Made For the Shade
We consulted with experts and tested two dozen products to bring you our favorites.
ShadyBaby Stroller Parasol Instead of draping a blanket over your stroller, try this. It pivots 180 degrees to block the sun and has a universal clamp that fits most strollers. Blocks 94.5 percent of UVA rays, 99.7 percent of UVB rays. $30
Shade Shack Portable Beach Tent Throw it in the air and it pops right open. The tent is large enough for two adults and a child. The back panel zips closed, and the open floor lets your little one play in the sand. UPF 30+. $50
Undercover Sport-Packer Instant Beach Canopy This 8-by-8-foot, 19-pound tent on your back with the included straps. It also has a wall panel to help deflect indirect rays. Blocks 99 percent of UV rays. $199
Coolaroo Shade Sails For protection that's more permanent, try one of these over your sandbox or patio. It's made from fabric that won't tear or mildew. Blocks 90 percent of UV rays. $30 to $199
Portabrella This little guy has a built-in anchoring system and a full-size umbrella that tilts, but it breaks down into three parts that measure just 24 inches, so it can easily fit into your beach tote. UPF 50+. $40
Sport-Brella Beach Umbrella This umbrella, which comes in 7- or 9-foot sizes, gets high marks for portability, not to mention for the extra protection that the side flaps provide. UPF 50+. $50 or $70
Originally published in the June 2011 issue of Parents magazine.
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