How to Choose Infant Car Seat Covers
If you have a baby, you most likely have a car seat so you can take your baby out in the car. A wide range of baby car seat accessories can help make your car seat more useful. One of these accessories is baby car seat covers.
This website will help you understand the differences between the common types of baby car seat covers, and how to choose the one for your baby’s car seat.
- What is a baby car seat cover?
- Why do parents use baby car seat covers?
- What are some common types of baby car seats?
What is a baby car seat cover?
Why do parents use baby car seat covers?
There are many reasons why parents use baby car seat covers. Some of these reasons are:
- To protect their baby from the sun.
- To protect their baby from the rain or snow.
- To separate their baby from unwanted germ fest.
- To keep their baby warm.
- To block out light and muffle sound.
Should I place a cover or padding under the baby on the car seat?
For safety reason, you should never put anything between the baby car seat and your baby. Not even a blanket. The additional padding will widen the gap between your baby and the harness of the car seat. This will increase the chance of injury in a crash.
What are some common types of baby car seat covers?
Baby car seat covers typically fall into one of four categories:
- Car seat covers for summer
- Car seat covers for winter
- Car seat covers for rain and snow
- Car seat covers for insects
Click here for the best baby car seat covers for each of these categories.
Should I wash the baby car seat cover?
Absolutely! Most baby car seat covers are easy to remove and machine-washable.
Do baby car seat covers work for all types of car seats?
Most baby car seat covers have plastic hems or ties that allow you to secure the cover over a car seat. Therefore, they should work for most types of baby car seats.
What are some common types of baby car seats?
Some common types of car seats available for small babies are:
Infant-only car seats – Designed for small babies. This type of car seats can only be used rear-facing seat. They usually have a detachable base and can be removed from the car easily. They can be used as a carrier or locked into a stroller.
Convertible car seat – This type of car seats can be used as both rear-facing seat and forward-facing seat.
All-in-one car seat – This type of seat can be used as a rear-facing seat, a forward-facing seat, and a booster seat for an older child.
Why do babies have to sit in rear-facing car seats?
Babies are at a higher risk of sustaining head and spinal cord injuries during a car crash because the structural support system of their body is still developing. Rear-facing car seats offer better support for a baby’s head, neck and spine. These car seats prevent the baby’s head from being thrown forward when a forward-moving car is involved in a crash.
How long should a baby stay in a rear-facing seat?
According to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), children should sit in rear-facing car seats until at least two years old. However, if your child is small in size, it’s best for you to keep him/her in a rear-facing car seat until he/she outgrows the the weight and height limits of the car seat.