Instead of draping a blanket over your stroller, try this brolly. It pivots 180 degrees to block the sun and has a clamp that fits most strollers. $30; strollerbaby.com
No longer available as of July 2013.
This smart shade product 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. $40; shadeusa.com
This umbrella, which comes in 7- or 9-foot sizes, gets high marks for portability, not to mention the extra protection that the side flaps provide. $60; sport-brella.com
For protection that's permanent, try one of these over your sandbox or patio. It's made from fabric that won't tear or mildew, and blocks 90 percent of UV rays. $30; bedbathandbeyond.com
Throw this tent in the air and it pops right open. It's large enough for two adults and a child, and the open floor lets your little one play in the sand. $50; shadeusa.com
You can easily carry 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. $199; iundercover.com
Originally published in the June 2011 issue of Parents magazine.