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 baby car seat cover for winter — and potentially for 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.
Parents who live in cold climates generally have a few options for those frigid morning commutes: A warm blanket over a properly secured infant, a specially made coat such as the Buckle Me (which older kids can wear as well), or a proper baby car seat cover that fits over the top and seals the warmth in.
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 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.
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.
If you don't need a heavy-duty winter car seat cover, opt for this breathable canopy instead. It protects your baby from sunlight, summer heat, and wind. It has snap tabs to fit securely around standard car seats.
Like the Copper Pearl, Sho Cute's windproof 100-percent cotton canopy is more about overall coverage than strictly providing warmth. Also without added insulation, it's naturally better suited for climates with more mild winters. That said, it's windproof, has a peekaboo window, and comes with built-in fabric loops to hold toys inside, which is pretty nice. It's also reversible so you get two covers in one.
The Best Car Seat Covers for Colder Weather
This winter car seat cover is ideal for parents dealing with brutal temps, because it keeps your kid warm even when it's below freezing out. Thanks to its elastic base, this fits all car seats. It's resistant to both wind and rain. It has a central zipper and side shoulder zippers, for easy access, and keeps your baby warm in subzero 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.
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.
The word 'Arctic' should give away the Jolly Jumper's strongest selling point ⏤ it's designed for the most frigid of temperatures.In addition to the padded, fleece-lined fabric, the Sneak-A-Peak differentiates itself with an attached blanket that's sewn in to provide additional warmth. It offers two front diagonal zippers and a fold-over face flap and is machine washable.
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.
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