What Type of Carseat Cover/Blanket do you prefer? - Mothering Forums
View Poll Results: What type of Carseat Cover do you prefer?
Bunting/Sleeping Bag type that zips up the sides 8 27.59%
The ones that elastic over the top with the Peep hole 16 55.17%
The blankets the cover that velro around the handles 1 3.45%
Other 4 13.79%
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Family Safety > What Type of Carseat Cover/Blanket do you prefer?
weezix's Avatar weezix 01:34 PM 09-10-2010
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?

Knitting Mama 01:40 PM 09-10-2010
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.
weezix's Avatar weezix 01:46 PM 09-10-2010
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
Llyra's Avatar Llyra 02:23 PM 09-10-2010
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.
an_aurora's Avatar an_aurora 02:33 PM 09-10-2010
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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.
pumpkinhead's Avatar pumpkinhead 02:36 PM 09-10-2010
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!
jecombs's Avatar jecombs 04:53 PM 09-10-2010
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.
an_aurora's Avatar an_aurora 05:12 PM 09-10-2010
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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.
Forthwith's Avatar Forthwith 06:03 PM 09-10-2010
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.
pumpkinhead's Avatar pumpkinhead 06:26 PM 09-10-2010
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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.
HeckedyPeg's Avatar HeckedyPeg 10:03 PM 09-10-2010
This is an entirely new subject for me- I'm in So. California, didn't even know stuff like this existed!
BathrobeGoddess's Avatar BathrobeGoddess 07:01 PM 09-11-2010
moved to fs...
triscuitsmom's Avatar triscuitsmom 10:58 PM 09-11-2010
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But those do have fabric behind the child.
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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.
Perdita_in_Ontario's Avatar Perdita_in_Ontario 11:55 PM 09-11-2010
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.
pumpkinhead's Avatar pumpkinhead 02:17 AM 09-13-2010
Ahhh, well, if this: http://www.kiddopotamus.com/p_swdltrvl.php is the one, then I stand corrected
MyFullHouse's Avatar MyFullHouse 10:12 AM 09-13-2010
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!
paxye's Avatar paxye 10:31 AM 09-13-2010
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...
chel's Avatar chel 11:50 AM 09-13-2010
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.
an_aurora's Avatar an_aurora 01:56 PM 09-13-2010
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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
paxye's Avatar paxye 02:07 PM 09-13-2010
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)
an_aurora's Avatar an_aurora 02:22 PM 09-13-2010
I love the burger analogy! Glad to know that they aren't horrible; I have always shuddered when I see that picture!
Anastasiya's Avatar Anastasiya 02:34 PM 09-13-2010
We use a BabyCape.
It even has a pocket on the underside to pop little baby legs and feet into so they stay snuggly.

Love it.
pumpkinhead's Avatar pumpkinhead 03:50 PM 09-13-2010
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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...
Those that I have used are very easily unzipped once they're in the car. There's no suffocation risk.
paxye's Avatar paxye 04:22 PM 09-13-2010
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Those that I have used are very easily unzipped once they're in the car. There's no suffocation risk.
I guess that like the bunting style ones, there are differences between models.... because the ones I see either don't zip up or if they are unzipped, baby is exposed to the cold...

In any of those cases, they are really not useful for those like me that don't use a carseat out of the car, don't use a coat for baby or don't or can't preheat the car before getting in...

an_aurora...

I understand, if I hadn't held it and seen it, I would never have bought it with that picture, but it really is a great bunting...
I understand that it is easer to make a blank statement then to differentiate between models but this is one case that they are made very well and make using a carseat without a coat in a very cold climate very easy...
weezix's Avatar weezix 06:41 PM 09-13-2010
hm...i'm still not finding an option that i'd be happy with. i run my own business and used to sell those sleeping bag type carseat covers but have since stopped making them due to the safety issues. my sister still is insistent on me making her one though so i think i'll take the kokkoon idea and just make sure there is no padding in the back of it. this is also an option for me because i like being able to just put baby in regular clothes and just zip up...BUT like pp, i don't use my carseat outside of the car so that leaves the issue of baby not being warm enough outside the car.

i was thinking of using a nice wool blanket that i could knit but i have the problem of the wind...it's very windy here in the winter and the blanket would never stay on.

which i guess that would mean any type of blanket it out - although with all my other babies i always brought a blanket as well to wrap baby in when i left the car.

i don't have the option of pre-heating my car and i drive an old beat up suburban so i dont think it heats up that fast.

i have an idea - how about i just talk to the weather man and tell him to keep it above freezing this year...haha
paxye's Avatar paxye 07:14 PM 09-13-2010
To get to and from the car I put baby on me and under my coat... get in the car and strap them in... the Kokoon warms up very quickly once they are in it....
an_aurora's Avatar an_aurora 12:27 AM 09-14-2010
Honestly I would make a blanket statement saying nothing that goes between the carseat and the child, or the child and the straps, should be used. There is too much room for error. I don't care how thin the fleece is, sorry! A fleece outfit/jacket, and a blanket over top (with or without a showercap style cover) is your best bet. In the coldest of climates, a fleece bunting or jacket, blanket, and showercap cover is going to keep the child plenty warm in the time it takes to get out to the car, or from the car to the store, etc.
paxye's Avatar paxye 01:26 AM 09-14-2010
Sorry, to disagree but, as I said, you have never seen the kokoon,

This is an old picture but this is the back of the Kokoon... the straps are not threaded through any fabric, and there is nothing that interfere with them. There is no fabric between the straps the baby and the carseat. You can put baby in the carseat adjust the straps, and not change a thing if you use the bunting...

There is the fabric in the middle that is then folded down behind the baby's back... but again, there is nothing between the straps, the baby, and the carseat so the baby is strapped in as if there was nothing, because there is nothing...so even the recommended and tried fleece outfit/coat would be thicker and the straps need to be loosened a bit...

Also, we don't use the carseat out of the car (it isn't recommended to do so either) so that setup would never have worked and my babies would have very much overheated with all of that... (even when it is -30)

ETA... I would not recommend the Bundle me, or others like it, but I really do believe that this one is safe and very useful.
weezix's Avatar weezix 11:04 AM 09-14-2010
thanks for posting the picture...i wondered what the back really looked like.

i knew this post was going to end up in a debate about what was safe or not. the way i look at it is...if there isn't something ON the seat, there is something ON the baby...so either way, there is going to be SOME fabric between the baby and the seat. I'm really looking to make my OWN decision on the safety issue of it all but just wondering WHAT people use in these really cold climates

i do bring my seat in from the car when i get home because of the freezing factor...who wants to put a newborn in a seat that is literally freezing cold. yikes. but i dont bring it into stores with me.
Twinklefae's Avatar Twinklefae 11:14 AM 09-14-2010
My point of view is that having spoken to the head of Transport Canada's car seat division, who is a Forensic Physicist, and listening to her talk about the babies who have died from using Bundle Me's and similar (the sleeping bag style) I will never use one myself, and I will advocate heavily against them.
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