I live in Cornwall, England and this would be perfect for cold, miserable weather! Make the rectangular piece’s edges meet up by folding it facing the right sides together. As a new mom, RN and self-proclaimed Public service announcer, I actually think this is one of the safer car seat add ons. Abolsutely WONDERFUL idea!!!! Thanks for sharing! They may also be more cost-effective depending on what model you choose. Make sure baby is buckled in snugly, with no loose belts or straps. The fabric could get caught in the straps, even 1/4inch of fabric can cause compression problems. Just put a blanket on them. And it makes the best handmade present EVER! I just made this hoodie blanket for my best friends baby. Brigitte @myblissdesign.blogspot.com, Wow just found your blog page, your very well organized. I'm going to make a few for my new grandson and a friends grandchild. Keep those Cuties WARM! Very, very, very unlikely situation. Wow! And the warranty only covers seat replacement at best anyway so the issue about voided warranties is silly. ;) ). With my second now on the way I would really like to give this a try! Velcro. You can even put a coat on backwards after buckling the straps! Thanks Jenn for sharing this information with us :), Thank you so much for this great sewing Idea. Love it, just made it. For example, in a rear-facing carseat, the harness straps must come from at or below the child's shoulders. And the babies are, of course, beautiful beyond belief. Last winter my 2 month old baby was continually slipping her arm out of the body suit. Finally, sew the strips to the main piece, match up the side seams, and sew along the edges. Love the blankets, and your girls are sweet. ), and my friend loved it! Mine said it wasn't a problem. My hubby is a paramedic and has seen personally kids thrown from cars whose parents thought they were secure. ( I'm new at sewing) and I would like to say....Super Cute idea. The bacteria in them could be harmful. Even a little bit can cause a spike in the infant's glucose levels which can be dangerous in an infant. Thank you for this great idea. To make this infant car seat cover you need only around a half yarn of fabric, a couple inches of elastic and two lengths of cording. wikiHow's. Thanks so much for the post!! When I washed the quilt to remove strings, the batting was in huge clumps inside. I NEED to remember to do this when I do though!!! Every day at wikiHow, we work hard to give you access to instructions and information that will help you live a better life, whether it's keeping you safer, healthier, or improving your well-being. That's scary enough for me to avoid them! (the bulk causing baby not to be as secure) I had one incase I absolutely HAD to take my baby out in -40 F temps(I'm in MN), but mostly always had 4-5 blankets tucked on them and a hat after they were buckled and then one baby quilt over their head while I was carring them outside....I love your pattern, especially since it keeps the back warm - and my only concern (as any baby item- is that usually the storebought items are treated for flame retardancy. I'm with you about the Cold being a risk. "A good test for these types of things is to put your child in the seat without them, adjust the straps to the correct position and tightness, the remove the child, put them back in with the blanket, if the product requires any adjustment to the harness, causes the harness to bunch or not fit properly, it is not safe to use." I fell in love with your post...made one...it turned out so stinkin' cute. and come from the wrong place. Don't you think you could make this without a back so that baby was properly buckled, but still swaddled? Easy-peasy :). But to me safe is more important than cute. Which I had one for my daughter (as she was a winter baby). As for maple syrup, I don't recommend it but she probably used pancake syrup which has less chance of contamination especially if it is kept in the fridge. Excellent idea! Thank you so much for writing it. Also, never heard of Maple Syrup on the pacifier, but as a native New Yorker I love the idea! Maybe there was a heating blanket involved. The way the slits are cut, there's nothing in the way of the straps. I think its a cute idea but with the safety issues wondering if you cut a large square in the back to just go around baby instead just the slits for the seatbelts, if that would help the safety issue, that way baby's back is against the seat & not a blanket. Read your car seat instruction book COVER TO COVER.Safety is not a parenting choice. This was my first attempt at sewing and it was a success!!! THANKS SO MUCH! I'll be passing this on. My auto insurance replaced my carseat no matter what happened each fender-bender accident we've been in, NO questions asked or warranty issues. I made a quilt that was pretty basic and tied in a few places for my grandma. Holy crud those are cute! This will make it easier to remove them as you sew. I will definitely be making a couple of these this summer since MY twins are both having