Reviewed by Nia Lock
As the weather warmed up and thoughts turned towards picnics in the park and summery walks, all my mum friends bought themselves a SnoozeShade Sun & Sleep shade to make light work of keeping the sun off their babies and making it dark enough for naps on the go. As the owner of several shade contraptions I decided to make do but I certainly regret that now.
The SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe is supplied in a drawstring net bag and the packaging is very detailed in terms of instructions, suitable age, suggested use, information about social media and safety info.
It comes out of its drawstring bag easily and it is surprisingly easy to get it back in once the sun goes in. It’s quite small so fits easily under the pram with the raincover.
I’m a mum of three, so I’m no stranger to the problems associated with keeping the sun off your baby whilst they’re travelling in a pram or pushchair. I’m also fond of prams and have several sorts, an off-road buggy, a shopping pram which turns easily, an airport pram which packs up tiny. All of them completely different shapes and the SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe fits them all as promised. There’s elastic all around the outside and six stretchy cords with poppers to hold the shade in position, using some or all of these cords I found it easy to provide complete shade for my baby in all the prams I tried it on.
I’ve always been concerned about the safety aspect of covering a baby in hot weather, so often you see blankets pinned awkwardly onto pram hoods making the baby inside stiflingly hot, but using the SnoozeShade is a much more sensible option as the fabric is basically mesh and is therefore air permeable. It blocks 97.5% of UV rays without causing the baby to overheat.
My baby was rather pleased when I popped the Snoozeshade onto her pram, she actually gets very annoyed by bright sunlight but I think she just thought it was lots of fun to be honest. There’s a lovely unzippable window at the front which allowed her to see plenty of exciting things going past, it opens completely which is great for access. There’s an extra silver screen part which you can zip up to make it darker inside which helps babies to sleep when there are distractions nearby, which there always are. This tucks away into a handy pocket when not in use. There’s also a zip at the top of the SnoozeShade which you can open up to peek at the baby inside which could come in useful.
One of the best things for me about the SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe is the fact that its machine washable and can be tumble dried too. It’s very well designed and very safety conscious as it exceeds all required safety standards for pram accessories, it also comes with a 2 year warranty.
After years of wrestling with annoying parasols and ridiculous sunshades which are either stiff and boardy or comically bouncy, I finally have a SnoozeShade. I really wish I hadn’t left it so long!
For more information or to buy visit www.snoozeshade.com.