I am hoping someday I will have grandchildren to make these for. Cut along the marks and sew the 2 hexagons together. Car restraints may cause an infant’s neck to flex forward into a chin to chest position, which can block a baby’s airway. seems it would be great for strollers as well. Please consider making a contribution to wikiHow today. 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. And you can bet your butt that she is secured in her seat and her seat is secured in my car. My hubby is a paramedic and has seen personally kids thrown from cars whose parents thought they were secure. I couldn't get anything done when my twins were this size, but I would have loved these! The pieces you cut off the ends of the strips will look like triangles. There are much safer options such as car beds. Learn more... A car seat cover is an easy way to protect your baby from the wind and cold on your way to and from your car. It might take a few tries to line up the edges just right. I'm going to make a few for my new grandson and a friends grandchild. My son is almost 2 and we don't put him in the car seat with his coat on, for the safety reasons you mentioned. When you buy your car seat, ask the retail staff to demonstrate how to strap your baby into it. From looking at the pics, it looks to me like the batting is so thin that even a light baby's weight would flatten it once strapped in tightly, unlike if it were a snowsuit or bulky coat? It is very inspirational. For more tips on connecting the strips to the main piece, read on! Thank you so much for the idea. For example, in a rear-facing carseat, the harness straps must come from at or below the child's shoulders. Excellent idea! Very cool idea! I just wanted to say that the car seat idea is fabulous....the maple syrup on the binky is a big NO NO. My daughter is going to love this and you were right it could be done in one sleep time.Thanks again:). He couldn't get out of the robe she swaddled him in and his temperature increased to 107! 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. You are so talented. There's a 3 inch wide piece of blanket that lies down the center of the babies back, but otherwise the slits are totally open and not interfering with the straps. You are amazing! If you find a larger version, please publish! This is the most repined pin EVER! Velcro. The base stays installed in your car and the seat clicks in and out, making it easy to get your baby into and out of your car. Putting the coat on him backwards is fine, for the 10 seconds he'll wear it like that. Push the pin through both layers of fabric. 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. All cars should have heat. love it! Thanks for sharing! It keeps her warm and is 100% safe no questions or maybes !!! Last winter my 2 month old baby was continually slipping her arm out of the body suit. (note: do not use nubbie that was left open for the hood, doesn't look to pretty). Obviously someone missed an illness, there is one that can cause very high temperatures without an infection. risk vs. reward? I think I want to give this a shot. First off, it keeps baby nice and shady for naps on the run. Not a pretty sight. No different than a heavy sweater would be and Since the safety straps are positioned correctly your little one(s) will be quite safe! I just stitched them together quickly with a double stitch and you'd never know! Perfect and adorable solution! (said by someone who just made and tested it out. If you are going to use items like this, make sure they pass this test. I made a snuggie for my 2-yr old & trying to figure out what to do with our on-the-way baby. 12 Things Mom's of Big Families May Want You to Know, Don't Let Comparison Steal your Contentment, 5 Great Games for Young Children (and their parents), Creating a Mission Statement for your Home. ;), Hey Kelly if you are in Australia and want to make a pastel coloured one I'll buy it from you. You can make them with or without a hood (that was the hardest part, I thought) so if you want to make it easy on yourself, you can make it without a hood and just have your child wear a hat. Why would we want to make them even more un-safe for something that is cute? Repeat this on the opposite end so that the angles will match up when you fold the strip lengthwise. As small of an issue as this seems to be, in a crash, it is a BIG issue as to how far the baby "rides up" into the shell of the seat.I believe that all carseat manufacturers state in the manual that the use of any aftermarket products (meaning these cute little blankets, and head support or strap covers that were not in the original box with the seat) will completely void the seat's warranty. Do this for each of the sides as well Step 3 Next, measure 13 inches down at a 45° angle from the first pin, mark the spot, and repeat to mark another 45° angle. I had one of those $15 carrier covers with the baby peep hole for the first kid and the second, my husband's co-workers got us one of those BundleMe covers. Making a car seat cover is easy and they are so useful! Hi, thanks for the tutorial, wondering what the dimensions are for the fabric, 1 meter is roughly 40 inches, is it 40x45 inches? Genius! 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!!! To make a car seat cover, fold a yard of stretchy fabric in half width-wise and pin both layers together 6.5 inches from the fold. GENIUS! Instead of making slits for the harness. I made a quilt that was pretty basic and tied in a few places for my grandma. But best friend is 8 months preggers!!!! 