Now that we have a baby I need to find a good quality beach tent / sun and wind block so that my wife can take the baby with us to the beach.
I have seen various offerings when at the beach and some certainly appear better than others.
Anyone have any experience or advice? Need something that is not going to be a piece of junk and that can stay intact in a little bit of wind and offer suitable protection for the baby from the sun.
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Posted by: thebob.com on Jun-15-14 11:44 AM (EST)
Posted by: booztalkin on Jun-15-14 1:20 PM (EST)
I've been wondering. Sounds like everything is turning out well for baby and K. since you are talking about going to the beach.
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Posted by: waterbearer on Jun-16-14 8:15 PM (EST)
Chip is correct - it is my choice for the beach. While it does offer shade, I keep a shirt on underneath it for UV protection.
Posted by: kayakboy on Jun-15-14 2:24 PM (EST)
Great shade for the beach. However, be sure and check if the beaches allow such a shelter. Two of the beaches allow nothing but an umbrella. More and more beaches are moving to this. I guess it is much more important to have the lifeguards zooming up and down the beach.
Posted by: johnysmoke on Jun-15-14 11:26 PM (EST)
We have a little one as well and this works great to keep the sun off. http://m.rei.com/product/808943/kelty-cabana-large
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Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-16-14 12:58 PM (EST)
I would tend to stick with something from outdoor outfitters rather than discount store stuff. These both have good reviews. A family member has an older Kelty I've seen set up and it's well designed:
Posted by: dafishman on Jun-16-14 2:13 PM (EST)
I have one of the tent-like sunshades and found them to be limiting. The direction of the sun did not always line up with the tent's shade and being able to view the water's edge. The sun was often in my face when facing the water and trying to watch the kids. I also found them to be hot. The tent walls blocked any breeze.
Gosh! Those baby-on-the-beach memories!|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Jun-16-14 5:28 PM (EST)
I remember going through this same scenario nineteen years back with my newborn daughter Lauren, who made her first journey to the beach as a 2-1/2 month old with our annual Duckhead pilgrimage to Milburn Landing/Assateague National Seashore. We were mostly pleased with the L.L.Bean beach cabana model we purchased then, a low slung Hollywood Bowl affair which offered a floor along with its quarter-orb environ of nylon, slung aloft per three sectional fiberglass wand poles, a longer one forming the arc of the opening with two shorter ones stiffening and vaulting the canopy from the rear. It was relatively easy to slide all three poles through their respective sleeves while the cabana fabric lay flat on the beach, and then quickly arcing each into grommet and strap stiffeners before a unintentional kite festival went into action. Whilst cheap plastic stakes were just OK, primarily the weight of beach bags and beach grumpy dog Bob and mother and babe and cooler helped hold the thing down. It had a 2 foot by 4 foot screen window at the rear to afford cross breezes, but this had a tendency to allow too much sun to enter. No problem, as a damp beach towel would usually be draped over the back, semi-twisted within the pole rigging, to abate glare.