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Here's an idea that we've used since ds started using a carseat that is always in the car (ie, not a bucket).

It really makes the whole coat on or coat off concerns moot! Leave the coats off and stored elsewhere in the car and try this!!

We live in an area that is frequently in the single digits or below zero for long periods. We have a garage and live in a rural area, so I can always run the car for a few minutes with the heater on high to warm things before we get in the car. This idea is makes it even nicer!

I bought one of those microwave gel packs at Wal-Mart, in the first aid aisle. It is around 10" x 14" (I think. It's large anyway!).

Warm it up in the micro for 3-4 minutes and then put it in the carseat while you are doing the final getting-things-ready-to-go part of daily living. You don't even need to have the car running (if you live in an area that would prevent this).

When it's time to put your munchkin(s) in the carseat(s), remove the pack(s) and VOILA, instant warm carseat! It will really keep them warm a long time and is nice when the rest of the car still needs to warm up.

Ds loves to snuggle with his after it comes off the carseat. When he was younger, I'd cover him with a light blanket, slip the pack into another flannel cover I'd made and then another heavier blanket over that. Warm on his bottom and warm on his top! Now, at age 8, he just snuggles with it without the blankets.

If you don't want a gel pack, you could always use a hot water bottle instead. Just don't leave it in the car if it will be below freezing as the ice formation could rupture the rubber! That's why the gel pack is nice as it can be used either hot or cold.

By the way, I also have packs for our front seats. Adult bottoms get cold, too!


These packs are nice to take the chill off the sheets before bed, too!!
 

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Are there any seat warmer options that don't involve a microwave (which I don't own). I imagine a rice sock in the oven is a no-no!
Use a hot water bottle instead. The red rubber/vinyl-type, available just about everywhere and not expensive. I used them before I bought the gel packs.

I made flannel covers for mine (that rubber can get very hot against bare skin!) and after letting it sit on the seat cushion for a bit, I would lay it on my lap (over the seatbelt) while driving. Kept me very toasty!!

I also put a couple of fleece throws int he dryer before we are going out in the Winter and then ds can have those covering him, if he wants. I always warm the car before we go anywhere if it is very cold (today it is -15 here at our house with a slight breeze, probably a wind chill of -23!!). Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
 
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