The 8 Best Baby Beach Tents of 2021

Stash gear and avoid the sun

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Pacific Breeze Easy Set Up Tent at Amazon

"For anyone who has struggled with tent stakes, poles, and wind on a beach day, this tent will make setup a breeze."

Best for Babies: Aiernuo Large Baby Beach Tent at Amazon

"Best for smaller babies who are not mobile, this tent provides much-needed safety away from the sun, sand, and bugs."

Best for Toddlers: Schylling UV Play Shade at Amazon

"With SPF 50+ sun protection, this tent is a beach essential for families with small kids on the move."

Best for Windy Day: Sport Brella Vented Umbrella at Amazon

"This rugged and durable canopy umbrella is perfect for shade protection and durable enough to shield from wind."

Best Lightweight Canopy: Neso Tents Beach Tent at Amazon

"This tent is super portable and packable, and can easily fit right into your suitcase."

Best Play Tent: Monobeach Baby Beach Tent at Amazon

"The bottom of the tent is a mini pool, so your baby can splash the day away without the stress of playing in the ocean."

Best for the Whole Family: Crown Shades Canopy Tent at Amazon

"When you’re not using it at the beach, you can use it for tailgating or as shade on your patio at home."

Best Add-On: Cabana Kit for Deluxe+ Stage 1 Dock at nordstrom.com

"It features a retractable canopy that’s made with UPF 50+ fabric for protection against the sun’s harmful rays."

A day at the beach with kids is sure to be hot, sweaty, fun, and a little stressful. If you plan to stay for more than five minutes, want to protect your crew from the sun, and create a home base for your stuff, a beach tent is a smart buy for any family heading to the shore. 

When you’re shopping for a baby beach tent, you’ll want to consider how many people you want it to fit and if it offers any protection from the sun. And, if your trip to the beach isn’t a regular thing, think about a beach tent that will be useful for home, possibly as shade on your patio or while tailgating. 

Here are some of the best baby beach tents on the market before you have some fun in the sun.

Best Overall: Pacific Breeze Easy Set Up Tent

Pros
  • No stakes or poles needed

  • UPF 50+ fabric

Cons
  • Harder to secure on a windy day

  • Front cannot be closed

For anyone who has struggled with tent stakes, poles, and wind on a beach day, this tent will make all those problems a distant memory. Once it’s out of the bag, the tent literally pops open on its own. You’ll spark some serious tent envy when other beach-goers see just how easy it is to use and set up. 

When not open, the tent only weighs 4.5 pounds, so you’re not adding a heavy load to your beach gear. It opens to a spacious 87 x 47 x 49 inches and includes a carrying bag, stakes, sand pockets, and internal pockets to stash gear, sunscreen, snacks, or anything else.

The fabric is UPF 50+, so it truly helps keep your baby protected from the sun. The tent does not have flaps that fully close, so if you’re looking for more privacy, this might not be the tent for you. 

Dimensions: 87 x 47 x 49 inches | Material: Polyester and fiberglass | Product Weight: 4.5 pounds (when not opened)

Best for Babies: Aiernuo Large Baby Beach Tent

Pros
  • Mosquito netting

  • Lightweight

Cons
  • No padding

Bringing a baby along to the beach requires gear you never knew you needed. Add this baby beach tent to your must-haves to enjoy a less stressful day on the shore. Best for smaller babies who are not mobile, this tent provides much-needed safety away from the sun, sand, and bugs. The netting allows the cool shore breezes to blow while preventing your kid from getting bug bites.

This little tent weighs less than one pound, comes with its own storage bag and two tent stakes, and pops right up. Fully opened, the tent measures 41.34 x 25.59 x 19.69 inches. It doesn’t have any padding, so you may want an extra beach blanket or changing pad to cushion the bottom. 

