baby has a nap.

Baby (and big kid too!) will be styling in this roomy baby cabana. With one-touch setup and sturdy design, it’ll stay in place and keep your family safe from sand, wind and sun, thanks to its SPF 30+ rating. Comes complete with a carrying bag for easy portability.

Only negative is that the mesh front sometimes allows too much sun into the tent itself.

PROS

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    Waterproof floor
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    Structural stability to withstand wind
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    SPF 30+ Rating
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    Pop-up design style

CONS

  • Mesh panels don't have a panel to block off sun

The EasyGo tent is a great choice for those who larger families.  The tent measures 48"tall x 48"deep x 96" high.  It can easily fit 4 people inside.

The tent has been created for the beach and comes with a great carry bag as well as tent pegs to ensure that the tent stays put.  The tent is well ventilated with the large opening in the front, but it is important to note that there is no flap to close this section off at all.  Our little one only sleeps when all noise and distraction is blocked off, so for us this is an issue.

The tent has an inner steel structure that requires no assembly.  See how easy it is to set up and take down in this video below.

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    Suitable for larger families
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    Spacious
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    Pop-up design style

CONS

  • Doesn't close for privacy

7. KidCo Peapod Review

Even though the KidCo Peapod Travel Bed has been designed as a travel bed option, we have also found that this could be a great beach tent solution, especially whilst you are on holidays. 

The KidCo Travelpod is designed for babies ages 1 - 2 years old.  However I would suggest you can use it for younger years if you are keeping an eye on them (but maybe not for overnight sleep when you are sleeping as well). We love it because it packs up so compact that we can even fit it in our suitcase.

The KidCo tent weighs only 2.5 pounds and pops up as soon as you let it out of its carry bag.  The lightweight mesh construction provides air flow. We also love that the tent includes a safe, Micro Lite sleeping pad that securely snaps to the tent which makes it more comfy for baby, rather than being on the hard beach surface. 

I doubt it has any UV protection though so best to use the tent in moderation whilst on vacation to beach locations.  Whilst at home, I would recommend you invest in one of the UV 50+ tents instead.

PROS

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    Lightweight and easy to carry around
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    Mesh allows for airflow
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    Padded sleeping pad to help baby be more comfy
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    Pop-up design style

CONS

  • Doubt it has any UV protection
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    Suitable for one child only

The MonoBeach Baby Beach Tent Automatic Pop Up Shade Cabana is brilliant for small families.  It can fit 2-3 people (65" x 59" x 43") and it has specifically been designed for those of us with baby's.  

It offers a great 50+ UV rating, it is super lightweight (2.2 pounds) and really easy to port around in its carry bag. Quick and easy to set up as a popup style tent.  It also comes with pegs in order to secure the tent down properly.

We found that the tent offers great ventilation through its mesh window in the back, the high roof as well as large opening on the front.  The beautiful thing about this tent is that you can close the back window as well as the front opening for privacy whilst baby naps.

PROS

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    Lightweight and easy to carry around
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    Mesh allows for airflow
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    Small enough to fit in carry-on luggage for beach vacations
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    Pop-up design style

CONS

  • Stakes don't hold the tent down well during really windy days.

We love the Pacific Play Tents!  If you have a younger baby, then we suggest you look at the Li'l Nursery Tent as the Under the Sea Tent is suited for kids aged 3+.  It is a great size (60" x 35" x 40") and is pretty lightweight (3 pounds) to carry around.

Now it is important to note that this tent is indeed designed as a 'play' tent and not as a beach tent. Features that make this tent great for the beach is its enclosed bottom, mesh sides, and a zip down front for easy access into the tent.  ​

The negative is that the tent is not a pop-up tent and it does take a bit of fiddly work to get it assembled.

Whilst we love this tent as a play tent, it might not be the best tent for windy beach days as there are no stakes or sand pockets to hold down the tent itself.

PROS

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    Lightweight and easy to carry around
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    Mesh allows for airflow
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    Great size
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    Fun kid-friendly design

CONS

  • Not a popup tent
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    No stakes or sand pockets to hold tent down on windy days

For something more unique and more fun, you can't go past this baby beach canopy that includes a pool section.  Perfect for babies who are under 3 years of age, this pop up baby pool with canopy is easy to use and really lightweight (1.8 pounds) to carry around.

The canopy of the MonoBeach Baby Beach Pool has a 50+ UV rating.  The tent comes with pegs to secure it down in the sand.  It also has a storage pocket as well as a curtain that can be used to close the tent off altogether.

To use the pool, dig a hole in the ground for the pool area, or alternatively when baby needs to nap simply re-position the tent to a section that is flat.

PROS

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    Lightweight and easy to carry around
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    Mesh allows for airflow
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    UV 50+ Rating
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    Fun kid-friendly design

CONS

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    Takes of bit of effort to dig the pool in the sand before you can use it.

Best Beach Tent for Family

After a family size tent to fit all your kids?  Let's face it, the tents listed above are mostly only suitable for small families who just had their first baby, but some of us have more kids then that!  So here are some options for larger family sized beach tents.

 Shade Shack Instant Pop Up Family Beach Tent


The best beach tent for family is the shade Shack Family Beach Tent.  The tent is large enough to fit a family of 4 (90” x 53” x 51”) and sets up super quickly and easily. 

It will keep you cool with options to unzip the side if need be and it both sand pockets as well as stakes to keep it grounded.  With a UV protection of 30+, this is a great tent for your family beach days!

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