The 11 Best Baby Beach Gear of 2021

Gear Up for Fun in the Sun

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The spacious interior has windows for ventilation, internal pockets for storage, and is made from UPF 50+ polyester.
This is a sturdy, portable, and versatile option that can double as a backyard baby pool on hot days.
Made with interchangeable, twist and lock lids, the food storage containers are usable alone or stacked together.
The double-wall stainless steel design keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours.
Designed to be paired with the DockATot Deluxe+, the cabana kit is made of 50+ SPF UV fabric and features a retractable sunshade.
Totally reversible, the bonnets feature a seamed brim, so you can fold it back as much or as little as you want.
Made from microfiber, the towel is fast drying, super absorbent, and folds in a compact reusable carrying bag.
Waterproof and with the benefit of a protective closed toe style, these are practical, stylish, and comfortable.
The one piece rash guard features long sleeves and shorts legs, with a full body zip for easy diaper changes.
This 100 percent mineral based lotion applies and absorbs easily, without an oily feel or a chalky look.

A day at the beach with a baby can be fun and full of tons of extra gear. Along with swim diapers, water, and plenty of sunscreen, there's plenty of gear out there that can make your day by the water that much better. Whether you're planning a day trip to the beach or a full-blown family vacay, keeping your gang comfy will make your seaside trip a total success.

While some kids are total beach bums and others will simply tolerate it at best, these beach products for kids are essential.

Best Beach Tent: Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent

Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent

If you’ve ever struggled on a windy beach to put up a complicated tent, you’ll love this easy option. Weighing in at just 4.5 pounds, the tent is fully assembled in 30 seconds and is just as easy to take down (watching the video helps). The spacious interior has windows for ventilation, internal pockets for storage, and is made from UPF 50+ polyester.

While it doesn’t fully seal shut when opened, the tent provides plenty of shaded room for sleeping tots, nursing moms, or anyone who wants a break from the sun.

Best Kiddie Pool: Intex Sunset Glow Baby Pool

 Intex Sunset Glow Baby Pool

Parenting pro tip: bring a small inflatable pool to the beach if you’ve got a young baby that can sit up but isn’t quite mobile. The pool will provide a safe space to splash around in and once home, it can double as a backyard baby pool on hot days.

Able to hold up to 18 gallons, this inexpensive option is perfect for the 1 to 3-year-old age group and is sturdy, portable, and versatile. 

Best Snack Holder: Skip Hop Baby Formula Container

Skip Hop Grab & Go Stackable Baby Formula to Food Container Set

Don’t be fooled by the name of this ingenious food container. Made with interchangeable, twist-and-lock lids, the food storage containers are can be used alone or stacked together and topped off with an easy to tote rubber handle.

Transparent containers make it a breeze to determine what snacks are where. The set comes with one 10 ounce container, two 6 ounce counters, an easy-pour lid, two water-tight lids, and one dry food lid. Stack some snacks in kid-sized portions and you’ll be ready for any waterfront adventure.

Best Water Bottle: Takeya Kids Insulated Water Bottle with Straw Lid

Takeya Kids Insulated Water Bottle w/Straw Lid

While not the most inexpensive option, this insulated water bottle is highly rated and has a lot of perks. The double-wall stainless steel design keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours. Parents appreciate the wide mouth bottle is easy to clean and leaves room for ice cubes while the straw lid makes it a cinch to drink from.

A wide loop handle is great for the beach; clip the bottle to a bag, stash in a cooler, or have small kids carry their own kid-sized bottle.

Best Accessory: DockATot Cabana Kit for Deluxe+ Stage 1 Dock

dockatot cabana

For your tiniest beach bum, this cabana kit will keep them protected from the sun, bugs, and sand. Designed to be paired with the DockATot Deluxe+, the cabana kit is made of 50+ SPF UV fabric and features a retractable sunshade. The travel-friendly accessory folds up snuggly into the included pouch so that you can take it with you on any beach adventure.

