Do You Need Sunshades for Pushchairs?

Do You Need Sunshades for Pushchairs?

As we are approaching the height of the summer months in the UK, it is important to think about your baby in all weather conditions. When out and about, keeping your baby at a comfortable and safe temperature is essential for them to remain healthy and protected from the heat and the harmful rays that the sun brings.

It is easy for young babies to overheat in cars and when in their buggies, pushchairs and strollers. Being mindful and aware of the dangers that the sun brings to little ones can help to give you peace of mind as a parent.

Read up about the best way to keep your little one protected from the sun in this blog post. You will find the solutions on how to keep them safe, comfortable and happy all summer long, so continue reading to learn more.


Babies in the Sun

It is strongly advised that you keep babies out of the sun at around six months old or younger. This is because their bodies will not be producing enough melanin at this age. Melanin is the substance that is produced by the body that gives pigment to the hair, eyes and also skin.

When skin is exposed to UV rays from the sun, it’s the melanin in the body that works to protect the skin from harm. It is also what causes the skin to become darker and tan. The body attempts to protect the skin from further damage.

Baby's skin is a lot thinner than adult skin - so it must be protected at all costs. Young babies are best to be shielded from the sun completely, instead of wearing sunscreen. Sun damage to babies can happen in a very short and sudden time frame.

As well as sun damage, the heat from the sun can cause a rapid temperature rise. Overheating babies can become seriously unwell and in some cases, overheating can be fatal.


How to Protect Your Baby From the Sun

As we know, it is very important to protect your baby from the sun. Their sensitive skin is thin and delicate and direct exposure to the sun must be avoided. It is therefore best to seek shade at sunny times or in hot temperatures or climates.

When you are out and about on your adventures with your little one, having your stroller, pushchair or prams canopy folded out for the maximum amount of shade is a good place to start. You should avoid handing anything over to the canopy as this can restrict airflow to your infant. Limited airflow to your child or baby could cause a temperature increase and a risk of overheating.

Keeping your little one cool and shaded is the goal when taking them out in their stroller or any other travel device. Another great way to add additional shade and sun protection for your baby is to invest in a clip-on umbrella for your stroller.


Umbrella for Stroller

A stroller umbrella is a perfect addition to your stroller or pushchair when the weather is warm or sunny. It is an umbrella that is attached to your stroller directly and protects babies from the sun when riding around.

Quite often the canopy alone on a stroller is not enough to sufficiently protect a baby. Depending on the sun's angle and the time of day, the sun can still get to your little one, even with the canopy fully extended. An umbrella for your stroller can be adjusted to the exact height and angle thanks to its flexible attachment.

The Umbrella for Stroller from Lejoux features a 180-degree adjustable bracket that fits onto your stroller handbag and a 360-degree flexible metal pole, meaning that you can ensure that you create the perfect sunshade and shield for your baby at any time.

During the summer months or when travelling abroad to hot climates it is strongly advised that you invest in an umbrella for your baby's travel device as an absolute essential to take away with you.


Ways to Check If Your Baby is Too Hot

You can always check the temperature of your baby to see if they are too hot or uncomfortable by checking their tummy, neck or ears.

This is a simple and easy way to see if they are too hot. If they feel hot to touch or the skin on these areas is red, your baby is too hot and it is time to cool them down.

Dress your baby in lighter clothing to cool them down and find some shade or a cool room to lower their temperature and you should keep them out of the sun and away from direct sunlight too.


Travelling With Your Stroller

One of the most important times for you to shield your baby is when you go on holiday and visit a hot climate abroad. Being prepared for hot weather and your little one when on your family holiday can help you keep a content and happy baby, as well as keeping them extremely and most importantly safe from the heat and the sun's harmful UV rays.

A travel stroller such as the Lejoux Foldable Travel Stroller makes for the perfect travel companion for wherever you may travel to as a family.


The Lejoux Stroller

Here at Lejoux Stroller, we supply top stroller products to parents everywhere. All of our strollers are extremely versatile, we design them with the needs of parents and children first as well as real-life situations - including when in the sun.

In regards to the weather our strollers from Lejoux have a retractable canopy that is waterproof and provides protection against UV rays. Our strollers also feature a retractable canopy with a mesh ventilation system that protects against UV rays, paired with our umbrella for the stroller as previously talked about and you will be onto a safe and reliable travel device for your little one.

We also have a whole other range of stroller accessories here at Lejoux, including a range of accessories that include other weatherproofing add-ons. Invest in our rain cover, hand muff, and winter cover to name a few of the examples of our accessories that are weather-related.

Our strollers make a perfect gift or great investment for your family. They are lightweight, compact and travel friendly. Choose from a range of colours in our stroller range, including; grey, black, beige, blue, pink, green and red, the various colours are sure to add a touch of personality to your stroller and will look extremely sleek and stylish when you are travelling around as a family.

If you have any questions for us at The Lejoux Stroller, one of our team members will be more than happy to help you. Just get in contact with us, all of the details can be found on the ‘Contact’ details on our website.

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