“ Brand: Argos / Type: Stroller Attachment „
When my daughter asked me to look after my nine month old grandson recently I realised I couldn't find the sun shade I had used for his older sister, knowing I would be taking him out in the pram (and expecting a sunny weekend) I ordered an Argos parasol from Ebay. It arrived in perfect timing and I had no sooner attached it to the frame of the pram when my daughter knocked the door with baby in tow.
It is a rather basic sunshade but very pretty, the Broderie Anglaise is beautifully executed giving the sunshade a delicate lacy appearance. Having said this, the detail is kept mainly to the edge of the parasol and the bulk of the fabric is uncut so will certainly keep the sun rays from your little one's delicate skin.
Fitting the parasol was a little awkward; it features a clamp fitting which in itself is very straightforward, but I found the angle of the clamp to be such that you do need very dexterous fingers to obtain a snug fit around the frame of the pram. Once in place, however, the toothed plastic clamp holds the parasol securely and means you do not have to worry about it sliding down the frame as you walk.
This parasol has a rubber coated flexible neck so you can position it to shield your child's face as the sun moves, this is useful at this time of year as the sun is so low that being able to adjust the parasols position is not only helpful but essential. For example, last weekend my grandson fell asleep in his pram and as he was warmly wrapped up I decided to sit in the rather chilly but sunny garden with him. The sun moved so quickly that day that within an hour I had had to bend the neck to protect his face at least twice, had the parasol been more rigid I would have found myself needing to move the pram itself which is a far more cumbersome job.
The neck remains in the position you have set it to for a reasonable amount of time, after an hour or two of being positioned it will droop slightly but I would hazard a guess that after this length of time it would require moving anyway so this isn't a big problem.
The soft linen fabric that makes up the parasol is a creamy off white shade, it shows up grime quite badly if you allow it to become dirty. I have successfully cleaned mine using Vanish spray and some gentle coaxing off of the dirty marks with a damp cloth, for this reason the cream colour is not one I would have chosen for myself if there had been a full range available at the time of my purchase.
The parasol provides a surprisingly wide area of coverage from the sun, once you have ascertained the correct position you can easily bend it down so that the majority of the pram seat is shaded without obscuring baby's view of the outside world. I would put my trust in the parasol and although my grandson is in a front facing buggy now I do not feel the urge to constantly check on its performance while I am pushing him, unlike a previous parasol that regularly ended up lying on my granddaughters chest as the flexible neck failed.
Now the summer is coming to an end I shall certainly store this lovely parasol in a more secure location than I did my previous one. Having looked at the clamp I suspect it would be suitable for the majority of modern prams and buggies, the clamp doesn't open extremely widely so do ensure the frame of your pram isn't one of those overly chunky designs that are popular at the moment.
My young son hates having the sun in his face so I bought a canopy that "fits all buggys". and the sun went in. By the time it had come out again I had changed my Mammas & Pappas buggy for a 3 wheeled pushchair. On trying to fir the canopy I found that the frame of the 3 wheeler was much thicker than the M&P and consequently the canopy doesn't fit. I went back to Argos from where it had come and they obligingly changed it for a parasol for me, which because it had a clamp that expands can be fitted nicely to the frame. It does bob about a bit in the wind but you can't have everything - can you?