Buckle up, baby! Car trips with a kiddo can be quite pleasant — or sheer torture — depending on how well prepared mama is for the venture. From keeping baby entertained to protecting your little one from the elements, we've rounded up seven must-have car seat accessories to make mama's outings as stress-free as possible! Check it out.
Plastic bags come with warnings to keep them away from children due to suffocation risks, but what about a car seat cover designed to keep lil ones dry? The Clear View See-Through Carrier Cover ($16) is a waterproof vinyl cover that fits snugly over most car seats with its elasticized sides. With only a cut out for the face – allowing fresh air to get through – the product is said to protect from rain, wind and snow while keeping tots visible at all times. What's your opinion?
When it comes to baby products, it seems that everything has already been invented. Cushions for car seat straps, mixers for bottles of formula, swaddle blankets for dummies, and loads of other contraptions. So when I see something totally new and creative, I tend to have a, "Why didn't I think of that?" moment.
That's what I thought when I saw these funtastic car seat covers from Babbaco ($88). New moms frequently take their newborns on strolls and cover their infant seats with blankets in hopes of shielding their offspring from direct sunlight, loud conversations, or inquisitive strangers. Along comes a gust of wind and the blanket flies off into the wind along with mommy's plan. Created by mother Jessica Kim, the sprightly covers have an elastic bottom that offers babies protection and privacy. And, unlike blankets, two peepholes allow mommy to keep an eye on her little cocoon nesting without interrupting the wee one's slumber.
Have you ever gotten off an airplane and waited for your gate-checked car seat to find it wet and covered with grease?
Nothing can dampen the start of a trip more than a soggy car seat.
The folks at J.L. Childress agree and have created an inexpensive car seat cover to prevent such events. To see the particulars, read more
I went shopping for a bigger car seat recently and was depressed by the safe, but unattractive options.
My car interior is an eye sore with the trash that my child accumulates in the backseat. So the last thing I want is a boring black and gray seat to add to the ugliness.
So I went searching for a car seat cover and found some fabulous options at 2littlemonkeys.com that are reasonably priced at $58 and up. And, most of them are machine washable, which is a huge plus considering how many times milk or juice soaks them.
I think I'll opt for a cheery, but simple print. Happy days are here again!