While we want to keep our little ones warm and bundled in the winter, it's also important that they stay safe amid all that coziness. Whether your little one's main mode of transportation this winter is a car seat, a stroller or a carrier, we've collected the best ways to keep them warm and safe.
Snug in a Stroller
If your main mode of transport is a stroller this winter, you'll want to keep your bundle bundled, warm, and protected from the snow.
Many stroller companies make their own winter boots/foot muffs like Britax, UPPAbaby, and Baby Jogger or you can opt for brands like JJ Cole, 7AM Enfant or Skip Hop that make muffs that will work with nearly any stroller. We especially love the JJ Cole Polar Bundleme (center) that has an extendable bottom that grows with your child from birth up to 4 years old and the stylish 7AM Enfant Polar Igloo (right) - we'd throw in the matching parent gloves too! If you have a Stokke Xplory, Crusi or Trailz stroller that you're using in the cold, then the Stokke Winter Kit (left) is a must. The kit comes in white, black or grey and includes a rear seat cover, hood with detachable sheepskin rim, storm cover and cozy stroller mittens for mom.
Cozy In a Baby Carrier
On the go in the snow with baby in a carrier? We love this winter collection of carrier accessories that help you keep baby close and cozy warm. Plus, many of these can adapt to work with a stroller or car seat too!
The Manito Shiny Skin Infant Carrier Warmer is lined with uber-soft Velboa on the inside and a water-resistant, wind-proof exterior with interesting laser-etched detail on the hood and parent hand-warmer pocket. This red Bebamour Universal Hoodie All Season Carrier Cover isn't as thick as the others, but is a great option if you prefer to layer warmth. If you're an Ergo fan, their Fleece-Lined Winter Cover has a fleece lining and water-resistant shell and snaps easily onto any Ergobaby carrier's shoudler straps. And once again, winning major style points, the 7AM Enfant Pookie Poncho comes in 5 eye-catching colors and can be used with a carrier or a car seat.
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While it's been "archived" by Ergo, we do still love this gorgeous chic Ergo Designer Winter Edition Carrier - luckily, you can still find it on Amazon!
Car Seat Comfort
Safety is key to keep in mind when you're keeping your kid warm in a car seat, says Allana Pinkerton, Global Safety Advocate for Diono. The one BIG DON'T? "Never place a child in a carseat with a thick, bulky winter coat because the harness might not be snug enough to perform as it should during a crash." If they are wearing a thick coat, the padding in the coat will not allow you to snug up the harness correctly and the harness will actually be loose on the child. The padding in the coat will compress during a crash until it gets to the body which doesn't allow the child to ride the crash down appropriately, Pinkerton explains.
Instead, keep your child warm this winter with these car seat DOs:
- DO: Put a thin fleece jacket on your baby, toddler or older child.
- DO: Put a toboggan hat and gloves on your child. This definitely helps retain some internal warmth.
- DO: Place them in the harness and snug it up. Then you can place the blanket over them so it doesn't interfere with the harness and tuck it in around the child's sides. To avoid the possibility of suffocation do not put the blanket near their head.
- DO: For a newborn baby, many infant carrier carseats come with a "warming boot" to put over the baby. If not, one may be purchased from the manufacturer of the carseat or they may have approved the use of one manufactured by another company.
- DO: Throw a blanket around your child when carrying them out to the car to keep them warm. (If you are super nice, you might have even warmed it up in the dryer first.)
We love these infant car seat boots that allow you to safely buckle your child in and still keep them cozy warm.
If you live in a cold climate, choose an infant car seat that comes with a boot included like the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35, the Chicco Key Fit Zip, or this Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 (left) with a cozy sweater knit fabric and boot. If you car seat doesn't come with an included boot, we love JJ Cole's BundleMe (right) which works with strollers and car seats and is available in variety of styles and prices to help winterproof your ride. And for a head-to-toe car seat cover that won't let any cold air sneak in to your babe, try the Jolly Jump Arctic Sneak-a-Peak (center) or the Tivoli Couture Infant Car Seat Cover.
What are your favorite products for keeping your little ones cozy and safe in the winter?
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