(Closed) Are car sunshades for baby necessary?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We got the mirrors and then I also got the window shades.  My windows are tinted also but I think it would just help keep the carseat cool.

Post # 18
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I really like the mirror. That’s worth the $15. We have the sunshades but haven’t put them up yet because the carseat is in the middle and the sun doesn’t really shine on him. My car also has the retractable sunshade on the rear window, which does help.

Our dog rides in the back and I don’t think he’d like the shades at all…

Post # 19
30 posts
  • Wedding: August 2018

My daughter just rips the sunshades down everytime I put them up so I stopped wasting the money getting new ones. I thought they were super important but apparently they are annoying to her. Lol! The mirror is the best thing ever. If something happened to the one we have now and I had to pay $30 for a new one, I would in a heartbeat. They are so worth it. 

Post # 20
2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

@bunnymama:  Well, it was like the early 90s so pre-mobile phones, and Mum forgot he’d hurt his back, so she knew he was there and just sort of called “Byee!” and hustled me and my little brother out of the door before he could say anything. He seems to have forgiven her, although he apparently still holds a grudge for me giving him chicken pox when I was 4.

Post # 21
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I would say yes. I live in Texas too and this sun is crazy!  Babies don’t wear sunglasses, so I’d say give them as much protection as possible. Macular degeneration starts at a very young age.

Post # 22
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ve never had one and don’t plan to get one with this baby either.  When my 1st was a baby and was in the car, i mostly rode in the back when he was little and covered his car seat with a light blanket, especially when he was sleeping.  As for the mirror… we’re not getting one either.  I might get one once we get the minivan but for now, it’s not a necessity.

Post # 23
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d say both are necessary. Especially the mirror.

Post # 24
9 posts
  • Wedding: June 2002

I’m a really laid back mom…I let my 1 year old chew on sticks when she’s playing outside, that sort of thing…but I consider sunshades a necessity as well.  The poor babies can’t cover their eyes or in any way protect themselves from the sun.  We just use a spare receiving blanket and close it in the window.  It’s soft and safe and she can’t pull it down.  

As a bonus, she’s more likely to stay asleep and not fussy when the sun isn’t in her eyes.

And then there’s the fact you are SUPPOSED to keep new babies in the shade for the first 6 months of their lives anyway.

And I found the mirror prevents me from panicking and becoming a crazy driver.  I can just glance in the mirror at a stop light or pull over to take a peak.  Don’t look in it while driving though!

Post # 25
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@PilotsGirl56:  Just an FYI that my baby safety class instructor said last night that these (if they’re the kind that attaches to the window with suction cups/with bar) aren’t recommended because they can be a projectile in a car crash. Same with the car mirror and the ‘baby on board’ plastic signs which get brittle in the sun.

Just passing on the info she told the class anyways.


Post # 26
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

When my daughter was an infant/toddler, I lived in central California, where temps can get up to 120 in the summer.  Car shades were an absolute necessity; we had them on both sides of the car.  They really do make a difference!

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