Review of a gifted item from Snooze Shade. All opinions are my own and based on my experience using the product over a week so was fully tried and tested.
We have recently come back from a holiday to the coast. In true British style the weather was incredibly changeable. We had packed for everything from a snow storm to a heat wave. We had rain, wind, sun and clouds over the 5 days we were gone. Obviously we wanted to make the most of the sunshine and spent those hours on the beach. My youngest is 1 years old. Although sun has the benefit of vitamin D, it also has a lot of risk factors such as sun burn, UV exposure (linked to skin cancer) and being so bright that there is little chance of little one going to sleep!
I have been a fan of the Snooze Shade for a while now, especially as the inventor is a mother herself. In fact her daughter was the inspiration behind this amazing invention. For those who haven’t seen it before, the Snooze Shade is an elasticated cover you fit over your buggy or pram. Before you say it, I know that all over social media is says not to put a cloth or blanket over a buggy. But Snooze Shade is safer and more efficient than a blanket. The mesh material is breathable (doesn’t retain heat or moisture) and the darker colour means it blocks more UV rays than lighter colours (as well as helping to create a good place to nap).
I was so excited when Cara offered to send me the Snooze Shade Plus Deluxe to try out and review. The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to put on the stroller and the buggy (yes I tried it on both). At first I saw all the straps and thought ‘where the heck do they all go’ (being PG here, I didn’t actually use the word ‘heck’) but then I read that you don’t actually have to use them all. The point of the multiple straps is to allow the Snooze Shade to be universal. You don’t have to worry about googling makes and models of what pram/buggy it will fit. I experimented a few times with different positioning of the straps and found which worked best for our stroller. It’s really stretchy too so you don’t have to have the strength of Super Woman to get it on.
We used the Snooze Shade in many ways whilst away:
- Creating shade but still letting F have a good nosey at the world.
The inner layer is mesh (yes, still UV protected) and is has a zip feature so you can either do it right up to the top or you can have it open half way (great when we were sat eating chips and F only needed his legs covered as the top half was already in the shade…he could sit and have a nosey). You can also open it fully and then you tuck it in and secure it with poppers when it’s not needed. It’s not tricky to do so you don’t have to faff around for ages. I was constantly putting it in and out as needed over the days…even one handed. The only issue I had with it was that F figured out how to kick it off the end and uncover his feet (I swear the child is Houdini). However, its stretchy and it was easy to pull it back over. I played around with different settings of the foot rest part and found it worked better for me when the foot rest was up more. This wasn’t an issue when he was asleep or busy eating or playing and was firmly in place other than then.
2. Sleep Den for naptime.
Obviously at home F would have his nap in his cot but when we’re on holiday its nice to get out and about when you can without worrying about getting back for sleep time. The sleep den has a second layer (all fully attached so you dont have to arrange anything extra – I left the pocket at the bottom undone so you see it and see the popper). You zip up the mesh and then you zip up the second section which acts like a blackout blind. F slept soundly in his stroller and I was happy in the knowledge that he wouldn’t have sun in his eyes waking him up, being overheated and I didn’t have the worry of having to think about shade. Again, this layer tucks away nicely in the little pocket and the poppers keep it tucked away till needed. You simply pull it up and it attaches to poppers at the top.
3. Wind shield
The coast is often windy and we certainly had our share of a breeze. Even with both sections down there is still a sort of ‘shelter’ around the buggy which helped keep the wind off from the sides and stopped sand blowing up into F’s eyes. When facing into the wind on our walks I do up the mesh layer and it helped to give him some protection from it all. I was quite envious that I couldn’t jump in and join him at times.
The Snooze Shade can be kept on at all times, even when folding the stroller (I took one of the ‘umbrella strollers’ that close down and go thin and flat). This was handy when we caught the land train as I could just close the stroller and reopen it without having to take everything off and on again. When you do take it off it is small enough to just fold up and easily store under the buggy until you want to attach it again. Snooze Shade sells the pram/buggy covers in ages 0-6m and 6m+ and is available for prams, buggies and car seats. They also have travel cot covers too! They are available on the website (free UK P&P) and also on Amazon too.
I have bought many gadgets and gizmos in my 5 years as a parent. Some have been gimicky and useless, others have been a life saver. The Snooze Shade is definitely on my ‘must have’ list.