Best child safety car seats & accessories according to redditors

We found 412 Reddit comments discussing the best child safety car seats & accessories. We ranked the 209 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Child Safety Car Seats & Accessories:

u/semibreveatwork · 50 pointsr/Parenting

I have a three-week old. Here's my very fresh advice.

A swaddling sleep sack is awesome. It's a straightjacket for newborns. Makes it easier to feed (hands don't get in the way), helps calm him/her down, and sleep longer. You can swaddle with just a small blanket, but our baby breaks out in no time. The sleep sack keeps her swaddled for much longer.

Don't buy a ton of newborn clothes. If you have lots of family, you may need to buy none. Put a hint in your announcement on facebook, or the email or whatever, that some baby clothes would be greatly appreciated. You'll get quite a lot. Send a family member to the local swap or big yardsale, and get even more cheap.

For a bassinet, we have this pack and play. It can be folded up in ~3 minutes, and it transforms to a crib later, so it will last a while.

Our hospital sent us home with some extra diapers, enough for 2 days. If yours does the same, that gives you time to run to the grocery store and buy a couple of packs of the same size. Don't go overboard, they grow quickly. This changing pad is cheap, and you can use it on the floor, table, bassinet, etc.

Don't be afraid to blatantly lean on any close by relatives for support. Cleaning, food, etc. They want to spend time with the baby, and they will help you out.

If the hospital has a lactation consultant and you're going with breastfeeding, try to make sure they stop by for at least one feeding. They're very knowledgeable and helped us out alot.

You're probably pretty terrified. I had 9 months to prepare and I wasn't sure I wanted to be a dad. It's amazing how quickly you will fall in love with your little poop machine. I can't stop staring into her little chubby face, and I can't wait until we get to the interactive stages. The care is time consuming, but it's not hard, you'll do fine.

We got this car seat and are happy with it easy to get into the car, easy to remove, you can buy extra bases for multiple cars. They make strollers that the car seat snaps into, so you don't have to take the baby out to swap.

My baby wants to be bouncing when she's awake. Constantly. The swing is only sufficient sometimes. A baby carrier is just the the solution for us. We wear her around and bounce on an exercise ball, or just walk around doing chores.

Before you leave the hospital you will need the carseat. Send a relative out to toy's-r-us to get it. You'll probably want the bassinet immediately too. Everything else you can acquire in the first two days. Save receipts and don't be afraid to return if the baby doesn't like it.

u/apinkelephant · 26 pointsr/beyondthebump

My kid was born in September, and she spent the entire first winter dressed in fleece footed pajamas basically all the time. Kept her plenty warm and it eliminated dealing with keeping socks on. Once or twice I got a comment about how she was "not dressed" since she wasn't in pants and a shirt I guess, but I had no fucks to give about that.

As far as going in the car, if you're using a bucket car seat, I cannot sing the praises of this style of car seat cover enough. It's 100% safe because nothing goes behind the baby or under any straps, and it's constructed like a winter coat so it's very warm. And it's basically effortless to use. If it's extremely cold you can even tuck an extra blanket underneath it.

u/MithyxBitch · 22 pointsr/Parenting

Just switched my 4yr old to this seat, he will remain in a 5 point harness as long as possible and this seat converts to high back booster when they are ready and then to a regular booster, so this should be the last seat we ever need to buy him.

u/IveCreatedAMuenster · 15 pointsr/BabyBumps

One thing on my "to get" list that friends have highly recommended was a car seat cover, and NOT the kind that interferes with the harness. I am getting one that is kind of a shower cap that goes over the car seat, I read this is better because jackets / snow suits / blankets that go under car seat straps can reduce the effectiveness of the car seat in an accident. Plus, if it gets warm in the car, it should be easier to pull the cover off.

This is the one I am planning to get:

u/indigestible_wad · 11 pointsr/Parenting

For kids that young, I think carseats are an option too, if you have a travel seat. That said, you would probably be better off going with 3 seats in coach, as it'll give her room to sit and play and stretch her legs. If you go this route, be sure to get an appropriate kid harness for the seat. This is the one I used on our trip to Florida with a 2.5yo.

