Top 5 Beach Tents for Babies and Toddlers

It’s summertime and everyone wants to be outdoors! Keeping your little one protected from the sun, wind, and bugs can be a challenge, especially at the beach! A baby beach tent is the perfect, affordable solution and the perfect place for napping and playtime.

The best baby beach tent will not only protect your little one from the sun, it should also have good ventilation to help them stay cool, tent pegs to keep it in place, and be easy to set up and take down.

Portability is also important so you can easily pack it up for travel. It’s also nice if the tent includes sandbags (or pouches to put sand in) to keep it from blowing away. Even with one of these tents, always pack a sun hat and water resistant, baby safe sunblock for when your baby isn’t in his or her shade tent.

Our 5 Favorite Baby Beach Tents

ProductSize (WxDxH)WeightIncludes
Monobeach Baby Beach Tent48 x 32 x 281.8 lbs4 pegs, travel bag
Schylling Play Shade51 x 39 x 312.0 lbs4 pegs, sand pockets, travel bag
Babymoov Sun Shelter39 x 35 x 331.5 lbs4 pegs, travel bag
Pacific Play Tents Lil' Nursery Tent36 x 36 x 363.0 lbstravel bag
Summery Baby Beach Tent50 x 26 x 242.5 lbs2 pegs, travel bag

Baby and Toddler Beach Tent Reviews

#1 – Monobeach Baby Beach Tent

Monobeach has made the perfect baby beach canopy by combining all the benefits of a shade tent with a fun little pool for baby to splash and cool off in. This popup baby tent provides UV protection of 50+ and features a nice big sun shade to give your little one plenty of protection from the sun. The built-in mini pool gives baby a safe place to play in the water while mom and dad relax on the beach.

Set-up and take down of this automatic pop up is super easy (see video near the end of this article). It packs up small enough to fit into your suitcase for travel, and even includes its own convenient carry bag. To set up the tent and pool, dig a shallow hole for the little pool to sit in, open the pop up and place the little pool over the hole.

Use the included stakes (with their own separate carry bag) to keep the tent from blowing away in the wind. Then you can fill the little pool with water to the depth you’re comfortable with, or if you want, skip the hole and pool altogether and just use it as a sun shade.

Some reviewers struggled with packing this tent back up after use. The enclosed instructions are a little lacking, but there are some great YouTube videos that demonstrate the process (including the one at the bottom of this article). We suggest practicing the technique at home a couple times before you head out to the beach. This is such a fun little portable shade pool at a great price! We highly recommend it!

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#2 – Schylling Toddler Play Shade

This is a fabulous shade tent for the yard, beach, or pool. It is super spacious and will protect your baby or toddler from the sun with UV protection of 50+. Best of all, this tent is big enough for 2 kids to play in at the same time!

This sun shelter is ultra-portable and includes its own carry bag. Just sling it over your shoulder and take it anywhere! The Schylling play shade can be set up in seconds; it just pops open into shape. Tie down pegs and sand pockets are included to keep it from blowing away in the wind.

Packing up is easy, too. Just fold it up and put it right back in the bag. Once folded, it is small enough to put in your suitcase for travel. We love the little mesh window on the back! It even has its own little roll-up cover that can be left open for the breeze, or closed, depending on the angle of the sun.

Moms with an infant will really love this tent because it’s big enough for them to go in for privacy when breastfeeding at the beach! It can get a little hot inside of this tent, so consider getting a little clip on fan to help keep your little one cool.

If you plan on using it at the pool, bring extra towels to layer in the bottom for comfort, since the tent doesn’t have any padding on the floor. This roomy tent is well made at a great price. Perfect for families with more than one child, and big enough for mom or dad to get out of the sun for a moment, too!

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#3 – Babymoov Pop-up Baby Sun Shelter

This adorable play shade from Babymoov features a mesh door to keep the bugs out, as well as UV protection of 50+. It sets up in minutes with an easy pop up system. You can literally open it up with one hand while your baby is on your hip.

