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What Type of Carseat Cover/Blanket do you prefer?

Poll Results: What type of Carseat Cover do you prefer?

 
  • 27% (8)
    Bunting/Sleeping Bag type that zips up the sides
  • 55% (16)
    The ones that elastic over the top with the Peep hole
  • 3% (1)
    The blankets the cover that velro around the handles
  • 13% (4)
    Other
29 Total Votes  
post #1 of 45
Thread Starter 
I've always used the carseat covers that look like little sleeping bags that zip up the sides...but I've seen all different sorts and I'm having another winter baby so not sure what kind to make this time around. Which do you prefer?

Sleeping/Bunting Bag Type?
The cover with elastics that sits on top with the peep hole?
The blankets that cover and velcro to the handle?
Other?
post #2 of 45
I don't use one, just a receiving blanket I throw over the seat to make sure the buckles don't get too hot in the car.
post #3 of 45
Thread Starter 
Oh...it's cold here in Canada in the winter. A blanket doesn't cut it. I really dont like big heavy jackets and boots on an infant
post #4 of 45
I think from a safety standpoint, the ones that fit over the top with elastic are best, because then you're not adding any extra fabric between baby and the seat, that might affect the seat's performance in a crash. When mine were babies, we had Bundle Mes, but I've since learned that those aren't very safe.
post #5 of 45
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Originally Posted by Llyra View Post
I think from a safety standpoint, the ones that fit over the top with elastic are best, because then you're not adding any extra fabric between baby and the seat, that might affect the seat's performance in a crash. When mine were babies, we had Bundle Mes, but I've since learned that those aren't very safe.
Yep! Shower cap-style covers are ideal, and you can tuck blankets in under them so baby can't kick them off. Baby shouldn't wear a coat or bunting thicker than fleece under the car seats straps, so no snowsuits, buntings, or puffy coats.
post #6 of 45
Those sleeping bag types that zip up the sides aren't safe because they come between the baby and the straps. I'm in Canada and I always used the shower cap type covers. I got one from Super Store ages ago (way back when it was Teddy's Choice ) that has faux shearling underneath. I'd put baby in a fleece footie, strap him in, put a fleece blanket on top of the straps and then put the cover down overtop of the bucket. He was snug as a bug!
post #7 of 45
We have a sleeping-bag type one that has spaces in the back for the seat straps. Basically you put the bag in the car seat, draw the straps through the back and buckle them around the child. Then the bag velcros shut on top of the straps. It works kinda like a swaddling blanket for the carseat. It's by Kiddopotamus. And I picked it up from a consignment sale for about $5. I think it's pretty safe because there's no fabric between the straps and the child.
post #8 of 45
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Originally Posted by jecombs View Post
We have a sleeping-bag type one that has spaces in the back for the seat straps. Basically you put the bag in the car seat, draw the straps through the back and buckle them around the child. Then the bag velcros shut on top of the straps. It works kinda like a swaddling blanket for the carseat. It's by Kiddopotamus. And I picked it up from a consignment sale for about $5. I think it's pretty safe because there's no fabric between the straps and the child.
But those do have fabric behind the child.
post #9 of 45
We just tucked a couple of warm quilts in around our Canadian winter baby. We never had a problem with him flinging the blankets loose.
post #10 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by jecombs View Post
We have a sleeping-bag type one that has spaces in the back for the seat straps. Basically you put the bag in the car seat, draw the straps through the back and buckle them around the child. Then the bag velcros shut on top of the straps. It works kinda like a swaddling blanket for the carseat. It's by Kiddopotamus. And I picked it up from a consignment sale for about $5. I think it's pretty safe because there's no fabric between the straps and the child.
Between the straps and the child means the straps on top. So if there is fabric underneath the baby, that's "between the straps and the child". So, it's addind extra padding behind the baby which puts them at risk for ejection because the straps won't fit as snugly as they would if the extra fabric weren't there. Everything needs to go on top of the buckle rather than under and over.
post #11 of 45
This is an entirely new subject for me- I'm in So. California, didn't even know stuff like this existed!
post #12 of 45
moved to fs...
post #13 of 45
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
But those do have fabric behind the child.
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Originally Posted by pumpkinhead View Post
Between the straps and the child means the straps on top. So if there is fabric underneath the baby, that's "between the straps and the child". So, it's addind extra padding behind the baby which puts them at risk for ejection because the straps won't fit as snugly as they would if the extra fabric weren't there. Everything needs to go on top of the buckle rather than under and over.
First I want to say that I'm 100% with both of you on the theory behind this.

