“ Brand: Padgett / Safety Type: Travel Safety Accessories „
When browsing the Amazon website, like I do more times than I care to admit, I spotted these sun shades for only £1.99 with free super saver delivery, they looked like a bargain so I snapped them up!
Once the package had arrived I noticed the box was quite small, especially since there are two sun shades in the pack. After opening I realised the shades were folded up quite small and as I took them out of the box, realised they just popped into shape. The two shades have a different design and different shape to them to represent the two different animals. The cat shade is mainly round in shape with two triangles at the top for the cat ears, the face of the cat is made from a white material on the shade. The bear shade has the same principle as the cat shade, being mainly round and with round panda bear ears and a white face design.
To stick them to the car windows you have to ensure that the windows are clean to start with then wet the sucker slightly and push the sucker against the window. This sounds easy right? Wrong. Once the sucker is on the window and the shade is in place, the slightest jolt will make the shade come attached and fall off the window. Even closing the door has been known to make the shade fall off. Once the door is closed and the shade is still in place it does seem to stay there for a little while. I've never had to drive somewhere far away so I don't know how it would fare on long journeys, but it's lasted a good 30 minutes before dropping off if my daughter hasn't pulled it on herself.
The white face designs on both sun shades has faded quite considerably over the two years we've been using these, for the first 18 months they were only used occasionally in my mums car but now I'm driving I use them a lot more. The white design has faded so much that it's hard to make out what the white design is actually meant to resemble.
The sun shades do the job they are meant to do and shade my daughter when sat in her car seat. I wouldn't say they block out the sun as good as other car sun shades, but they do block the sun to some degree. I would have preferred them to block out the sun a little better but as they block out a little sun and my daughter doesn't moan about the sun in her eyes etc. so these are fine for us.
I don't think I would recommend these. It is hard to get the shades to stick to the windows without them falling off 10 seconds later, the design fades after being in the car a while and they don't block out the sun as much as I would like, so only buy these as a last resort!
I take my daughter on many many trips in the car, either on days out or shopping or even picking my brother up from University. While she absolutely loves looking out of the window at the animals, cars or trees going by, I was concerned about the suns rays on her face on sunny days. I decided to pick up some sun shades and saw the Padgett Animal Shades for sale on Ebay for just 99p and as they were brand new I thought that was a bargain!
The sun shades come in a pack of two, and on one there is a Panda and Cat face on the other. The shades are made out of black mesh and the outer of them is a bendy wire, the faces on the shades are drawn on in white. On the back of the shade there is a large suction cup which enables you to stick it to the car window. Depending on the size of the window, the shade will cover most of it, however when I had a small Rover car they were a little too big for the window but in my Zafira now they are the right size and even have a little space to open the window slightly too. I thought these would be a good shade to have as my daughter would be able to see through them still so she wouldn't miss out on seeing anything out of the window and would also be shaded from the bright sun and heat.
Ok, the shades do work - when they actually stay on the window!! I put the on for the first time when I was getting ready for a trip to Blackpool with my daughter and mum and not even ten minutes into the journey they had fallen off! As it was a particularly sunny day I pulled over and stuck them on again but the same happened. We must have stopped the car about seven times before I finally gave up on it. The rest of the journey was a little hot and uncomfortable for my poor daughter so I wasn't very happy!
I am absolutely beyond disappointed in these sun shades, even though I only paid just under a pound for them!! I know they were selling in Boots for around £2.99 which is still a reasonable amount but a total waste of money for something that just doesn't work at all! I have since bought a different sun shade and not had a single problem with them.
I can only give these sun shades a poor one out of five Dooyoo stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)
When I look after my niece we often go out in the care, and at the beginning of summer I noticed Ellie squinting a little as the light fell in through the windows. I had been intending to buy some sort of screen anyway, but that day deliberately went seeking one out so that she would not be affected by the brightness. I wasn't certain where would be the best shop to find a good shade in, with there not being any children's stores in my local town. I looked in Marks and Spencer and a small, independent boutique-y place, but the former didn't stock sunshades and the latter had only one, which they were selling for £22. Although my first concern is my niece's wellbeing, I thought this was very expensive for so simple a device. Later that afternoon however, I went into Boots and found exactly what I was looking for in the form of the Padgett shades. Being only 99p for a pack of two I snapped them up immediately, and could not believe my luck.
