When you open the buckle of the adult belt, the car seat should spring upward slightly. 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. Using after market product inside your seat is not recommended by the manufacturer. 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. 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? First, what beautiful babies!!!! Take your time when sewing 2 pieces of stretch fabric together! 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. But be sure the batting is cotton which is very thin. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 33,396 times. Instead, they are strapped in the wrong kinds of seats, such as adult seats that neither position the children's bodies properly no… Thanks! The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking, Easy, Thrifty, Pretty Rag Quilt {Tutorial}. I made an awesome baby care package for a good friend who just had a little baby girl. this is perfect and the fact that is NOT technical actually makes this doable for me. I would! 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. Step:2 We chose a knitted fabric to make it more flexible and adaptable. As for the baby who another commenter said got to 107 from a blanket. You may also use a ruler to locate this point if you have a ruler that is long enough. Any extra fluff crushes easily in a collision and causes the baby to jar against the belts. You're either doing it right, or wrong. The fabric could get caught in the straps, even 1/4inch of fabric can cause compression problems. To make your own hooded car seat blankie, you will need: 1 meter of flannel for the front; another meter of flannel for the back; 1 meter of cotton batting; thread, scissors, etc. In pursuit of a simple, fabulous, imperfect life at home. ANYTHING you add to your car seat that did not come on the box with the seat VOIDS YOUR WARRANTY. Dont have a kid. I NEED to remember to do this when I do though!!! Made it. But to me safe is more important than cute. They may also be more cost-effective depending on what model you choose. Easy peasy. Love it. First, I made it with fleece instead of flannel, which I would NOT recommend. You make me want twins sooooo stinking bad!! Temperature inside cars can rise very quickly in hot weather. 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. (I haven't tried it, just a thought.) No grey area here folks. All you have to do is put your babies coat on backwards while your carrying them to your car. I included an item from your tutorial. As a carseat tech items like this blanket should not be used. Twisted seatbelts - Check it's long enough to secure the child car seat, and make sure you can feed the seat belt through the slits in the child car seat without obstructions. 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. This is the most repined pin EVER! Anyone who has never heard on one needs to Google it right now! And remember. From another mommy, thank you for your wisdom!! Do this for each of the sides as well Step 3 Most of the fatalities happen because the children aren't secured in specially designed car seats. It's perfectly save for baby to be in. You have a lot of great ideas. Please let us know if you do have an etsy shop or some way to purchase? Therefore, manufacturers will not be held responsible for a seat failing in a crash if any aftermarket products are used! Why risk it. I also understand that carseat safety nuts say no to these (and other Bundle-Me type products) because of added bulk behind baby. 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. If you find a larger version, please publish! 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. She then put him in his car seat and started up a little swing they had for car seats. I agree with the above poster. My auto insurance replaced my carseat no matter what happened each fender-bender accident we've been in, NO questions asked or warranty issues. Wonderful idea! But there are times when you just have to get out of the house. I have twin babies as well and will love to make these and keep in the carseat instead of looking for their blankets over and over! I really think he'd cover up better with a blanket like this that won't fall off like any other blanket. Love it! ( I'm new at sewing) and I would like to say....Super Cute idea. Can't wait to make these for friends :). By signing up you are agreeing to receive emails according to our privacy policy. Sew cute! Pinned the tute!!!! I think this is a wonderful idea and the babies are beautiful. Finally, sew the strips to the main piece, match up the side seams, and sew along the edges. Procedure 1. Car restraints may cause an infant’s neck to flex forward into a chin to chest position, which can block a baby’s airway. NUNA, a Dutch baby gear company, makes modern, safe seats that are some of the lightest (and most beautiful) on the market. That way no extra fabric is behind baby's back. Last winter my 2 month old baby was continually slipping her arm out of the body suit. 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. Who cares about warranties and insurance. Obviously someone missed an illness, there is one that can cause very high temperatures without an infection. 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\n<\/p><\/div>"}. Most babies outgrow their infant seat around one year of age or so. 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. If possible, install a ballpoint or stretch needle before sewing your car seat cover. Iron box. If … Sometimes I like to take her out of her seat to go into places, so I would have to put a heavy coat on her after getting her out of her seat, but other than that, one of these would be so convenient! 