Even though she's young, when you book, start talking about what's going to happen. Tell her all about planes and about being in the sky. Practice taking off and landing (put her in a chair and tilt it back and wiggle it around). If you have a flight museum nearby, take her out there so she can see a plane close up and get to know what it's all about. She's young, but would probably benefit from exposure to a new thing before it happens.

u/rckid13 · 11 pointsr/flying

I didn't really have any aviation related gear as a CFI. I had my headset which was way too expensive for my girlfriend to want to buy me, and I used a Jansport backpack from high school as my flight bag.

Once I got to the airlines my 'gear' increased immensely. Since I'm on the road a lot I have two of everything. Two of each toiletry, two razors, two phone chargers, two pairs of running shoes. I've forgotten things so many times that now I just keep one set of everything in my overnight bag, with a separate set at home and that way I can never forget anything on a trip.

For strictly flying related expenses I have an Aerocoast EFB bag, luggage works suitcase, nice sunglasses, a backup power brick, an anker 5 port charger, this incredibly expensive spork, some window shades, a pen recorder because passengers are idiots. Other than the sunglasses, I didn't need any of that as a CFI.

u/dubgeek · 10 pointsr/Parenting

We always purchased a seat for our kids even when they were under 2 and could fly free on a lap. It's just so much easier to give them their own space strapped in to their car seat (most are airline rated these days).

Now that they are toddlers and have to have their own seat anyway we use this:

u/cmcg1227 · 10 pointsr/Parenting

>If it's tidy, in good looking condition, and a reputable brand, surely it's ok?

NO. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. Absolutely not true. Many structural defects in a car seat from a crash or any other damage are not visible. You just can't know.

Definitely get a cheaper new car seat. Amazon has this one for $46.79 and this one for 49.99 and this one for 79.99.

They are all subject to the same testing and requirements as the car seats that sell for $100, $200, $300. Sure, the ones that cost more might look prettier, the cushion might be made of nicer material, they might be easier to install, it might be lighter, etc. However, safety wise the cheap ones are still completely safe to use.

If you want to save money, you can also just skip the infant car seat and go straight to a convertible car seat. Yes, these are more inconvenient in that you have to take the baby out of the car and leave the carseat in the car as opposed to carrying around the baby seat, but again, these are perfectly fine and safe. You also don't have to buy another car seat that rear faces. Instead of a seat only going to 22-26 lbs, the convertible ones generally rear face until 40 lbs and might forward face for even longer. This convertible seat could last until your child was 3-4 years old. For $67.37. This one could keep your child in a 5 point harness until 65 lbs (that's the average weight of a 7 year old). Hypothetically you could use this car seat until your child does not need another car seat. For $90. That's $13 per year.

Your child's safety is not worth risking over saving a few bucks - you know this already, so don't let the idea of saving a little bit of money get to your head and cloud your judgement.

u/magnitudeintheattic · 7 pointsr/DecemberBumpers2017

Something like this is a safe way to have your child covered in a carseat. General rule is don't have them in heavy snowsuit or too many layers under the carseat straps. Too much compressible fabric is unsafe!

So this one that goes around (not under) the carseat will be good. Depending on where you are for winter you can also tuck a blanket over the straps and under the cover.

We did a fair amount of baby wearing in the winter, where he would be inside my jacket (I had a zipper extender) inside the Ergo.

How are you traveling with your kiddo? Car, walking (babywearing), walking in a stroller, public transit? All of these could require different layers.

u/Tbond222 · 5 pointsr/TeslaLounge

I have 7 and 2 yo daughters. The 2 yo is in a car seat and the 7 yo in a booster seat. I bought the kick mats and car seat protector for both seats. Bought these for my wife’s Hyundai Ioniq and my Model 3. The seat protectors help keep the car seat from making indentions in the seats.

u/fizzlediz · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

My LO was born june of '17 and we live in the northern midwest. It gets really cold here but we usually have pretty mild winter in November. These are the things we used/did.

