MomTested: Protect-a-Bub Sunshade

June 4, 2010 by momfarah
shefinds | Kids

Last weekend was the perfect opportunity to try out the Protect-a-Bub Sunshade—the temperature hovered around 90 during the day and my family headed out to Six Flags for a day of fun.  Overall, the sunshade did a good job of providing much-needed additional shade for my one-year-old in her Maclaren, but it’s not perfect.

The Good: It has a rating of UPF 50+, the highest possible rating for ultraviolet sun protection, and even though the fabric is black, it didn’t attract heat and make it uncomfortable inside the stroller.

It’s also compact and easy to use.  In less than a minute I attached the four ties to the stroller and adjusted the frame as needed.  I didn’t need to remove it when I collapsed the stroller, and I like that it has its own carrying case for easy storage.

One more thing–the sides are made out of mesh, providing some ventilation and making it easy for my toddler to see outside the stroller.

The Bad: If you look at the photo, you’ll see that the sunshade didn’t fully cover my toddler’s legs, although it’s still a major improvement over the Maclaren shade.  And because the shade is a solid piece of fabric on top, I can’t see my toddler unless I walk in front of the stroller.  Also, the shade is a little wide, making it harder to maneuver in tighter spaces and crowds.  And I’m all about extra storage, so a few pockets here and there (for park maps that my son kept referring to throughout the day) would have been helpful.

But overall, for $25 it’s a great deal.  It’s available in four different colors, and if you want even more sun protection, you can always go for the larger, Classic Shade.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Price: $25

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