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I bought this a few years when my husband was away working in Turkey. If you haven't read a lot of my reviews, I travel to Turkey every two months to see my husband who currently owns a business there. I never exactly thought to bring a sun canopy with me as I just assumed Summer (our baby) would be out of the sun most of the time. However, I just decided to pick this up when I was getting Summer some clothes as it looked handy and very protecting.
Our sun canopy was white and was surrounded by a frilly edge. The top of the canopy is thin but not completely see-through . I love the look of this as our pram is pink and it went really well with it. It did look quite fancy on the pram and wasn't so big that nobody could see Summer. It clips on to the poles of your pram and does have a traditional "umbrella" shape but is almost flat. It covers the front of the pram and also covers the back and you can buy this canopy in black, white, or black with no frills around the edge.
You must still take the same safety precautions with your child even when using the canopy. It can be angled to cover where the sun is and is adjustable. There's no UV protection so you must ensure your child still has sun cream on. It gives them a nice shade as well so that they can enjoy the sun without feeling too hot. I sometimes felt as if summer's feet dangled out and that the canopy didn't do much for the bottom of her feet, so we always ensured she wore trousers when abroad. Although it was extendable, because of my height and the height of the pram, I did feel that sometimes the canopy hindered my sight which wasn't good at all. I sometimes had to wear high heels just to see over it. The canopy covers the front of the pram, and also covers the back just in case the sun hits from the back, meaning that they are fully protected buy it.
The canopy is quite large and didn't fit underneath the basket of our pram and was too bulky to carry around, so we couldn't remove it if we wanted to. It was easy to store it inside the home but when you put it on the pram and take it out with you, it really has to stay on there unless you have a bigger basket. When we took this on the plane, the canopy was not considered part of the pram and we were told at the aircraft gate we would have to pay for it as a separate piece of luggage.
The canopy was great for keeping Summer out the heat and also reducing her sunburns. Although it didn't last when Summer was bigger as she finally became strong enough to grab the two poles and pull it down. But it's great for small babies who can't reach the sun canopy and are not strong enough to pull it.
We sometimes put this on summer's highchair when she was sitting out in the garden with us meaning she doesn't need to be stuck in the pram all the time. It can not be used as a rain cover as it is not waterproof like an umbrella and water will just seep through.
This canopy was only £20 and I don't think it was expensive at all. It lasted us a year and a half and now it has been given to a friend and she is now using it. It done a great job and was extra comfort and safety for our baby.
I bought this canopy last summer for our non-Mothercare buggy. They are suppose to be universal so I thought it would be fine. At £21.99 it is kind of mid range for this kind of product. It is certainly not the cheapest on the market, although I wish I had bought a cheaper one in the hope it might be of better build quality.
I like Mothercare for all kinds of things including clothes (maternity and baby), toys and baby accessories. Unfortunately on this occasion I was let down.
This canopy fits on both sides of your pushchair. I chose a canopy that did this so it would be more sturdy and less likely to fly around and change positions in the wind. Unfortunately the main problem of this canopy is that it DOES fly around in the wind. The canopy is angled front and back but acts as a kind of kite, whipping up the wind from underneath. The thin metal rods that hold the canopy's shape are flimsy and not strong enough to hold anything more than a gentle breeze. When out last summer I was reminded of a cheap umbrella I had which bent out of shape when a gust of wind turned it inside out. The canopy held onto the buggy fine but the bottom part was bent. I did not expect this from a quality Mothercare product.
Good points of this canopy include...
The shape (it looks stylish - not frilly or anything OTT)
The ability to tip and tilt it to cover the back of the neck areas.
Holding points are firm and good quality.
Durability as mentioned above.
Only available in black.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this product and its such a shame. What a let down from Mothercare.
Our Broderie Anglaise Mothercare Sun Canopy served us really well and kept the hot rays of the sun away from our baby. The canopy could be detached from the pram and washed when needed, so that it stayed fresh and white looking and was easy to fit onto both sides of the pram. Where it stayed put rather well.
The exact canopy we had doesn't seem to be listed anymore, but there is a similar broderie anglaise covered canopy that you can still buy from Mothercare for £19.99. Its very pretty with a nice frilled edge and simple fittings. We liked the light open feel of the broderie anglaise material and felt that as it was white, it would be less inclined to absorb the suns rays and more likely to reflect them.
The Mothercare Sun Canopy we had was easy to care for and we often hand washed it over the sink. This kept it looking nice and smart and the material used for the canopy seemed to cope really well with this. There is nothing like being out and about with your baby on a warm summers day, but as we all know sun protection is important and the canopy we had did offer some protection.
At one time also had a dark blue Mothercare parasol which never looked as smart as the canopy did and always looked washed out after the first few washes. On the other hand the broderie anglaise Mothercare parasol we had, washed really well, just like our canopy did.
