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Keeping an Infant Seat Cool in the Summer

Updated on August 12, 2009

Inexpensive Homemade Carseat Cooler

The Dilemma

 It's a scorching summer day and you need to transfer your baby to his or her carseat from your arms or the stroller. No doubt you've had to listen to your little one cry in protest from being put into a rather warm carseat. Even if you've checked to see that any metal or plastic parts are hot enough to burn your child, your infant still won't like being put into a warm car seat where there's little room for circulation under his or her body. There are several solutions. This article will detail a homemade solution you can quickly make (even with no sewing skills) that will put a smile on your little one's face as you transfer them into a refreshingly cool carseat after being out in the summer heat.

An Easy Solution

Instead of sitting in the front seat with your infant for five minutes waiting for your vehicle to cool down, or instead of stowing their car seat in the trunk where you probably already have tons of other baby-related items stashed, try this easy to make solution.

Quickly and easily make homemade carseat cooler. Sure you can spend upwards of thirty dollars on a cooler that will probably work well, but why not save some money and make one that does just as good.

For this carseat cover, you'll need to procure the following items:

  • Fabric glue or thread (depending on whether or not you will be sewing the items yourself)
  • About a yard of moisture wicking fleece (it's soft, but not fluffy like the fleece blankets made out of patterned materials you often see)
  • A newspaper
  • A Gallon Ziplock bag or some type of plastic ziplocking sleeve from crafts department at Walmart (that is what I used)
  • Some  refuseable icecubes that come in a sheet that can be cut (I bought mine for around $4 at Walmart in the sporting goods section)
  • A snap, button, or velcro (optional)

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BabyBeeCool Car Seat Cooler Pad
BabyBeeCool Car Seat Cooler Pad

Made of an insulated fabric, sold along with reuseable ice blocks that are placed within lined pockets of the padding. This cooling protection lasts up to 10 hours in the extreme heat!


Putting It Altogether

  1.  Using your gallon sized Ziploc bag as a template, cut out three squares of the fleece material about an inch larger than your Ziploc bag. Why larger? to leave room for seams. Though I didn't have them at the time, I do recommend using pinking shears. They look neater and stop fabric from unraveling since they leave the edges in a zigzag. However, fleece doesn't seem to unravel easily so if you don't have a pair of pinking shears don't worry.
  2. Set one square aside. Stack the two remaining squares on top of one another.
  3. Sew (or glue) three sides of these squares to one another so that you have a pocket. Turn the pocket inside out if you like, or leave it as is if you don't mind the edges of the seam showing. If you used pinking shears then I wouldn't turn it.
  4. Fill the pocket with newspaper. This paper is going to act as insulation for the ice you will insert later.
  5. Sew the last side shut so that the newspaper is now trapped inside.
  6. Next, attach the last remaining square to the top of this pocket on three sides only using the glue or sewing method. The fourth side remains open so that you can slide in the re-freezable ice pack.
  7. If you desire, add a snap/button/velcro to your project. I tried adding a snap and it fell off. I have used it without any sort of closure and it works just fine.
  8. Store your new cooler in the freezer so it's ready for your next trip out.

When it's time to leave, grab your infant seat cooler from the freezer and take it with you. Do NOT put it in the seat with the baby!!When you and baby exit the car, leave the car seat in place and put the new cooler you have just made into the car seat with the newspaper side on the top. When you return to your car (even if you parked in the sweltering heat) the infant seat will be nice and cool when you remove the cooler and fasten your little one in. The first time I used it, my baby smiled at me because her seat felt refreshing to her since we'd been strolling out through a sweltering hot parking lot.

Note: The car seat cooler I made does not cover the entire infant seat, but it works just fine.


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      Amy 7 years ago

      Thanks for posting your homemade car seat cooler! This project is definitely on my to-do list for this weekend. I have an old soft sided cooler that I will cut up to use as insulation instead of the newspaper. Could probably find a cheap car windshield shade to do the same thing.