We used a jolly jumper artic cover for his carseat. It kept him warm when going to the car from inside and vice-versa. He used his bucket carseat until May. We didn't have to mess with the logistics of keeping him warm in a convertible seat.

His daycare would take him outside if it was over 20° so we got him a Columbia fleece suit to wear outdoors. Similar to this one.
Hats and mittens were instantly torn off so the hood and hand covers were perfect.

He pretty much lived in carter's fleece sleep and plays. They kept him warm and comfortable. Some people don't recommend fleece because it isn't breathable. We never had an issue with overheating and we used a fleece sleep sack too.

Last year's flu season was terrible. He couldn't get his flu shot until December and the first year they get two shots a month apart. We basically were hermits last winter. My husband and I both got our flu shots in October to try to give him as much protection as possible. We didn't get the flu but dang he brought some bad colds home from daycare. That was definitely something I didn't prepare for. Get a coolmist humidifier, a nose frieda, saline spray and boogie wipes.

Edit: We had hand me down jj cole carseat cover. It added warmth but it was pretty much just a loose blanket that didn't secure to anything. I had horrible anxiety about loose blankets. The jolly jumper cover secured open above his head so I didn't have to worry.

u/DeuceFour · 5 pointsr/parentsofmultiples

We traveled a few times with our twins... We used these and it made our life way easy. Check your stroller when you check your bags. Just use those with your carseats to get them to the gate. They will let you board first cause you "need more time and help" so you can get them strapped into the plane. If you take a stroller you have to put it through the xray machine... Pain in the ass!! Car seats are easier. Just take your baby out, put carseat through xray... then put baby back!

u/AllAboutJake · 4 pointsr/TeslaLounge


I am using these:

So far, every time I remove the car seats I haven’t seen any obvious evidence of damage. Though this isn’t often and they pretty much have been installed for most of my year of ownership.

That said, I don’t look to hard for damage and I’ve kind of resigned myself that this is a car that’s going to get wear and tear, not a garage queen.


u/jmp485 · 4 pointsr/Ultralight

I've used THIS CAR SEAT COVER for traveling with my pack and have been very pleased with the result. Slide your pack in, cinch it up, and you're done. TSA recognizes them so they don't freak out and tear things apart. PLus at under $11 with Prime, they're pretty cheap

u/acisnot · 4 pointsr/Parenting
u/BuffyPilotKnob · 3 pointsr/Mommit

We bought the Graco All in One 4ever car seat when my husband was in a small fender bender (you have to replace the car seat any time your car is in any type of collision, no matter how small. And never buy a used car seat because you don't know if they are being donated or sold because they were in a collision.).

So this car seat is pretty big and heavy duty, but it's super easy to install, I take it out and put it back in all the time. The cup holders are built into the seat, not just installable on the sides, so they're sturdy and secure. It's comfortable and keeps our very large toddler safe and secure on long car rides. (We recently did a seven hour trip. My daughter is almost 4 and she's 43 inches tall, and she has lots of room for growth in this seat.)

u/Sadie_for_real · 3 pointsr/IFParents

These are mostly for the toddler and preschooler crowd. As R gets older, we have been leaving more and more of the in-flight toy entertainment at home and relying on the iPad. Since she doesn't get much screen time at home, it's a huge treat for her.

u/side-of-bacon · 3 pointsr/washingtondc

Your kid is still too small, but look into getting this in a few years. Awesome for ubering with young kids.

u/banksnld · 3 pointsr/Parenting

We've got both of our sons in the Graco Nautilus seat.

u/PM_me_NTSBreports · 3 pointsr/flying

- Portable chargers

- Extra phone cables

- Sunglasses

- Bluetooth Headset

- Extra AA Batteries

- Sun Screens

-Small Lint roller

u/toocooltobedazed · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

Start with the most expensive items: car seats, strollers, crib, dresser if needed. Set up a time line and estimated cost of each item and buy one thing at a time over the months, especially if you don’t know if you’d want someone else footing that bill.