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. If your baby hates his car seat, she recommends checking that the car seat straps are properly adjusted, so your baby isn’t pinched or sliding into a slouch. http://www.domesticacademic.com/2012/06/car-seat-swaddle.html#. Holy crud those are cute! So just be very careful that your holes are generous and well placed. :) Your blog is awesome! Choose a lightweight stretch fabric for use during the summer months or a heavyweight stretch fabric for use during the winter months! Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Of some other cause. Pinning!!! Please don't steal my work. This is exactly how i sew! Now you are going to get LOTS of baby gawker attention when you are out and about!! I'm all about safety with my daughter. 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 live in Minnesota and so I understand the importance of keeping those babies warm in the car! Been looking for something ever since and I'm thinking this just might be it. Oh and may I add to 'anonymous's' statement above.. the straps aren't going through anything. No car seat should be altered in any way -- ie by placing items that did not come with it in it. Make sure your baby is securely strapped in according to the manufacturer's instructions. So basically just cut out the back. Wow! Push the pin through both layers of fabric. I adjusted and re-adjusted that seat for 2 hours before I'd even put her in there. Now I can make these for friends. Your support helps wikiHow to create more in-depth illustrated articles and videos and to share our trusted brand of instructional content with millions of people all over the world. But it will definately work. You can even put a coat on backwards after buckling the straps! The pieces you cut off the ends of the strips will look like triangles. {and adorable twins!!} and come from the wrong place. What an easy tutorial, and I absolutely LOVE the hood too! 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. Putting a blanket over your child does not void the warranty for the simple fact that it is not attached to the carseat. Also, I think I folded it wrong because I ended up with two pieces of fabric for each piece of flannel.. !PS They are adorable. Thank you for your blog. As a neonatal nurse......NO NO NO NO TO MAPLE SYRUP! I cannot wait to make these for them. So, either a label is attached showing that information, or the information is included in the product description. I have boy/girl twins that don't sleep well unless swaddled!! I'm with you about the Cold being a risk. Pinning it :) New follower here. The baby is physically strapped in, rather than having bulky padding between baby and straps. Make sure to remove the pins as you sew. Thanks Jenn for sharing this information with us :), Thank you so much for this great sewing Idea. 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. Don't you think you could make this without a back so that baby was properly buckled, but still swaddled? what adorable babies!! Even for a fever that is a very high temp and can't be caused by a blanket! I made this for a good friend's baby shower. This is soo cute! Most of the time, the manufacturer will have crash tested the car seat before putting it on the market. Passing this test does not guarantee that the product is safe to use, but it makes it will weed out some of the absolutely unsafe products. I am more than happy to make you famous! Last I checked, breathing was pretty essential. Why would we want to make them even more un-safe for something that is cute? Have the child’s car seat checked by a trained technician after installation. He was 21 months and rear facing. Infant car seats are designed to attach to a base. I'm going to make one of these for my stroller!! Recently a friend of mine lost her baby when a babysitter tried to swaddle him to get him to go to sleep. 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! Finally, sew the strips to the … I had 2 late-fall babies. 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. I'll be passing this on. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 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. This is a wonderful blankie and I have made a couple for friends already. Next, measure 13 inches down at a 45° angle from the first pin, mark the spot, and repeat to mark another 45° angle. A sponge for wet spot cleaning. This would put the car seat at risk for not working properly. 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. This blanket looks pretty safe from that because the baby could kick out of it if she got too hot. Just use a blanket over top of the baby. I also believe that baby would be safe in this. When you are not using the car seat cover, fold it up and stash it in your diaper bag or purse! Instead of making slits for the harness. Thanks so much for the idea! Love your blog! If you only have one infant to bundle, I'm sure you can accomplish this while baby sleeps. But best friend is 8 months preggers!!!! I love this!!! Look on the American academy of pediatrics or dept of transportation website for more information. I didn't like the buntings for that reason. Check out the NUNA Pipa and the NUNA Pipa Lite as well as the brand’s popular convertible car seat, the Rava. I just made one for my granddaughter. You may need to readjust the fabric a few times to ensure that the edges are aligned. Stacy uses both minky and cotton fabric to make her car seat cover, but explains how other fabric can be used as well. This is a no brainer people. 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! 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. Smooth out the fabric pieces to ensure that there are no bumps before you pin them. 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. It is very inspirational. Completely Brilliant! I understand the point of the blanket, and it is a great idea. I'm sorry but I have to comment. but I love this 'technical' pattern!! 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! Even better, omit it in the area between all 5 strap attachment points. Thanks for such a great idea!! risk vs. reward? 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