Rear-facing car seat and the sun -- Problem solved!

Krista - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




Holy crap, I figured it out!

I just got a new rear-facing car seat for my son, and unlike the infant car seats, it didn't come with a canopy. This made for a very unpleasant commute in the morning, as the sun would be right in my baby's face.

I looked online at rear-facing car shades, but a lot of them had really crappy reviews.

So, I hauled out my mad McGyver skills, and have solved the problem!

Buy two of the window-cling style sun shades (you can usually get a pack of two for a few bucks), and tape them together to get one long rectangular shade.

Then, get two medium 3M hooks.

Stick your 3M hooks on the inside of your rear window, at opposite top corners, but stick them at an angle or sideways, so that no part of the hook is touching your black defrost bars.

Then, take your long shade, and at the two top corners, poke a hole with a pencil. This should be easy, as they're just perforated plastic.

Then, just hang your shade on your hooks. You can either let the bottom of the shade hang, which works if you have a sedan, as you can just tuck any excess behind the back headrests. And the nice part is that no part of the shade or hooks are touching the defrost bars, which means you can use your shade in winter! And if you're driving at night, just take the shade off the hooks, and put it back on in the morning!

Yay for me!

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Merry - posted on 10/19/2010




Yay! Way to make rearfacing work! That's genius and will help him stay safely rearfacing longer!

Krista - posted on 06/10/2010




Tried it this morning on the drive to work, and it works great. My little guy was shaded beautifully and slept happily through the entire commute.

The only thing is the top sags in the middle a tiny bit. So I'll just put a small 3M hook in the top centre of the rear windshield, and that'll take care of it.

Krista - posted on 06/09/2010




Exactly. A lot of the rear-window shades in the stores rely on suction cups, but by all accounts, they're pretty unreliable. And I didn't want anything with a hard frame like a roller shade, that could be a projectile if an accident took place. Those 3M hooks are stuck ON to that windshield, and definitely won't be coming off at all, but I can still remove the shade as easy as pie.

Keri - posted on 06/09/2010




That is great. I like the way you did that. I was just going to suggest the suction cup things, but then I can't get them to sty up in my car. I may have to try that for our next long trip.

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