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Best Baby Car Seat Cover Review 2014
Review & Guide to Best Baby Car Seat Covers 2013
After having my first baby, I quickly learned that a car seat cover was a must-have item and a very nice accessory to have for my baby.
The car seat covers we are discussing here are the kind that go over your baby to protect them from the elements, not a protective and washable cover for the actual seat.
These covers fit conveniently, and snugly, around the entire infant car seat to keep wind and chill out. They usually feature a cutout with a flap that can be undone to see your baby.
If you live in a windy or chilly place, these kinds of covers are great to have while out and about with your little one.
With a car seat cover, you no longer have to worry about the wind blowing off a blanket that you would usually cover your baby with. The reason these have become so popular are because there are safety issues with having puffy coats on your baby while under the car seat straps.
Best Reasons for a Car Seat Cover
Another great reason to get a car seat cover is for sleeping babies. If you can block out their visual stimulation, sometimes a fussy baby will calm down. If your baby is asleep and you want to keep the sunshine out of her face, or keep her covered to muffle the sound, a cover can help.
If you are worried about the safety of a cover like this, then don't. They do not have anything to do with the belt system and it goes over the top of your already buckled baby.
They are all made of fabric as well, for comfort. These covers are best used for newborns up to the age when a baby's feet stick off the edge of the car seat. As long as your baby's length is within the confines of the seat, the cover will work great.
Jolly Jumper Deluxe Sneak a Peek Cover
A Top Rated Baby Car Seat Cover
For those that live in super cold climates, try this Jolly Jumper Deluxe Sneak a Peek Cover. This deluxe version is lined in super soft fleece on the inside, with a water repellent fabric on the outside for even more protection in bad weather.
I love the double zipper which lets me get baby into, and out of, it without having to take the entire cover off.
It also features a peek a boo window so you can see baby even if you opt to have the zippers zipped. Depending on the type of car seat you have, the cover might fit a bit snug. If this happens, then it can be hard to close the peek a boo window.
I will say that this seat is one of the warmest you can find. I often find that my baby sweats a bit in it. To remedy this, I make sure to unzip her when the car is warm, or make note to not turn the heat up so much.
I have been very impressed with this cover. The product measures 10.6" x 8.1" x 5.3" to give you a better idea of how it might fit on your car seat.
Jolly Jumper Sneak a Peek Cover
The Jolly Jumper Sneak a Peek Cover is a very affordable option for those wanting a little extra warmth and protection for baby. It is made with a cute dotted design on the fabric and has a peek a boo window with a Velcro closure.
This cover needs to be removed every time you want to get your baby into, or out of, their car seat. For those in mild climates, this makes a great cover, however I wouldn't recommend it for very cold places.
It definitely doesn't come with all the bells and whistles that the others do, but it will do the job quite nicely for a family on a budget.
JJ Cole Car Seat Cover
Check out this JJ Cole Car Seat Cover which makes an excellent choice for warmth. It is lined on the inside with fleece and has weather resistant outer fabric.
I like that this cover is big enough to fit not only infant carriers, but also standard sized strollers as well. The cover can be unzipped more or less, depending on what your needs are, and the size of your baby. The zippers come all the way down the to bottom for more convenience.
If this seat cover is too large for your infant carrier, then you might find issues with the face hole sagging and touching your baby's face. The cover measures 13" x 9.5" x 3".
You may also opt to put some Velcro on the flap since it does not come with one and it can fly up in windy weather. I noticed that this cover is not as warm as some others I've tried but if you live in places where it only get about 35 to 40 degrees, then it should suffice.
JJ Cole Urban Bundleme
The JJ Cole Urban Bundleme is a very warm option in car seat covers. I love that it comes in so many colors as well.
It is also lined with something called thermaplush for warmth, and has a weather resistant outer fabric. This is also a cover that works well with strollers and joggers, along with car seats.
For convenience, the cover zips down all the way, and has a bottom liner that you can thread the straps through so baby's back stays toasty warm as well.
The microsuede is so soft against my baby's skin that he often likes to nuzzle it like his blanket at home. Something that I've noticed with this cover is that the fabric on this one does not pick up the kind of hair and lint that the fleece lined ones do. That means that it saves time on washing, so that is a big plus.
This is a pretty large cover so you will want to make sure your seat will accommodate it. I love that there is plenty of room to put an extra blanket on my baby's lap if needed. This cover measures 15" x 9.2" x 3.2" so it is bigger than many others on the market.
JJ Cole Original Bundleme
If you prefer a fleece lined cover, then check out the JJ Cole Original Bundleme. As with the Urban, you get a choice of many different colors.
The inside is made with a faux shearling that is soft to the touch and is made with the thermaplush technology for added warmth.
The cover zips all the way down for convenience and features a back part that will safely keep your baby warm from all sides. This is the biggest cover we've discussed by far at 26" x 22" x 1.5". It is a big cover but works well with so many other devices than just car seats.
This cover seems very warm for car seats but I've noticed my baby gets a bit cold in the stroller. Still, it is good to have something to cover him while out walking.
Be advised that this cover does not include a peek a boo window and your baby's head is uncovered. It boils down to personal preference.
JJ Cole Car Seat Canopy
For something a bit different, try the JJ Cole Car Seat Canopy. These kinds of covers are great for people who live in warmer climates but still want to keep the wind and sun out of baby's eyes.
The fabric used is pretty thin and will not keep your baby warm by itself. It has two loops that go over the handles of your carrier and it fits around the seat with an elastic band, like the others.
I was glad to see that this cover does not make it too hot inside the car seat for baby on a warm day. It isn't too hard to peek in and see your baby either. Add this to your list of car seat covers you are considering, you should be very happy with it.
Baby Shade Car Seat Cover
A Unique Warm Weather Cover
Talk about unique, this Baby Shade Car Seat Cover has a different design that the others but still functions the same. This has to be my favorite warm weather cover.
This cover goes over the top of a car seat with the handle up. There is a large mesh window in the front with a cover that rolls up out of the way; it features a Velcro loop to keep the shade out of the way when not in use.
There is a window on either side of the cover for more discreet peeking. It fits snugly with the elastic edges and makes a very nice cover.
It is the coolest cover I've used as well since the sides are mesh for ventilation. The very best part is the small pocket in front for small items like keys or cell phones.
Be advised that this cover doesn't protect as well from strong winds or rain like the others do; this has a much more open design. Those in very warm climates, with lots of mosquitoes, will find this cover a blessing however.