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Our main pushchair when my daughter was born was a Graco which we had a Graco Parasol for however one weekend when she wasn't very old, we decided to go to our static caravan and forgot to take our parasol with us (it was early spring and to be fair, we had not needed it so far). Although the pushchair had a hood, I didn't feel that this provide adequate shade so when I spotted this in Boots, I decided to buy.
At the time I purchased, I paid around £10 and having a quick look online, this seems to still be the RRP which is great as I purchased over 5 years ago now. As well as Boots, it is also available from places such Argos, Tescos etc, I do think that like most summer products, availability is limited in certain stores during the colder months.
The parasol is quite simple in design; the bracket and clip are both matt black, followed by a stainless steel effect arm and then the fabric parasol. The fabric has quite a soft feel to it and does have a slight shiny look to it, despite the low price, doesn't look cheap and nasty. The packaging was quite simple too, just a clear plastic sleeve that was sealed by two press studs at the end
Once I had removed from the packaging, it was really easy to pit, just screw the clamp onto the frame of the pushchair, and then the parasol slots into the hole, when it is inserted correctly; it will make a click noise. To remove, depress the two buttons on the base and pull. What I liked about this parasol was that the bracket could be left in place - with our unpredictable weather, some days we needed the parasol and the next the rain cover, I found it a little difficult to put the rain cover on while the parasol was in place but this meant that I could quickly unclip and remove the parasol when I needed to.
The parasol is advertised as universal, I think is because the clamp bracket was a cylinder shape so it should fit most cylinder shaped frames, It would not however fit on the Quinny or the Petite Star that we had at the time as the frames to both these were more of a square shape.
The only downside for me is that the parasol was only available in black, having a little girl, I really wanted a pink one but at the time we purchased, I needed one immediately and this was the only parasol available. Having looked online now, I can see that there are different colours available so should I purchase again, I would definitely shop around.
Overall I would recommend this parasol as it served me well and I would give 4 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Lately we have been having a bit of hot weather which has been nice as it means that I have been able to take Jayden out for walks in the sun, however there was a bit of a problem with this, the hood on Jayden's pushchair does not shade him enough meaning he was at risk of burning. I needed to solve this problem to allow me to take him out on nice sunny days, I decided that he needed a parasol on his pushchair so shopped around for the best priced one I could find. After a lot of hunting around I discovered the Clair De Lune Baby Shade Sun Parasol on offer in Tesco, it came in black to match Jayden's pushchair and was perfect for what I was looking for.
The Clair De Lune Baby Shade Sun Parasol come neatly wrapped up inside a clear plastic cover, this has a popper on the end so that you can seal the parasol inside, this is handy to store the parasol in when it is not in use. There was no real packaging with the Clair De Lune Parasol other than the plastic cover and a small card tag attached to it, this consisted on the name and a picture of the item on one side and instructions of how to set up the parasol and warnings on the other side, the instructions are shown using small pictures, the label is attached using a small plastic tag which can easily be removed with a pair of scissors.
The Clair De Lune Baby Shade Sun Parasol is basically a small version of a regular parasol designed to fit onto your baby's pram or pushchair, the parasol part is made from a shiny nylon type material and the sides hang a little over the spokes a bit creating a bit extra shade, on top of the parasol is a small plastic tip also in black to match the main shade part, it also has a small wrap around tag which condenses the parasol when it is not being used, the same way that an umbrella can be folded up.
Underneath the shade is the stem, the top part of this is like that of a regular umbrella with a small catch that the top which holds the parasol open, the bottom half of the stem is bendy which allows you to move the parasol around so that it is in the right position and keeping the sun off of your baby. Right at the bottom of the stem is a black plastic clamp, this opens and closes by twisting a leaver on the side of it, this is what holds the parasol in place on your pram or pushchair. The design of the parasol is quite basic and nothing fancy, however it is effective.