Best Sun Hat: UB2 Urban Baby Bonnets modBonnet

UB2 Urban Baby Bonnet in Gingko

Protect your little one in style with a handmade, reversible baby bonnet that boasts a super-wide brim, kid-resistant snap straps, and is made from machine washable UPF 50+ organic cotton. Totally reversible, the bonnets feature a seamed brim, so you can fold it back as much or as little as you want while also allowing for discreet breastfeeding.

The generous brim protects your baby's sensitive eyes from the sun in front or rear-facing baby carriers or car seats. Perfect for boys or girls, these stylish hats are a must-have for any sunny days.

Best Beach Towel: Rainleaf Microfiber Beach Towel

 Rainleaf Microfiber Beach Towel

Ideal for the beach, this oversized towel is lighter, thinner, and smoother than cotton towels. Made from microfiber material, this towel is fast drying, super absorbent, and folds in a compact reusable carrying bag. Perfect for the beach, the sand will just wipe right off of the towel, so it’s quick to clean off when sandy kids plop down on the towel.

While not super plush, these smooth towels are also great for travel or stashing in a car trunk, since they fold up so small.

Best Water Shoes: Skechers Unisex Foamies Guzman Stepz Sneakers

Skechers Unisex Foamies Guzman Steps

Lightweight and breathable, these unisex water shoes are comfortable for kids (with sizing from toddler to big kid) and easy to slip on. Parents will appreciate that the collapsible and stretchy fabric heel panel makes for an easy on and off experience and avoids the challenge of shoving wet, chubby kid feet into tight shoes.

Waterproof and with the benefit of a protective closed-toe style, these are practical, stylish, and comfortable.

Best Rash Guard: Hanna Andersson Sunblock Rash Guard Suit

Hanna Andersson Sunblock Rash Guard Suit

Comfort-tested and absolutely adorable, rash guard suits are made to protect delicate baby skin from the sun’s harsh rays. With sizing from 0 to 3 months up to 3 years old, they are available in six modern patterns as well as matching family swimsuits too. The one-piece rash guard features long sleeves and shorts legs, with a full-body zip for easy diaper changes.

Best Sunscreen: Baby Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

Baby Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

A gentle formula made especially for delicate baby skin, this 100 percent mineral-based lotion applies and absorbs easily, without an oily feel or a chalky look. Created with a plant-based formula, it’s made with natural zinc oxide, coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. Choose from a face stick, lotion, or spray formulation (or all three) for coverage that works for your little ones.

Best Beach Toys: B. Toys Summer Beach Bag

 B. toys B. Ready Beach Bag

Perfect for the beach, but fun anywhere, this tote is stocked with 11 colorful beach toys including a bucket, watering can, rake, shovel, sand molds, and more. Parents love that the toys all fit in their very own easy-to-carry tote that features a mesh panel that lets air in and gets the sand out. Recommended for little ones 18 months and up, these toys will help improve fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and are made for fun.

Final Verdict

Whether you’re heading to the beach for a day trip or a longer vacation, sunscreen is a non-negotiable must-have and Baby Bum Mineral Sunscreen (view at Amazon) is a great choice for the whole family.

If you’ve got the basics down, a Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent (view at Amazon) is a life changer that will buy you lots more time (and plenty of shade) if you’re hoping to be regular beachgoers.

What to Look for When Buying Baby Beach Gear

Lifestyle

Consider the lifestyle you have before you begin purchasing beach gear. Are you planning a week-long vacation at the ocean? A day at a lake? Where you go, the age of your kids, and who you go with will determine the products you need for you and your crew. 

Multi-Use Products

While some baby gear may be quite useful for the beach, they can also be used in the backyard, at a park picnic, or day at the pool. Since so many baby products have a limited time span, the more use you can get out of a purchase, the better!

Why Trust Verywell Family?

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of an 11-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year old daughter. Maya loves the beach, but it’s always an adventure with three kids, especially when they were even younger.

After struggling with a complicated tent on a windy day, her husband watched another family with the Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent, ordered it from his phone on the beach, had it delivered to her beach rental house, and has never hit the beach without that tent.

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