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. http://www.domesticacademic.com/2012/06/car-seat-swaddle.html#. Love your blog! Infant car seats are designed to attach to a base. Therefore, manufacturers will not be held responsible for a seat failing in a crash if any aftermarket products are used! I wish I were having another so I could be making a blanket for myself! Wonderful idea! Now I can make these for friends. Thank you for a great tutorial! Didn't stay in place and wasn't able to stand up to him (8mos old) even though it said it could be used up through 3yrs. Your twins are adorable by the way :), We have some cute ones ready made come over and check out our facebook page.www.facebook.com/peekaboocovers. thanks for the step-by-step!! Use the pencil to mark this measurement on the paper at the top and bottom. Make the rectangular piece’s edges meet up by folding it facing the right sides together. Putting a blanket over your child does not void the warranty for the simple fact that it is not attached to the carseat. Can't wait to make these for friends :). ;) ). If you wanted that you could probably use specific store-bought fabric or blankets with that treatment. You have to be careful trusting second hand info especially with medical issues and the emotion involved with a dead baby. This will connect the 2 strips in 1 circular piece. Even for a fever that is a very high temp and can't be caused by a blanket! This is why seats come with the instruction manual. If you are using something the hospital gave you that is not made by the graco or chicco or whoever made your seat you are voiding your warranty. The car seats are not safety tested with additional items in them so you are using them at you own risk and the risk of your babies safety. But like anything when it comes to parenting products prices can vary from budget to luxuriously expensive. Great idea and such a clear tutorial! And the warranty only covers seat replacement at best anyway so the issue about voided warranties is silly. :-). 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. Wish I could travel back in time and use these when my kids were babies! (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 bought a car seat/stroller blanket for our son and the thing just fell apart. Renee-I'm sorry. PS about the safety part - just cut out an entire rectangle instead of just the carseat strap slits. My twins just turned 2 and I'm just starting to sew again. The only time this issue would be a problem is IF your baby was hurt or killed during an accident and you or your auto insurance wanted to sue the carseat manufacturer for their fault in harming the child. And call your insurance company before believing you will run into issues there. You can install the base once in your car and just plug the seat in and out when needed. I do use a shower cap cover in the winter but that doesn't even touch baby let alone the harness.We were in an accident just before I had my daughter and guess what my son didn't even care. :) Your blog is awesome! If people are worried about safety, they can just make a huge hole in it so there isn't anything between the baby and the back of the seat. What a great idea. I found several sources that said the conditions for making maple syrup make the growth of botulism almost impossible.As with virtually every parenting decision, we all have to assess the risks and make our own best choice. © 2010-2013 Kelly Oribine | The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking. Will definately be making for the upcoming babies! Thanks so much for the time you took to make the tutorial!! Of some other cause. Ideally, your car seat will have a five-point harness, which connects at the shoulders, at the hips, and between baby’s legs. Really neat to see a Canadian blogger :). Why risk it. Then, cut out 2 fabric strips, stack them, and sew along the angled ends. Keep those Cuties WARM! 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. 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. Here's how to make a good baby car seat cover: Supplies. I think this is a wonderful idea and the babies are beautiful. And I will hopefully be making this for baby #4! These are awesome! Deebie car accidents are the number one killer of kids under the age of 14. So when you take your 4 lb preemies home from the hospital and the neonatologists give you car seat inserts to keep your babies positioned correctly to maintain their airways, you are jeopardizing their safety? My friend is pregnant with twins and I bet she'd love some of these. In reviewing your design I fail to see any problem with it as re: the whole child not buckled in tight enough issue. NUNA car seats. I'll have to remember to check that next time.. NO! The shape is a little funny because my "freehand" is a little loopy, but the slits for the straps are brilliant! This is exactly how i sew! Don't worry Jenn, nobody thinks your being mean!I know honey is a no-no until a year, but I've never heard of that being the case for maple syrup. Most infant car seats now come with a dedicated installation base. is that it could impact the effectiveness of the straps to move or not move as they are intended to do during an accident. I love the "technical" part .. i do a lot of "eyeballing" and "guess-ta-mating" for cooking and so many other things that when i DO follow recipes or directions i get overwhelmed and totally botch it! Not only are vehicle crashes the leading killers of children, in 1997 they also injured nearly 320,000 youngsters. When you are not using the car seat cover, fold it up and stash it in your diaper bag or purse! I just made this hoodie blanket for my best friends baby. what adorable babies!! These are adorable. I love this!!! Recently a friend of mine lost her baby when a babysitter tried to swaddle him to get him to go to sleep. Just put a blanket on them. That made having a car seat cover CRUCIAL! If it is not approved by the car seat maker - it should not be in the seat :/ My child's safety is not worth it. I am very new to sewing - this is my second project on a machine ever- and it was so easy. Now you are going to get LOTS of baby gawker attention when you are out and about!! Thanks for the wonderful idea. Thanks for making me famous :). During winter there is so much sickness going around that I never want to leave my house with my kids, let alone a new baby! You make me want twins sooooo stinking bad!! He was 21 months and rear facing. I used cotton for one side and fleece on the other with cotton batting in the middle. As a carseat tech items like this blanket should not be used. {and adorable twins!!