birth I have put her sleep in the hands of my beloved sleep trainer, Sabrina from Precious Moments Babeez. Sabrina was able to teach me how to get my daughter to take excellent naps & sleep 11 hours overnight with no issues! But one of Sabrina's sayings always stuck in my head -- "you are not a prisoner to your house during naps". Sounded easy enough, but how was I going to recreate my daughter's sleeping environment in a stroller? In her bedroom she has a blackout blind on her window, and a white noise machine going.
I received the Snooze Shade Deluxe edition, and figured we were
ready to do naps on the go! This became especially important when we wanted to go to Marineland for my daughter's 1st birthday. The first time we were going to try out our new blackout blind! It was a beautiful hot, sunny day, so I was weary on how this nap was going to go - especially with it being her longer afternoon nap. But I was confident in my new Snooze Shade.
We had a wonderful lunch, was able to watch the show at 11:45 and see all of the exhibits Marineland had to offer. But now it was time for my daughter's 2-4pm nap. Where my husband and I could walk around the beautiful park and relax. So, we got her ready, let her have some milk, turned her portable white noise machine on and put it at the top of the stroller, gave her blankie, and attached the Snooze Shade to her stroller. Now, if it's the first time you actually open the Snooze Shade and attach it to your stroller, yes it can seem a bit confusing. But lucky me, I had opened it at home first and taken a quick look at how it was going to attach to the actual stroller.
With six easy snaps, we were able to get the Snooze Shade in place on our stroller before our daughter realized what was really going on! It is black on the inside, and silver on the outside which I loved because I find most blackout blinds or shades tend to attract the sun. The silver outside lining helped with this issue. There is also a small zipper on the front of the Snooze Shade that you can quickly unzip to see your babe fast asleep. I didn't find myself using the zipper option to take a look if she was sleeping, because well let's face it, she'll wake up to any noise, and that zipper being right on top of her face was a danger to me in waking her up! Instead I lifted the side a little to take a quick peak, which worked just as well. The Snooze Shade created the PERFECT blackout environment for my daughter's nap - much darker than any other blackout shade I've used on her stroller. It blocked out 97% of
the UV rays and was still breathable which my husband loved! OH and it folds up into a tiny little bag which is a MUST! The only true con I have about this Snooze Shade is the size. Well the packaging shows you can put it on any type of stroller or bassinet, I found it only fit one of my strollers very well. It is on the smaller size - and while we like to use our travel stroller for outings like this, I opted to bring my larger stroller because the seat portion of it was much smaller than our travel stroller where the shade would have to
go from top to almost bottom of the stroller, and it didn't fit very
All in all, this is a GREAT product to have! My daughter ended up napping a full 1.5hours, which I was truly impressed by being in the stroller! She did wake up after the 45min mark, but with the help of the blackout and white noise, she went right back to sleep. I will definitely continue to use this blackout shade, especially with our future trip to Florida around the corner. A great buy!