I do wonder though what product in particular the person you both responded to was talking about. Because Kiddopotamus makes both this and this that can be used in the car. The swaddling blankets are either one layer of cotton or microfleece, I have one of each and they are both thin enough that there is no risk of compression. I've never used the other product, but that seemed to me to be what the other poster was talking about. They are apparently the same thickness as a fleece snowsuit which would make them no less safe than a fleece snowsuit (assuming you weren't using both) because it's still just that one layer under baby at the back.

FWIW I got one of the swaddle blankets during my pregnancy this time and I was hesitant with the idea of using in the car. Everything I read on c-s.org (where I go for all my answers pretty much ) said they were safe and there were techs using them. Now that I've seen it in use I realize it's really not interfering with the straps in any way.

In answer to the OP question we just use blankets too. And I'm also in Canada, and my big boys don't wear anything more than fleece in the car all through the winter under their straps.
post #14 of 45
In Canada here too.

Ottawa gets plenty cold (I've lived in Edmonton too - it's colder in Alberta but damper in Ottawa - neither's much fun on the really bad days!!) and I've never used anything but a couple of blankets and a MEC polar fleece suit over a sleeper if DS will be outside for any length of time on either end of the trip. I have a lovely little wool baby blanket that fits perfectly over DS in the carseat, and on very bitter days I'll drape a fleece baby blanket on top of that. Our car warms up pretty fast and he's just fine. Generally I keep the fleece blankets in the car, but carry the wool blanket back and forth so that one of the blankets over him is pre-warmed.
post #15 of 45
Ahhh, well, if this: http://www.kiddopotamus.com/p_swdltrvl.php is the one, then I stand corrected
post #16 of 45
I've always had spring/summer babies, so this is my first time preparing to buy one of these contraptions.

When my baby niece came to visit last winter, we used the shower cap type cover, and it was wonderful! But my little PSA is this - make sure to open it within a few minutes of getting into the warm car! After about 5 minutes of driving, that baby was absolutely baking under there. I thought she'd be fine during our whole 10 minute trip, but I shudder to think about what might have happened if I didn't stop.

As a mother of 4, I was devastated that it never even crossed my mind that she would get overheated so quickly, so I figured I'd throw that out there for anyone else who might have that particular brain glitch!
post #17 of 45
I use a Kokooon (sold by Bummis) and it is the kind that zip up on the side but unlike the other ones out there there is no bulk behind baby (thin layer of fleece and corduroy that doesn't compress and you don't thread the straps through so there is no interference with the straps)

Though I agree with the issues with most of those styles, especially the ones that are mass produced and sold, but I don't think that they are all equal, they are so much easier to get baby in and out of and a bonus is that when you leave the carseat in the car (I wear my baby to/from the car) i you put the blanket up the seat stays warm for a while...

I hate the showercap styles because of the overheating issue that the pp mentioned and the fact that my kids have freaked out when we tried it... I would freak out too actually.. we don't use the carseat out of the car so we want something to keep baby warm, not suffocate them...
post #18 of 45
for a midwest winter i use a fleece "kidapommos-what-ever"
no issues with thickness as it was just like a fleece jacket but allowed room for the staps so i would think even better. plus is was a nice cover for the feet. and much easier to undo to let little ones cool off

i was only able to borrow a bucket carseat for a few weeks. overall i liked it. i would have a hard time dealing with something that i couldn't easily see dd, though i can see it not being warm enough for a candian winter.
post #19 of 45
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Originally Posted by paxye View Post
I use a Kokooon
That thing has a massive headrest and it says it has slits for the straps. I fail to see how that is any different than the Bundle Me
post #20 of 45
yeah.... I think it is the picture on the site that looks massive but not the actual product (kind of like one of those fast food burgers that look all perfect with the fluffy bun on the menu but it is not what you get...)

Anyway... I have never used the headrest on mine... but I have compared it and it was the same dimensions than the headrest that came with seat... (which I didn't use either)
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