Attaching the Clair De Lune Baby Shade Sun Parasol to your pram or pushchair is easy, you simply twist the small leaver on the clamp so that the clamp is open wide, you then find a part of your pram or pushchair that the clamp will fit around, hold it in place and twist the leaver the opposite way to close the clamp around the pushchair/ pram. Once the clamp is tightly shut you can then bend the bendy part of the stem positioning the parasol over your baby keeping the sun off of them. To remove the parasol you simply undo the clamp and remove it.
The Clair De Lune Parasol does come with one or two warnings, these are written on the tag which comes attached to it. The warnings include
* Do not use the parasol to lift the pushchair or pram
* Never leave your child unattended when using the parasol
* Make sure your child's fingers are clear when attaching and detaching the parasol
* Always apply sun screen to your child for complete protection
I purchased my Clair De Lune Parasol from Tesco online, it was actually in the sale and cost me just over £7.00, the full price was £9.99, I would have paid full price for the parasol as Jayden did really need one to protect him in his pushchair when out in the sun, however at the price I paid for it I thought it was excellent value for money.
Overall I have been extremely pleased with the Clair De Lune Baby Shade Sun Parasol, it does exactly what it is supposed to do and shades Jayden from the sun, the fabric is of a decent thickness so that the sun cannot shine through it and burn Jayden's skin but it is not so thick that it makes it seem dark inside the pushchair for him. The whole structure of the parasol is strong and I have had no problems with it breaking when I bend it into position, setting up the parasol and attaching it to your pushchair or pram is easy and again the clamp appears to be strong and hardwearing. The parasol was an excellent price when I paid for it although I would have been prepared to pay full price for it. The parasol does come in other colours, however Tesco only had it available in black which is exactly what I wanted so that it matched Jayden's pushchair. I would highly recommend this parasol and for us it is an essential to protect our baby from the sun.
Even though I'm an avid comper I wasn't lucky enough to win many baby things when I was pregnant three years ago, and I have carried on the losing streak by not winning anything during my current pregnancy. One thing I did win last time around was this Clair de Lune parasol, which I was chuffed as nuts about as I've always liked the classic and feminine designs of the Clair de Lune range.
I've got mixed feelings about it though, admittedly it's still in use three years later as my little girl loves carrying it around in the sunshine but as an actual buggy parasol it was a bit useless.
It's quite basic and doesn't look anywhere near as attractive as other Clair de Lune parasols I've seen, well it does but this is a far more modern design than others in the range. It's a solid material parasol and not the frilly lacy type that this brand is so well known for producing. Available in a small range of colours, I do like the red one you can see above although as mine was a competition prize I didn't have a choice in the colour and ended up with a bright purple version.
The base is a bit different to most other parasols I've used as this one comes in two parts. You take the removable base and screw it onto the handle or frame of your pram, you will need to screw it on quite tightly though as I've found that if you just do it hand tight then the parasol will begin to slip quite quickly. I got my fella to screw it on and then, you got it, couldn't undo it myself when the sun moved so had to get a nice strong man in the garage to move the parasol for me. Oh, blokes do love to feel all muscly and needed!
When you've screwed the base on you then get the parasol and push it in until the base has a good grip on it. This is where I come unstuck because the parasol doesn't actually click into place like most parasols of this design so you have to kind of tug on it a bit to make sure you've pushed it in enough. If you haven't then the parasol is likely to drop out as you go over a bump and land on your child's head!
You can bend and twist the parasol to shade from the sun when you move into its line, but the base isn't too good for that because it hasn't got as much give in it as other parasols I've used. I realised quickly that this was a good one if the sun was on a certain side of the pushchair, but not so great for dead-on sunlight.
Now though, my daughter just holds it like an umbrella in the sun. I've taken the base off and it's much better like that, obviously the material isn't waterproof so it's no good for in the rain but she loves dancing round the garden with it on the odd day that it's sunny. At least that way she can keep the sun off her own face, and she's old enough now that a bit of sun isn't going to hurt her anyway.
£20(ish) from anywhere that sells the Clair de Lune range.
The 'Claire de Lune' detachable parasol is designed to clip on and off a baby buggy easily, thus providing your infant with a portable source of shade that you can use interchangeably - if you have, say, a number of different prams that you use on a regular basis.
