Post # 1
My neighbor was asking me what else DH and I needed for baby. When I said, “sunshades for the car,” he started laughing and responded that I was clearly a FTM. I feel like I am pretty practical when it comes to what baby will actually “need.” My car windows have factory tint, but I live in a Texas town where it can reach 112 easily. It’s only a ten-minute drive across town. Are car shades silly?
Post # 3
And while on the car topic, what about mirrors to see baby while RFing?
Post # 4
We live in Texas too. So far we haven’t had a sun shade but we’ve been thinking about getting one…….. There are some bricca static cling shades that would be considered “safe” in the car.
We do also have a bricca soft mirror, but might be getting rid of it for the same reason as to why we haven’t gotten sun shades (I just found the bricca ones)…
Anything you wouldn’t throw full force at your baby’s face really shouldn’t be in the car… (not that you would throw something at your lo) lol
ETA: the one we’d get the shade for is my 2nd & I’m on the way to being a 3rd time mom.
Post # 5
@PilotsGirl56: I honestly think car shades are a necessity for babies, even if you do already have tinting. They’re so sensitive that it’s worth the extra $15 or $20 in my book. Better safe than sorry! You may wind up hating them, but hey, it’s not that much money to try and make sure your baby stays well protected from the sun.
Post # 6
@PilotsGirl56: Some sort of shade is essential. Babies should not be in direct sunlight. Tinting is not enough.
(p.s. what is an FTM? When I google it came up sex change pages! EDIT: OK I see, First Time Mother. Well I’ve got 3 kids and used shades a lot).
(RF comment removed because I misunderstood. We didn’t have them when my LOs were babies so I can’t comment).
Post # 7
@paula1248: haha at the google search! RF=rear face
Post # 8
I’m also going to be a FTM, so maybe I’m way off, but I think it’s really unkind to put somebody who can’t move him/herself in direct sunlight with no shade. I don’t know if babies NEED shades. but I would feel like an asshole not giving my baby some shelter.
ETA: Especially since baby seats are reclined. It might not seem very sunny to an adult sitting upright in the front seat, but for a baby laying back in a RF seat they’re basically looking straight up at the window/sun.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@bunnymama: We accidentally did that to my dad once. He cricked his back when we were on holiday, and Mum took my brother and I out for the day, leaving him on the lounger on the balcony, forgetting he couldn’t actually get up on his own.
Post # 10
I think they are needed, my son gets super fussy if the sun shines in his eyes.
Post # 11
@chronicwhimsy: Oh man – I bet he had words when you all got back 😛
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@ZombieBullfrogHoller: Mum was VERY apologetic (I was only 7!), and carried ALL the luggage when we went home two days later, haha!
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
@PilotsGirl56: Care shades protect not only the babies skin but their eyes if the sun is beating in. Even if you aren’t a FTM its a practical idea. I also had the car mirror to see baby. When you drive for long periods (my family was out of state at the time) you need to see baby periodically to make sure they are ok. Lets say baby spits up , you aren’t aware and they choke? Its unlikely this will happen but a possibility. Also it allows baby to see you too and know that they aren’t alone.
I think you are being practical. Your neighbor just has no clue.
Post # 14
@chronicwhimsy: lol. I’m glad he was okay. I can’t imagine how a grown man get;s forgotten on the patio. Perfect example of why this must suck for babies.
Post # 15
Definately need, we have one and am so glad we do, our back windows are tinted and the screen helps so little boy is constantly crying due to the sun shining on him