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TIPS tested SnoozeShade 2012 Print E-mail

 

TIPS-tested SnoozeShade® products - 2012

 

Between September and October 2012, we tested 4 SnoozeShade products for you and the following awards have been allocated (follow the links below to read the full reviews):

 

 Clever idea and Testers' favourite – SnoozeShade® Plus

Clever idea – SnoozeShade® OriginalSnoozeShade® for Travel Cots and SnoozeShade® for Infant car seats

 

 

 

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You can also find out more about the testing process in the following sections:


  

Awards

Snooze Shade® Plus

  • Unique two layer protection system: maximum-rated sun protection (UPF50+) shields baby from 99% of harmful UV rays and large mesh window allows baby to see out (and filters 80% UV)
  • Proven to help babies sleep (in blackout mode it blurs light and visual distractions)
  • Protects baby from sun, wind, light rain and insects throughout the year
  • Front zip lets you check on baby
  • Made from soft stretchy breathable fabric
  • One size fits all single strollers including 3-wheelers and flat-lying prams
  • Use from birth until approx. 4 years old
  • Quick to fit, easy to remove and folds up small
  • Machine washable at 30 degrees C

 

RRP: £29.99

Supplied and manufactured by www.snoozeshade.com

 

Awards: Clever idea and Testers' Favourite 

Necessity is the mother of invention, which is exactly how the SnoozeShade® product range came about. Founder Cara Sayer was a busy mother looking for a way to help her young daughter sleep for longer while out and about in her buggy. A serious internet shopper, Cara started to search for a suitable product somewhere. Mosquito, cat and insect nets let in too much light. Sun shades were too bulky to carry around constantly and baby could still see out. There didn’t seem to be anything that blocked out the light, was portable and small enough to keep in the nappy bag, buggy basket or hang off the handles. So Cara decided to design her own product and the rest, as they say, is history...
The SnoozeShade® range includes products for buggies (even twin buggies), prams, infant car seats and travel cots. Primarily designed as a sleep aid and sunshade, the SnoozeShade® also protects against draughts, prevents well-meaning people from disturbing your sleeping baby and acts as an insect screen.
Parent Testers were very impressed at how easy it was to use this product and how snugly the SnoozeShade® Plus fitted around all types of buggies and prams. Initially Testers felt unsure about the blackout fabric as it did not give them a clear view of their little one but once they got used to using the sneak-a-peek window, they soon found many uses for this innovative product. Testers used the SnoozeShade® Plus when out shopping, in the park, on holiday, in restaurants, on the beach, on public transport. One Tester is even planning to take it to Cambodia in the near future. Parent Testers were especially impressed with the larger sneak-a-peep window and unanimously agreed they would buy this product and recommend it to their friends and family!
Having carefully considered the needs of parents, SnoozeShade® designed a simple product with a number of uses. This is why the SnoozeShade® Plus is worthy of our Clever idea award and an extra award our Testers' favourite!


This is what some of the Testers said:

 

  • We previously had another make but we found the SnoozeShade® one easier to use and fit.
  • I definitely felt it increased the time that he was asleep as he was not affected by the sunlight.
  • Yes, my baby slept very well on the beach and stayed cool.
  • The position of the sneak-a-peek window is much better than on the SnoozeShade® Original and the double zipper means you can be cunning about where you peek from.
  • Well worth the money if you have a child that doesn't settle easily in their prams.

 

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SnoozeShade® Original

  • sun protection - blocks more than 98.5% of UV rays (UPF50+)
  • blurs visual distractions that keep babies awake
  • helps maintain your baby’s sleep routine wherever you are
  • prevents well-meaning people from disturbing your sleeping baby
  • made from soft stretchy breathable fabric which doesn’t retain heatuse all year round to protect from sun, wind, chill and insects
  • sneak-a-peek™ zip lets you check easily when baby is asleep
  • quick to fit, easy to remove and folds up small
  • fits all styles of prams and buggies
  • machine washable at 30 degrees

 

RRP: £19.99

Supplied and manufactured by www.snoozeshade.com

 

