You call it a blackout shade. How dark is it?
I called SnoozeShade a blackout shade when I started as I didn’t really know how else to describe it. There was nothing else like it available to buy.
I wanted something for my pram that was the equivalent of a blackout curtain that could be used on windows.
Blackout curtains block 100% of light and therefore are not made of breathable fabric so SnoozeShade fabric could not be a total blackout blind. It does block 94% of light – which means that it significantly shades the inside of your pram or stroller.
Your child will be able to make out shapes and movement tell whether it’s day or night – but it takes away their ability to latch onto anything stimulating.
Time and time again, parents have reported back that their child – who normally can only sleep in total darkness – is napping happily under their SnoozeShade anywhere they take them.
One question we get asked jokingly is ‘Is it soundproof?’.
It’s not, but we’ve had reports from parents who have happily used SnoozeShade at weddings, festivals, airports, theme parks and in brightly lit busy shopping centres with great success resulting in a well-rested child.
Great news for everyone.
How do I know SnoozeShade Original will fit my pram or pushchair?
We’ve made SnoozeShade Original very simple to fit onto almost any pram, stroller or buggy.
After all, it was designed by a real mum who knows how annoying fiddly products can be. The Velcro straps means there are a multitude of ways to attach it but, if you are unsure, check out our YouTube channel which has a range of videos packed full of fitting tips.
Do I need to use all the straps?
SnoozeShade Original, Twin, Plus and Infant Carrier:
It all depends on the make and model of your pram, stroller, buggy or infant car seat. On some you may need to use all the straps and others you may only need to use one or two pairs. Don’t worry that it doesn’t fit because you have tried to use all the straps as you may not need to. Everyone fits their SnoozeShade differently – there is no right or wrong way – just your way.
Our YouTube channel shows you two ways to use the straps to each other in two ways.
If you are not using some of the straps we recommend that you attach the pair to each other to avoid the Velcro hooks pulling the fabric and tuck them away.
SnoozeShade for Travel Cots:
You must attach the straps around the legs of the cot for safety purposes. On a travel cot double wrap the straps for the safest fit.
How does SnoozeShade work?
How does SnoozeShade Original work?
SnoozeShade Original creates a comfortable sleep environment for babies by enabling them to switch off from the busy world around them.
Babies often wake up during their natural sleep cycle but if they see something interesting, eg their parents or a duck pond, then it can stimulate them which prevents them going back to sleep.
SnoozeShade creates a rather ‘boring’ environment which is comfortingly dark and removes the visual stimuli that could keep baby from sleeping.
Its soft breathable fabric blocks 94% of light (and 98.5% of UV rays) enabling them to sleep better and longer.
Why is it black? Won’t it make my baby hotter?
A common misconception is that anything black will get hotter but colour has very little effect on the creation of heat.
What is more important is what something is made of. A black brick will get hotter as it absorbs and holds onto heat as it is made from a natural substance.
Synthetic fibres cannot hold onto heat and SnoozeShade is made of polyester for that reason. Our fabric allows fresh air in and to move freely and any hot air rises through the holes in the fabric and away from baby. All SnoozeShade products are made from the same mesh fabric.
Black is the best colour for blocking the maximum UV rays. The majority of sunshades are black or dark coloured because black creates a strong external barrier to the sun’s rays and a shady environment inside the pram. After all, you go into the shade to stay cool on a hot day.
As we get asked this question so much, we asked one of the UK’s leading thermal physicists to explain the science behind the colour versus heat question.
Parents often comment on how surprised they are when it feels cooler inside the pram on a hot day:
“It worked a treat, he fell straight to sleep every night and it seemed a lot cooler in his pushchair then it did in the entertainment venue, which was an added bonus as he suffers from severe eczema and the heat irritates him.”
“The mesh material allows air in, while keeping the light out. The interior of the carriage also stays nice and cool.”
“I have used it on the beach during our vacation and my 7 month old went right to sleep. The material lets air in but keeps the sunlight out. People were asking if my son was baking underneath and I offered to let them place their hand under to see just how cool it was inside.”
“My son naps best when it’s dark. It’s breathable so he doesn’t sweat. It’s always attached to our bugaboo stroller. We love it!”
