SnoozeShades – Baby sleepings’ best friend
Would fill us with a certain amount of terror. Our little one was (and still is) a sleep fighter – at the age of 6-8 months, we were lucky to get a 15 min nap out of her all day. She would stay awake as looooooong as possible, becoming more and more tired, which then spiraled into an all out meltdown/screaming / controllable tears. What we realized along the way is that we can actually get our little person to sleep, we just have to make sure there is little to no stimulus around. A bit of a challenge if you ever want to leave your house.
In the early days, we used some large muslin squares to drape over the pushchair. But, they are still very light, don’t easily fasten and for hot climates / sunny days are not rated with SPF protection. Then, one of our friends came across and recommended the SnoozeShade to us. Have to say, this relatively simple, yet brilliant invention has made a huge difference to us as well as our daughters ability to nod off (and stay asleep) while out and about.
Why is the SnoozeShade so great?
First, it has loads of velcro tabs around the edge, so it can quite literally fit probably every pushchair known to man. This also means that if someone small is not so happy about going to sleep, no matter how crazy hands and legs flying around get in protest, the shade will stay in place. This in itself is a small victory for the parent side, so we take it! Speed is often an important factor here, and this is certainly not fiddly and is quick to attach.
The SnoozeShade is made from a material that creates a virtually blackout environment while being full of breathable holes so your little person doesn’t overheat. Depending on the SnoozeShade model, there are also ‘windows’ you can unzip that leave a layer of fabric protection, but your child can then also see what is going on. The fabric also provides protection from light rain (we often have the rain cover over the top, this works fine), wind and so then to an extent chill.
The shade is SPF rated, which is a big comfort, especially under 6 months when it is not recommended to apply sunscreen to babies. Something very important to us after discovering that many widely available and purchased pushchairs in Europe are not SPF treated! Unfortunately, this is something we discovered after another baby ended up burnt through to blistering when her pushchair was in the sun, but parents thought she was protected by the pushchairs own sunshade. Lesson learned – always check the small print on your pushchair/parasol / other shade accessories when it comes to SPF and sun protection!!
There is also a zip opening so that you can check on your little one with out making a sound. When not in use, the SnoozeShade is very easy to transport – so small and compact, we are able to leave it in the pushchair while folded so no need for it to be yet another item to remember!