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Now that it's getting warmer, I'd like to take my 4-month-old
outside in her bouncy seat so I can garden. We don't have a pack-
n-play yet but I'm also thinking that might work well. I'm
envisioning some kind of tent or lean-to that I could put on or
around the bouncy seat or pack-n-play to provide sun protection.
I found a baby shield cover on the One Step Ahead website, but I
have a feeling my baby might hate it (see
Also, my back yard gets a ton of sun so it wouldn't really work
to just put sunscreen and a hat on her -- she needs shade!
Anyone found anything that would work? Thanks.
Ikea makes really cute kid tents. We have the castle shaped one and our daughters
love it. Please remember too, no sunscreen until your daughter is 6 months old.
We bought a tent at IKEA for $11.00 for the very same reason.
Worked really well for bouncy seat, naps, etc. Exremely easy to
set up, break down, light to carry around and easy to clean
off. He is 20 months old and he still is interested in it when
we are outside. BONUS: we are campers so thought that getting
him used to a tent at this age would be great when we take him
camping. He won't freak out in the night.
We will be in Florida for a week with our very pale, red-headed
8 month old. I am trying to find some sort of portable pop-up
tent to protect him from the sun while we are at the beach or
park. Any advice/recommendations are greatly appreciated.
Check out the coolaroo products:
I don't know if they've got exactly the thing you want... but they
have a good range of stuff and they get high marks for
I live in Florida and spend a lot of time with my very pale
strawberry-blond 15-month old at the beach and pool. Like you,
I looked around for a pop-up tent (great minds think alike) but
couldn't really find one that was easy to handle and was high
enough so that I wouldn't get claustophobic. Instead, I use a
combination of things to keep my baby safe from the sun -- I
cover her in SPF 50, dress her in a sunsafe swimsuit (it is the
only one that I could find that had snaps in the crotch for the
easy diaper changes www.sunsafe.com) that covers her from neck
to ankle and shoulder to wrist and is made out of SPF 50
fabric, put a wide brimmed hat that she keeps on with a velcro
strap under her chin, and I use a beach umbrella that I picked
up at some tacky tourist shop for $12. I also keep her out of
the sun at the very minimum between noon and 2 (which is also
coincides nicely with her nap, but probably not with your 8-
month olds). The beach water here is like bathwater all day
long, so you can really go in any time during the day or early
evening without worrying re: chill. Hope that helps.
Don't get the Sunsmart Family Sun Shade Tent by Aqua. It's
around $30 and it's a complete waste of money. Took it to the
beach and the smallest amount of wind would uproot the short
metal hooks that keep the tent anchored to the ground. I was
constantly chasing the tent for the first few times before I
realized that it's a totally useless product unless there is
absolutely no wind where you will be going. Also, the tent was
really really small and wouldn't be able to hold more than a
toddler. It also isn't self-standing if you were planning on
using it at home (it needs to be anchored into dirt/sand etc to
keep it's shape.
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