Baby pop up tents fall into one of two major design categories. Most of the products that we recommend are in the external frame category. These products have tent poles permanently connected to each other with fixed joints. Whenever you pull on the drawstrings, the frame expands and the shelter pops open. The other common beach tent design has internal flex frames. Flex frame tents can be twisted and folded without breaking any tent poles. This allows manufacturers to construct the tent and frame as a single component, which leads to many advantages. Many of the baby beach tents we recommend are from the first category because we like to recommend pop up tents that are dynamic enough to continue to be used after your baby grows. Flex framed sun tents tend to be smaller and made with lesser quality than external framed sun tents. So, we usually don’t recommend them. But one flex framed UV tent for a baby deviated from this norm and impressed us during testing. The WolfWise Easy Pop Up sun tent is the best flex framed baby sun tent on the market. Flex framed tents offer many benefits. We have been discouraged because we haven’t been able to find one that we think offers enough value to break into our top baby tent collection. We were thrilled when we finally stumbled upon the WolfWise Easy Pop Up beach shade because it is built with high quality materials that we think will be able to withstand years of abuse without failure, and is also large enough that it is able to be used by adults as well as children. The WolfWise Easy Pop Up sun shade is not a toy, or constructed of cheap material like many true baby beach tents seem to be. It is a high-quality sun shelter and is one of the best baby shelters available today.
The WolfWise Easy Pop Up UV tent for a baby does not have an external frame. Instead, it has a set of malleable fiberglass internal support structures that expand outwards, giving the shelter its form. Since its internal support is flexible, it is almost impossible to break. In order to break the internal frame, you would have to make an effort to intentionally fold a beam in half. However, even when we tried this the frame just creased and didn’t actually crack. The flexibility of the WolfWise’s frame makes it the most wind resistant baby sun tent on our list. We aimed an industrial fan at ours and the shelter misshaped and bent, as expected. But as soon as we turned off the fan, it popped right back up to its original form. If you are concerned with your frame poles cracking or joints failing on a windy beach, this product might be your best option.
Another benefit of a completely internal frame is that there is no risk of losing any pieces. All of the components are self-contained and encompassed inside the fabric, so there isn’t any way to lose a piece in the sand. This is also a great feature many people overlook with a flex frame beach tent. We found the inability for sand to penetrate the joints and cause friction or rubbing at their most vulnerable points, like you might find with external frame shelters, will greatly increase the longevity of the product.
We found setup to be a breeze, and actually enjoyable. To pack the tent away, you fold it in a way that the internal frame is restricted from expanding. The frame wants to spring open, but it is constrained because of the way that it is folded into itself. To set up the tent, all you need to do is allow the internal frame to expand naturally. By twisting the collapsed tent, you free the frame to expand and it opens by itself in less than a second. The easy setup is convenient for parents. You know that whenever you get to the beach, your toddler is going to want to start exploring immediately. The last thing you want to have to worry about is corralling your child while you attempt to set up a clunky tent frame. Once the WolfWise Easy Pop Up shade is set up, you can tie it down with the included stakes and pre-attached guy lines, ensuring that your baby pop up tent will remain secure if an unexpected sea breeze blows in. It also has weight pockets along the bottom edge of the floor. You can fill these pockets with sand, which weighs down the tent, adding additional protection from wind.
Tear down is just as simple. After you remove the stakes and the sand from the pockets, you lift the shade and twist the top and bottom in opposite directions. This might be difficult and confusing initially, as it feels unnatural to be twisting the frame in the opposite directions. It took us a few attempts to feel comfortable with the process, and now it’s incredibly easy. Twisting in opposite directions will cause the frame to collapse and roll. When it is packed it retains the shape of a disk about 2 feet wide and 2 inches thick. In its packed state it is easy to transport, which is important when you have a baby and your arms are already filled with baby products. The tent weighs about 3 pounds, which is the lightest baby pop up tent on our list and barely noticeable when you have it slung over your shoulder.
The biggest reason that many parents purchase a UV tent for baby is because they want to protect their baby from harmful ultraviolet radiation. It is important to look at the ratings of the fabric of the product that you are interested in. To us, this is the most important characteristic of a baby sun tent and we only recommend ones with the highest possible rating. The WolfWise Easy Pop Up tent is no exception to that statement. It is constructed with 190-T durable polyester which is rated UPF 50+. This is the highest possible ultraviolet protection factor and signifies that the fabric will block at least 98% of the UV rays that come into contact with the fabric. Sunburn is not a matter to take lightly. If you do decide to explore beach tents outside of our list, make sure you are satisfied with their UPF rating.
The WolfWise Easy Pop Up canopy is the best value internal flex frame beach tent and, in our opinion, is one of the best sun tents on the market. Most internal flex frame tents are small and will not be usable in a few years when your baby outgrows it. But the WolfWise Easy Pop Up shelter will provide value to owners of all ages. It is virtually indestructible so you will never have to worry about it breaking, no matter how much abuse it receives. Since all of the pieces are self-contained you won’t ever have to worry about losing any parts. Its thick durable fabric provides the highest level of sun protection so you can rest assured that whoever is sitting under it will remain completely protected from harmful UV rays. If you are looking for one of the easiest worry-free beach tents on the market, we recommend that you take a serious look at the WolfWise Easy Pop Up beach tent.