We now know that putting little ones in a car seat when they’re bundled in puffy winter coats or snowsuits can be dangerous. That’s because the fluff of outerwear changes the way car seat straps sit on a child’s body while also making the straps seem correctly tightened when they aren’t. If a crash occurs, it can significantly compress the material, flinging a child forward or even ejecting her from the seat entirely. The forces on a child during a 30 mph collision are akin to jumping out a third story window to the pavement.
The Car Seat Lady site (actually the work of three very dedicated women) has been instrumental in teaching parents about safe car seat installation as well as the importance of finding alternatives to winterwear “fluff.”
Pookie Poncho, for ages newborn to four years, comes in five colors. It has two interchangeable hoods for maximum usability.
Cygnet comes in five color combinations and, thanks to adjustable features, it fits children from newborn to 4 years.
Nido is an adjustable wrap with leg areas for room to grow. It comes comes in five colors and two sizes, small for newborn to 6 months of age and large for 6 months to 18 months of age.
Cocoon slips simply over the car seat with a snug, elasticized contour. It comes in nine colors and is suited for newborn to babies 12 months of age.
Easy Cover Fleece comes in three colors. Size small fits children 12 months to 3 years, large from 3 years to 6 years. This design has front sleeves to keep a child’s hands free plus a kanga pocket for warmth.
The youngest member of our extended family, one-year-old Olivia, has been testing out the Nido car seat cover. She settles happily into her car seat, gets strapped in, then the Nido’s comfy softness is wrapped over her. It keeps her snug and warm even in this winter’s frigid temperatures. Her review? A big toothy smile, often followed by a peaceful in-transit snooze.
GeekMom received a sample of this product for review purposes.