Take down and pack up are easy too; just face it away from you, rotate and bring the two sides together to fold it into a circle, and then pack it up in its own convenient carry bag. It packs up small enough to pack in your suitcase, so don’t hesitate to bring it along on vacation! Four tent stakes are included to prevent the wind from blowing it away.

We love the roll up mesh netting that provides great ventilation while keeping the bugs out! The netting can be held closed with the Velcro tabs, or tie it open with the little ties on the sides. The little mesh window in the back also helps with ventilation. This tent is roomy, too! There’s plenty of space inside for nursing or changing the baby. The cushioned bottom is a really nice feature and it even pulls out for cleaning.

Users agree that this tent is great for providing sun protection and a safe place to play, however, they found it difficult to fold it back up correctly. The printed instructions that come with it are not great. Again, we recommend watching some videos and practicing the technique at home a couple times so that you’re not struggling to get it packed up on a windy beach. This is the perfect play tent for protecting your little one from sun, wind, and bugs!

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#4 – Pacific Play Tents Lil’ Nursery Tent

The Pacific Play Tent provides the perfect place for your little one to nap and play safely at the beach, park, or pool. It features two mesh side panels for ventilation and visibility. The UV treated SPF 30 walls and roll down mesh front door will protect your little one from sun, wind, and bugs. The door fastens shut with Velcro tabs for added security. This tent is very roomy, measuring 3 feet on all four sides.

This play tent sets up just like a regular E-Z UP canopy or camping tent. Just take it out of the carry bag, set it on flat ground, lower the corner poles, and pull up in the middle. It’s easy to take down too. Just pull up on the lock, lift all the corners to the middle, fold it back up and pack it in its own carry bag.

The tent packs down to about the size and weight of a loaf of bread, so it’s perfect to take on vacation. The bottom is waterproof and it comes with a pad for extra comfort.

One user mentioned that this tent will not fit through a doorway once it’s set up, so be sure to take it outside first, if that’s where you’ll be using it. Some moms wish the door had a zipper closure, instead of Velcro, to help keep active babies from opening the door.

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#5 – Summery Portable Baby Beach Play Tent

This portable baby beach canopy is perfect for providing a quick shelter from sun, wind and bugs. With UV protection of 50+ and breathable mesh on all four sides, this play tent is perfect for almost any activity. This play tent is roomy and comfortable with two mats for the bottom; one is a super soft, cotton sleeping pad and the other is a cooling mat. It also includes two tent stakes for holding it down on windy days.

The unique features of this tent make it perfect not only for the beach or pool, but also for camping, the park, and other activities as well. The breathable mesh sides give this tent lots of ventilation while keeping bugs out. We love the zipper roll ups that allow you to regulate how much air and sun your baby gets. Another neat feature of this portable pop-up are the toy hooks that allow you to hang lightweight toys from the top to keep your baby entertained.

Moms and dads will love how easy this tent is to put up and take down. It comes with its own carry bag and will easily fit into a suitcase for travel. It can be a little tricky to fold this tent up properly, and it’s important to take your time and not force it or you may break it. We recommend a couple trial runs before hitting the outdoors, just to make sure you know how to pack it up properly. Once you get the hang of it, packing up is a snap! This tent has a great design that gives it lots of versatility!

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FAQs

What are some features I should look for when shopping for a baby beach tent?

  • UV protection of SPF 30 or higher
  • Stakes or sandbags to keep it from blowing away
  • Mesh covered openings for good ventilation
  • Easy set up and take down
  • Portability

If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors with your baby, a popup baby tent is a great investment. Your little one will love it for both nap and play time, and happy babies mean happy moms and dads!

How do you fold up a baby pop-up beach tent?

Three Easy Steps to Folding a Pop Up Tent:

  1. Hold the tent so that it’s facing away from you.
  2. While rotating the tent, fold it into a circle.
  3. Pack the tent into its carry bag to keep it from popping back open.

Here’s a good video of how to setup and take down a Monobeach Baby Beach Tent:

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