babies this summer!! Position the pins so that they are perpendicular to the edges. Step 6: Iron the rectangular piece After sewing the rectangular piece of fabric, you have to iron the seam open. As a neonatal nurse......NO NO NO NO TO MAPLE SYRUP! Wash and iron the fabrics Otherwise, a universal needle will be fine. The problem is putting the straps THROUGH another piece of fabric, thin as it is, giving the other fabric a possible chance of being adjusted and putting babies in danger.A safer idea? My thought is to use a pack of three receiving blankets (one acting as the batting) and making horizontal "button holes" for the straps/buckle (at each strap/buckle position), so as to not impede the movement of the straps and the bottom buckle. I definitely will need to learn to sew and make one of these! Use a clear ruler with angle lines across it to identify where to cut your fabric. By using our site, you agree to our. I guess this causing insurance issues isn't as unlikely as you think.I'm in Michigan and my kids don't wear coats in their seats and have never had aftermarket products added. Anyone who has never heard on one needs to Google it right now! Lay your tissue paper on the floor and use a tape measure to measure out the length of your car seat on the paper, adding the ten inches by putting five on the top and five on the bottom. :) As far as safety goes, I personally believe this to be far safer than the bulky body snow suits. It's perfectly save for baby to be in. Infant car seats are designed to attach to a base. If, of course, I ever have a baby who manages to stay little enough to be in the car seat that long! The issue with snow suits, etc, in a car seat is that they go between the baby and the straps - if you DIDNT notice, the baby gets strapped in and then wrapped around. Once in your car they should be comfortable with a small blanket over them. The baby is physically strapped in, rather than having bulky padding between baby and straps. For more tips on connecting the strips to the main piece, read on! Now I can make these for friends. You can make it yourself and customize it to your liking. Even for a fever that is a very high temp and can't be caused by a blanket! I think as long as it's not super thick and your infant can sit unassisted and hold the head up, it doesn't pose as big of a risk. It doesn't look like it adds any more bulk than those head rest things that car seats come with since you're mostly adding padding over the top of the seat belts. This is to protect the company. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Even with several blankets, the baby shouldn't have reached such a high temp. What a smart idea!! If you want to check it out, it's on my blog post: http://www.domesticacademic.com/2012/06/baby-care-package-pinterest-cornucopia.html. Make one for yourself or to give as a gift. No way! Scissors. And they are buckled in tighter than having them in a coat. Kelly I really don't think the blanket you have made, especially the way you have buckled it into the seat, would create a significant air space between the baby and the seat. Pinning it :) New follower here. i know how to work a sewing machine, and i have a decent eye for detail, but some of that sewing vocabulary just sends me running the other way!going to get fabric soon! Here is a video on how to make a Car Seat Cover/Canopy. That is adorable! I've made one of these before, but the addition of the hood is new to me. I won't forget on my next one! first, the safety of the child in an accident has little to do with the seat cover, it mostly has to do with the harness, straps and where they are located on your baby's body and how the seat is buckled in the car. Push the pin through both layers of fabric. I love your blog, its such an inspiration. as for the person who was wanting one for their toddler, try using fleece---it comes in a bigger width and you really don't even have to sew it, also, I was thinking for those kids that like to kick and such, you could add a button or a tie so it doesn't come undone. thanks for the step-by-step!! Cut along the marks and sew the 2 hexagons together. I wish I would have found it for my first child because we bought a lot of gender neutral stuff so it would be usable for future siblings. Awesome Tiffany! I am so tired of fighting with my squirmy 6mo to get her into those snowsuits or buntings or heavy coats and then fighting with her again to get her buckled in with those bulky things in the way. I'll let you know how it works:). Ideally, your car seat will have a five-point harness, which connects at the shoulders, at the hips, and between baby’s legs. I made this today and it came out adorable! oh man. Installing a child car seat or booster seat. If … Thank you for this tutorial! And IF i'm ever in an accident I doubt the warranty on the car seat would be at the top of my list of concerns. It slips on and off like a shower curtain. Chicco car seats. You make me want twins sooooo stinking bad!! Wow this is brilliant! Can't wait to