Know what really grinds my gears? Stroller canopies. For the life of me, I cannot understand why stroller companies make such short canopies that keep hardly any sun off the baby/toddler. Maybe I only feel this way because I live in sunny Orlando, Florida but it still baffles me!
I have a Jeep jogging stroller that I use for walks around the neighborhood, and I started bringing a blanket with me on our walks to put over the front of the stroller to keep the sun out. But then, my son was completely covered and couldn’t see anything or enjoy being outside. And isn’t that the whole point of going on a walk?
So you can imagine that I jumped at the chance to review one of Protect-A-Bub’s products. I chose the Classic Sunshade, which is the largest canopy-style UV protective sunshade on the market. I hoped it would solve our sun exposure problem, which made my son close his eyes and thrash his head back and forth trying to avoid the direct sunlight.
Here are its main features:
- Rated UPF 50+ (highest possible rating for ultraviolet sun protection)
- Specially woven polyester microfiber that is breathable and doesn’t retain heat
- Sturdy frame remains stable in mind
- Fits all strollers and joggers with a canopy
- Mesh sides reduce glare and promote air circulation
- Attaches to stroller frame quickly and easily
- Stroller can be folded with sunshade attached
- Available in single and twin (side by side)
- Includes carry bag
The canopy I received is light beige. I loved that it was such a light color because that will help to deflect heat even more! I couldn’t figure out where to attach it to the stroller at first, so I looked at the picture that came with the product. Basically, there are two ties on each side of the stroller; on each side, you tie one up high near the handle and one near the middle of the stroller, about the level of the seat. (Note that where you tie may vary from stroller to stroller based on the size and structure of your individual stroller).
I noticed right away that the canopy went down very low over the stroller, almost completely covering it. The tip of the canopy almost touches the steering wheel toy on the snack tray. I worried that this might be too low for Caleb to see anything, but I got down at his level and he still had a decent view of his surroundings – just down low. Still, now I wish I had gotten the compact sunshade instead.
Overall, this is a great product. I’ve been using it for about two weeks and will be keeping it on my stroller. You can think of it as a hat for your stroller. I love that I can go for walks in between naps during the hottest part of the day and not worry about Caleb getting too much sun.
The Classic Sunshade retails for $30.00 and can be found at a variety of retailers, both U.S. and international. To find a store near you, visit the Protect-A-Bub store locater.
I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.