Like most baby parasols of this type, it comes in two parts - a screw-on base that attaches to the buggy, and then the handle / shade detachable umbrella armature that in theory you should easily be able to clip on and off the base, thus enabling the buggy to be folded up with the base part of the parasol still attached. This parasol part when extended measures 59 x 63cms - only a little smaller than one of those handbag-sized folding lady-umbrellas you can get.
I bought this for taking on holiday and chose it for the sole reason that the 'Clair de Lune' parasol was the only one I could afford to pay for with the 'Nectar' card points I had accrued up to that date. I got mine from Argos for £9.99. It is still on sale there, but I would advise anyone considering buying one to up the ante to one of the £22-odd quid alternative products, or to buy a similar parasol from 'Mothercare' instead, for the simple reason that in my experience the Clair de Lune baby brolly is quite frankly, pants.
Stupidly, my first mistake was to assume that a two-part reusable parasol would be fairly straightforward to install. As the parasol in its original packaging came as a very long and slender unit - too long to fit in either of our suitcases - I took it out of the sturdy plastic wrapper it came for transport - and in the process left the instructions for using the sunshade at home before we went on holiday. The screw-on base of the brolly comes with foam-padded 'jaws' that attach to the framework of a baby's pram. Personally I found this part disproportionately difficult to secure in place - this might have been the case even it we'd had the instructions with us, mind you - but eventually we got it fixed properly onto our pushchair, and as you leave that part in situ it hasn't been a problem since.
Unfortunately I have never been able to work out how to detach the umbrella part of the sunshade from the base. It's not obvious how this should happen, and as the parasol has proved itself to be quite a flimsy piece of kit in other respects, I don't want to have to try to use any level of force on it.
As a plus point, what the baby brolly does have is a very flexible sort of ribbed-metal 'neck' part low down on the parasol part's handle, which is designed so you can adjust the angle of the umbrella part right over your baby depending on where the sun is at any given time. This area works well and as a bonus turns out to be so bendy that we've been able to fold the (folded-up) shade part of the parasol right down into the seat part of the stroller - so that the brolly is enclosed by the fabric of the pushchair, when we fold the stroller up. This gets around the problem we've found of not being able to detach the umbrella part - not ideal admittedly, but at least a practical solution in our case.
As for flimsiness, the sunshade part of our brolly failed almost immediately. When you push the fabric shade into the 'up' position, there's almost no resistance to tell you where to stop pushing; usually with brollies, there's a 'click' so you know where to secure the umbrella in place, but with the Clair de Lune one there's barely any resistance when it 'slots in' (as presumably in order to stay up, it must do) when it's in the 'up' position. This meant that we damaged the metal spokes by pushing the umbrella up past the point of no return very early on. It was possible to bring the shade down once this had happened by getting your fingers right into the spokes and pulling directly on them but it's not an ideal solution by any means. We used the sunshade for a two week holiday, but I don't think the brolly is going to last much longer than that.
As a final point, I couldn't tell you why the Clair de Lune company decided to produce a baby umbrella that comes in the colour black (not the nice jolly scarlet red you see on the picture accompanying this review; every part of ours except the stainless steel-coloured metal parts on ours is jet black). This was the only colour of this model that Argos stocked). Whose genius idea was that? And, when you look through the black fabric of the shade part in the sun, you can see definite spreckles of light, so I don't believe for a minute that this thing is blocking 'harmful' UV rays from shining down on my baby. Without the packaging I can't say whether or not the sunshade does claim to block UV - but what on earth would be the point of it otherwise?
In summary, I don't see any justification for this baby parasol being as utterly rubbish as it is. The only potential thing it's good for is making people so frustrated that they go on to buy a 'premium' - rather than another budget version - once it's failed. That said, I had a similar clip-on sunshade from 'Mothercare' that clipped on and off and went up and down fine, and it was in approximately the same price bracket (only that one got stolen when the pushchair it was clipped onto was pinched off a Bulgarian beach on [a different] holiday).
Really, I shouldn't've bothered with the Nectar points or Clair de Lune rubbish, and got another one like the Mothercare one instead.