It’s a car-seat safety rule that’s always worth repeating: Never put a baby or toddler into car seat if they’re wearing a coat. You need a winter car seat cover — and potentially one to use in the spring and fall. That’s because with a coat, the added puffy jacket material puts enough space in between the child and the shoulder restraints to render the seat practically useless. In the event of an accident, the baby will not be protected, so get yourself a cute, warm, and cozy baby car seat cover for when the temps drop.
You want one that’s easy to clean because, well, babies. Make sure it fits snugly around the exterior of the car seat to seal in warmth, and that it has openings so you can buckle your baby in correctly.
Obviously, a blanket is the cheapest option but car seat covers have become almost equally as ubiquitous these days since they’re generally designed with an elastic edge that fits almost any car seat on the market. And as they secure snugly over the top of the car seat, parents also don’t have to worry about dragging or dropping a blanket while walking into daycare.
The Best Car Seat Covers for Colder Weather
We like this cover because you can keep the collar closed to block out blistering wind, or flip it open and snap it to the outer layer if the weather warms up. There's plush fleece around your baby's head, for extra comfort. This car seat cover is designed to fit any car seat. You also get a roll-away front flap so you have easy access to your baby; it zips off for full access.
A brand known for its high-quality and high-style baby gear, 7AM Enfant delivers again with this cover. It has a soft thermal lining, a contoured fit, and an elasticized base. Plus, for convenience, you get horizontal shoulder zippers for when you need to uncover your baby's head. It has a water-repellent outer shell and a temp rating of -4°F/-20°C.
This car seat cover is made from weather-resistant nylon that deflects wind and light rain, so it's best-suited for moderate climates. JJ Cole's popular blanket-style seat cover is fleece-lined and made from a water-resistant quilted nylon. It features a 3/4-zip front door with a top flap that folds down in the car or over the baby's face when you're out in the cold ⏤ almost like a little serving window for your kid to order a bottle of milk. It can even stretch over standard-size strollers.
This car seat cover is incredibly versatile, allowing for full, half, and quarter coverage. Or you can fully open it for easy access. It has flip-up sides and a zippered snap closure. Plus, you can decide how open, or closed, you want it to be, so your baby's temps are fully regulated.
This car seat cover, great for babies from birth to 12 months, is a solid everyday option; it has a warm outer shell that is weather-resistant and insulates your baby from wind, snow, ice and rain. The Cozy uses a shower-cap style elastic fitting to achieve a universal fit, has a velcro-attached, breathable pullover face flap, and dual front zippers for easy access.
This ultra-warm cover works on baby carriers, strollers and car seats. It has a plush lining and has straps to attach to car seats and strollers. There are hand slits for the parents to use when they're wearing their baby in a structured baby carrier. The outer shell is water-repellant. And there's an elastic drawstring to tighten the pouch.
The Best Car Seat Covers for Warmer Weather
Just because it’s not subzero out doesn’t mean you no longer need a car seat cover. Some of them keep bugs and dust away. Others protect your baby from the sun and help them stay asleep. And some of them even double as nursing covers.
The Force will always be with your baby. This Star Wars-inspired cover has four-way stretch for a great fit, plus it doubles as a nursing coverup that gives you 360 coverage. It's made from a rayon-blend fabric, and is meant for privacy, not protection from cold weather.
More for privacy, shade, and sun/rain/snow protection than for overall warmth, Copper Pearl's 5-in-1 is a lightweight, all-season cover that also works on shopping carts, high chairs, and as a nursing cover. It's made of a stretchy, water-resistant rayon and pulls completely over the seat to offer 360-degree coverage ⏤ there's a hole at the top to peek in. It also comes in a ridiculous number of colors, designs, and patterns.
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