When you have kids, a trip to the beach changes a sh** ton! Gone are the days of relaxing beach days with a juicy book and a glass of rose ́in your hydroflask. Nope, you now need to contain your little loved ones in some sort of UV protected bubble that is safe, sun free, sand free, and won’t blow away. Hopefully you have angel babies who will actually nap in some of these beach tents. It is pretty impossible to have a stress and meltdown-free beach day but these beach tents will surely help you out a ton. Good luck, mama!
Here’s the deal: Under 3 min set up time. Compact but lots of space!
Material: UPF 50+
Love it: This is a great tent for toddlers, babies, and adults! As compact as it is, this beach tent has enough room to fit the whole family. The wide-open front and extended floor mat makes it super easy to get in and out of this tent. You can have a beach chair, baby bouncer, and a toddler hanging out in this super sturdy beach tent all day! The stakes work great but the sand bags really help keep this tent in place.
Not so much: As with most pop up tents, it can get a little harder to close after a few beach seasons.
What are moms saying?: Moms love how this tent can be used for the whole family without being huge! It’s easy to sit in this tent with your kids. This tent is great for the breastfeeding mama who might want some privacy as the extended floor mat can be hung up for full coverage.
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Here’s the deal: Highly rated playpen with removable UV cover and easy set up.
Material: Removable UV protected cover, UPF 50+, mesh siding.
Price: $100 - $200, depending on model - we like the Pop n’ Go
Love it: This playpen is SUPER easy to open and can practically be done with one hand. It is very sturdy so you don't need to worry about wind blowing it all around the beach! This tent is a bit of an investment but will last you a long time and can be used for other family outings, not just the beach. Large in size, but only weighs 7 lbs.
Not so much: The UV protection is removable so it is an extra step at the beach to assemble. Count this as a plus if you plan on using this playpen indoors!
What are moms saying?: Moms really love that this beach playpen really gives their kids some alone play time. Your kids are contained and really can’t escape. The tent is super compact and can easily be stored away.
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Here’s the deal: No setup or assembly required, just unfold! This beach dome is great for babies 12 months and under. The bottom pad is velcro and can come right out for easy cleaning.
Material: UPF 20+
Love it: You don’t need to worry about this dome blowing away at the beach! It is very sturdy, think of it like a round and super compact Pack-n-Play. The cozy padding sits just off the sand making it very cool for your little one on a warm day. It is versatile and can be used inside or a trip to the park!
Not so much: UPF 20 is not great so moms usually throw this under an umbrella or drape a towel over the top.
What are moms saying?: Perfect pod for babies to nap in or have some alone play time. It’s not a tent so there is no way it's blowing over. The tight mesh really helps keep sand out. The built in strap makes it easy to bring anywhere!
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Here’s the deal: Very compact portable beach tent with a built in mini pool feature.
Material: UPF 50+ polyester
Love it: Super small and easy to assemble plus the price is great! There is extra fabric on the base so you can dig out some sand and make a mini pool for the water babies!
Not so much: Designed for 3 years and under so your kids will outgrow this pretty quick. No zip up cover so you must position properly on the beach to avoid wind and sand.
What are moms saying?: Mamas love this lightweight and portable tent for their younger babies. If you are not using the mini pool feature, a BABYBJӦRN bouncer fits perfectly inside making it even better for babies to enjoy a day at the beach.
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