try more and try to improve this. You are so talented. Oh and may I add to 'anonymous's' statement above.. the straps aren't going through anything. Some seats only adjust at the shoulders. In pursuit of a simple, fabulous, imperfect life at home. This is a wonderful blankie and I have made a couple for friends already. That made having a car seat cover CRUCIAL! For more tips on connecting the strips to the main piece, read on! Please consider making a contribution to wikiHow today. Very cool idea! My blanket is far from perfect but it fits in the seat well and I think it will be perfect! I think it is a great product and I would have loved to have one last year for my daughter. The fleece was stretchy and really hard to work with, especially cutting through EIGHT LAYERS to get the shape needed. When you buy your car seat, ask the retail staff to demonstrate how to strap your baby into it. In reviewing your design I fail to see any problem with it as re: the whole child not buckled in tight enough issue. this is perfect and the fact that is NOT technical actually makes this doable for me. Do not sew over them or you may damage your sewing machine! I'll have to find someone to gift it to. The pieces you cut off the ends of the strips will look like triangles. Make sure to remove the pins as you sew. keep it up momma :). The issue that is concerning is that the straps may be rerouted (even slightly!) Choose a lightweight stretch fabric for use during the summer months or a heavyweight stretch fabric for use during the winter months! This service may not be available everywhere in the world, but always make sure you check with your local transportation office if they have trained experts to inspect your child’s car seat. seems it would be great for strollers as well. I wish I'd seen this sooner- we jammed one of my chubbier daycare babies into that wooly JJCole monster all winter and he hated it! it always makes me sad when I see a mom with her infant buckled in so loosely into a carseat. Most of the fatalities happen because the children aren't secured in specially designed car seats. Turned out great. The cover is compact so you can easily fit it in. Instead, they are strapped in the wrong kinds of seats, such as adult seats that neither position the children's bodies properly no… I made an awesome baby care package for a good friend who just had a little baby girl. Putting a blanket over your child does not void the warranty for the simple fact that it is not attached to the carseat. I just made one for my granddaughter. That is awesome and a fantastic tutorial! Putting the coat on him backwards is fine, for the 10 seconds he'll wear it like that. Too bad my "babies" are 4, 7 and 15----it would have solved so many blanket/snow suit issues!!! The only thing I changed was doing a zig zag stitch around the buckle openings because I didn't want the flannel to fray. So just be very careful that your holes are generous and well placed. Insert the pins perpendicular to the edge of the fabric to make it easier to remove them as you sew. but I love this 'technical' pattern!! Hi, thanks for the tutorial, wondering what the dimensions are for the fabric, 1 meter is roughly 40 inches, is it 40x45 inches? Not only are vehicle crashes the leading killers of children, in 1997 they also injured nearly 320,000 youngsters. Choosing a child car seat or booster seat. Love your blog! This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Love the the blankets. You can also try your car’s maker if they have someone who can check it for you. I bought a car seat/stroller blanket for our son and the thing just fell apart. Dont have a kid. My baby will thank you later :), Thanks, Kelly!Last night I made a car seat blankie for my grandbaby. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 33,396 times. Take your time when sewing 2 pieces of stretch fabric together! I just seen this and absolutely love it! This is exactly how i sew! Tips for proper installation. Deebie car accidents are the number one killer of kids under the age of 14. Had to return it (thank you, Amazon). I live in Minnesota and so I understand the importance of keeping those babies warm in the car! My babies were that age 7+ years ago when flame-retardant chemicals wern't such a concern. Items like LulaClips pin to the car seat straps to hold them out of the way while loading or unloading a child from the car seat. But I too, am from the school of thought that babies need to be buckled securely. I love this idea and just went out to get the fabric... Super adorable and seemingly safe!For those who are concerned about safety, what you point out might be true, that ANY after market product added to the car seat voids the warranty, however this would also include ANY blanket you put over a baby (whether or not it is tailored to the car seat), because after all the blanket did not come with the box. It keeps her warm and is 100% safe no questions or maybes !!! Please don't steal my work. You should seriously think about selling it if