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We bought a shade a babe for £29.99 from Amazon more to cover summer holidays abroad than much risk from the UK sun. As such over the 30 months we've owned it we've probably only really used it on 11 or 12 occasions with three foreign trips and some unfeasibly hot, sunny days last summer.
The idea of the shade a babe is that on sunny days it protects your little one from the UV rays of the sun, it is a darkened cover that you place over your pushchair which means the little one can see out and you can see in but everything is darkened both ways.
My initial thoughts on this were that it was too large, too bulky and as our little one got bigger it was less practical and it almost felt a little cruel using it. In the first 12-15 months it was fine as baby was happy to lay there, sleep and lay there, so the shade a babe felt like protection, however once our little one reached 18 months it started to feel less like protection and more like an unnecessary restraint.
The shade a babe folds up and can be placed underneath your pushchair, it actually takes some force to fit it under our pushchair, which is a single baby jogger, and it is fairly bulky and doesn't slim down too much, I don't like this and it does discourage me from using it. To place it over the chair involves strategically tying the loose ends around various parts of the chair until it has covered the vulnerable areas from head to foot.
As our chair has a nice overbearing cover with a small plastic see through area I have always felt our little one has decent protection from overhead sun, this shade a babe has proven useful in the all encompassing sunshine of Gran Canaria and Cancun, but i'm not sure we gained too much from using it in the UK as I think the chair does a good enough job of providing protection.
For our little one, travel with this cover can now be frustrating, at a time when seeing things and interacting is everything, this restricts movement and interaction completely, people can't see in and we have to lift the shade a babe to check all is ok. Our child does become awfully grumpy whenever we use this now, knowing there won't be the chance to grab at things, point at dogs or enjoy walks in the way they generally do, which is a shame as sunny days are the best times to do this.
I don't like that and although I think this is a worthy purchase for the baby years I think it has a limited working life. We'll keep it in case we have another child and hopefully over the next few years we'll have plenty of sunshine and chances to use this, but overall my thoughts are that its overpriced by about £7-£10 for what it is, a darkened piece of plastic with tie ends. It is unfeasibly bulky and difficult to fold under the push chair and after a certain age begins to feel like a punishment rather than a way of protecting your child.
It does its job, but if you have a decent pushchair it doesn't do much more in mild UK weather than your chair can. I appreciate my views are entirely personal and the idea that it protects children from UV rays is a really worthy one, my point is I don't think on balance the protection it provides, particularly in the UK climate is worth the stress it causes our little one.
The summer of 2005 was a hot one-yep we had an ACTUAL summer here in the UK! My son was born in early May so he was still very small when the hot weather hit us. I wanted to have him out and about in the pram getting fresh air but was concerned about the sun on his very young skin. Initially we picked up a parasol type sun shade product and I have to say it was a load of rubbish! It fell, it flopped and needed constant repositioning and so we knew we needed to look into other alternatives. It was then that someone recommended a shade a babe to me. I had never heard of them but apparently they were all the rage in Australia and so I bought one from an online retailer for £25.00 at the time.
The shade a babe is basically a black mesh product which fits on to the majority of prams and it offers a UPF 50+ protection at its most protected spot. The shade a babe also offers sun protection of UPF 10 on its upper part, and UPF 3 on the lower part of the product. The top part of the shade a babe is a soft material which can be pulled down and this protects your baby from 99% of UV rays which is really as good as it can get. The lower mesh parts still offer 90% protection from UV rays whilst also protecting your child from glare, winds and even light showers.
We had a Graco Quattro Deluxe pram and found that the universal shade a babe fit our pram very well. Initially we thought how the hell are we going to get this to fit our pram? When we spread the shade a babe out though we found it quite easy to fit. You need to lay the shade a babe on your pram and then there are numerous Velcro straps which fasten around the back of your pram, around the handles and around the bottom near the wheels. Once the shade a babe is on it is on and you don't need to remove it unless you want to as it has a zip which you can undo and pull the shade a babe down a little and get baby into the pram.
