When you are headed out to the beach with your baby, there are several things that you cannot afford not to pack and carry with you. These include a sun hat, a beach blanket, sunscreen, sunscreen bands, rash guards, portable cribs, portable high chairs, snacks and last but not least sun tents. If you were Hercules, you would carry your very own house and settle it on the beach. But now that you cannot, and clearly now that you have to settle for way less, I mean nothing beats having a house by the beach, infant beach tents are your next best option. But wait, what are baby beach tents (Baby sun shelter)?
Baby beach tents – what they are?
Sunscreen is used to protect the skin from the scorching sun and prevents one from getting a sunburn. However, and be very honest, which parent is okay with having to smear sunscreen on his/her baby’s very sensitive skin? Knowing that a million and one things could go wrong with every application? No parent right? So to help protect your child from the scorching sun and to keep them safe at all times while on the beach, a baby beach tent is necessary. Note the use of the term baby to signify that it is a miniature tent. A tent that has its features designed to cater to the needs of a child. The designers of this product move heaven and earth to ensure the child who uses it will feel as though he/she is a king or queen.
Do kids love the beach tents?
This is a valid question since you wouldn’t want to invest your money in a product that your child will not want to spend time in. Yes, they might not enjoy their time in the beach without it, heck you might not even be willing to go to the beach without it, but your baby is devoid of this fact and will throw tantrums wanting to go to the beach and not stay under the tent. But this is not the case and believe it or not, the toddlers do love the baby tents. They feel so special with all that space to themselves. Kids have a thing for being alone and treasure their personal space.
So yes, they might not know what it protects them from, heck they do not even know how to pronounce it, but they do like it, for the simplest of things. It makes them feel important and loved having their personal space all to themselves.
Beach baby tents – why?
Moving away from that, and now that you know it is crucial that you get your baby one, how exactly do you make your purchase? I mean, it is not as easy as walking into a store, picking one and paying for it. With the sea of baby shade tents available in the market, the buying process is slightly more complex than that. It requires that one considers several factors before he/she settles down for anything. And while they all might be designed to achieve the same purpose, how they achieve this purpose matters a whole lot. Here, the end does not justify the means. The end is just as important as the means used. So to help you make the right choice, below are some of the factors that you ought to consider while you are out making a purchase.
Easy to carry and lightweight
Headed out to the beach, you are obviously looking to relax in the sun and take your mind away from the stresses at home right? As such, it would not make any sense for you to do some heavy lifting on your way to the beach. Get there very tired, sleep it off and then work your way back home. If you wanted to sleep, you could have done it in the comfort of your home right?
For this, you should choose a product that is lightweight. A tent that will not feel as though you were lifting weights by the time you get home from the beach. With the recent advancements in technology, there are such tents in plenty. As a matter of fact, light weight is the norm. But all the same, you need to be on the lookout for those heavy tents, though in the minority and ensure that you do not purchase one.
Should provide 100% protection from the sun
Kids need the sun to produce vitamin D, true. But are all sun rays suitable for this. Should you leave your child out in the scorching sun so that they can maximize on vitamin D and consequently keep away deficiency diseases such as rickets? Not at all. The best sun for this is usually the morning sun and that when the sun is setting. When the sun rays and warm and gentle on the skin.
If you expose your child to the hot sun for extended periods, rather that his/her skin producing vitamin D, it will experience sunburns which will be painful for your little one. While on the beach, your baby needs to be kept from the sun for the prolonged period. They will need to be under shade. This will do them a lot of good. The tent that you choose should have this protection on all sides to cater for the times when the sun rays will hit the ground at an angle and still find their own way to reach the child.
Easy to put up and take down
If you are not a handy person, you know that feeling when you come across an item that requires you to have perfect hand coordination. Regardless of how easy the process is, you just might end up screwing up for one reason or the other. With the baby sun shade tent, however, since you cannot afford to make any mistakes and since you do not want to spend crucial minutes from your basking time while at the beach, you should endeavor to pick a product that is easy to pull up and to take down.
There are different mechanisms that allow for this. As a matter of fact, there are some tents that you will come across that will only require a second to put up and just three seconds to take down. Impressive right?
When you are setting up a tent, you expect that it will be able to hold its own even when cool breezes decide to blow right? You want the tent to be remain standing regardless of the baby’s effort to bring it down. For this, the tent that you choose should have the option of going deep into the beach sand to provide it with the hold that you are looking for. There are those that come with pegs to pin it down ensuring its stability, and there are those that you have to use rods thrust into the earth to provide it with the stability. Whichever tech you choose, be sure that it will provide you with stability.
Baby beach shade tents come with four opaque sides. And while the baby might be appreciative of the personal space, they might misuse it. And you can’t blame them, they are just kids, and they do not know any better. As a matter of fact in their own unique way, (very innocent I might add), they might only be looking to feed their curiosity when they take a lump of sand into their hand and put it into their mouth. They have no clue that it can harm them but all the same.
To prevent your child from feeding on the sand, or even getting it in their eyes, you might want to have a tent that comes with a floor underneath. It might not be as thick as the normal floors that you are used to but it will get the job done. It is also worth noting that not all of them come with floors. For those that don’t, you might be forced to carry your very own blanket to lay on the sand.
The floor will also protect your child from sustaining bruises from the sand as they play in it. And while the bruises might not hurt at the moment, wait till you are giving them a bath in warm water.
UPF (Ultraviolet Protection)
The opaque sides will provide your child from the hot sun. They will provide them with shade. However, they will do nothing to help protect them from the harmful UV rays. UV sun rays can penetrate the tent material and harm your child. And with the knowledge that at times and for some individuals with sensitive skin an extended period of time in UV light might cause the development of cancer, you will not want to take the chances with your child.