The shades are not large enough to cover an entire window, but they can be positioned to cover the area closest to a child, and have the added advantage of being easy to move about and reposition as you require. Indeed, that is most probably the reason why the shades are sold in a pack of two, as being so small you do need several of them for them to be effective. In the pack one of the shades depicted a cat face, and one a panda face. It is nice to have a selection of designs in this way, and while Ellie is too young to appreciate the subtle differences in the faces at present, for slightly older children this will cause curiosity. The shades are fashioned from a think dark mesh, and the animal designs are printed in white on top. This is a nice contrast, and makes the animal face stand out. The shades are lightweight too, so easily portable and makes them less likely to fall out of position on the window than heavier designs.
The shades are attached to the windows by suction caps. It took a couple of goes to get the suckers to adhere to the glass, but I have discovered since that they will take more easily to a warm window than a cold one. I also warm the sucker up in my hands sometimes, and this seems to make it malleable and willing to stick to the window for longer. When I have had the shades installed, only once has one of the shades fallen off while in transit. So, although the suckers are not always easy to attach to begin with, once positioned they generally stay in place until they are removed.
Being fashioned from so fine a mesh the shades are not very effective in strong sunlight. However, they do take the edge off a bright day for young children whose eyes are more sensitive. These shades are cute and fairly easy to install, but you should not expect too much from them, and keep in mind that they are priced at 99p for a reason.
These sunshades are widely available in most Mother and Baby stores, as well as through online retailers like Amazon. They usually come as a set of two, a cat face and a panda face, retailing quite cheaply at around the £3 mark. They are designed to be attatched to car windows to keep the sun off babies and young children.
The sunshades are made from a fine black mesh material, which is stretched tightly around a flexible frame. The centre of each shade has a sucker, which attatches to the car window on the inside, providing instant shade for the child when they are in the car.
The idea sounds really good in principle, yet the reality of using these things is quite different:
Problem 1. Sticky situation: The first problem seems to be actually getting the things to stick to the window in the first place, as the suction isn't always great. It helps to wet the sucker slightly, and to have clean windows to begin with, as they won't adhere well to dusty surfaces.
Problem 2. Curious baby: When babies are very young, using these shades is straightforward. After all, very young babies tend to sleep in the car, right? The problems begin when baby gets bigger, specifically that stage when they are a few months old and like to investigate everything by putting it in their mouths. Unless baby has something interesting to occupy it on a long journey, they first thing they will do is pull the shade off the window and start to chew on the sucker. Not safe.
Problem 3. Angles: A sunshade on the window is all well and good, but as soon as you turn the car to face another direction, the sun will stream through another window and get in your babies eyes that way!
Problem 4, Fine Mesh: The mesh on these shades is pretty thin, and it won't be long before they tear. The main area that this happens is the area immediately around the sucker which will eventually come away completely, leaving you with a useless shade with a hole in.
Problem 5. Uncool: If it is getting hot in the car. You won't be able to wind the window down very far with the sunshade attatched. The shade will buckle and may snap.
Despite these problems, I have still bought these shades a few times, despite the fact that they don't last very long. They are useful when you have a young baby, and the low cost means that it doesn't matter too much if they don't last. Another advantage is that it will be obvious to other motorists that you have a young child on board, and hopefully they will treat you with a bit more consideration, though I can't guarantee this! I wouldn't really recommend these shades for parents with toddlers, for the reasons outlined above. I actually believe that this could be a dangerous product if a young child got hold of it, due to the sucker, which could come away, and the wire frame on the outside, which could become exposed. Personally, I would use them until the baby is big enough to reach them, and then look for alternative sun protection methods available.
My daughter was a newborn during the summer months and I was really anxious with her in the car with no protection from the glaring sun rays.
I chose these car sunshades because they caught my eye not only with the price of just 6 euro for two in halfords but also because they seemed really child friendly with the faces of a panda and a cat outlining the black mesh.
They are easy to put up on your windows using the suction cups. There is only one suction cup for each sunshade and it would be easier if there was two because I found they did form a habit of dropping off as I was driving if they weren't fully stuck on. I found once cleaned the windows spotless that they held much better though.
They consist of black mesh so it is possible for your child to see out the window but it's enough for the sun not to blind them. They will cover the majority your side windows and can be folded when not in use.
These are cheap and cheerful and do the job nicely. They kept the sun out of my daughters eyes and the heat out the car too. Excellent for hot summer days. My daughter is two now and enjoys having conversation with the animal characters and often spends journeys reading them stories and having chats.
I would recommend these as they do the job even though they have flaws and can fall off every now and again, at the price that they are selling for I think you would cope!
I bought these cheap sun shades for my car last summer from halfords. I am shocked about there bad write ups. My girls often like taking a book or there ds in the car with them as every weekend we travel to see my mum it is a three hour drive. The sun blinds them and they can see there books as well as getting very hot in the back of the car.
