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Nothing ruins a good beach day like a sunburn. And when you're taking little ones to the beach, you'll need to use lots of sunscreen and be extra careful to keep them protected from the sun whenever possible with a cool, shady spot to relax. Enter the pop-up beach tent.
The best baby beach tents are ones that provide plenty of space to nap and change the occasional diaper but also don't require a pack mule and engineer to transport and set up. It's also important that they're sturdy enough to stay upright against the occasional gust of wind and are made from fabric that offers UV protection.
But type "best beach tent" into Amazon and you get...19 pages of results 🤦. And don't even get us started about how complicated setup can be. (RIP beach tent of 2016 that my husband threw straight across the sand and nearly got us divorced...)
So what's a shade-seeking mama to do?
We've done the research so you don't have to and picked the best baby beach tents that are lightweight, provide great shade, and, best of all, easy to set up. (We promise!) From large family beach tents everyone can hang in to pop up beach tents just for babe, there's something for every type of crew.
A version of this story was published April 7, 2021. It has been updated.