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Review: SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe

If I were to make a list of my top ten products for anybody due a baby, SnoozeShade would definitely be high up on that list. I was lucky enough to be sent one for the car seat when I had my first baby, 5 years ago. It went everywhere with me and was fab in the heat, out in the sun, protection when it is windy and also to help keep my baby asleep that little bit longer when having a nap out and about. I loved it that much that it got put up when my baby grew out of his car seat and I moved onto the larger version which attached to the push chair – again completely invaluable when out and about – no more pegging a muslin square over the front of the pram.

So its so surprise when Baby number 2 came along, the first thing I did was search out my beloved car seat SnoozeShade – even though it was December. I knew that it wouldn’t be long and I would be using it. In face early on I went to breakfast with my sister and family and along came baby in its car seat covered in the beautiful SnoozeShade.

The most amazing thing then happened; SnoozeShade sent me the new all singing and dancing car seat SnoozeShade. Now this, along with the original pushchair SnoozeShade goes absolutely everywhere with me. My baby loves it, as soon as it goes on the car seat/ pram baby is sound asleep and completely protected from the elements (apart from the rain). I can’t sing its praises enough or highly recommend it.

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You can buy them from www.snoozeshade.com

There is a range of shades for car seats, prams, cots and travel cots. The shades range from £19.99- £69.99.

Vicky

My Essential Items for Children This Summer

Summer Essentials

It’s hot, hot, hot at the moment which generally means hot, grumpy children! It is hard to make sure your child is kept cool and sunburn free but with a few key items it can be a doddle.

Here are my essential summer time items for children:

Sunblock

I go a bit overboard on the sunblock with my girls but the thought of them getting sunburnt makes me feel quite ill. Getting sunburn can increase your risk of getting skin cancer and with two members of our family having skin cancer in the past few years I would much rather be overcautious.

When choosing sun cream for children always go for the highest SPF. Also check their UVA rating the higher the number of stars the better.

Suncream

I use mainly use Boots Soltan Once for Kids; it’s really thick so I put it on BG before she gets dressed. This is a great one if you are going to be out all day as it last 8 hours. I reapply after playing in water and to the face after eating.

I was recently sent SunSense to try out and it’s great. It’s the number one sunscreen in Australia. We have the Toddler Milk Roll On and it goes on a dream. It absorbs really quickly and is not greasy and of course the most important this it protects BG’s and Little Miss’s skin from the sun. The roll on now stays in my bag for top up when we are out.

Sun Hats

Once you have slopped on the sun cream then slap on a sun hat this will protect their head, face and ears. I prefer the floppy ones and they give bigger coverage.

I bought a BabyBanz sunhat from Little Sunflowers a few years ago and it’s still going strong.  They block out up to 97% of UVA and UVB rays. I also like that they are adjustable so you get a few years out of them.

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SnoozeShade

For parents of babies and child in pushchairs get a SnoozeShade! You can use them on any pushchair; I have used mine on my Stokke Xplory and Sliver Cross Surf this week.  This sunshade is like no other it fully protects your child from the sun, you can use it a variety of ways and it is a 100% times better than a parasol.

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Little Miss has been kept protected and cool this week under hers. I was sent one for free this does not affect my view I was going to buy one myself.

Drinks Bottle

Make sure your children are kept hydrated all day. I like Sistema bottles; they rarely leak and don’t break even after BG has dropped it about a 100 times!

BG drinks a lot of water so I get a large one, its perfect for preschool and days out.

What are your essential items?

I was sent a bottle of SunSense and a SnoozeShade to review, the others items I bought myself. All opinions are my own.

 

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Scoot and Pull

Scoot and Pull

Price:  £6.99

Available from: Scoot and Pull

Initial Reaction: What a simple idea why has no one else thought of it. Continue reading

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Quack Quack Moo Bed Protector and Seat Protector

Quack Quack Moo Bed Protector and Seat Protector

Price: £24.99 each, or £44.99 for a gift set containing both products

Available fromwww.quackquackmoo.co.uk

Suitable from: Birth

Initial Reaction:  What a beautifully designed and stylish..what? I asked myself as I first unwrapped the packages.  It took me a little while to work out how to use the products, in particular the seat protector.  The bed protector I put on the wrong way round (oops! The soft side is supposed to go upwards, but then you don’t see the gorgeous cow-print).  It’s a much better option than the ugly waterproof mats I have already got for night time leakages.

The seat protector was a bit tricky to get my head round, I could not for the life of me work out how to use it in my general dazed and confused way but when I took it to the car seat it all fell into place nicely.  It sits over the car seat/buggy to protect it from spills and crumbs and is waterproof, for any other accidents that may occur. It has two handy pockets for toys or other detritus that my son might like to bring along, although the contents still ended up on the floor.

Pros: Soft, hygienic, eco and all the rest, these products are something new and exciting.  They are soft, stylish and are a pleasure to use.  The seat protector is a fantastic idea – I always said that I’d never allow food in the car but inevitably you do, and it makes a mess all over the difficult-to-clean car seat.  This catches the crumbs/chocolate/spilt drinks and washes and dries really well too.

Cons:  The seat protector wriggles about quite a lot and refuses to stay put – I’m forever rearranging it.  Could it be redesigned with some kind of grippy stuff on the underside?  The pockets are a great idea but they would be better if they were zipped or had a popper on, to stop things falling out so easily.

I love the bed protector but it would be nice if the elastic bits that go under the bed could be adjustable so that they would fit cots as well as beds.

Value for money? My first reaction was that they are a bit on the pricey side but they are quite unique and very stylish as well as practical.  I’d be more willing to pay that amount if the small flaws were perfected.

Overall Reaction: the seat protector needs some design modifications and it would be helpful if the bed protector was adjustable but despite this I do love their design and the ethos of the company in general.

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SnoozeShade for Infant Car Seats

SnoozeShade for infant car seats

Price: £19.99 plus p&p

Available from: www.SnoozeShade.com

Suitable from:  0+

Initial Reaction: Great idea. A product that not only protects my son from the sun but also helps aid his sleep. Continue reading

Shade a Babe

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Price: £29.99

Available from: cheekyrascals.co.uk

Suitable from: Birth – 4

Initial Reaction: Folds up quite small. Wasn’t sure it would fit my pushchair Continue reading

Buggy Tug

Product: Buggy Tug
Price: £3.99 – £5
Available from: Buggy Tug, Baby Loves Shopping and more

Initial Reaction: My pushchair already has one of these so I know how good they are, however the one on ours is really long and can get in the way and tangled up so this was a perfect alternative to something I am already familiar with.