“But my baby hates not being able to see out of their pushchair!”
That’s the very reason SnoozeShade founder Cara invented SnoozeShade Plus in the first place! After creating SnoozeShade Original to protect her baby daughter, Cara was dismayed to find that when Holly reached six months old and sat up, she was suddenly much less happy to have her view of the world restricted!
So, she put her inventor’s hat back on and developed SnoozeShade Plus, complete with its built-in see-through window and sleep-inducing blackout panel.
When your child is awake, you can uncover the window to let them watch the world go by while still being protected from the sun – we call this 'shade mode'. When it's time for that all-important nap, you can cover the window to convert to 'snooze mode', giving your baby their sleep cue and the perfect environment for a long, undisturbed sleep.
- In shade mode, your child is protected from 99% of UV rays from above, behind and the sides, but there’s a front window they can see out of.
- The window is a single layer of our air-permeable mesh, which still provides UV protection (blocking 80% of the sun’s harmful rays) and keeps wind, light rain and bugs at bay.
- In snooze mode, an outer blackout panel covers the window with another layer of mesh, transforming your buggy into a comfortingly dark space that’s perfect for an on-the-go nap.
- With the snooze panel up, your child is protected from 99% of UV from every angle.
Made with obsessive attention to safety
To say Cara is safety obsessed is an understatement – after all, she created the first-ever SnoozeShade for her own precious baby! That’s why you can count on SnoozeShade to keep your child safe in more ways than one.
Better than breathable
Unlike a blanket or muslin, our mesh fabric has been independently tested and proven to be air permeable – which means air passes through it easily.
There is no danger that your baby's ability to breathe will be affected. In fact, if you hold a SnoozeShade up to your face you'll see you can breathe comfortably (now try that with a blanket, coat or muslin).
Our fabric and design features match advice from The Lullaby Trust on safer sleep and pram coverings.
Every part is safe enough for a newborn
A product like SnoozeShade is only required by law to be safe enough for a three-year-old, because the product is actually being used by the parent, not the child.
But that isn't safe enough for Cara
Every SnoozeShade is designed to meet the same European regulations as a toy for a newborn baby – the highest standard possible – and our safety features include the following:
- Short straps that pose no risk of strangulation or entrapment
- Strong zips that won't break – even under heavy loads
- Absolutely no toxic nasties in our fabric or any component
- Non-flammable fabric
Sun protection up to UPF 50+
SnoozeShade fabric blocks up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays – the equivalent of UPF50+ sun protection. Not only does it protect your baby’s delicate skin, but it also shades their sensitive eyes and gives you complete confidence to get out and about in the sun.
No product on earth can replace parental supervision to keep your baby safe.
That's why all SnoozeShade products feature a sneak-a-peek zip, so you can easily check on your sleeping beauty without letting in too much light and waking them.
99% of our customers would recommend
SnoozeShade to a friend!
"As an anxious parent with a summer baby this product made me feel confident to take little one out and about in the sunny summer weather. I never left the house without it! Used with the buggy when we went on holiday, it worked great as I could roll down the top layer allowing little one to see (she doesn’t like being kept in the dark!) but still providing UV protection."
"This is an absolute must-have for sun holidays – we would have been lost without it. It is so easy to use, lightweight and provides brilliant coverage!"
Well worth it!
"This has been a game changer for helping our daughter nap whilst out, and protecting her from the sun. We absolutely love it and don't know what we did without it!"
"Bought the SnoozeShade for our holiday and it was amazing – baby napped in the shade while we could enjoy the sun! Been using back home as well, it’s great for day naps when I’m out running errands. Thanks so much."
Best holiday buy
"We are currently on holiday with our 3 month old and our SnoozeShade was the best purchase we've made! It takes away all the stress of keeping baby out of the sun and all the support emails are fantastic. I have already recommended this to a number of our friends!"
FREE five-year warranty
It's extremely rare that SnoozeShade products develop a fault. But if the unexpected should occur, you have the peace of mind of our standard one-year warranty. And you can also choose to extend it to five years absolutely FREE!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here you'll find Cara's answers to some of our most-received questions, but if there's anything else you'd like to know please reach out – we'd be delighted to help.
What sun protection does SnoozeShade Plus provide?
When it’s time for a buggy nap, convert your SnoozeShade Plus to snooze mode by zipping up the outer panel (an extra layer of air-permeable mesh). This snooze panel covers the inner window to create a sleep-friendly environment that blurs distractions, shuts out 94% of light and blocks 99% of UV rays (UPF 50+).
While other sunshades claim to offer UPF50+ protection, many have transparent panels. This won’t offer the same level of sun protection, as UV rays can get in. Remember, if you can clearly see your baby through the fabric, so can the sun!
Our fabric is completely unique to us and has been independently scientifically tested, scoring highly for air permeability, which means air flows freely through it and your little one is completely safe underneath it.
Our clever child-safe zips allow you to check on your baby frequently without letting in too much light or exposing them to the sun.
Why is SnoozeShade black, doesn't that attract heat?
The colour of a fabric has little to do with how hot it gets, but there are lots of great reasons why our fabric looks the way that it does:
• SnoozeShade is made from air-permeable mesh with lots of small holes that allow fresh air to circulate easily
• SnoozeShade’s fabric has been tested multiple times by well-respected, independent laboratories and scores highly for air permeability
• Black is the best colour for UV protection, as it blocks the most UV rays. This means our fabric doesn't need any chemical treatment
To find out more about how SnoozeShade’s fabric keeps your baby protected and happy, read this piece, which we wrote with the help of one of the UK’s leading thermal physicists to explain the science behind the 'colour and heat' question.
What is air-permeable fabric?
Our unique fabric is actually better than breathable. It's air permeable.
The term breathability is often used incorrectly. It's actually a term that refers to how well a fabric wicks moisture away from the skin, which is why it's often used to describe sportswear. Air permeability is all about how easily air moves through something.
A fabric that's ‘breathable’ is not necessarily air permeable. For your baby to be safe beneath a sunshade it MUST be made from air-permeable fabric. Avoid cheap copies and buy the safety-tested best.
I'm also proud to say that a new test for suffocation and CO2 rebreathing was developed and our mesh fabric passed both tests with flying colours!
How does using SnoozeShade help my baby and I?
SnoozeShade is a portable sunshade for families on the go, allowing you to get out and about while keeping your baby safely protected from the sun's UV rays.
It’s the only baby sunshade to be endorsed by international baby-sleep experts, be approved by the Melanoma International Foundation, and to have won more than 80 awards – including Mother & Baby Gold for Innovation, Dadsnet Gold and Made for Mums Gold.
Cara says: “Until I invented SnoozeShade, the only option for parents was to throw makeshift items like blankets or muslins over the pushchair. These aren’t always made of air-permeable fabric, don’t provide sun protection and may simply fly off at the slightest breeze. You also have to lift them to check on your baby, letting in light that wakes them up.”
SnoozeShade & safety testing
I invented SnoozeShade to use with my own daughter, which means safety has always been my number one priority.
For me, safety comes first above all else, and I am proud that SnoozeShade is a ‘function over fashion’ product. I won’t compromise on safety and I put SnoozeShade through regular and rigorous safety testing – including tests that aren't compulsory. Head to our blog to find out more.