Dimensions: 41.34 x 25.59 x 19.69 inches | Material: Nylon | Product Weight: 14 ounces

Best for Toddlers: Schylling UV Play Shade

Pros
  • Can be opened one-handed

  • All flaps can fully close

Cons
  • Needs to be stabilized on windy days

A toddler at the beach is a whirlwind of activity. This popup tent can provide a much-needed space for your toddler (or two) to play in the shade. It’s big enough to fit a few small kiddos and their toys or provide space for a tired tyke to lay down and rest. If you’re lucky enough to get a tired toddler, the flaps fully close and vents allow for a cross-breeze and airflow so your baby can get a cool nap.

Busy parents rejoice: the tent can be opened one-handed! With SPF 50+ sun protection, this 31 x 51 x 39 inches tent is a beach essential for families with small kids on the move. 

Dimensions: 31 x 51 x 39 inches | Material: Nylon | Product Weight: 2.2 pounds

Best for Windy Day: Sport Brella Vented SPF 50+ Sun and Rain Canopy Umbrella

Pros
  • Steel-reinforced frame

  • Roomy

Cons
  • Must be weighted down with stakes/sand/heavy objects

This rugged and durable canopy umbrella provides the best of both worlds. The shade cover and SPF 50+ fabric protect from the sun’s rays, while the tent construction is extremely durable for extra windy days. The steel-reinforced frame is super strong and the umbrella comes with two anchor cords, heavy-duty ground stakes, and pockets to fill with sand or heavy objects, which all help to provide a safe structure in the wind. 

The 7-foot canopy is pretty big, so it’s roomy enough for adults and kids to sit under at lunchtime. At 9 pounds, this tent is heavier than other options. After beach season, the canopy umbrella also works well for camping trips with toddlers, backyard use, a school field day, or wherever you need some shade. Choose from three bright colors: blue, red, or turquoise. 

Dimensions: 53 x 6 x 4 inches | Material: Not Listed | Product Weight: 7 pounds

Best Lightweight Canopy: Neso Tents Beach Tent

Pros
  • Lightweight

  • Compact

Cons
  • Costly

  • Tent must be anchored with natural elements

Neso Tents canopies are made for an on-the-go family. This 80 x 80 inches canopy provides shade for a family of four. At only 4 pounds, they are super portable and packable, which is a big appeal for a family lugging lots of beach gear. It’s also a great option for when you're traveling with the kids since the tent bag fits right into your suitcase. The setup does take a little getting used to since the tent is anchored with natural elements, not stakes.

While the learning curve may deter some people from trying it, this portable beach tent provides a lot of flexibility. It’s probably best for those with older kids since the setup is a two-person job. Once it’s up, you’ll likely get lots of compliments from other beachgoers—the canopy has stand-out style and comes in 16 different colors.

Dimensions: 81.89 x 79.92 x 66.14 inches | Material: Nylon and lycra | Product Weight: 4 pounds

Best Play Tent: Monobeach Baby Beach Tent

Pros
  • Bottom of tent is a mini pool

  • Removeable canopy

Cons
  • Recommended for children under 3 years old only

For the right kid, this tent could be a godsend at the beach. Not only does it provide sun protection, but the bottom of the tent is a mini pool. Fill it with a bit of water and your baby can splash the day away without the stress of playing in the ocean, just be sure to always keep an eye on your children by the water. If your tot is fearful of the water, just add some toys and a bit of sand and they’ve got a shady play place for their shovels and buckets.

This tent is recommended for kids 3 and under. It only weighs 1.8 pounds and opens to 31.5 x 47.5 x 27.5 inches. If your tot is likely to stay still and play, this could be the perfect beach tent for your family.

Dimensions: 31.5 x 47.5 x 27.5 inches | Material: Not Listed | Product Weight: 1.8 pounds

Best for the Whole Family: Crown Shades Canopy Tent

Pros
  • Fits 6 to 8 people

  • Water resistant

Cons
  • Can blow away on windy days if not secured

  • Heavy

The whole family can relax in the shade with this 10 x 10 or 11 x 11 feet canopy that can stand up to more than 9 feet tall. While both sizes weigh approximately 30 to 34 pounds, the entire canopy does fit inside of a carrier, making it portable. 