I found that my son didn't really mind being enclosed in the shade a babe when we were out and about in the sunny weather. Apparently the babies can see out of the shade a babe well and can still see what is going on. I found that I had to get quite near to the pram to peep in at my son and see if he was asleep and things so I would have liked it to have been a bit easier for me to be able to see him, but considering he was getting such good protection from the sun I felt this was something worth suffering, especially seen as when I would get to the park or something I would sit in some shade and un zip the shade a babe anyway.
I have to say one thing I liked about the shade a babe, other than its great protection for my son's skin and eyes from the son, was the fact that it protected him from flying insects. I am really scared of wasps and such like and I would panic if one was flying around him so thankfully with the shade a babe they couldn't get to him, and I could just run away with the pram!!!
I think this product would be invaluable if you were going abroad with a small baby or child as they would be well protected from the sun whilst in their pram.
I would certainly recommend this item to parents, despite the fact that I wasn't hugely keen on the fact that I found it harder to interact with my son when he was enclosed in the shade a babe. The product offers such good protection from the sun and insects that it really is worth the money you spend on it. My friend recently bought a parasol from Mothercare and it cost her £19.99. The product lasted around twenty minutes on her pram before it fell down. She had to constantly readjust it whilst we were out walking and in the end she gave up. The shade a babe can be bought for around £30.00 from online retailers such as Amazon or Kiddicare and in my opinion it is a much better investment.
Thank you for reading my review.
We used to live 5 minutes walk from the beach in Bournemouth. The sun was always very hot in the summer when you used to be down on the sea front and on the beach. When my daughter was very young we used to like to go down there in the summer but I was always worried about the sun glaring on her when she was laying in her pram for her nap so when we found this Shade-A-Babe in Boots it was a bit of a God send though an expensive one at £35.00.
The Shade-A-Babe is like a rain cover but instead of protecting your child from the rain, it protects them from the sun and its powerful UV rays as well as keeping the glare of the sun out of little eyes. The shade is made from navy mesh layered fabric with a UV protective layer over the top.
The Shade-A-Babe is universal so will fit all prams. It attaches easily to the hood of your pram with little velcro tabs. My version had a zip on the front so that when I wanted to get my daughter in or out of the pram it was just a case of unzipping it rather than taking the whole thing off.
I only really used this when we were down on the beach, sitting on the sand and my daughter was sleeping. She wouldn't have it on when she was awake - she would scream until we took it off. I think it obscures a baby's vision too much and they really don't like it. It was perfect for the reason I used it for as it protected my daughter from the hot breeze that blows across the sea front and usually causes burning.
The Shade-A-Babe was really easy to store. When it wasn't in use, it was just a case of folding it up like you would a rain cover and packing it away somewhere. I always used to put it in the little bag that came with my daughter's pram so I knew where it was all the time and so it was also with us if we needed it when we were out and about.
Please do not think that because you have this shade on your baby's pram that you do not need to apply sun cream to your baby as you do have to. It does not offer full protection from the sun.
If you can track one of these down on eBay, definately get one on there as they are really expensive from the shops.
Highly recommended but loses a star for the expense.
For my eldest child I had a canopy style wrap around shade which was a good idea but kept falling off and so was no use at all! I was moaning about it to a friend when she recommended the Outlook shade-a-babe.
What is it?
This is essentially a canopy that covers the whole pushchair think of the rain cover but a sun version.
The product is made of a triple layered mesh like fabric and a uv shade at the top.
What does it do?
Basically the shade protects your child from UV rays it also cuts out the glare which means your little angel can still fall asleep! The product also prevents insects from getting into your pushchair and also protects from cats? Personally never experienced a cat trying to get into the pushchair but I guess could happen!
The shade is very easy to fit it uses your existing canopy and then Velcro's onto the side of the frame.
The only design fault is that you have to remove the shade to get the child in or out however I did see that this is available with a zip at the front so you can peel it back, I cannot comment on how good this is as only have the old style one.
Shade a babe is also very esy to store eithier back in the packaging or can be easily folded in the buggy pocket. it is also very easy to take on a holiday and indeed proved invaluable on out very hot holidaty to spain.