We bought these car seats in May and we were gifted this stroller in June which we will use the car seat to bring our baby home in from the hospital. Then we found this crib at Target in July which our grandparents ended up paying for.

I’m really not even expecting to get much off my registers which I’m OK with, because I don’t know what I’ll even need. But you will need lots and lots and lots of receiving blankets and cotton squares which I found at Walmart for $1.00 which contained 12. I bought like 15 of those. Lol

Focus on the big items first, then narrow down to everyday basics and shop deals when available.

u/plutoX7 · 3 pointsr/uberdrivers

Definitely no infants, but if they are old enough for a booster seat get one of these:

It's small and won't take up any trunk space, and compliant with all regulations as far as I know.

u/RiverSongsHair · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

For our winter baby, we got a warm carseat cover like this one (there are cheaper ones out there too). Makes things easier when transitioning through the cold.

u/drmich · 3 pointsr/teslamotors

We have been using the Mifold travel booster for my daughter while traveling, and if any of your kids are old enough, they can buckle it themselves. It’s tiny.

Mifold booster seat on Amazon

u/homesickalien · 3 pointsr/DisneyWorld

Hey! I had a similar dilemma and found this awesome invention. The mifold booster seat. Its a portable car seat that meets NHTSA regulations and can fit in a purse. It's obviously not as safe as a full size seat, but it's perfect for travel or if you want to drop off the kids with someone who doesn't have a spare in their car. We bought one for our last trip to Orlando and my wife just put it in the carryon. I wouldn't recommend it for any long drives, but it's fine for short trips from the airport -> hotel or from hotel -> parks. Super convenient and highly recommended. It'll be cheaper than renting a car seat and you get to keep the seat for future!


*P.S. I know this might sound like I'm shilling, but I have no affiliation with the company. Read the Amazon reviews as well. :)


u/UnicornToots · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

If you want a car seat, go for this one - the Safety 1st 65. It's the one we travel with because it's very light weight and easy to carry around when on the go. I find it strange you say it's heavy, because it is about 10 pounds lighter than our regular everyday car seat and is one of the few that I found are narrow enough to fit in plane seats. So, I'd recommend sticking with the Safety 1st. And I never used a pool noodle... and honestly don't understand what you'd use it for. Anyway, we used it with great success, and no, she won't be sitting on the buckle because the belt path will be closer to under her thighs than under her butt. (Edit - if you want to be able to carry the car seat easier, get something like this.)

However, ever since my daughter hit 25 pounds (at about 18 months) we use the CARES harness instead of a car seat on the plane. It's the only FAA approved harness that isn't a car seat and it's wonderful. You can get it on Amazon.

u/dannihrynio · 3 pointsr/Parenting

If she is considering taking a car seat these are awesome!

u/ernieball · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

We just flew Delta with my son last week. They were great with our luggage, but I'd still recommend putting your checked items in a bag. There's just so much... crap... and debris... and elements on the plane.

For our umbrella stroller (Summer Infant 3D Lite) I used this check bag and it worked great. We wheeled my son around the airport in the stroller once we got through TSA and right up to the gate - stuffed it in the bag and left it at the door. It was waiting there for us when we got off the plane.

Sounds like you're taking a full sized stroller/travel system? I'd go with this bag for the stroller, and then this one for the bucket seat.

The bags are super thin, so they're not going to protect your items if they get tossed around - but they will save the fabric from grease/oil/gunk.

u/pinkerly · 3 pointsr/Mommit

Can check the car seat for free. They sell gate check bags online that can help protect the seat. If you take your stroller, I would get gate check bag for it. When I flew with our stroller they just threw it down a shoot onto the ground. It got pretty messed up.

u/CaptCurmudgeon · 3 pointsr/daddit

I've done long road trips and we took our 4 month old from charlotte to newark on the plane in November.

Air: Be prepared to act like a sherpa, security is going to take a while. There are often family lines that allow you to skip the main junk so someone can help with all of the extra stuff like a stroller, and car seat, etc. There are red gate check bags that are worth buying because they make it easy to spot and we noticed our stuff came out first & unharmed.