The padgett animal sunshades were very cheap and cost only £4.99 for a pack of to from halfords. They come with instructions on how to fit them on the windows but its simple and instructions are not really needed. The sun shades have two designs one is a panda and the other is a cat. Both shades are black mesh with a white face for the designs on them. They come with one large suction cup in the middle of the shade this sticks right onto the passenger windows. They are flexible and can be folded up when not in use. The black mesh still lets light into the car but keeps the sun out. The only problem i have is the shades take up the full window and there for the window cant go down but that's a small niggle as the windows and sunroof in the front are down.
Hannah and Jess like the shades and feel nice and cool in the back whilst being able to read there books and see the ds screens.
I highly recommend the padgett sun shades and feel they are a must have item for small young babies that are travelling in the summer in the car.
My granddaughter has an aversion to sunlight in her eyes; I realise this is a problem for many young children, but since being a very tiny baby Hollie has always become very distressed when facing into the sun. This means we, as a family, have become well versed in parasols, mesh pushchair covers and sunshades.
I buy sunshades rather regularly, simply because there are so many attractive designs available at the price is usually bizarrely cheap. I found these Padgett Sunshades in Lidl (of all places!) and they cost £1.29, I bought them basically for their small design as this was a winter purchase intended to cope with the harsh low sun of November - February time.
Unfortunately they didn't last that long, within a single month I had removed the shades from the car and replaced them - the shades being recycled (not wasted) as window decorations in the bedroom my granddaughter sleeps in when she visits.
These sunshades arrive in packs of two; I had a panda shaped sunshade and the other was in the shape of a cat. They are extremely basic, as the price would perhaps reflect, and practically straight away I realised they may be lacking in staying power due to the fact that the shade is held up with a single sucker rather than the two or more you usually find on car sunshades.
They are effective at shielding baby's eyes from the sun, a fact which surprised me to a point as the black section of the mesh isn't as highly pigmented as I imagined it to be while viewing the shades through the packaging. The smaller size isn't a problem because they fit nicely in the middle of the window and are easy to move if the sun should shift position.
The problems arise when the sucker decides to fail. And fail it does! The sunshades had not been in the car for an hour before the first one dropped off, quickly followed by the second which I had affixed to the opposite side back window. This didn't bode well, although at the time I assumed I had either not 'wet' the suckers enough or that perhaps they needed some time to adjust to sticking to the glass after being stored for heaven knows how long in the Lidl storage area.
This happened time after time, however. The panda and cat are both equally bad in this respect and it became a regular occurrence of having to fix the sunshades back onto the window each morning - and then several times throughout the day. In my opinion, although the shades themselves are of adequate quality, the sucker is too thin and flat to gain a good grip on the window.
Do you remember the appallingly cold and icy weather we had over December last year? During this time I couldn't get these sunshades to stick to the window for love nor money. As the ice crept into the car in the bitterly cold temperatures the suckers began to wither before my eyes. After I eventually became completely frustrated with the sunshades I replaced them with a pair of equal value and they coped admirably, even remaining attached to the glass during very heavy snow which covered my entire car for a good two weeks.
By this time, the Padgett panda and cat sunshades had been relegated to the bedroom window where (you guessed it!) they continued to fall from the window at a very irritating rate. They do make attractive decorations so the sucker has long been cut away, leaving the sunshades to be held up with good old fashioned Blue Tack.
I cannot recommend them, even for their very cheap price. My granddaughter was around 30 months old at the time of purchase, certainly old enough to 'cope' with a little sunlight should the sunshades drop off in transit. Yet these are marketed as a baby safety aid, presumably suitable (according to Padgett) from birth. Very young babies have such sensitive eyes that these would, quite simply, be unsuitable as the effectiveness cannot be trusted.
We had a set of 2 Padgett Animal Sunshades that we bought to go in one of the grandparents cars a while back as an occasional use item and although they looked cute and entertaining and were also cheap to buy, they didn't work all that well for us.
Our set was bought in the local £1 shop on a hot and sunny day and when we saw them on the shelves we thought they would make a simple quick fix item, that could be used when on family trips with grandma and grandad. The sun had been coming through the car window and we were all heating up, so we thought these may help.
When we got these shades, ours were not all opened out like in the picture here, they were encircled around to make them much smaller and easier to transport. We liked that as it meant they could be easily stored away when not in use. We had a quick practice of opening them out and folding them back up and that worked well.
The material used for the sunshades is a light grey black mesh type fabric, which is made so your baby or toddler can see out, but the suns rays are slightly diffused. Again we thought that would be easier for our child to become accustomed to as the shades do not just block out everything in their path. The fact that a child can see through the shade was something we liked.
