to not understand why some mothers don't bother getting sunshades for baby's pushchair?

(62 Posts)
happydazy1 Fri 30-Aug-13 21:05:57

All summer I have seen mum's striding along (often with sunglasses themselves) and their poor dc with their heads turned to one side or even hands in front of face desperately trying to avoid the sun's glare. Some of the babies are even in rearfacing pushchairs still so the mums must know that the sun is in their dc's eyes.

Even if they can't afford a proper sunshade I don't know why they don't get a muslin and clothes pegs to try and improvise something.

Squitten Fri 30-Aug-13 21:08:25

If it was me you saw, you probably didn't see the bit where any kind of cover makes my toddler go utterly mental. He HATES them and sits happily getting soaked to his skin in torrential rain rather than put a shield on.

He couldn't give a sod about the weather!

jkklpu Fri 30-Aug-13 21:08:43

Why only the mothers?
What about hats?

ShatnersBassoon Fri 30-Aug-13 21:09:57

Sometimes you forget to take it with you. A few minutes in direct sunlight doesn't cause lasting damage.

ah yes always the mothers fault if its anything to do with babies....

No sunshade here because they involve rotating every time I turn a corner. I have a phil and teds so can adjust the hood. Or if I use the umbrella pushchair with a crappy hood, I stick a hat on for shade

mollycuddles Fri 30-Aug-13 21:11:22

I live in Ireland. Highly unlikely to be ever needed

hettienne Fri 30-Aug-13 21:11:24

I don't think it matters very much.

StephenFrySaidSo Fri 30-Aug-13 21:11:49

maybe all the dads were off buying them when you saw them?

I hate parasols with a passion, they're useless and it may just be me but they never do much as the minute you change direction the sun is in baby's face again!

So this year I've used a floaty long scarf tied to the hood. Worked a treat.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 30-Aug-13 21:13:07

On second thoughts, all these mothers are feckless idiots who want their children to be uncomfortable. Do you agree op?

MsPickle Fri 30-Aug-13 21:14:12

Because having to shut eyes often makes dd go to sleep faster. I'd be useless with a parasol, stopping to adjust it would drive me bonkers. I do have an extra sun hood but you might not notice it.

Ds shared the hatred of all things cover. Mine generally keep hats on though and always have cream on when required.

jacks365 Fri 30-Aug-13 21:14:54

You missed the fact that my dd is completely coated in sunblock and wears a hat. If I use the parasol she grabs it and bends and breaks it. I do ensure if we have a long straight walk that she faces away from the sun (pushchair faces either way and easy to change) but not worth doing if wandering around shops etc.

ENormaSnob Fri 30-Aug-13 21:15:20

Parasols are useless.

I use muslin clothes and pegs.

Looks a state but does the job.

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 30-Aug-13 21:16:14

I used mine once and realised it was as much use as a chocolate teapot because of the turning corners issue referred to above.
I therefore conclude it is because said mothers are more sensible than I was. Also, clothes, hats and the English climate.

onlysettleforbutterflies Fri 30-Aug-13 21:16:37

I had a sun parasol and used it once, I hated it. Every time my route bent slightly I would then have to spend 5 minutes fiddling about to get it in the right position again. A hat worked perfectly well. I am not very patient though.

dizzy77 Fri 30-Aug-13 21:17:18

Parasols are pants. Toddler DS1 is laminated in factor 50 before most pram outings on sunny days. Teeny tiny DS2 is swathed in muslin/peg combos.

happydazy1 Fri 30-Aug-13 21:20:09

I wasn't thinking toddlers so much (I know they can be difficult) but often quite young babies. They don't have hats on either. Not many dads with pushchairs during the day where I live.

It just seems a bit mean, sometimes the sun is really bright, and like I said these mum's invariably have sunglasses for themselves.

StephenFrySaidSo Fri 30-Aug-13 21:23:03

I told you- the dads are all off buying the parasols wink

you're right it's mean, but it's so much fun watching them wrinkle their little faces up and turn away from the sun and us mum's deserve a bit of entertainment you know. hmm

noblegiraffe Fri 30-Aug-13 21:26:39

I bought a parasol, wouldn't bloody fit on my buggy angry
I did the muslin thing. Or occasionally walk funny to put baby in my shadow.

