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This is a review of the Snoozeshade Buggy, Pram, Pushchair Black Out Blind which I was fortunate to win from a competition prior to our baby being born. I didn't really use it until we went on holiday to Spain when our baby was seven months old.
What is it?
The black out blind is a generic piece of material that fits most prams and buggies and provides a shaded and cooler environment for children in their pram when they are ready to take a nap. Sometimes when you are out and about when the weather is warm the motion of the pram will make them fall asleep anyway but this is a nice way of keeping the sun out of their eyes or on an evening protecting them from insects like mosquitoes.
The blind is obviously black and has holes in the material like a net so it is totally breathable. There is a zip on the front which you can use to spy on your children and this is outlined in a yellow fluorescent colour so it is easily visible. The net fastens around the pram structure using little velcroed tabs to form a breathable tent around the child.
I kept this in the base of the buggy when we were on holiday for those impromptu nap moments and actually only got around to using it once as she rarely wanted to nap in the buggy. When we did use it, she really hated the black out blind and I think it made her panic to open her eyes and find herself in a dark cave like environment!
Since coming home, we have never revisited the black out blind but then our daughter has never been one for napping in her pram, she is far to nosey to fall asleep! I am keeping hold of it though for if our daughter who is on her way likes it. I am glad that we got the chance to try this and I think it is a brilliant invention really, but you just need the right sort of child to take to it and I am sure it would be a valuable piece of kit especially when on holiday.
I was surprised to find they retail at around £20. They are well made though and probably worth it if they are used more than ours!
If you have a baby that likes snoozing in their pram and are planning a holiday I am sure it is worth getting hold of a snoozeshade.
When my daughter was around 8 weeks old, the weather was really hot and sunny and when we used to go out for a walk with her lying down in the pram, the sun would shine straight into her eyes. I thought about getting a clip on parasol but then I remembered the constant adjusting and tightening I had with one with my eldest daughter. So I just typed in on the place which seems to sell everything (ebay)! 'Sun shade' and this came up. I looked at some reviews online and saw that it had won a few awards so thought I would try it.
--- What does it do ---
It is described as a breathable black out blind for strollers and prams, it has a sun protection of UPF 50+. My one is black with a pink trim, there is a zip in the middle called a 'sneak a peek' zip so you can check on your child easily without waking them up. My main aim was to buy it purely for a sun shade but it is very useful for nap-time which often is when I am picking up my eldest daughter from preschool, the baby gets all disturbed and grumpy when gets woken up so when I put her in the pram and put this over, the darkness seems to settle her again.
It is a one size fits all, the elastic tabs around the edges have velcro on to make sure it stays on. You can get different sizes of this item for different items but I tend to use this on the baby car seat too, it just hangs over a bit.
--- Packaging ---
The shade itself was folded up neatly in a thick plastic pocket with poppers with a cardboard insert explaining how it works, how to use it and the awards it has won. The shade comes with a black fabric drawstring bag, so you can hang it off you changing bag or pushchair.
--- Price and Availability ---
I bought mine brand new from an ebay shop for around £16 plus postage. Other places also sell these, Mothercare and amazon.
--- Overall Summary ---
This is a great item which I am very pleased I bought. Keeps the sun out of baby's eyes and ensures she still gets her naps while we are out and about.
Thanks for reading.
Having struggled to get my baby into a routine and then only to find he is also very nosey, the SnoozeShade became our must have product when out and about. Simple to use, easy to pack away, and it truly works.Harry now asks to sleep in his buggy and within minutes he is tucked up and cozy, we love it.It is quite simply a mobile blackout cover for your pram or stroller. It is also great for sun protection.There is a great peek flap so at all times you can check on them.Our favorite product for Harry.
My 7 month old daughter finds it almost impossible to drop off in the pram - she is so interested in looking at everything. Usually this means that I am restricted to staying at home for her lunch time sleeps or if I am out draping my coat or something else over the pushchair.
The snoozeshade works a treat. I can use it whether the pram is facing in or out and it is really easy to fix up. It blocks out enough light and visual stimulation for her to drop off but is light enough to allow air circulation. The fastenings are really secure which is handy because she always spend the first few minutes trying to pull it down. It folds up really small and I just keep it in the basket under the pram at all times.
We have also just been on holiday and found it extremely useful for when the baby needed to sleep during the day and it was very bright and sunny - as snooxeshade has UPF50+ too I wasn't worried about her burning. We had lots of admiring glances from other parents!!
Since I've had one I have recommended it to lots of my mum friends. Every mum should have one!
I've also been using this under my raincover with the weather and it was really useful in the supermarket as it stops her getting cold with all the air conditioning which was waking her up.