Try to get a bottle going right before the flight, my kid passed out right after and stayed asleep for most of the flight. Bring things you can use as suckers to help with the ear popping.

Car: Make frequent pit stops, every hour and a half worked for us. Sometimes her mom had to sit in the back to soothe her. That probably won't work for you, so stopping often will help everyone. It'll just take a while to get places. Sucks, but you gotta do it.

u/Sociallypixelated · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

Warm weather resident here. I've never heard of anyone removing the car seats for weather reasons BUT it is common to protect the car seats from getting too hot for the baby's sake.

Passenger sun shades and blankets over the car seat prevent baby from getting burned on the exposed plastic and harness. I've seen this type of cover a few times during the summer heat waves as well.

Edit: changed link to amazon, in case you wanted to buy it

u/atomictomato_x · 2 pointsr/Charlotte

How old is your other child? (Do they need a car seat as well?) Depending on the size of your 4 year old, you could use a travel booster seat. My sister has one called BubbleBum(, and has used it for my nephew successfully when we've traveled. You could easily fit it in your "mommy" bag while you're out and about. The child does have to be around 40lbs to use it though.

u/minicpst · 2 pointsr/DoesAnybodyElse

A lightweight mirror can fix this. $12, it won't hurt the child in a crash even if it detaches, and you can see the child in the carseat.

u/finitemind · 2 pointsr/Buyingforbaby

We had a similar problem and found that this one ( Brica Baby In-Sight Mirror, Gray works for us. It has several options including tether but as part of that it has a moldable wire and fabric adjustment for the angle.

u/I-heart-naps · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

I personally would suggest just getting a convertible seat. Technically she is still a ways away from the weight limit for most infant seats (how tall is she though?), so you could definitely get another infant seat, but then you are going to end up getting another seat in the future- so it might save you some money to just buy one car seat instead of two.

We just got a convertible seat since our 9 month old is a freaking beast (he hit the height limit on his infant seat, weighs 22 lbs). It takes up a little more room than the infant seat did, but my guy seems to like it better. It's roomier for him. I linked to the one we got, so far no complaints. It's actually gone down a little in price since we got it.

u/thesongbirdy · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We were given this one as a gift. Lasted four months before the suction cup devices broke in half during a car ride and freaked out the baby.

We now have these in our car and they are working out pretty well. It has been hot here and they are still sticking up with no problem at all. You get three in one pack, which is real nice.

u/_dustinm_ · 2 pointsr/Mommit

FWIW - we really like our Graco Nautilus, and it fits in my Dodge Neon.

EDIT - NVM, saw you're looking for RF, and mbnd96 already covered the Nautilus.

u/CanadianCRST · 2 pointsr/Parenting

It sounds like she's got lots of room to grow in the Frontier, which gives you some good options.

The lightest weight, longest lasting and least bulky for travel are going to be the Evenflo Secure Kid 300(also branded Secure Kid LX) or the Evenflo Secure Kid 400(also branded Secure Kid DLX). There are marginal differences in features. The 400 has Evenflo's SureLatch, the 300 still has push-on connectors, but a more standard design. The 400 has an extra 10lbs of approved booster weight (which isn't likely to get used by the vast majority of kids anyway).

If you don't like the Evenflo seats, the Graco Nautilus is another option. It's heavier and bulkier, but installs well in most vehicles. A benefit to this one for travel is that when she is out of the harness, the back can be removed and it can either be used as just a backless booster, or you can pack the back of the booster in your luggage (padded by clothing) and have her bring the backless portion on the plane as a carry on so that if your luggage is lost, you at least have a usable booster at your destination.

All of these seats are approved for use on aircraft when used in harness mode.

u/WaffleFoxes · 2 pointsr/mildlyinfuriating

You're doing the Lords work.

Similarly for baby showers: I always get car seat sun covers. Here in Phoenix nobody realizes what a joy it is to put your kid in the car and not scald them. $8 and I still use mine near daily 4 years after my kid was born.

u/holliberri · 2 pointsr/CautiousBB

Yeeeppp... Some of the yogurt in my fridge is due after I am, haha :)

I've heard "put baby in whatever you're wearing plus an extra layer" about 1000000x since getting pregnant.