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 30-Aug-13 21:28:06

Now you see I just don't get the whole muslin over the front thing? Spent time in South Africa when DD was 15mths sunscreen and sun hat. Mind you she would have pulled anything off and yelled 'it's mine now' as she did with any sunshade we dared to put in the back of the car.
It rained the entire summer before she was 1.

Pigsmummy Fri 30-Aug-13 21:31:22

Parasols are pure shite unless you use them rolled up like a jousting pole

LittleBlackDress Fri 30-Aug-13 21:32:50

Vitamin D. It's not all bad y'know. There are threads on here criticising mums who put blankets / muslins over the pram - clearly people think these mums are deliberately trying to harm their children by not allowing them enough sunlight. Damned if you do, damned if you don't!!

noblegiraffe Fri 30-Aug-13 21:33:32

My newborn's skin was too sensitive for sun cream. She came out in spots even with the really sensitive stuff. So shade it was.

AnneUulmelmahay Fri 30-Aug-13 21:33:36

But but but sun in eyes = baby closes eyes, ta dah! Asleep. Job done.

crazykat Fri 30-Aug-13 21:35:36

I had one for DD1 it was useless as she just grabbed it and I spent ages stopping her poking her eyes out with it. For the younger three I just had/have a thin blanket hanging over the hood folded back at one side so they can see but not have sun in their face. Works much batter and is safer and cheaper.

SarahNoDuck Fri 30-Aug-13 21:36:31

ha! Noblegiraffe, I frequently do the funny shadow walk. I do have a full shade-a-babe ptam cover and I use it, but it doesn't half draw some funny looks.

I have yet to discover a parasol that stays attached. They're shite.

mikkii Fri 30-Aug-13 21:41:50

Every time I attach a parasol, DD2 yanks it to where she wants it (and has done since she could sit up to do so). She hates not being able to see where we are going and what's going on.

As a result, DD2 has a tendency to put the parasol in the path of the oncoming flow of people, that can get amusing!

This holiday, DH has managed to lose the bit that attaches to the pushchair. I gave the whole thing to DD2 to play with and DH put the bit "somewhere" confused. Fortunately I have boring black ones at home o will use one of this for Upsy Daisy!

YourHandInMyHand Fri 30-Aug-13 21:43:55

A bit of sunshine won't kill them. hmm

My DS would sit in his push chair in long sleeved UV top, floppy sun hat, sun cream, even sunglasses, all of which he would wear happily. Try and put a sunshade on though - well, it wouldn't be pretty I tell you!

CaurnieBred Fri 30-Aug-13 21:44:12

Do they still do Shade a Babes? This is what I used for DD when she was in the buggy. Some people think it is like a burkha for kids as they look in and see dark but they need to remember it is like tinted window - looks dark from the outside looking in, but is light on the inside looking out.

YourHandInMyHand Fri 30-Aug-13 21:46:07

"Because having to shut eyes often makes dd go to sleep faster." MsPickle that really took me back grin DS is 8 now and I'd completely forgotten doing that. I used to go out and look which direction was facing the sun, then head that way knowing it would help DS nod off for his afternoon mega-nap. grin

BelleEtLaBaby Sat 31-Aug-13 02:28:18

My DS also does the thing where any kind of hood or cover makes him go totally mental. I have just bought a Phil & Teds and it came with a massive suncover. I looked at it in despair. I took him out today for a walk and the sun was in his eyes as he had already discarded his hat about thirty times before I got bored of stopping to put it back on and he was turning his head to avoid the sun. Sat on a bench to put the suncover on. Spent five minutes fiddling with the bloody thing while the crap hood on the explorer fell off about twenty times and once I got in on and set off again, DS screamed and attacked it like a feral monkey until I stopped and abandoned the whole thing. Suncover and hat in shopping basket, hood fully retracted and folded up, happy - if somewhat blinded - DS.

Would you have judged me a little less if I'd removed my own sunglasses? ;)

BelleEtLaBaby Sat 31-Aug-13 02:30:24

Fully expecting him to behave similarly when it's time for one of the many rain covers to go on come the winter.