You can get the product direct from the manufacturer www.shade-a-babe .co.uk and it currently retails at £33.95 it is also available from Amazon, boots, kiddicare and john Lewis. The product is also availabkle for Double pushchairs as well if you look on the website it tells you if the product is suitable.
I would defiantly recommend this product particularly as you can get an excellent fit which unlike the old parasols means that you are actually protecting your child from the sun which when a baby can burn in only 15 minutes the cost is insignificant .
I would also like to let you know that this product has been tested by the Australian radiation laboratories who are world leaders in cancer prevention so you really can put your faith in the product.
My Daughter didn't mind this on her pushchair and was still able to look out whilst this was on and it meant that we could still go out and about whilst it was sunny something I tried to avoid with the eldest as she didn't have such good protection.
I purchased a shade-a-babe when we decided to go on our first family holiday to Paphos in October 2008. Our son was 5 months at the time and I really wanted something to cover his pushchair and protect him from the sunshine for when we were out walking. My friend recommended the outlook shade-a-babe to me as they had previously purchased one and told me how wonderful it was.
I purchased my shade-a-babe from the official website - www.shade-a-babe.co.uk, it cost me £32.99 which included postage. You can get second hand one's slightly cheaper on Ebay but I decided that I would like a new one as we have quite a few holidays coming up so would get our use out of it. When the shade-a-babe arrived it was folded into a small, square plastic packet with a carry handle, we were also sent a separate carry bag with a draw string for when we removed it from the plastic. The mesh cover of the shade-a-babe is mainly black in colour but the top part of it that fits over the pushchair hood comes in many different colours, we opted for the navy blue colour.
The shade-a-babe is basically a cover that fits over most three and four wheeler pushchairs, your pushchair must have a canopy for this to fit. It is UPF 50+ (the highest UPF fabric rating available), so protects your little one from the suns harmful rays and prevents your little ones skin becoming burnt. It also acts as a glare shield as it has a double mesh layer beneath the visor. It also protects from insects and wind as the mesh prevents insects from entering the pushchair, but it does still offer good visibility and allows your baby to still see through the protective mesh layer.
To fit the shade-a-babe onto your pushchair, you place the coloured fabric piece over the canopy of your pushchair; there are Velcro strips on the top of it that fasten around your pushchair handles. You then simple pull the mesh cover down so that it covers the whole of your pushchair and then fasten the additional Velcro strips to the bars at the bottom of your pushchair so that the cover is secure.
The part I like most about the shade-a-babe is that the front section of the mesh cover unzips, comes off and can be folded small enough to put in your pocket, I liked this feature as this allowed us to unzip it and allow my son to have better visibility for when the sun wasn't shining on him.
I found the shade-a-babe invaluable on our last holiday; we are going on holiday again in 5 weeks and will be taking it with us again. I found it very light weight so easy to pack in my suitcase and also found it very easy to fit onto the pushchair. Although I did also put sunscreen on my son I found that the shade-a-babe gave me extra peace of mind when we were out and about. It was great to know that my son would not run the risk of getting burnt.
I bought a shade-a-babe when going on holiday to Malta with my then 5 month old baby. The shade-a-babe is a sunshield that will fit onto any buggy, it is available in a range of shapes and sizes from single to double buggy and a special 3 wheeler version, so you can buy one to fit any type of buggy. The shade fits on with velcro straps which can be cut to size if you wish (NB if you are planning to sell on, more of which later, don't cut the straps!).
The shade I had lifted up to be folded on top of your buggy when not in use and had to be folded up to get your baby in and out - the most recent design has a zip for easier access - I've seen one in action and this is a good addition to the product.
The shade is a net like cover that protects from the sun and also the wind. As a parent when you have a young baby the sun, even in this country, can be a concern - babies' skin can burn very easily and suncream for babies is quite hard to apply in my experience. Ideally your baby should be kept out of direct sun, but this shade does cut down exposure and will back up use of suncream. According to the manufacturer's website the protection is as follows:
Fold down Visor UPF50+ (98% UV reduction)
Top section Glare Shield UPF10 (90% UV reduction)
Lower section UPF3 (70% UV reduction)
The fold down visor at the top is made of thicker material - a bit like a swimsuit. Due to the way that the shade is constructed the baby can see out - I tested - but it does make it a little hard to see in to see your baby. When I first used it in Malta it drew a lot of looks and I think quite worried people!