There is some tech however that ensures the UV rays do not penetrate the tent regardless of how light the material used to cover its sides is.
Sure while you are at the beach, you need your baby to be protected at all times right? Well, this does not mean that you have them suffocate. The tent that you get should have enough opening to let in fresh air while still ensuring the safety of your child. They should be able to feel the cool breeze on their sun countering the heat.
Beach Baby Tent Reviews
For a long time, the Schylling Infant UV play shade has been the recipient of love from many parents looking to take their babies to the beach. They have over the years improved on their services offering more tech-based solutions to the simple tent making it more functional than most in the market.
First and foremost, if you were worried that it would not cater to your needs in terms of age, then you will be pleased to know that it has got you covered. Beach shades for babies are designed to be small. As such when kids grow they also grow out of the tents. With the Schylling Infant UV Playshade however, it will be a long time before your child cannot fit into the tent.
The tent comes with UV protection measuring 50+ to keep your child from harm. Scientists have over the years shown an association between UV rays from the sun and cancer. Though there is a slight chance of developing cancer as a result of this, not unless one has sensitive skin, it is always good to be on the safe side. Do not leave anything to chance – this baby sun tent sees to this.
The design it features, one that the company took a step of patenting requires no assembly at all. No other product in the market can have the same working mechanism. It might seem unfair, but it is all business. To enjoy this, no assembly feature make use of this one of a kind tent.
The polyester material it features helps provides your child with complete protection. And for the times the tent will need cleaning, you will have an easy time wiping it down with a wet cloth. In the unfortunate times that it rains, your baby will be safe from the rain.
Last but not least it comes with pegs to hold it down to the ground improving its stability and sand pockets as well.
The one thing that calls out to you from meters away is its special design. Not many products if any come with a design similar to this. Its modern chic and a style that does not show any signs of going out of style anytime in the near future. Its style, however, is just the tip of the ice berg. The heart of the matter is in the features hat it comes with.
It is a lightweight tent. It will not make you its carrier to tire up and feel as though you were out in the gym. You can carry it all day long without feeling it weighing you down. But while it is lightweight, it still gets the job done with great effectiveness.
It us compact enough to allow for storage with no hassle yet when put up, it has a spacious interior enough for your child to enjoy the beach in. Speaking of interior, it comes with some pockets that can hold personal items.
The frame is made of fiberglass and makes it durable and lightweight. Complementing this feature is the polyethene material used to protect your son or daughter from the scorching sun, the wind and harmful UV rays. It is also waterproof helping to keep your child dry for the few times that it rains when you are at the beach. Last but not least, and a factor that makes it best for outdoor use is the floor it comes with. Not only does it work to help keep the baby from feeding on the sand and getting some into his/her eyes, but it also is intended to prevent bruising which could prove to be rather painful when you are giving them a bath.
From its design, you can tell that the designers of this product were in their A game. It is an innovative design and one that will have you catching the attention of many on the beach. Yea sure you probably will say you do not want the attention and how you hate it. But a little attention for you and your child could only do you some good.
To help protect your child from the harmful effects of UV rays, the fabric used to make the tent is coated with an Anti-UV coating. The result is 0% penetration of the UV rays. Your child remains safe, under the shade and away from health risks caused by the rays.
To help with its transport, the tent comes with its very own carrying bag. It folds enough to fit in it and helps to make its transportation a breeze. No more will you have to feel as though you are from lifting weights when you get back from the beach. You will be well relaxed and bonded with your child ready to take on anything that can come your way.
Last but not least, it features an interwoven mesh that helps give it its modern look as well as improve on the ventilation. So your child will be in the tent and with fresh air.
Now if your main concern about getting a sun tent for baby is how you are going to put it up and take it down every time you are looking to go to the beach, then worry no more. This modern tent features a new technology that allows you to put in up, no, as a matter of fact; it puts itself up in a second and takes itself down in three seconds. You do not have to do the heavy lifting with this tent. What’s more appealing and intriguing about it is the fact that it is stable and can withstand the ocean breeze with perfection.
Also, it is made from nylon fabric which is water resistant. It does not soak in water which is perfect for the days when the rain ambushes you when you are out on the beach or out camping. This property also makes it easy to clean. All you would need to get rid of some of the dirt is wipe it down with a clean and wet piece of cloth.
Its frame is made from steel. And at the mention of steel two things come to mind; durability and heaviness. However, contrary to the latter, it is actually a lightweight tent. The steel used is light enough to make sure of this.
As for its size, it is large enough to accommodate two adults and a child or an adult and multiple children. This is very convenient for you if you are a new family or you are a dad/mom looking to have a fun day out with your kids.
If you are looking for a professional beach tent for your toddler, but one that can protect your child like any of the topsun tents for babies available in the market, then this is the product for you. it is simple in design yet very functional. Here is what many parents love about it.
First and foremost, it features a UV guard protection for your child. It measures at +50 SPF. This is great as you will not have to worry about your child being at the risk of developing cancer sometime later on in life as a result of the exposure to the harmful rays.
It features enough space in it to hold an adult. it also comes with two doors that you could zip up if you are looking to have some privacy while at the beach. Inside it you also get some pockets that you could use to hang some items that you carried along with you.
Last but not least it comes with a floor protecting your toddler from the sand, as well as a carry bag which increases its portability.
With the above guide, you should be more than equipped to handle the choosing with no issues whatsoever. As a matter of fact, it should be a walk in the park. Be sure to take your time with your research as it will be well worth your while at the very end.