I eagerly anticipate his career as the next Bear Grylls. smile

Sokmonsta Sat 31-Aug-13 07:01:19

I have a shade a babe for my twins Caurnie. I do think people dislike them because they cover everything. But it has been a godsend since the babies were tiny and people liked to give them attention. I didn't mind that but the babies hated it.

I'm just happy I can keep them happily shaded as dtd comes out in a rash whatever sun cream I use, and I only use a max of f30 as the elder dc all rash with f50

Fakebook Sat 31-Aug-13 07:22:52

Has there been a rise in skin burns and dehydration in babies where you live? If not, don't worry about it.

IJustNeedANap Sat 31-Aug-13 07:29:40

Parasols are rubbish and every time you turn a corner you have to fiddle with the bloody thing again.

I have a really long cover that can be pulled right down but if my DD is wide awake then she doesn't want to be covered she was to have a good nose around and if we're not going far then a bit of sunlight isn't bad for her, of she didn't want it she would let me know

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 31-Aug-13 07:37:58

I have a hood on my buggy, which DS2 likes to push back despite glaring sun.

He also removes his hat at every opportunity.


Pobblewhohasnotoes Sat 31-Aug-13 07:42:24

What Alibaba said.

I pull the hood on the buggy forward, DS hates it and likes to see out. He pulls a hat off within about two seconds.

HoneyDragon Sat 31-Aug-13 07:49:23

If they are striding along perhaps they only popped out for 5 minutes?

Proper feckless mothers amble.

fairylightsinthespring Sat 31-Aug-13 07:54:44

right so if the mum has sunglasses on facing the sun, surely the baby that is rear facing will be away from the sun?, an if they turn, the mum will be blocking the sun from the baby anyway? As others have said, I have yet to meet an effective parasol. Sunblock, hats, muslins all work. When DD was too small to object I did have a sort of white mesh sheet that fitted over the whole pushchair that was pretty good but obviously only usable before she was bothered about seeing out.

zippey Sat 31-Aug-13 08:03:37

What do you think of the toddlers who go outside in hot countries like Africa, Mexico, India etc. people are right a little bit of sun will be beneficial.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 31-Aug-13 08:05:41

When DS was first born he had a muslin over the face. DD the same. Sometimes when we're out and about in our Phil and Ted's, I have <shock horror> forgotten to bring any sort of cover because it was pissing down with rain when we left the house and I expect I am one of those mothers striding along with sun in my baby's eyes. I wear sunglasses because I quite like to see where I'm going when I'm pushing the pushchair, and I always have a pair in my bag. I'm pretty sure neither of my children have suffered. I would never take them out in blistering heat without suitable sun protection, but honestly I don't think a few minutes of sun is going to hurt too much.

Scrounger Sat 31-Aug-13 08:12:29

As others have said parasols are shit, I gave up with one with DS2 and never tried with DTs but they had a double city jogger so the hoods came down quite far. I also did the funny walks to get shade or walked really quickly to get them out of the sun if that didn't work.

I wore sunglasses whenever I could, just to hide how shit and tired I looked.

Wuxiapian Sat 31-Aug-13 08:26:14

A couple hours sunshine won't do any harm.

HeySoulSister Sat 31-Aug-13 08:32:47

Sunshades are useless!! One of those add on items they try and sell you that you just can't use effectively


pigletmania Sat 31-Aug-13 08:36:39

oh dear my 19 month ultimately refuses a hat, and will chuck it on the floor, and he will grab the parasol and break it, i tried a linin cover, pegged to the pushchair but he pulled that off, what can i do, shoot me!

Timeforabiscuit Sat 31-Aug-13 09:04:18

Full sunlight hurts when you're running on 3 hrs broken sleep

and sunglasses on babies look ridiculous

Squiglettsmummy2bx Sat 31-Aug-13 09:07:55

DS hates his parasol, keep pulling it off & last week on the way home from the zoo he threw it under the train as we were getting onshock
I won't be replacing it.

CatAmongThePigeons Sat 31-Aug-13 09:51:36

DS2 hates his parasol although the bloody thing doesnt fit the pram, screw you mothercare He will wear a hat though.