The Padgett Animal Sunshades came as a set of two, with little animal faces printed on them in an off white colour. You could see the animal faces from both the inside and outside of the car window, which was something we thought our child would like. The eyes, ears whiskers etc were clearly defined although not all that attractively done.
We thought we could pretend the animals had names and encourage our child to look upon them as little sunshade pals that would protect and keep them safe. This worked to an extent but wasn't much helped by the fact that the Padgett Animal Sunshades didn't stay in place very well. Very often they would fall off whilst the car was moving, startling both our child and grandad too, which isn't a nice thing at all.
The fixing for the Padgett Animal Sunshades was a simple suction cup made of a light thin rubbery type material. The suction cups were not well made and were a complete let down for the product, they didn't lie very flat very easily and even if you wetted them lightly before trying to stick them on, they didn't stay on at all well.
Even though we only paid £1 for the set of 2 Padgett Animal Sunshades, they were a let down. I know you cannot expect to get a super quality item for £1 and we were not expecting them to last forever, but as they wouldn't stay on the windows they didn't do a very good job at shielding our child from the sun.
We had to buy a better set of shades in the end and the Padgett Animal Sunshades sadly have been binned. They might have worked better had the suction cups done what they ought to have. They are not something I rate very highly at all, so they get just 1 star.
During the summer months, my son always gets grumpy when sat in the car on journeys. Despite my best efforts to keep him occupied and comfortable, He is always grumping that the sun is shining too strongly onto him through the window.
I have looked around on numerous occasions for something that can keep the sun out of the car without spoiling my sons view from the window. I had seen a few sunshades, but all the designs appeared too childish for my son's tastes.
I came across these Padgett animal sunshades in Boots. I was very suprised at the bargain pricetag of 99p for two shades. I thought that this was excellent value and much cheaper than other sunshades I had seen on the market. I was also drawn to the design of these sunshades. They were not childish, unyet they still looked fun and attractive. They also were suitable for both boys and girls and this was great as it preveted embarrasment for my daughter, who is at the age where everything is 'shaming'!!
The actual designs of these animal sunshades were a panda and a cat. They are made from a strong and durable material which is easy and light to move around. They can be stored away easily when not in use and due to their thin and flat shape they take up only the minimum of room. The actual sunshades are made from a mesh like material, which really is effective in providing shade from the sun. My son always seems to be more more comfortable and contented when these shades are on the window. When these shades are on it does not disturb my sons view from his window as it prevents light in, but allows the passenger to look out.
You would think that with such a great price and such a effective product everything would be fine. Unfortunately, this is not the case. These animal sunshades, despite their excellent ability to allow shade from the sun, are totally rubbish at staying attached to the window.
They have one circular suction pad in the centre of the shade and this is totally in effective in keeping the shade in place. I get so frustrated, as they just keep falling off the window all the time. This has caused a fair degree of tears and tantrums on our journeys. It is obvious to someone like me who is not a designer, that one suction pad is not enough to provide adequate suction onto the window. So whilst the shades themselves are excellent, they are deemed practically useless by the rubbish quality suction pad used.
I know I only paid 99p for this item. But I still feel slightly annoyed. Simply because these sunshades are so unreliable. Athough they are well made, they can't be trusted to stay attached to the window due to the suction pad.
In conclusion, I would say that it is wise to give these sunshades a miss. They are a lovely design but unfortunately the inability to remain in place makes them a complete waste of money. (Even if it is only 99p)
We sometimes go out in a car and when the sun is blaring into the car, my daughter will moan so I purchased these when I saw them in Boots for 99p. I don't know if this was the correct price but it was what came up on the till and it was for two so I thought it was quite a bargain.
They come in a little box and the two shades are different designs. One is a panda and the other is a cat. My daughter loves cats so that is the favourite one for us to use.
The sunshades are made from a mesh type of material. It is quite hard and rigid. The mesh part is black and the design is white so you can make out what each shade is. I must add that the mesh is not overly thick and does not block your child's view of the window though they are great at keeping the sun out of the car. My daughter always looks cool and relaxed with this up the back windows of the car and the sun is never blarring in at her. The only problem they do cause is that you can't have the window open with them on as they do pretty much cover most of the window. It is hard as if my daughter gets too hot, she starts to feel travel sick so we tend to only use one and leave one window open.
So that these shades stick to the window, there is a suction cup in the centre. The suction cup is an absolute nightmare. It constantly comes unstuck and falls down. I don't think one suction cup is enough. I do think there should be more for it to stick effectively. To make it stay on the window, we stuck blu tack on the suction cup and it has stayed stuck ever since.