If it is a hot still day (ie no breeze) SnoozeShade can’t make the inside of the pram cooler but it will not increase the temperature and your baby’s skin will not burn.
If it is a very hot day with no breeze then SnoozeShade can’t make the inside significantly cooler. It won’t make it hotter but it will prevent your child’s delicate skin from burning which has far more worrying side effects. It also provides valuable shade which can be slightly cooler even on a very hot day. If it’s 90 degrees in the sun then it will still be 89 degrees under the cover so don’t expect it to act as an air conditioner.
Our top tips for a safe snooze on a sunny day include:
- In sunny conditions and when stationary, turn the pram of buggy away from direct sun, always seek shade, where possible, and use the sneak-a-peek zip to check on your baby’s comfort at regular intervals.
- Make sure your baby is well-hydrated and always have plenty of drink options available on hot days.
- If it’s a hot day and your little one is wearing a hat then remove it at sleeptime (I’m afraid even if it means disturbing them) as babies’ temperatures are controlled by how much heat their head and face lose – and hats can trap heat.
- Finally, if it’s a hot day then your baby may get sweaty – wherever they are – but the best way to check if they are overheated is to feel the back of the neck and tummy. If they are cool and moist then your baby is too hot. You should also be concerned if your baby is dry and hot to the touch as this could be heat stroke – a useful article on heat stroke can be found here.
What sun protection does SnoozeShade provide?
SnoozeShade Original has the maximum sun protection available of UPF50+ throughout – it protects against more than 98% of UV rays.
Any part of baby that is under the cover will be protected and you don’t have to worry about the sun’s direction while you walk unlike when you use a parasol or umbrella.
We don’t recommend you SnoozeShade Original is used in sleep mode (when the entire front of the pram is covered) when baby is awake as baby cannot see out – it would be very boring indeed!
Parents have told us how they use it cleverly to provide extra shade for their little ones so we’ve filmed a couple of short videos showing how you can use it for extra shade on a carrycot and on a pushchair.
If you’re looking simply for a sunshade then try SnoozeShade Plus as your child can see through the lookout panel shaded from 80% of UV rays. If you want to use it for sleep as well, simply pull up the front panel and you have complete UPF50+ protection.
What’s the sneak-a-peek zip for?
All SnoozeShade products feature a unique sneak-a-peek™ zip (or zips) which enables you to quickly, discreetly and quietly check on your baby.
When a blanket or coat is thrown over a pram or pushchair it usually means you have to lift it up to check on baby which then lets in light which can catch their attention which can disturb your sleeping baby (or baby who is trying to sleep).
The zip allows you to easily check on baby when they’re snoozing. You can choose to have it open or closed – whatever works for you.
How do I use SnoozeShade?
When can I start to use SnoozeShade Original?
You can use SnoozeShade Original from birth.
The more regularly you use it the quicker your baby will start to recognise it as a sleep trigger or cue.
Think of it in the same way as shutting the curtains in the nursery – the baby starts to know that when SnoozeShade Original goes on it’s nap time. When SnoozeShade Original is out of sleep mode baby knows it’s awake time.
Parents often comment that their baby has slept better and longer than normal with SnoozeShade as it allows them to get the sleep they need rather than the sleep they can grab in a busy environment.
Can I use SnoozeShade with a rain cover?
SnoozeShade fabric will protect baby from light rain or drizzle. I’ve used it myself when I’ve been caught short with my daughter.
In the event of heavy rain, SnoozeShades fit under or over most popular pram, stroller and buggy rain covers.
They are also machine washable and can be popped in the tumble dryer on a low heat to dry if needed.
How long can I use SnoozeShade Original with my child?
Use SnoozeShade Original as long as you and your baby are content and comfortable using it. Some of our customers tell us they are still using it well into their child’s third year. But every child is different and it depends what you want to use it for.
As children get older they get nosier so we developed SnoozeShade Plus. A sunshade that allows your child to see out safely when awake – whilst filtering 80% UV rays.
The lookout panel lets them enjoy the sights and for some natural daylight to reach them which is good for Vitamin D production. It also has all the benefits of helping sleep when the sleep panel is zipped up.
It is bigger, wider, deeper and longer than SnoozeShade Original so is particularly useful for larger strollers and buggies and is suitable for children up to four years of age.