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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 !!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Vitamin D.

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.

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.

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

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!

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


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

A couple hours sunshine won't do any harm.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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