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#1 of 10 Old 03-12-2012, 04:53 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello.

We have our 33lb 2.75 yr old DD RF.

She doesn't seem to mind too much, or at least she doesn't know it's an option to sit another way.

 

But she gets uncomfortable.

She has sensory issues. She complains that the straps are too tight (the are not). But usually if bored or in car too long. And then she starts to wiggle around a lot and complain.

 

The biggest issue is the sun. She is VERY sensitive to the sun. It seems that she gets a lot of sun in her face RF.

I guess that the area where we live and where we drive ends us up with sun in her face from the rear window almost all the times in the car. We don't drive unless we go further outside our neighbourhood and we need to lug things home. So we end up driving north during the day time mostly. Direct sun in her face.

 

We have a shade on the side window and she wears sunglasses. But it is still too bright. The sun mostly coming in the back window.

We cannot shade the back window because of safety reasons. Needing to see out back mostly.

 

Is there any kind of canopy for larger car seats?

Any tips for helping RF kid be more comfortable and not get blinded by sunlight?

We want to continue RF her.

 

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Is it safe to use a shade on the rear window?

I saw this product. But I am not sure if it is safe...or even legal in Canada.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W3FVY6/ref=asc_df_B004W3FVY61899735?smid=A1M366Q439UQGU&tag=nextagusmp0368223-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B004W3FVY6


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Is it safe to use a shade on the rear window?

I saw this product. But I am not sure if it is safe...or even legal in Canada.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W3FVY6/ref=asc_df_B004W3FVY61899735?smid=A1M366Q439UQGU&tag=nextagusmp0368223-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B004W3FVY6



I used something like that. I have a very tiny car, and when dd was in the infant recline I arched the long shade over my dd carseat, truefit. I didn't like looking out the shade when attached to the back window. Plus arching the shade gave my dd more coverage.
Now that she is more upright not much of an issue. I have seen covers for seats, especially once ff to protect their heads. Though once again I've found it more an issue for small older cars

From a safety view point, im not bothered, but some don't allow anything inside the care that might fly in an accident.

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Thanks.

Our DD is upright. But she is RF and the sun beams right in the back window and on to her. Even with her sunglasses on she complains and is quite uncomfortable. I was hoping for blocking the sun somehow and keeping her RF for quite a bit longer. She is 2 3/4 yrs old and 33ish lbs. Her seat can be RF until 40lbs.


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I had a shade in the back window of my car for years (we replaced the car with a van last summer).  It never interfered with my ability to see.  I think it took us trying a couple of shades to find one that fit well and stayed put.  Hope you can find one that works well in your car.


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Thank you.

I think I will go and try to find one. I just didn't want to go and spend the money and then find out it impedes drivers vision too much.

 


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I wouldn't put a shade on the rear windshield, that sounds dangerous & probably illegal. Maybe I'm misunderstanding?

We have the same issue with DS, who is also very sensitive... On occasion I have rigged up a shade out of cloth draped around the seat but it just never worked quite right & either fell down, interfered with the driver's visibility, or just didn't shade him. What seems to work best is hats (he likes baseball caps). He also has a stash of black sunglasses. Both together seem to work best.

My only other thought is to experiment with which position her seat is in, maybe the sun would be less on one side or the other or the middle...

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Our car (a VW Passat) comes with a retractable rear windshield screen. It has little holes in it and while it took a day or two to get used to it I can see just fine through it. So I don't think they are either dangerous or illegal.

Would a sun hat help her? They have lots of those floppy wide brimmed ones out now for the summer...
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For years I had a commute that took me due west in the AM and due east in the PM. A rear shade was a necessity. 


Here is what we used http://www.amazon.com/Eddie-Bauer-Pack-Cling-SunShade/dp/B005123EHI. It clings directly to the window so once installed (it took a while to get the bubbles and wrinkles out) it does not block your vision anymore than tinted windows.

 

Would you be comfortable with her having a snack or a couple of soft toys to play with? 


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You might want to consider getting the windows tinted.
I have a small older car and all back seat riders complain of the sun/heat. I've been debating replacing the car for years so have put off getting the windows tinted, but wish I would have done it years ago.

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