Having a car seat cover is also a good idea. We're getting this one: - it has really good reviews.

u/amachan85 · 2 pointsr/Parenting

My almost 2 yr old and I just went to Hawaii from KC and back. She did really well and I was very surprised. I did a lot of research beforehand on basic boarding ettiquite and such for the airline, as well as the various airports we were flying into. Our total one-way flight time with layovers was 18 hrs (ack). The best thing was making it fun and interactive. We constantly looked out the windows, and when the seatbelt sign was off, she was allowed to be unbuckled. She was amazed by the tray table and I brought stuff for her to color with (although she likes drawing on my phone better), snacks, drinks, baby dolls, books, etc. I also bought one of these so we didn't have to use the carseat. It's FAA approved and she actually liked it!

u/DDotJ · 2 pointsr/teslamotors

A good car vacuum and Tesla All Weather Floor Mats would be good. You can use kick mats to help protect the back of your seats from being kicked. Microfiber towels and window cleaner would be good to have to wipe all the tiny fingerprints off the window too. Good luck!

u/Jbaltp · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

This one is rugged and padded, we have used it for two years - I use it whether we gate check or normal check the seat. It also is just big enough to fit the small convertible car seat we bought for travel for my now almost 2 year old.

u/theresonly151 · 2 pointsr/mildlyinteresting
u/kelthuzad12 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We use the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Carseat
I love how light weight and compact it is compared to the one we initially bought Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 which was so freaking heavy and HUGE.

Our son is a big boy (35lbs at 12mo) and is reaches the tops of my husband's thighs (he's 6'8) and the seat is very comfortable and spacious with room to grow. We bought 2.

u/VoodooBat · 2 pointsr/teslamotors

Got these from Amazon for my Model X front seat backs: Brica Deluxe Kick Mats, 2 Count

$16 for two. Fits and works great since I have the glossy seat backs.

u/Best_Annie_NA · 2 pointsr/FocusST

I have 2 little ones. I have a 6 year old and a 10 month old. One of my first purchases with my car was seat protectors and kick mats over a year ago. Would highly recommend.

Brica Seat Guardian Car Seat...

Brica Deluxe Kick Mats, 2 Count

u/tinylilbub · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Ooo I’m so glad you said you’ve been on mint! I have a question. We’re flying mint in December. Our toddler (he’ll be 20m) will have his own seat. Usually when we fly we sit in coach and we put him in his car seat, but this time I’m thinking it might be nice for him to have the option to lay flat. I was thinking of buying one of these cares safety harnesses instead. Any thoughts?

u/ak716 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We had this for a car seat cover and loved it-

Jolly Jumper Arctic Sneak-A-Peek Infant CarSeat Cover With Attached Blanket, Weatherproof - Black

Also Halo makes nice warm fleece Velcro swaddles. We also had a small thermometer in baby’s room to make sure it didn’t get too cold.

u/mike1866 · 2 pointsr/phoenix

They sell a expandable hose/tube that extends from the ac vent to the back seat on Amazon or at the baby stores. You could also make one with a dryer vent duct tube from home depot. I'm trying to make one where it blows through the car seat onto the child's back so my kid won't sweat so much. Tint the windows or get more window shades if your trying to decrease the sun.

The Noggle
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u/foxhound6 · 2 pointsr/travel

You can use something like this for the plane depending on the size of your toddler:

For riding around in taxis, my wife and I spent a year in Argentina with our toddler. We just held on tight to him while riding in a cab. In Argentina, if they see you rolling up on a cab with a car seat 1.) you're a tourist/about to get robbed and 2.) they'll keep on driving.

One of my Indian friends was traveling to India with her toddler just before we left for Argentina and we asked her the same question you're asking. She just looked at me weird like "why on earth would I bring a car seat to India?" It's not the kind of thing you ever want to tell your inlaws and it's weird as hell the first few times, but that's how it's done in the non-Western world.

u/MrsSullivan · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I'm in MA as well. I found this car seat cover really helpful with my son (note: it fits great over a Chicco Keyfit 30).