} Jersey fabric and other types of stretch knit fabric will not fray around the edges and do not require hemming. I fell in love with your post...made one...it turned out so stinkin' cute. I love this! I love your blog, its such an inspiration. The issue that is concerning is that the straps may be rerouted (even slightly!) Here is a video on how to make a Car Seat Cover/Canopy. As a new mom, RN and self-proclaimed Public service announcer, I actually think this is one of the safer car seat add ons. Never loosen the seat belt to accommodate extra clothing or blanket layers and your seat should be checked by someone trained even if you think you know how to do it. Using after market product inside your seat is not recommended by the manufacturer. We've had a pretty mild winter and since we are approaching spring, I think I will make it without the batting for a thinner blanket. Infant car seats are undoubtedly pricier than child car seats in other groups. So for those who say "Why jeopardize safety..." and "just throw a blanket over the baby.." Just that simple blanket voids the warranty... so for you true safety folks your only other option is for your child to freeze? It is a safety issue. My biggest concern is that you are super careful when marking the holes for the seatbelt straps. Take your time when sewing 2 pieces of stretch fabric together! I just seen this and absolutely love it! Great tutorial- for our 1st we were in TX and w the 2nd we bought a used J Cole fleece from a secondhand shop. The seat straps will need to be adjusted at some point so be sure the holes are large enough for this or cut multiple holes. And I love it! Always put the car seat cover on after baby is in the car seat, and remove it before you take baby out of the car seat. 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. Strap covers, this planket, JJCole thing. Anyone who has never heard on one needs to Google it right now! Brigitte @myblissdesign.blogspot.com, Wow just found your blog page, your very well organized. Love the the blankets. I will definitely be making a couple of these this summer since MY twins are both having babies this summer!! Thanks so much for the post!! That is awesome and a fantastic tutorial! The fabric could get caught in the straps, even 1/4inch of fabric can cause compression problems. But I too, am from the school of thought that babies need to be buckled securely. :) So cute!!! Those things have not been crash tested with the seat and your car seat COULD FAIL in the event of an accident. Can't wait to try more and try to improve this. So clever! But I like others am a nurse. I'm sorry but I have to comment. Thanks for the tutorial. In the United States, more than 2,000 children under 14 years of age die each year in vehicle crashes. Make sure your baby is securely strapped in according to the manufacturer's instructions. ;) Those twins are adorable! Thanks so much for the idea! Use a clear ruler with angle lines across it to identify where to cut your fabric. You can also try your car’s maker if they have someone who can check it for you. 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 think it's a great idea :). View a wide range of safe and secure baby car seats from top brands at Halfords. NUNA, a Dutch baby gear company, makes modern, safe seats that are some of the lightest (and most beautiful) on the market. I used two layers of light-weight fleece which was a little slippery to work with, so the next blankie will be flannel. wikiHow's. While one option is to start your baby in a capsule and progress to a forward-facing seat then a booster seat, some may prefer to use a convertible car seat which can change modes to allow for longer periods of use. I like the idea. Instead, they are strapped in the wrong kinds of seats, such as adult seats that neither position the children's bodies properly no… No car seat should be altered in any way -- ie by placing items that did not come with it in it. WOW, I'm sold. % of people told us that this article helped them. I just finished this project up for a friend who just had her baby two weeks ago. A quick web search of the topic turned up views on both sides of the issue. I only own a sewing machine to patch holes in my husband's jeans (and I mean cut a scrap and sew like crazy with the hopes of underclothes not showing...) I did it in about an hour and half, and that includes dragging out the sewing machine from never never land and setting up. This article has been viewed 33,396 times. You have a lot of great ideas. Thanks! This makes the process fast and easy, and it can also help keep a sleeping baby from waking up during the transfer from mom's arms to the seat. The car seat is set using factory standards for their car seat as to where belts fall and fit a baby and if anything alters this and your baby should get hurt, they don't have to honor the "warrenty". I'm in Ontario. I want to make one now, but I don't have a baby to make one for. What's interesting is that you don't have to go buy a car seat cover for your baby in the store. Sewing kit. By separating them we will be able to line them independently and they will fit us much better. The problem is not that this time. Every car seat base has the option to connect with a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) to make the installation easier. Fold the fabric the same way that it was folded when it came off of the bolt. I understand the point of the blanket, and it is a great idea. My one thought is, when you wash it, will the cotton batting bunch up? 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. As a neonatal nurse......NO NO NO NO TO MAPLE SYRUP! Do not sew over them or you may damage your sewing machine! But be sure the batting is cotton which is very thin. Thickness of the padding is only one. I made this today and it came out adorable! Some seats only adjust at the shoulders. The way the slits are cut, there's nothing in the way of the straps. Being a mother of a three year old, I know the importance of "washability" so I just wanted to put this out there so no one's project is ruined with the first wash. Has anyone had any problems washing their car seat swaddling blanket? 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