AwardClever idea

 

Necessity is the mother of invention, which is exactly how the SnoozeShade® product range came about. Founder Cara Sayer was a busy mother looking for a way to help her young daughter sleep for longer while out and about in her buggy. A serious internet shopper, Cara started to search for a suitable product somewhere. Mosquito, cat and insect nets let in too much light. Sun shades were too bulky to carry around constantly and baby could still see out. There didn’t seem to be anything that blocked out the light, was portable and small enough to keep in the nappy bag, buggy basket or hang off the handles. So Cara decided to design her own product and the rest, as they say, is history...
The SnoozeShade® range includes products for buggies (even twin buggies), prams, infant car seats and travel cots. Primarily designed as a sleep aid and sunshade, the SnoozeShade® also protects against draughts, prevents well-meaning people from disturbing your sleeping baby and acts as an insect screen.
Parent Testers were impressed at how easy it was to use this product and how snugly the SnoozeShade® Original fitted around all types of buggies and prams. Initially Testers felt unsure about the blackout fabric as it did not give them a clear view of their little one but once they got used to using the sneak-a-peek window, they soon found many uses for this innovative product. Testers used the SnoozeShade® Original when out shopping, in the park, at baby shows, in restaurants, on the train and at a funfair! In fact one Tester told us she'd been able to use the SnoozeShade® Original in the car over a car seat even though there is a dedicated SnoozeShade® for Infant Car Seats.
Having carefully considered the needs of parents, SnoozeShade® has designed a simple product with a number of uses. This is why the SnoozeShade® Original is worthy of our Clever idea award!


This is what some of the Testers said:

 

  • We loved how easy it is to put on and keep on
  • It’s great that it comes with its own little carry bag instead of it unfolding in your bag
  • My first impressions of the tabs were that they were a bit bright, but when I wanted to attach it, they were amazingly easy to find!
  • My favourite feature was the multiple uses as sunshade or snoozeshade and that one size fits all.
  • We used it if our daughter was dropping off to sleep, when we wanted to keep out any distraction that might wake her.

 

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SnoozeShade® for Travel Cots

  • Proven to help babies sleep by blocking and 94% of light and visual distractions that keep babies awake
  • Protects from daylight, insects, and draughts
  • Clever zip panels allow parents to alter the level of light and give easy access to baby
  • Quick to fit, easy to remove and folds up small. It folds up to not much larger than a beach towel (and comes with a carry case)
  • Made from soft stretchy breathable fabric
  • One size fits all popular travel cots; also fits continental cots which take a 120cm x 60cm mattress (NOTE: does not fit cot beds)
  • Machine washable at 30 degrees

 

RRP: £69.99

Supplied and manufactured by www.snoozeshade.com


Award: Clever idea

 

Necessity is the mother of invention, which is exactly how the SnoozeShade® product range came about. Founder Cara Sayer was a busy mother looking for a way to help her young daughter sleep for longer while out and about in her buggy. A serious internet shopper, Cara started to search for a suitable product somewhere. Mosquito, cat and insect nets let in too much light. Sun shades were too bulky to carry around constantly and baby could still see out. There didn’t seem to be anything that blocked out the light, was portable and small enough to keep in the nappy bag, buggy basket or hang off the handles. So Cara decided to design her own product and the rest, as they say, is history...
The SnoozeShade® range includes products for buggies (even twin buggies), prams, infant car seats and travel cots. Primarily designed as a sleep aid and sunshade, the SnoozeShade® also protects against draughts, prevents well-meaning people from disturbing your sleeping baby and acts as an insect screen.
Parent Testers found the SnoozeShade® for Travel Cots very easy to fit. Adjusting the cover to provide the right level of darkness for baby was easy too. It's worth noting that this SnoozeShade does not fit larger cot-beds. Our Parent Testers used the various panels to provide the perfect level of light for baby, while still allowing them to see or check on their little one. Testers told us the SnoozeShade® for Travel Cots was especially useful on holiday, in a caravan or when visiting friends and family. It helped to recreate familiar home surroundings and light levels. It was then easier to keep to established sleeping patterns.
Having carefully considered the needs of parents, SnoozeShade® designed a simple product with a number of uses. This is why the SnoozeShade® for Travel Cots is worthy of our Clever idea award!