Our Mothercare canopy fitted in a quick and simple manor, to each side of the pram. It could be extended to fit almost the whole length of the pram which was very good indeed. Our canopy had a series of slim bars stitched into the fabric to give it extra strength.
The mechanism which held the sun canopy in place fitted straight onto the body of the pram. It was made well and didn't move about much. It only needed the occasional tightening up and held in place very firmly.
With the canopy up we could cover almost the whole length of the pram, which gave good protection from the heat and brightness of the sun. It wasn't UV protected, so sometimes we laid an old fashioned hand made linen and lace table cloth across the top. This slightly covered the sides too and was great for when the baby was sleeping as it provided a nice cool and shady retreat.
Having used both canopies and parasols, I feel that each have their uses. Parasols work very well on buggies and push chairs. They can be angled and tilted to suit and do offer some limited sun protection and shading.
Our Mothercare sun canopy was used on the pram and worked in a more reliable way then the parasols did. It covered a wider area and stayed put better. We managed to keep it nice and smart looking by hand washing it and it remained white and fresh throughout its usage.
In terms of rating the product we had, I feel it was very smart to look at and easy to use. It worked well for our needs and although it wasn't made of very thick material, it did offer good shading when needed.
It also stayed in place well and covered most of the length of the pram. Thats why our Mothercare sun canopy gets a full 5 star rating.
I think every parent knows how important a sun canopy is for your child when they are in a pram. You really do need them on those hot summer days when the sun is just persistantly beating down. There is no getting away from it. So when my daughter was in a pram I looked about getting her a canopy to keep the harmful rays off of her.
My first and only port of call was Mothercare as I do feel it is one of the most reputable and best places to buy such things plus I wanted a big store with a wide range as I wanted a pink one to match her pram.
I managed to find a pink one which was a nice bright pink. It cost £15.99 at the time. I liked the design of the canopy as the edges of it were nicely shaped, like a half circle. It looked pretty and girly. It was a basic one but it didn't look like it.
One of the good things about this is that it folded up small should you need to take it off of the pram. It was easy enough just to take it off and fold it to put it underneath the pram. I tended to leave it there all the time in case we suddenly needed it when we were out.
It was very easy to attach to the pram, just a case of unscrewing the attachment from the canopy and attaching one part to the pram, sloting the canopy back in and tightening it back up again. It did become a bit of pain when taking it on and off during the summer as you would have to completely unattach it but the canopy was a good quality one and it was keeping the glare of the sun off of my daughter so I couldn't complain.
Definately recommended even though it is a little pricey for the basic range. I have added a link so you can see the one I am talking about as Doo Yoo doesn't have a picture here: http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Compact-Parasol-Pink/
During the hot spell we had this summer, (some of you may remember it), we called in to Mothercare to purchase a parasol for our babies buggy (the blue & navy one) it's very pretty and went well with the buggy but that was all! The damn thing has driven us to distraction, it moves all by itself! It spins out of position and we have to stop to adjust it every few steps....needless to say we made a better sun shade than this thing. We made the fatal of mistake of not going for the cheapest as they are often the worst but it didn't make any difference. I would never advise anyone to buy these.The sun canopy is probably better as at least it should stay in one place. When asking the assistant's advice in the shop, she didn't have a clue, she was very young and probably doesn't have children. We'll wait until next summer to purchase something else that's if it's sunny agian.
The Mothercare own brand parasol, is fairly run of the mill. Of course I don't need to recommend the use of a parasol, the really are essential to keep your baby protected from the sun. It is basic and functional, an ok choice if you don't want anything fancy. This parasol folds up small, so is ideal for popping in the changing bag, or your handbag. A nice feature is that you can fix the mounting to your buggy, then pull the parasol on and off. My one criticism of this product would be the mounting screw. This is smooth, and it is really difficult to get a tight fit onto the buggy frame. My advice would be to look cloesly at the method of attachment when you buy a parasol, as you'll be taking it on and off the buggy all summer long!
I totally agree with the people who have mentioned how dangerous the sun rays are, and me being a mum myself protect my child as much as possible. However, since she has been about 9 months old, she refuses point blank to have a hat on her head. Everytime I put a sunhat on, she just pulls it off and throws it on the floor. This is extremly annoying. I have even had hats that fasten under her chin, and she still manages to get them off. Now I just have to make do with the suncanopy and keep checking that the sun isn't on her head. The best way I have found is to take the hood off the pram, so that the canopy covers virtually the full length. This has worked a treat so far, but I still do wish she would wear a hat. The suncanopy I bought was from Mothercare and cost around £20. It is plain navy blue, I think you can also buy them in black as well. I decided to buy this one instead of paying double for one to match the pram.