Best baby beach tents 2022

by Lorna White |

If you've ever been to a beach with your little ones, you'll know how handy it is to have a baby beach tent in tow while you're there.

A baby beach tent is specially designed with the smallest members of your family in mind. They will provide your little ones and the rest of the family with a sheltered spot on the beach. A beach tent will be perfect for giving anyone who needs it a break from the sand, the sea and the sun.

We all know that the sun can be really harmful, especially to little ones. This is why baby beach tents are great. You can protect your baby's sensitive skin from the harsh rays of the sun. Giving them somewhere to stay cool while the rest of the family enjoys the beach.

That's not all a baby beach tent is handy for. A tent will offer some privacy for when you and your little ones are changing in and out of swimwear. A beach tent will also provide you with an area you can change your baby's nappy in peace, without having to leave the beach. Not to mention, they'll provide a shaded space for nap time and somewhere to retreat to if the weather takes a sudden turn.

You'll also have a dedicated space to keep all your beach essentials, such as bucket and spade sets and beach towels.

If you're in the market to buy a beach tent for your summer holidays this year, we've rounded up the best baby beach tents that protect from UV rays, are easy to pop up, have good ventilation and don't break the bank.

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Best baby beach tents 2022

Wolfwise 3-4 Person Pop Up Beach Tent

Best pop-up baby beach tent
Best pop up: 3-4 Person Pop Up Beach Tent

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This lightweight tent folds up and pops out in seconds and is easy to transport.

Key features:

  • UPF 50+ (protection from ultra violet rays)
  • 86" L x 57" W x 47" H (folds down to a travel size of 29.5" L x 29.5"W x 1.6" H)
  • Comfortably fits three-four people (three adults, or two adults with two children).

Pros: Very roomy
Cons: Some customers have reported that it is flimsy

One reviewer said: "Very roomy, my husband is quite tall and we always have the problem with everything too small for him but this tent is just perfect for the four of us plus the backpacks and food and toys and the pockets on the sides help a lot. Just not very easy to fold down but I guess we need more practice. Easy to carry."

Pro Action Pop Up Shelter

Best for UV protection
Best for UV protection: Pop Up Shelter

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This shelter will protect your little ones from wind, sand and the harmful rays of the sun. It pops out easily and stores away flat making it very easy to travel with.

Key features:

  • Size L200, W120cm
  • Made from polyester
  • Diameter of 64cm when folded

Pros: Easy to put away

Cons: Some customers have reported that the tent gets hot inside on a warm day

One reviewer said: "Bought this tent to take to the beach and/or picnics in the summer, with my little ones. As soon as I opened it, I got very impressed with the (massive) size of the tent! There is plenty of room for me plus 2 little boys and their toys and all our picnic/beach stuff. Definitely recommended!! My eldest is above the moon with "his" tent, as he says and we also have been using it as a tent for indoor playing."

Instant Camping Shelter

Best no-fuss baby beach tent
Best no-fuss tent: Camping shelter

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This tent is advertised as a tent you can put up and take down in two seconds and can fit either two children or one adult.

Key features:

  • Sun protection (UPF 20)
  • Folds down to 56 cm disc with carry strap
  • Wind resistant and waterproof

Pros: Provides shelter from sun and light wind, insulates from the ground
Cons: Smaller size compared to other baby beach tents

One reviewer said: "Does the job. Easy to put up and down. Enough room for two people and beach bag, cool box etc. Kept us shaded and cooler. Worth every penny."

Homened Pop Up Baby Beach Tent with Pool

Best tent with built-in pool
Best with a pool: Baby beach tent with pool

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If your baby isn't quite old enough for a paddle in the sea but they still want a splash around, this tent is ideal as it features a fun little built-in paddling pool.

Key features:

  • Designed for children under 3 years of age.
  • Dimensions: Open size: 117*79*70cm/46*31*27.5inch, Carry bag size: 19inch.
  • Pops up in less than three seconds
  • 50 SPF UV Protection

Pros: UV protection, breathable mesh window
Cons: Some customers have reported difficulty getting the tent back in its bag

One reviewer said: "The best purchase ever. It has saved my day trips out everywhere. Beach, park, friends gardens, families. So good, lightweight, easy to pack and little one loves it. I was super impressed. Very good value for money too."

Pop Up Beach Tent

Best lightweight tent
Best lightweight: Pop up beach tent

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This pop-up tent provides instant shade from the sun and a fun place for your baby to play or nap.

Key features:

  • 950g Weight
  • 71" x 55" Footprint; 43" Height. Folding size: 18" x 1.6"
  • Mesh for ventilation
  • Can be closed as a privacy tent when needed.

Pros: Lightweight design
Cons: Some customers have found it hard to fold back down

One reviewer says: "A great little tent for indoors or out, Quite spacious and comes with pockets and stakes to anchor to the ground if needed. It served us well on the beach and was easily visible. It's as easy as opening the bag and it sets itself up, I did find it a little more difficult to pack away, but there is some handy picture guides to help with this attached to the bag. My wife however did not find this an issue and did it with ease."

Sun Shelter with SPF50 Protection

Best budget baby beach tent
Best budget: Sun shelter

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This tent is assembled using fibreglass poles and gives you sun shelter with UV SPF50 protection.

Key features:

  • Made from polyester
  • UV SPR50 protection
  • H120, W120cm
  • Guy ropes and poles included.

Pros: Great for those on a budget
Cons: some customers have struggled with assembly

One reviewer said: 'I recently bought this and was very pleased with the quality and how easy it was to assemble. Perfect for keeping the little ones out of the sun and giving some shade.'

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