This is what some of the Testers said:

 

  • The stretchiness allows it to fit most cots (we have 2 home cots and 2 travel cots and it fitted them all.)
  • After she had gone to sleep and I wanted to come into the room I shut all the panels so I could turn the light on without disturbing her
  • Although he only fell asleep a couple of times with the SnoozeShade® he would quite happily stay in his travel cot just cooing for quite a while whereas if he was placed in his cot he would scream
  • Our favourite feature was the fact that we could re create the darkness of his room at home while away on holiday.
  • I was worried my baby might overheat but he seemed fine

 

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SnoozeShade® for Infant car seats

  • Maximum-rated sun protection (UPF50+) shields baby from over 98% of harmful UV rays
  • Proven to help babies sleep by blocking visual distractions and 94% of light
  • Protects baby from the sun, wind, chill, light rain and insects throughout the year
  • Use in three ways: in sleep mode over the top of the handle, in sleep mode, with the handle exposed for carrying, and half-shade position (to protect face and eyes)
  • 'Sneak-a-peek" front zip lets you check on baby
  • Quick to fit, easy to remove and folds up small
  • Made from soft stretchy breathable fabric
  • One size fits all popular Group 0 and 0+ infant carriers with rigid carry handles eg Maxi-Cosi, Graco, Cosatto, Babystyle, Britax, Concord, Chicco, Recaro, Bebecar, Obaby, Jane
  • SnoozeShade for Infant Car Seats is not designed to be used with 'sleeper' models of infant carriers. These are more similar to carrycots in which case SnoozeShade Original or Plus would provide a good fit. Sleeper models include Britax Baby-Safe Sleeper; Jane Transporter Auto Carrycot; Concord Sleeper Carrycot
  • Machine washable at 30 degrees

 

RRP: £17.99

Supplied and manufactured by www.snoozeshade.com

 

Award: Clever idea 

Necessity is the mother of invention, which is exactly how the SnoozeShade® product range came about. Founder Cara Sayer was a busy mother looking for a way to help her young daughter sleep for longer while out and about in her buggy. A serious internet shopper, Cara started to search for a suitable product somewhere. Mosquito, cat and insect nets let in too much light. Sun shades were too bulky to carry around constantly and baby could still see out. There didn’t seem to be anything that blocked out the light, was portable and small enough to keep in the nappy bag, buggy basket or hang off the handles. So Cara decided to design her own product and the rest, as they say, is history...
The SnoozeShade® range includes products for buggies (even twin buggies), prams, infant car seats and travel cots. Primarily designed as a sleep aid and sunshade, the SnoozeShade® also protects against draughts, prevents well-meaning people from disturbing your sleeping baby and acts as an insect screen.
Parent Testers were very impressed with how easy it was to use Snooze Shade® for Infant Car Seat and how snugly the cover fitted around most type 0 and 0+ infant car seats. As this product was used with young infants, Testers were typically anxious at not being able to see their baby behind the SnoozeShade. They did however find the sneak-a-peek front zip invaluable for keeping an eye on their sleeping baby. Our Testers used the SnoozeShade® for Infant Car Seats when out shopping, in the garden, on sunny days when a parasol was unsuitable, in restaurants and cafés.
Having carefully considered the needs of parents, SnoozeShade® designed a simple product with a number of uses. This is why the SnoozeShade® for Infant Car Seats is worthy of our Clever idea award!

 

This is what some of the Testers said:

  • We found the size was good for car seat and pram and the shape works for different brands
  • Used it in the garden, out shopping in town on very sunny days when parasol didn't cover well enough, in a pub with bright spotlights at lunchtime and a restaurant in the evening
  • We used it in a restaurant, in the car, while shopping, in a café, while doing volunteer work and in a community hall.
  • Our son dropped off easier and was asleep for longer.
  • I felt conscious of blocking my baby out; bizarre I know but felt a little uncomfortable with the cover being a total cover. On the plus side, it stopped the old biddies in Tesco from breathing all over him and asking me: ‘can I touch him?’!