These shades are okay. They are good for blocking out the sun but they are a pain for falling down which is why I think they are so cheap!
I bought these sunshades after seeing them in Boots for the ridiculously cheap price of 99p. I figured for that price it didn't matter if I had to throw them away.
There are 2 sunshades in each box, one has the white outline of a panda on it and the other has a cat. The images are very basic but you can easily tell what they are supposed to be.
The sunshades are made from a thin metal wire which is covered by a slightly padded cover. The shade part is a black mesh material. It is a very thin material and it doesn't prevent the child from seeing out of the window. The shade is very effective at blocking the sun, my kids seemed to be in constant shade the whole time!
The shade covers most of the window, it leaves about an inch around the edges. This means you can't open the window whilst it is on.
There is a suction cup in the centre of the shade and this is pressed against the window and it will stay in place. Sometimes! I found that the suction cup was quite tricky to be made to stick and would often fall off the window which got quite annoying! I also found that the children would give it a quick tug and it would come off very easily. I think that if the suction cups were around the edges the shade would have stayed in place a bit better.
The shades can be folded down for storage. You have to twist the centre and then flatten it down, once it is back inside the box it is fine but it did keep springing back up.
I didn't use these shades for long. I got fed up with reapplying them back onto the window so they went in the bin!
There's nothing my family likes more than to spend a day out together visiting one attraction or another, we'll drive for hours to reach our destination and can usually guarantee a fabulous day together. Because of how much travelling we do comfort becomes very important as does safety, having 2 toddlers it was immediately important to me to ensure that not only were they comfortable on a journey, happy, safe in their car seats but also protected from the suns rays coming through the windows. My search for appropriate shades took me to the motoring section of our local Asda and after my dear husband refused all the Disney and cartoon themed shades settled on the Padgett Animal shaped sunshades at a bargain price of 99p for 2.
Padgett Animal Sunshades are grey mesh sunshades, made of a finely woven mesh fabric and mounted on flexible thin wire frames, they come in various animal shapes including cat, dog, bear faces as well as butterflies. Each sunshade has 2 suction cups to attach the shade to the window and they can be used in the passenger windows as well as in the rear window, although the latter may cause difficulty for the driver in properly seeing out of the rear window.
I got the shades home and popped them out of their packaging, the suction cups had become folded over during packaging meaning they simply would not stick to the windows, the other half wanted to take the screens back but I refused to be beaten and soaked them in boiling water for a few hours, this quickly eased them back into shape and because the fabric on the shades is so lightweight they dried out in no time. Once the shades were dry we popped them into the back passenger windows and were good to go. The suction cups seem to hold well and even with my little ones trying to tamper with the shades and pull them off they have not yet managed to do so, I guess there's enough distance between their eager little hands and the window to provide sufficient resistance to their attacks.
Because of the shape of the shades they do not completely cover all the window area and you need to make sure you place them properly so that your little one will be give the best protection from the sun. You will find that you're restricted in how far you car roll down the car windows with the shades on but you can still open them a crack letting a little cool breeze flow through the car. I find that the shades provide good protection against the suns rays as far as protecting your little ones skin goes however they don't block out the light very well which can make it tricky for babies to fall asleep if they're travelling on a sunny day. It's still advisable to use sun cream on your childrens skin while travelling even with the shades in place and if you can get them to wear a hat and sun glasses, all the better, you can never be too careful with childrens skin.
I can definitely recommend the sun shades, especially if you're on a bit of a budget, they protect children from the sun even if they don't cut down the suns brightness very much, being grey in colour they are subtle enough for those cool, manly men who want to avoid purple Dora the Explorer or bright yellow Sponge Bob sun shades but still give their children the protection they need and the cute animal faces are still appealing to the kids.
I bought a pair of these this summer, I have two babies and it's very difficult to keep them both out of the sun, so I thought I'd better make some attempt at this.
I went on ebay & bought a pair ot these Padgett Animal Sunshades, I have a butterfly & a panda. They cost me £1.49 + p&p. They duly arrived and I then spent three days trying to flatten the suckers which had been folded into the packaging. Once I had sorted the suckers I stuck them on, and they immeadiatley fell off. So I stuck them on again, and off they came. Third time lucky...sort of.
My babies then pulled them off at every corner, and the effort to put them back on was too great. They are now stuck in the boot of the car or in the foot well, leaving sucker marks on the windows.
If you do want to buy them, you can get them in the cheaper chemists and baby shops at around £1.99, however, I would wait until next summer & buy some more expensive ones like I will be doing!
Keeps baby in the shade! Happy Cat and Panda protect baby from the sun. Easy to use and store.