So is it any good?
I think this is an excellent baby product. It is far better than a parasol which I suppose would be the alternative. My baby was perfectly content to be covered with the shade and it lasted into the toddler stage - just. Around the time that babies become less happy to have a rain cover they are maybe less keen on this, so I would say if you are buying one for an older baby be wary of this; if they are over about 9 months and seeing a shade for the first time they probably are not going to like it and it will be a shortlived affair!
As for me, I used my shade-a-babe for both children and over a year each time, and was then able to resell it on ebay with the original packaging for about half the £29.99 I bought it for, it was in very good condition still so had worn well, and washed perfectly in the washing machine on a low setting. I was able to go out in the Summer for the day with my buggy with my youngest with just a buggy, this shade and a couple of nappies, and it kept my baby well protected. I thought it would just get holiday use but as we had a nice Summer (remember those?), I actually used it a lot.
Where to buy?
I bought my shade from John Lewis, but you can also buy direct from www.shadeababe.co.uk, where the product is available for around £32 including postage, depending on the shape you buy, or for £29.99 from amazon.
Would I recommend?
I would recommend this product for use with younger babies if you are planning to be out and about a lot. It is a good quality, well made and useful product.
I bought this to take with us to Paphos July/Aug 2008. It's light to carry so didn't use up too much of my luggage allowance and was easy to transport whilst we were in Paphos itself.
Unfortunately my 17 month old son hated it. We hadn't used it before we went away (has England had any sun this year??!) and only used it once whilst in Paphos. He cried constantly while it was over him, he was due to nap but refused to lay down whilst the cover was on, kicked and pulled at it until I found a shady place to raise the shade. There's no reasoning about the dangers of sun exposure with a 17 month old toddler so I didn't persist. Despite comments in other reviews you should continue to use sun lotion whilst using this shade since the degree of UV protection varies between the different sections, so I'd also applied lotion and son was safe from burning whilst we were out, it was just annoying that I couldn't shield his eyes from the glare of the sun.
Even though we've not made a great deal of use of the shade I'm certain this is fantastic for younger babies and would be great for toddlers who had got used to it from an earlier age. It's definitely infinitely better than having to reposition a parasol or canopy everytime you change direction, and looks better than a towel draped over the hood! Do expect odd looks from strangers though!!
I bought a Shade-a-Babe from Outlook's website early last summer, and I have found it to be brilliant. I have a Mothercare stroller type buggy, and had previously used a parasol to shade my daughter, (then aged around 5-6 months). i found that the parasol had to be constantly repositioned, and was always blowing around in the wind. I had seen the Shade-a-Babe advertised in parenting magazines, and thought that it seemed like the ideal solution. It cost around £32.00, including the postage and packaging, and arrived within a few days.
The Shade-a-Babe is made from a material that provides the baby with a high level of sun protection. It fits over the buggy and is fixed in place with Velcro straps. The front panel can be unzipped and folded down to allow your child to look out. It can be zipped back up if you are in strong sunlight, to give the baby added protection, and will also protect against strong winds and light showers.
I am really glad that I bought the Shade-a-Babe, as it has given me reassurance that my daughter will be protected against the suns rays when she is in it. I think that it originates from Australia. It also comes with a bag to store it in when not in use. The only slight problem is that there is not much space to get your child in and out when the Shade-a-Babe is on, so it is probably better to lift the front part off and rest it on the hood, while you put your child in, then replace it and reattach the Velcro straps.
these are great for holidays abroad or indeed uk when we have the sun!! and because of the uv protection I didnt need to put greasy suncream on a new baby,it also seemed to keep the baby cooler,a god send on the beach with a new born no need to drape towels etc over the pram , keeps the baby protected from harmful rays , keeps the sand at bay,and longterm cheaper than sun cream!
UV Screen for pushchairs, prams, strollers, etc.