Window shades for car?

I have a two-pack of roller shades for car windows. You know, the cheesy ones that say "Baby On Board". Call me crazy but I'm convinced people drive more carefully when they see those signs LOL.

Anyway, I'm wondering if most people who use those have it on just one window in the back or on both windows (is that why it comes in a 2-pack?). Sol's carseat is in the middle.
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I have a two-pack of roller shades for car windows. You know, the cheesy ones that say "Baby On Board". Call me crazy but I'm convinced people drive more carefully when they see those signs LOL.
Originally Posted by PixieCurl
LOL, I always make fun of the Baby on Board signs. Like someone is going to see the sign and go "well, I was going to rear-end that person, but now that I see they have a baby, I think I won't after all."

If I used the shades, I'd put them on both sides, and maybe rear as well. (Dylan's seat is in the middle as well.) The car he usually rides in has tinted windows, but the few times I've had him in the Camry, it seems like he gets sun in his eyes from both sides and the back window.
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we had three shades: a wide one that secured with suckers on the back window, and two roller shades for the back side windows.

yes, we lost all our cool points, but our babies' comfort was most important.

they are 9 and 5 now and keep their kiddie shades in both cars for those particularly sun-shiny days.
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I don't think BOB signs make any difference in safety...except maybe reverse safety, because they obstruct the driver's vision a bit. I never bothered with shades because when sun gets in a baby's eyes, s/he will usually just close them and since they can't close their eyes without sleeping, they just go to sleep. I considered sunshine a perk!
LOL, I always make fun of the Baby on Board signs. Like someone is going to see the sign and go "well, I was going to rear-end that person, but now that I see they have a baby, I think I won't after all."
Originally Posted by Bailey422
I suppose I must admit that I used to be a pretty wild driver in my pre-mommy days.... and even though I never thought anything like the above (), those signs did always make me slow down a bit.
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LOL, I always make fun of the Baby on Board signs. Like someone is going to see the sign and go "well, I was going to rear-end that person, but now that I see they have a baby, I think I won't after all."
Originally Posted by Bailey422
I suppose I must admit that I used to be a pretty wild driver in my pre-mommy days.... and even though I never thought anything like the above (), those signs did always make me slow down a bit.
Originally Posted by PixieCurl
I'm hoping that someone like my dad will see a sign like that and think twice before they switch lanes without signaling, while speeding. I figure they can't hurt, right?

I don't think BOB signs make any difference in safety...except maybe reverse safety, because they obstruct the driver's vision a bit. I never bothered with shades because when sun gets in a baby's eyes, s/he will usually just close them and since they can't close their eyes without sleeping, they just go to sleep. I considered sunshine a perk!
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I may be wrong, but isn't that how eye sight gets damaged? The lids aren't enough protection from sun damage or something along those lines.

About the OP, I gave up on those sun shades because sun was always getting around them. I switched to infant sun glasses.
I don't think BOB signs make any difference in safety...except maybe reverse safety, because they obstruct the driver's vision a bit. I never bothered with shades because when sun gets in a baby's eyes, s/he will usually just close them and since they can't close their eyes without sleeping, they just go to sleep. I considered sunshine a perk!
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I may be wrong, but isn't that how eye sight gets damaged? The lids aren't enough protection from sun damage or something along those lines.

About the OP, I gave up on those sun shades because sun was always getting around them. I switched to infant sun glasses.
Originally Posted by internetchick

I have never heard that. In the old days, eye doctors used to recommend against sunglasses at all, for anyone, because they weren't thought to offer as much protection to the eyeball itself as a squinting eye does. I could never get my infants or toddlers to leave sunglasses on their faces anyway. The sunglare they got in the car was always from rising or setting suns anyway, not the height of noon or anything.
I never bothered with shades because when sun gets in a baby's eyes, s/he will usually just close them and since they can't close their eyes without sleeping, they just go to sleep.
What manner of miracle baby is that?

In my experience, if I ever managed to get mine to sleep in the car (meaning, when she finally passed out from all the crying), the sun would wake her up, especially if we were passing through shade and shadow so there was flickering.

And then heaven forbid she should be awake with the sun in her eyes. More screaming.
I never bothered with shades because when sun gets in a baby's eyes, s/he will usually just close them and since they can't close their eyes without sleeping, they just go to sleep.
What manner of miracle baby is that?

In my experience, if I ever managed to get mine to sleep in the car (meaning, when she finally passed out from all the crying), the sun would wake her up, especially if we were passing through shade and shadow so there was flickering.

And then heaven forbid she should be awake with the sun in her eyes. More screaming.
Originally Posted by CGNYC

All of my babies would fall asleep if the sun was in their eyes, because babies just don't/can't hang out with their eyes closed without falling asleep. I don't think I got lucky 4 times...I thought all babies did that. I remember my mom telling me that my siblings and I all did that too. Mine would fuss a little bit sometimes, but it was almost a guaranteed nap if I had to drive anywhere facing west in the late afternoons.
there's a couple of new products out that are pop up sundshades which attach directly to the carseat. Most importantly several are crash test rated.

That way you avoid the whole guessing of where on the windows to put the shades and baby gets a bit more coverage.

In our cars we have those cling type stick on tints that provide a bit of shade. My kids would all out freak hysterically with the sun in their faces. In fact, when Ian did it the first time I was wondering what the heck happened and I had to pull over. Once they understood, "put your hand over your eyes" it was much calmer in my car.
i have the shades for the two windows in the back, but not a big one for the rear window. which, up until a few weeks ago were useless. she was too small for the canopy on her carseat to actually shade her from the sun coming in through the back window, but it did prevent sun from the sides. so i just put sunglasses on her. now shes big enough to be protected by the canopy thing on the carseat as well as able to take her sunglasses off.

and as far as baby on board vs no baby on board, i think people see those sunshades and know you have a kid in the car and that youre not making a fashion statement. thus, they decide they will not rear end you after all.
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i think that sunlight is healthy for everyone. sunlight is healthy for the eyes. but i don't think it's healthy to have sunlight glaring directly into one's eyes, especially winter-morning and summer midday sunlight.

the roll-up shades that we used were more like screens, as they allowed sun to peek through tiny holes. so our babies were shaded from piercing bright light in their faces, still had sunlight on them, and were not in dark shade in the backseat.
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Audrey's seat was and still is in the middle. I went with side shades (the cling kind) and a suction cup one for the back window. The suction cup one, although recommended to me by several people, just didn't work no matter what I did. So we just ended up having all the back windows tinted.
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