When you’re not using it at the beach, you can use it for tailgating or as shade on your patio at home. It’s important to note, however, that if it’s windy, the canopy can blow away if not properly secured. 

Dimensions: 132 x 132 x 101.5 inches | Material: Alloy steel | Product Weight: 30 to 34 pounds

Best Add-On: Cabana Kit for Deluxe+ Stage 1 Dock

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Pros
  • Stow-away mosquito net

  • Retractable shade

Cons
  • Not safe for sleep

Designed for babies from 5 pounds to 22 pounds or newborn to 8 months, this lounger is perfect for supervised awake time at the beach. It features a retractable canopy that’s made with UPF 50+ fabric for protection against the sun’s harmful rays. 

There’s also a mosquito net, so baby can safely lounge and be protected from bug bites. And, you don’t have to worry about it getting wet because the base is waterproof. It’s important to note this product is not safe for baby to sleep in.

Dimensions: 16.5 x 29.5 x 16 inches | Material: Polyester | Product Weight: 1.44 pounds

If you’re looking for a simple tent that’s perfect for the beach, check out our Best Overall pick, the Pacific Breeze Easy Set Up Tent (view at Amazon). Once it’s out of the bag, the tent literally pops open on its own, and the fabric is UPF 50+. There’s also the Neso Tents Beach Tent (view at Amazon), which provides shade for a family of four. At only 4 pounds, they are super portable and packable, which is a big appeal for a family lugging lots of beach gear.

What to Look for When Buying a Baby Beach Tent

Size

You’ll want to ask yourself how many people you want to fit inside the tent before making your purchase. Some families look for a tent that can hold the entire family while others need one just for the kiddos. Either way, it's an important decision to make with factors you’ll need to consider first. 

If you’re wanting a tent that can hold the whole family, you may want to look into a canopy setup instead of an actual tent. These can typically hold more than two people while still giving plenty of shade while beachside. 

There are also regular beach tents, which are perfect for children because some feature flaps that can be opened or closed for ventilation. Most of the time, they can hold a couple of people or several children, depending on their age. 

SPF 

One of the most important features you need to consider for a beach tent is SPF protection. It’s no secret that the sun provides Vitamin D for our skin, but too long in the sun can be harmful, especially for babies. When you’re looking for a baby beach tent, check if the tent has SPF protection so that when baby is relaxing in the tent, they're safe from harmful rays. 

If the tent you’re looking at does not offer SPF protection, there are UV protection sprays you can use instead for the tent. But, if you’re not looking to spend more money, you can put a sheet over the tent or set up the tent in a shaded area. 

Use

Many families live near a beach and will get plenty of use out of their baby’s beach tent. However, if your family does not live near the beach, finding a tent that can be used in multiple ways will ensure you get the best bang for your buck. 

Depending on your purchase, many tents can be used at home in the backyard or even indoors for an indoor camping experience. There’s also the option of taking the tent to the park to watch older siblings play or using it as a fun space to play with toys. 

If you pick a canopy, these are great for tailgating or patio use. Just set it up (be sure to use weights) and you’ll have instant shade on your favorite spot at home outdoors or while entertaining family and friends at your favorite team’s next event. 

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's a mom of a 9-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. She used to live for beach days with her husband, and a good book. Now, anything that buys her and her family more time on the beach is key. A tent is a true lifesaver, providing a space where she can breastfeed, nap, serve lunch, changed diapers, and hide from aggressive seagulls. 

Dwyer Frame is Verywell Family's senior editorial director and has owned our best overall winner for over four years and uses it every summer weekend with her two small children. She has found that it both sets up and folds down easily and has provided ample shelter for her family on hot summer days.

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