you want to. Haha Kim I was thinking the same thing!!! If something were to happen, and the car seat fails - if the company can prove that something else was used with the car seat - it can claim that the this wasn't part of the safety testing and the seat is still safe the addition was the issue. Also, I think I folded it wrong because I ended up with two pieces of fabric for each piece of flannel.. http://www.domesticacademic.com/2012/06/car-seat-swaddle.html#. Why wouldn't you make something like this which doesn't effect the straps?http://www.babyhaven.com/Kiddopotamus-CozyUp-Carrier-Cover.html?utm_source=pricegrabber&utm_medium=Comparison&utm_term=Kiddopotamus+CozyUp+Carrier+Cover+-+Green+/+Ivory&utm_campaign=SI-77420-KD. Baby is due in October, so we will use this a lot this winter. Maple Syrup, Honey, Corn Syrup are all not intended for babies under 1 year. This is a no brainer people. And once the car journey is over, make sure to remove your baby from the car seat or capsule, even if it means waking them. You know its amazing that we all managed to make it out of the 60's and 70's back when we had plastic bucket car seat and Mom's arm slung across us to keep us safe. If possible, install a ballpoint or stretch needle before sewing your car seat cover. Thanks so much for the time you took to make the tutorial!! Stop by and give us a visit sometime :)htto://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com, My favorite favorite line in this was the maple syrup on their soothers :) as a Vermonter my kids are being raised on maple. Not trying to be mean, I just don't want another mom not knowing that! Check out the NUNA Pipa and the NUNA Pipa Lite as well as the brand’s popular convertible car seat, the Rava. Barbie Doll Car Baby Barbie Barbie House Doll Crafts Baby Crafts Diy Doll Baby Doll Car Seat Baby Car Seats Diy Barbie Furniture More information ... People also love these ideas 2 yards of main fabric. Browse through all the blog posts over the years. I have a car seat poncho for my daughter and will be getting another this year for her. I have tried a few handmade designs, but this is so much easier than the ones I came up with - going to start a new project tonight!!! Completely Brilliant! He will be rear facing for a long time. (what is the width of the fabric off the bolt)Thank you, Did you ever get an answer to your question. Thank you for your blog. I made one over the past week but forgot to take photos before delivering it to the Mom, she is due the 25th but we figure it won't be much longer :D So I wanted to get it to her so quickly I forgot to take photos!! Then, cut out 2 fabric strips, stack them, and sew along the angled ends. I wish I'd had this pattern for my little one when he was born. This would put the car seat at risk for not working properly. All talk about safety aside, another nice add-on to this would be to add velcro to the bottom "flap" and to one of the "arms" so that baby can't kick legs free by kicking "out" the bottom flap. Who cares about warranties and insurance. I'm sorry but I have to comment. You may also place a pin to mark the spot if you prefer. This is genius! Been looking for something ever since and I'm thinking this just might be it. It also cancels insurance if you ever need to replace the seat from a accident. Really neat to see a Canadian blogger :). These blankies are such a great idea I think I'll try it great thinking !!! It also sits on an infant's gums which in turn causes bacteria to build up and that can be dangerous as well.As for the blanket, there are safety issues to be considered as well. It might take a few tries to line up the edges just right. First off, it keeps baby nice and shady for naps on the run. I am hoping someday I will have grandchildren to make these for. NUNA, a Dutch baby gear company, makes modern, safe seats that are some of the lightest (and most beautiful) on the market. I copied this from a car seat group. Thickness of the padding is only one. She then put him in his car seat and started up a little swing they had for car seats. But be sure the batting is cotton which is very thin. View a wide range of safe and secure baby car seats from top brands at Halfords. I cannot wait to make these for them. Love your blog. Additionally, the blanket that you've advocated for in you comments could also be unsafe, unknowingly to you altering the car seat or straps, since as one poster commented the car seat safety testing are not done with ponchos, swaddles, or even simple blankets laid over a buckled in child. I know many people understand the problem of going between the baby and the straps. I have many friends having winter babies and will be making a few blankets from your tutorial the next few weeks! Smooth out the fabric pieces to ensure that there are no bumps before you pin them. Look on the American academy of pediatrics or dept of transportation website for more information. If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. 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