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I purchased this parasol to match my Quinny pushchair and I was undecided whether to buy one given the climate in this country! My baby as born in June during the heatwave and the regular Quinny pushchair doesn't provide enough shade for baby as it is so I was glad I purchased this at the time.
First impressions is that it's really made well, it is all made pretty sturdy and once put up it doesn't feel like a gust of wind would take it down. It has 2 bendable sections, one at the bottom and one at the top which is great. It's really easy to put up and down with very little effort and when not in use there is a velcro strap to tie it up.
The parasol doesn't come with an adaptor to fit to the pushchair, my Quinny pushchair came with the adaptor so this wasn't a problem for me but I'm not sure they all come with this as standard. The parasol very easily just clips into the adaptor which simply attaches to any part of the Quinny frame. The fitting can be clipped on with just one hand and can slide up or down.
Unfortunately and more importantly I don't think the parasol is large enough, if I go out I find myself constantly readjusting the parasol, either clipping it from left to right or pulling the shade up or down. I put the parasol on my pushchair for the first time and I thought it was great, that is until I turned a corner or the pavement curved! I have adjusted it on a few occasions and it has slipped off the frame almost hitting my baby in the face so you need to be careful. Sometimes I have even have to hold it in place when moving along. My partner just doesn't have the patience and will get really frustrated with this parasol! I can guarantee to almost double any journey with the amount of stopping I need to do to sort this parasol out. Sometimes even when it is in position it will sway from side to side completely defeating the object yet gain and I have had to resort to draping a blanket over the pushchair hood to help shade my baby from the sun.
I paid £25 for this from boots (this was actually quite hard to get hold of, it was out of stock in all the big retailers for at least 2 months) and I have to say I am really disappointed. Unless you are standing the pushchair in one place this isn't a good product to shade baby from the sun. Really you are just paying for the brand name on this parasol more than anything else.
I would not buy this parasol and instead I would try to find a larger universal parasol or to guarantee sun free for your baby I would recommend a net type shade that covers completely. This parasol looks good and is a nice add on but it isn't fit for the purpose. Don't waste your money with this!
When my little girl was first born we had a Bugaboo pushchair for her and then on the birth of my second child we got a double pushchair instead as there was not too much of an age gap between them and although my little girl was walking there was still times when she would want to sit down. Now, however, my little girl walks everywhere so we purchased a Quinny pushchair for a little get around town pushchair for my little boy. I really like it because its small and compact and handy for spinning around town in. Plus, it fits in the back of our new car whereas the Bugaboo would have never fit so I'm glad I have this pushchair now.
As its been sunny recently I decided to purchase an umbrella or should I say parasol for the pushchair. There is a hood which goes over the pushchair but this has limited shaded capabilities and my son was always squinting whenever we went into the sun so I wanted to get something with a bit more range that would shade him and keep the rays off him as well. To be honest, I also like the look of a pushchair with an umbrella on it, I think it looks quite stylish and so was wanting to create that look for my pushchair when we were out and about. I also thought this would be a good product to take with us on our holiday to Spain as it would also keep the shade off my little boy if we parked him on the beach and wanted him to nap in the sunshine while we play in the sand with my little girl, it works so much better than putting a towel over the pushchair to shade out all the sunlight.
The parasol is much like an umbrella really. It opens well and I have no problems putting it up and down. The clip in mechanism stays up well and once up it does not move. The parasol fits to the side of the pushchair by using a separate parasol clip. This didn't actually come with the parasol, you have to buy it separately which I find strange as the parasol does not work without the adaptor but hey, its probably just another way of them to make money. The parasol clip is less than £5 so its not very expensive but its just annoying that you do have to buy it separately and good job we knew that when we purchased the parasol otherwise I think we would be a bit miffed as to how it actually works.
The clip clips onto the side of the Quinny frame. You basically just sort of push it on and then because the clip is in a U shape it holds onto the frame very strongly and will not move once it is on. To remove you just have to pry it off by moving one side first then the other but its not too hard to get off. Once this is on you then just plug the handle of the parasol into this clip and its in place. You can then try and move the parasol to shade the sun from your little one.
I bought the parasol in the Rebel red colour but you can get it in a Rocking black as well. I like this sun shade although you do not get complete coverage from the sun over your baby. The shade is large but it will not cover over the whole pushchair so you are sort of chasing the sun really when you try to shield your baby. Its also a bit annoying if you are walking down the road and the sun is completely coming from the side you do not have the parasol attached to because then you have to remove the clip and move it to the other side but for the most part you do shade your baby from the sun.
I purchased this for £25 online at Boots and overall have been pleased with it.
Quinny Rebel Red Parasol Provides shade for your child whilst in the pushchair.