 

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Overview

When considering products for testing, I aim to source what I believe to be the best products on the market. Where such a product is quite unique, I set up a one-off trial. I did this for the Swimava swim ring, the Shampoo Rinse Cup, Miracle™ Scarves, Miracle™ Bands, the Dribblebuster® bib, the Aquasolari bed pad and Ella’s Kitchen baby food.
The decision to undertake a TIPS one-off trial is based on a product’s unique features. I decided to go ahead with a TIPS trial of SnoozeShade® products because they:

  • are designed for safety: with ‘sneak-a-peek’ zips to allow parents/carers to check easily on their child
  • provide maximum sun protection (UPF50+) by shielding your baby from 99% of harmful UV rays
  • are endorsed by sleep experts as helping to promote or prolong sleep
  • are easy to fit and suitable for most cots, baby car seats and buggies/strollers
  • are machine washable at 30 degrees

 

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Methodology

 

In this trial, we tested 4 SnoozeShade® products:

  • SnoozeShade® Original
  • SnoozeShade® Plus
  • SnoozeShade® for Infant car seats
  • SnoozeShade® for Travel cots

We sent out 5 samples for each SnoozeShade® product to parents with little ones aged 1 week to 24 months old. This gave Testers time to carry out a comprehensive assessment of these innovative products. We asked our Parent Testers to read the detailed guidelines (see below) before starting to test the products. We also asked that they use the product at least 7 times before completing the questionnaires.

 

 

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Guidelines for Testers (this was provided to all Testers who took part)

 

How to test

1. Read the instructions provided with the SnoozeShade product carefully (whether you intend to use it at home or on the move). These tells you how to:

  • fit the SnoozeShade® to your cot, baby car seat or buggy
  • adjust the SnoozeShade® and use the ‘sneak-a-peek’ zip to check on your child
  • remove and repack your SnoozeShade®
  • wash the SnoozeShade®

2. Before completing the questionnaire
I would like you to use the SnoozeShade® with your baby at least seven times so you can comment fully and give your thoughts on what works well and what maybe doesn’t. You should then complete the questionnaire.


Safety First
When using the SnoozeShade® with your cot, baby car seat or buggy, be sure to check your baby regularly using the relevant ‘sneak-a-peek’ zip/s.


Completing the questionnaire

There are four sections in the questionnaire:

  • The product: in this section, we ask about the packaging, design and information provided.
  • Use of product: this includes questions about ease of use, enjoyment by baby or child, promotion of sleep, effectiveness of prolonging sleep time and overall convenience.
  • Feedback: in this section, we ask you to comment on your favourite features, suggest improvements, and tell us whether you believe the product provides good value.
  • Awards: in this section, you can suggest an award for the SnoozeShade®.

  

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Conclusion 

 

As you can see, there are many aspects of design to assess when testing this product. A SnoozeShade® must be designed to keep your baby safe and secure. This can only be achieved when manufacturers use top quality materials and pay close attention to detail when designing their products. 

Thank you again for all your hard work. You can be sure that your independent testing and comments will help to give parents the best and most unbiased advice available.
Kindest regards
Sharon Trotter - Founder and Director of TIPS Ltd
sharontrotter@tipslimited.com

 

 

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Disclaimer. TIPS Ltd is not responsible or liable for any failings of products that have been submitted for the testing programme. The responsibility remains with the individual manufacturer. Research is constantly changing and whilst every effort is made by TIPS Ltd to ensure the information contained in the guidelines is accurate and up-to-date, parent testers must still be encouraged to seek the advice of their midwife, health visitor, lactation consultant or GP if they have any concerns.

TIPS Ltd© 2012

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SnoozeShade® Plus 

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SnoozeShade® Original

 

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SnoozeShade® for Travel Cots

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SnoozeShade® for Infant Car Seats

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