Blueberryveryberry Sat 31-Aug-13 11:39:59

Vitamin D.

Thumbwitch Sat 31-Aug-13 17:19:02

I have a parasol for my pushchair - it has a bendy bit in the arm, so I can pull it around as we change direction. But half the time it has to be between me and DS2, which he doesn't much appreciate. Mind you, he doesn't much appreciate it when I then fling a muslin over the hood/pram as well to keep him safe from the glare, nor yet does he appreciate having the sun full in his eyes. Can't get him to keep his baby-sunnies on, though! Or a hat! Or leave the muslin where I put it. Awkward little so-and-so

Maryann1975 Sat 31-Aug-13 22:55:29

Do you have a child op? If you do, I imagine your child is really well behaved as most toddlers (as you have probably noticed from comments above) will not keep a parasol over them when the sun is shining. They have no concept that it is there for their own benefit and think it is a toy. A muslin and pegs would be the same. From a parents perspective they are a complete pain when you turn corners and the sun moves, meaning you have to move the parasol again. Dc1 had a parasol for the first summer. I learnt my lesson and dc2 and 3 never used it.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 31-Aug-13 23:03:13

The answer to OP's post is obviously because those mothers don't give a shit about their dc.

That's what she wants to hear.

She is obviously a better mother because she has a sunshade on her dc's pushchair.

These other poor babies haven't been protected in any way from the sun and are set up for a lifetime of poor health and misery in the care of these thoughtless mothers of theirs.

VelmaDaceDinkley Sat 31-Aug-13 23:26:00

That's why we have eyelids hmm

Unfortunately the mum's have to keep their eyes open to see where they're walking.

But the babies have the luxury of being able to close theirs if the sun gets too bright.

SeaSickSal Sun 01-Sep-13 12:53:37

I have MS in my family which has been linked to a lack of vitamin D which comes from sunlight. On short journeys when the sun is not too strong I like him to get some light.

Boosiehs Sun 01-Sep-13 13:02:57

Some sunshine is of course essential. However too much can lead to burning and skin cancer. Currently dealing with pale and pasty DH's malignant melanoma kind of makes you a tad more cautious about the sun, even in this country.

Oblomov Sun 01-Sep-13 13:06:48

Why do you think OP? Because they are useless? And a few minutes of sunshine never hurt a baby ? Pull down your judgey-pants , and jogg on !!

saulaboutme Sun 01-Sep-13 13:57:37

Op you have a point. I think this also goes for sunshades, raincovers, coats etc.

Countless times I've seen it. The worst one I saw was a mum pushing newborn in heavy snow, baby was wrapped in a blanket, mum was covered by an umbrella. The baby must have got soaked!

Even if baby is throwing a mental they need weather protection. My boy loved wearing sunnies.

saulaboutme Sun 01-Sep-13 14:04:08

And agree it's not MUMS responsibility, dads as well.

JassyRadlett Sun 01-Sep-13 14:24:16

I'm from Australia so pretty sun-conscious. For DS that means sunscreen, hat, sunglasses especially as he has blue eyes. But honest to god, those parasols are useless. We have a huge whole-pushchair sunshade for when we're somewhere hot or in full sun all day and want him to nap, and you can zip it off so it's just got a huge hood which provides pretty good shade. But for the last 8 months or so the shout has been 'hood OFF' if we put the hood up at all, he's rumbled us that it's a sleep-inducing trick.

He won't keep his sunglasses on all the time either, but he does love them.

My eyes are ridiculously sensitive to sun, I wear sunglasses throughout the winter. Wonder what people would think if I put DS's sunglasses on him in January?

Mind you, today he wanted to leave the house in dressing gown, swimsuit and wellies so anything's possible.

Rooners Sun 01-Sep-13 14:28:55

I agree with you OP that some people seem sadly unaware of their babies' distress.

The times I have gone out with a pushchair to find that it doesn't protect my child enough, and not been sure what to do - I normally end up walking in a strange position trying to use my own shadow to keep the sun out of their eyes.

daftdame Sun 01-Sep-13 14:30:37

I found mine useless although hood of push chair could go down fairly low and offered lots of shade if needed.

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