Cover For Infant Carrier

Cold Weather Base Outfit

No matter what type of outing you’re planning on, a warm and comfy base outfit is where you wanna start. First, dress your kiddo in a long sleeve bodysuit, pants and socks or a footed one piece (I recommend the zippered ones). If your little one is wearing something footless, many parents swear by these fleece booties by Zutano.

A pair of mittens, like these thumbless ones, will keep little hands nice and warm (and as a bonus, you don’t have to try to navigate babe’s teeny thumb into that ever-elusive thumb hole).

Finally, a cozy hat will keep extra heat from escaping out your baby’s noggin. Because my kids were relentless about ripping their beanies off every 2 seconds, I found that hats that attached under the chin with a Velcro closure were a lifesaver. I prefer them to the hat/scarf combo hats because they are easier to take off a sleeping kid if they fall asleep on your stroll.

Carrier

If you’re taking your baby out for a winter stroll in a carrier, a polar fleece bunting suit is a great option. You can find great ones from:

Stroller

If your baby’s winter adventure will be taking place from the comfort of their stroller, add a bunting suit like the one mentioned for use in the carrier.

If you’re looking for something warmer, The North Face and Columbia make adorable bunting suits that can withstand the chilliest of temperatures. Choose a blanket or cover to further protect your kiddo from the elements, like the JJ Cole Bundle Me or something from 7 A.M. Enfant.

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Infant Car Seat

Any bunting or jacket that’s got a lot of puff is great for walks, but a no-go when it comes to the car seat. This is because all that fluff and puff can compress in a collision, making the harness too loose to keep your kiddo safe.

In addition, any car seat cover you choose should be the “shower cap” style that goes over the top of the seat (rather than resting on the seat itself). You never want any material adding extra space between your baby’s back and their seat which can interfere with the seat’s restraint system. Make sure that any blankets you use go over the top of car seat straps and aren’t left loose as they can create a suffocation risk.

Any bunting that’s made of thin but warm material, like fleece, is a safe pick for the car seat, but feel free to skip it altogether and bundle your baby up OVER the straps. To keep your baby extra snug and cozy, you can add a car seat safe cover like the Skip Hop Stroll and Go, or the 7 A.M. Enfant Nido.

SAFETY TIP:

If you’re not sure if your baby’s outfit is safe for the car seat, put them in the seat with the coat, bunting, etc. then clip them in. Take them out of the seat, removed the coat, bunting, etc. then re-clip them into the seat without adjusting the straps. If they are loose it isn’t safe for your baby. You can see what I mean in a post that The Car Seat Lady did.

Convertible Car Seat

Much like the infant car seat, a polar fleece bunting suit or fleece jacket, like these ones from Columbia do wonders to keep your baby warm and don’t add extra bulk under the car seat straps.

Because a convertible seat isn’t always compatible with the car seat covers that can be used with infant seats, a jacket like the OneKid Road Coat, which has been specifically designed and tested for use in the car seat, are a great choice.

car poncho is another option for adding warmth to your baby’s car ride. Our favorite (free) trick is simply buckling up your baby in their warm base layer and having them stick their arms out to put their existing jacket on backward.

Cold Weather for Early Walkers

For kiddos on the move, a water-resistant or waterproof top layer is key. As the weather moves to chilly fall days that don’t quite call for a winter jacket, a lined raincoat is a perfect transition piece.

Hatley makes these color-changing Baby Bundlers and raincoats – my kids went absolutely bonkers when they realized that their jackets changed color when they got wet.

Once the snow falls, snowsuits like the Infant Snuggly Bunny Bunting from Columbia will keep your little one’s body toasty warm and dry when they inevitably face plant into a huge pile of snow.

While a lot of baby snowsuits come with detachable foot covers, you’ll definitely need to take those suckers off and swap them out for a great pair of boots if you’ve got a little walker on your hands. These booties from Stonz are perfect for newborns and early walkers and can be layered up with Stonz Bootie Liners for extra warmth.

