Both boys are used to huge canopy hoods on their pushchairs, providing extra coverage for naps blocking out all the hussle and bussle around them. When Spike goes in the Maxi Cosi Elea, that we are currently testing for Pushchair Trader, he struggles to nap because he see everything going on around him and gets the glare from ceiling lights in his eyes. Upon mentioning the dislike of the hood we were offered a SnoozeShade Plus for review.
“SnoozeShade Plus is a unique dual purpose baby sleep aid and sunshade for prams and pushchairs”
Made from a double layer of soft, breathable polyester fabric – the SnoozeShade Plus blocks out 94% of light and protects babies with UPF50+ throughout and blocks out 98% of UVA and UVB rays when the blackout panel is closed. The blackout panel unzips to reveal a single layer that the baby can see through with UPF5+ that blocks out 80% of UVA and UVB rays. It attaches to prams and pushchairs that have one single canopy per seat using Velcro tabs that wrap around various parts of the pushchair. Hints and tips for fitting it can be found on the SnoozeShade YouTube channel.
When it arrived I was shocked at how small the package was. My biggest worry was that it would be a basket filler like most of the rain covers I have encountered but it folds tiny and neatly into it’s net bag. It was really soft to touch and I got straight to work trying it on the Urbo which we are currently testing for MumPanel. There were plenty of strong Velcro tabs to attach it securely onto the pushchair and I love the quality and finish. Rolling and securing the blackout panel down meant that Spike was able to see out but would still be protected from the sun. The “Sneak-a-peek” zip is brilliant as it means I can quietly unzip it and check on Spike without disturbing him or allowing too much light in. I was worried that with Spike being a ‘hot’ baby that he would cook underneath the SnoozeShade Plus but was relieved to read that in Laboratory tests, which lasted an hour, it was discovered that the temperature inside a covered pram was actually slightly cooler than the temperature outside of the covered pram due to the breathable material that the SnoozeShade Plus is made from.
With my collection of pushchairs I decided it was only right to test just how universal the SnoozeShade Plus really is! I tried it on the Maxi Cosi Elea (after all that is the pushchair I was sent it for) and the Jané Slalom Reverse and found that it fitted perfectly on them both.
I did find that if it couldn’t be tucked down the sides it tended to sag on slimmer pushchairs and Spike was able to grab the sides and pull on them. This is where the strong Velcro tabs excelled in their job! It is also large enough to cover my very tall Spud when he is in the pushchair, protecting every inch of his skin and blocking out the light to help him nap.
The SnoozeShade Plus would be an absolute essential item to take on holiday to protect babies from the sun and to enable naps without being limited to the hotel for a few hours a day. Both boys slept for a lot longer with a SnoozeShade Plus over their pushchair than they ever have without. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to test our SnoozeShade Plus in any far distant lands yet but we did find an amazing use for it! We went to my Sister-in-laws wedding at the weekend and when the disco started Spike was ready for his bed. He fell asleep easily in his pushchair but the disco lights kept shining onto his face so I went and got the SnoozeShade Plus from the car!
An absolutely massive thumbs up from us, it’s such a simple yet effective idea that saves the need for hanging blankets from the hood which block fresh air and can fly off with the wind. Speaking of which, the SnoozeShade Plus can also protect babies from the wind and chill on colder days! At only £29.99, it is excellent value for money and I would recommend it to anybody.