Top 8 Features To Consider In A Family Beach Tent

Top 8 Features To Consider In A Family Beach Tent - The California Beach Co.

What Parents Should Know Before Buying A Beach Tent For A Baby or Toddler

Some of our fondest family memories are made at the beach. It’s the fun parts of those beach days that we remember, but what goes into a family beach day can be quite the feat of strength, planning, and preparation. We've all seen many brave parents trudging through the hot sand, struggling to carry a litany of beach toys, chairs, umbrellas, coolers, & more. Making those memories is worth it, but what will set every parent up for success is investing in the right equipment.

parents with child at the beach

When it comes to taking your baby or toddler to the beach, a beach tent is an essential piece of gear to keep them protected from the summer sun. But with so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming to know what to look for when choosing the right one for your little one. In this post, we'll go over the most important features to consider when shopping for a beach tent for your baby or toddler. 

1. UV protection is the #1 feature to consider in a beach tent.

UV Shade Cover For Beach Tent


The number one priority when it comes to beach gear for babies and toddlers should be sun protection. Shade after all is the main reason to invest in a beach tent, but not all beach tents provide adequate sun protection. Look for a tent that offers UPF 50+ protection, which blocks out at least 98% of UV rays. This will keep your little one safe from sunburn and other harmful effects of the sun.

2. Size matters…pick a beach tent or a playpen that your little one can grow into & fits all their beach day accessories

Consider how much space you'll need for your child and their belongings. A tent that's too small will be cramped and uncomfortable, while one that's too large may not offer enough protection from the sun. You may even want to consider a playpen style tent that your baby or toddler can grow into. Look for a tent that's designed for both babies and toddlers that can comfortably fit a small beach blanket and toys.

3. Ventilation: look for a tent that offers a balance of shade & ventilation

Being trapped in a stuffy, hot tent is not only uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous. Look for a tent that has mesh windows or vents that allow for air flow and keeps the inside of the tent cool.

4. Durability: the best beach tents are made with quality materials that can withstand the elements

beach umbrella in the wind

A day at the beach can be tough on gear, so it's important to choose a tent that's made from durable, waterproof material that can withstand sand, wind, and saltwater. Look for a tent with reinforced corners and sturdy poles to ensure it can stand up to the elements. We’ve all seen our fair share of beachgoers chasing down a rogue umbrella or tent which can be dangerous. Sturdy tent stakes offer additional support and protect your baby or kids from unexpected wind gusts.

5. Ease of set-up: find a beach tent that you can set up & secure in seconds 

The last thing you want to do when you're trying to enjoy a day at the beach is struggle with a complicated tent set-up. There’s plenty of options on the market you can set up in minutes or even seconds. Look for a tent that's easy to assemble and disassemble, and comes with clear instructions. When it comes to ease of use, also consider a baby beach tent that is easy to clean. Sand gets everywhere, not to mention the sticky messes your little ones can make. Get a tent that’s both easy to set up and can be cleaned in between uses.

6. Portability: A lightweight & portable beach tent is essential for any successful beach day

parents carrying beach toys & accessories

Adding a heavy beach tent to your family beach excursion will slow you down and make it difficult to trudge through the sand. A beach tent for a baby or toddler should be lightweight and easy to transport. Look for a tent that is under 10 lbs in weight and comes with a carrying bag or has a built-in carrying handle.

7. Versatility: A beach tent isn’t only for the beach. Find a tent or playpen you can use indoors, at the park, camping, & more.

pop n' go playpen with family at the park
Your family beach adventures are often limited to the summer months. But there’s options out there that can make for a great play space year round. Invest in a playpen or tent like the Pop N’ Go that can be used both outdoors & indoors. These can be great, safe spaces that your kids can play in and be protected at the park, during weekend sports, or for indoor play time.

8. Extra features: don’t settle for less with a baby beach tent

Some beach tents come with additional features like a built-in floor, a detachable sunshade, mosquito netting (for those pesky greenheads), pools, or padded play mats. The best beach tents for kids will come with many of these features already included in their design. Consider what extra features would be useful for your family and look for a tent that offers them.
beach tent with canopy
TLDR: the top 8 features to consider when looking for a beach tent for a baby or toddler, are UV protection, size, ventilation, durability, ease of set-up, portability, versatility, and extra features. By taking the time to find the right tent, you'll be able to enjoy the beach with your little one’s while keeping them safe and comfortable. Shop The California Beach Co. store and find your perfect beach playpen, pet play yard, or beach blanket.
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