A few tips:

  • Layering is key when taking your baby outside to keep them nice and warm while also providing the option to remove a bit of that warmth if they start to overheat.
  • You’ll know if your baby is too warm if their cheeks are flushed or if the nape of their neck feels sweaty or cold. You may also notice that your baby is breathing more rapidly than usual if they’re too hot.
  • You’ll know your baby is cold if they’re fussy or crying and if their eyes are tearing. As a general rule, dress your baby in one more layer than you would feel comfortable in.
  • It’s also not a bad idea to use a barrier cream (like Earth Mama Organic Baby Face Nose & Cheek Balm) on those sweet little baby cheeks to keep them from getting chapped by the wind and cold.

Infant Carrier Cover For Baby Girl

Whether you’re hoping to add some fun color to your infant seat, or you need a cover to protect baby from the environment, there are lots of great options out there. Infant car seat covers come in many different types and colors, and your needs will dictate which type of product is right for you.

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Infant Car Seat Slipcovers

You can change the look of your infant seat by using a slipcover. This reversible option by Itzy Ritzy is made of minky fabric and printed cotton and includes a canopy cover, pacifier clip, strap pads, and many other great features. It fits most infant seats. This cover retails for about $92.

Comfy Covers to Support Baby

Very young infants need extra head and neck support while in the car seat, and a washable layer between your baby and the seat is a time-saver when it comes to cleaning up spit-up and other messes. This cover, by Snhenoda, performs both jobs at once. It comes in a sweet pink color, as well as gray and brown, and retails for about $27.

Canopy Covers for Infant Seats

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A canopy-style car seat cover can turn your infant seat into a dark, cozy spot for napping. These simple covers, such as this one by Kwanshop, attach with straps to the infant seat carrying bar. The fabric then provides a barrier between your napping baby and the noisy, stimulating outside world. This cover comes in ten different reversible colors and retails for about $16.

Covers to Keep Baby Cozy

In the winter months, it can be inconvenient to bundle your little one up in lots of layers, and some moms worry that this extra fabric can interfere with the car seat straps. A cozy cover, such as this option by JJ Cole, keeps your baby warm by encompassing the entire infant seat. It works with most brands, has a handy zip-off blanket, and is machine washable. This cover comes in four colors and retails for about $51.

Covers to Protect Baby from Rain

Sometimes, you just can’t avoid carrying your infant car seat in the rain, sleet, or snow. A weather-proof cover is a great solution. This option by Jolly Jumper is made of clear, phthalate-free plastic and has plenty of air holes for your little one’s comfort and safety. It fits most seats and retails for about $19.

Covers to Protect Baby from Bugs

Whether you’re using your car seat as part of a travel system, driving with the windows down, or simply spending time outdoors with your little one, insects can be a problem. This handy bright green cover by Cozy Baby solves the bug problem by fitting over the infant seat and providing a breathable mesh panel. It also shades baby from the sun. This cover fits most infant seats and retails for $25.

Sun-Reflecting Covers

When your car seat sits in a sunny vehicle during the summer, the straps and fabric can become dangerously hot. This handy cover by Mommy’s Helper is a great solution. It’s made of sun-reflective material and slips over the entire seat. It fits most brands and sizes and retails for under $10.

Covers to Protect Vehicle Upholstery

If you’ve ever looked under your baby’s car seat, you’ve probably been horrified by the pulverized snacks and other nasty debris. A vehicle seat cover is a good way to protect your investment. This option by Summer Infant slips under your baby’s car seat and acts as a barrier for spilled milk and snacks. It retails for about $12.

Covers You Make Yourself

If you’re hoping for a truly custom look, you can make your own baby car seat cover with a few tools and supplies and a free afternoon. It’s a fun project that lets you give your baby’s car seat the style and color you really want.

No matter what type of infant car seat cover you need, there’s a product out there that makes a perfect solution. Protecting your baby from the elements or giving your car seat a brand new look has never been easier.

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