I’ve always been more of a laid-back parent. When Graham was born I was determined to get by with as little baby gear as possible. This second time it’s not about cutting back, it’s about thinking smart. With two kids I have a different set of demands and needs. I need baby gear that makes my life easier and my kids happier. So this time I have a more expensive stroller that takes up less space and works better on public transit. I have a breastfeeding pillow that costs more but helped me through those hard, early weeks.
And now I have the SnoozeShade.
When Graham was a baby I didn’t take him out much, but Tessa doesn’t have a choice. She gets dragged to playgroup and the park and the store and wherever else we’re headed. She has to accompany us to my errands and Graham’s activities. It isn’t amenable to naptime.
So I saw the SnoozeShade as something I could use to help Tessa deal with our busy schedule.
Here’s the SnoozeShade original on our stroller with Tessa’s bucket seat.
Before the SnoozeShade I did what a lot of people did: I draped a blanket over the seat. This didn’t work so well. The blanket would get blown off with the slightest wind. And it’s no good for warm weather, since the already-hot carseat would lose airflow.
The Shade is very simple and fits on any stroller. It’s a flexible material and has 6 places to attach, so you can easily adapt it to fit. I put some of the loops around the seat’s shade to hold it in place and it worked just fine. It takes just a couple seconds to put it on and the loops are in a bright-colored fabric so they’re easy to find.
Now that it’s warming up, I worry about Tessa getting too much sun. Even when she’s awake, she doesn’t enjoy having the sun in her eyes. The SnoozeShade blocks 94% of light so it’s good for sunny summer days. Plus the breathable mesh fabric means she gets cool breezes instead of getting stifled.
I started leaving the SnoozeShade’s two bottom loops attached all the time so I just had to pull it over the seat.
As you can see, I just tucked the shade into the basket. It was great to leave it there, even when I folded up the stroller. That way we always had it around.
In the two weeks we’ve had it, we’ve used it a lot. In fact, we’ve used it nearly every time we used the stroller. It is now one of my must-haves that I always want with me, and I love that I can keep it in the stroller as I don’t need anything else in my packed diaper bag. Tessa has been completely happy in it, whether she’s awake or asleep. And it’s definitely helped prolong her naps when we’re out and about. Feeling sleepy at playgroup? On it!
(I love her little foot sticking out.)
It gives her a little privacy and means the kids running around won’t be poking their heads around her seat to see what she’s doing. It’s also great if you hate people trying to touch your kid. SnoozeShade will make sure no prying fingers get near your baby’s sweet cheeks.
Of course the most important thing about SnoozeShade is whether it helps the baby sleep.
Judge for yourself:
That is one peaceful sleeping baby.
The SnoozeShade comes in a special size just for an infant bucket seat, though we used the Original. There’s also a size for Double Strollers and one for Playards. You can check out all the different models at their website.
If you’re always out and about with your stroller, I definitely recommend the SnoozeShade to keep in your stroller basket.
And just for my wonderful readers, we’re giving away a SnoozeShade Original for one lucky commenter! To enter, leave a comment below saying where you’ll be using a SnoozeShade with your stroller. The park? The grocery store? An afternoon walk? You must leave this comment FIRST to be eligible for any bonus entries.
Plus you can get a BONUS ENTRY by following @SnoozeShade on Twitter. You must leave an additional comment telling me you did it, including your Twitter handle.
Or you can get a BONUS ENTRY by watching a SnoozeShade video on their YouTube channel, where they show you how the shade works on various strollers. You must leave an additional comment with the name of the video you watched.
That’s a max of 3 entries per household. Rules are below.
And as another special bonus for The Mess’s readers, SnoozeShade is offering 20% off purchases of any SnoozeShade products from their website with the code DMTM20MA. This code is already active and will be good for the next two months.
Good luck, everyone!!
No purchase necessary. By leaving a comment you agree to the rules of this giveaway. Three entries per household according to the directions set out in the post. Limited to entrants over 18 in the US. Contest begins as of the time of this post and ends on Sunday, June 10th at 12 pm Eastern Time. The winner will receive a SnoozeShade Original, a retail value of $35 US. The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. The winner will be selected using the “And the Winner Is” plugin. Winner will be notified by email and must respond within 24 hours to receive their prize. If the winner does not respond within that time, a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be provided by SnoozeShade. Don’t Mind the Mess is not responsible for any problems with receipt of the prize. This contest is governed by the rules of Massachusetts, void where prohibited.
I received a SnoozeShade Original free of charge from SnoozeShade for purposes of this review. SnoozeShade is also providing the prize for the winner. All opinions are my own.