My house often gets warm late at night, so we did use a decent number of short sleeved onesies in the winter. My son also had some issues with heat rash/temperature regulation. Therefore, my best advice is to always layer your little one, even in the winter.

u/infinitelywittyname · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

When I lived in GA and NC I saw these a lot:

u/LiamNeesonsAccent · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Work out childcare backups -- people you can call if you have an emergency, need a date night, need a daycare.

Work out a pediatrician -- ask friends, your girlfriend's OB-GYN.

What I'm glad I had:

u/pschlick · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

A good alternative for warmth are the covers that go over top the car seats. I had one with my daughter. It is a soft material inside and a swooshy material out with elastic around the edges to just cover over her with a little face hole in the middle. I would just use it for when we were outside between the car/inside and then take it off!

Something like this

JJ Cole Car Seat Cover for Infants, Graphite

u/Metallio · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Just keep in mind that the FAA allows infants on the lap because it boosts air travel rates, not because it's safe.

The turbulence issue is rare but pretty bad and can kill children. I tend to agree with the thinking that if you wouldn't put your kid in a car without a belt you shouldn't do it in an airplane either. There's only one FAA approved harness for little ones and it's pricey but it works (other harnesses are usually not allowed to be used which is retarded).

You're not asking about this particular issue but you've got good answers for how to handle your gear and I thought I'd suggest one more piece of overpriced "stuff". Happy traveling :).

u/Bearhugswnucleararms · 2 pointsr/Parenting

I think amazon has them and you can buy em off their site. They are amazing cause my son carries his in his backpack in case my husband ever wants to pick him up from school. Soooooo much better than a bulky booster seat.

u/wrxdad27 · 2 pointsr/subaru

Had the wrong brand, here is the link!

Brica Deluxe Kick Mats, 2 Count

u/Omulae · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Middle =)
In our case, the hospital nurse installed it for us. They even gave us the car seat, actually.
And get one of these:
they are lifesaver

u/Karebear921 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) [Something that is grey.] (

2.) [Something reminiscent of rain.] (

3.) [Something food related that is unusual.] (

4.) [Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)] ( For my daughter, so she doesn't melt in the car.

5.) [A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it!] ( Well, I haven't read this one yet, but I read her last book, Me Before You, a few months ago and LOVED it.

6.) [An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related!] (

7.) [Something related to cats.] (

8.) [Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it.] (

9.) [A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why?]
( Because Colin Firth.

10.) [Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain.] ( Well, if I had to survive on my WL items alone, I would surely die. BUT, I figure this could at least come in handy to cook over open fires and it is the most weapon-like thing on my list.

11.) [Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals.] ( Gotta get off the baby weight!

12.) [One of those pesky Add-On items.] (

13.) [The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why?] ( Maybe not my dream item, but the most expensive for sure. My husband and I love biking, but right now I'm sidelined since we have a 1 year old. This would let us all go!

14.) [Something bigger than a bread box.] (

15.) [Something smaller than a golf ball.] (

16.) [Something that smells wonderful.] (

17.) [A (SFW) toy.] (

18.) [Something that would be helpful for going back to school.] ( If you are going to school to become a baker.

19.) [Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be.] ( Making my own sprouted nut butters!!

20.) [Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.]
( Because tiny Super Friends in cars are awesome for raising a baby nerd. (On a related note, this question made me realize that I am boring and practical.)

fear cuts deeper than swords

u/sweetright · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We bought something like this because here in Texas it gets dang hot.

u/daftlycurious · 2 pointsr/Wrangler

You could get some kind of flexible tubing (like a vacuum cleaner tube) and attach it to one of the vents then attach the other end in a way that it points at your child.

Edit: apprently this exists already.

u/LRose1825 · 2 pointsr/JulyBumpers2017

For car seats we're looking to get this for general use and this one to grow into and keep in one of the cars.

For strollers we've decided on this one after going to the store and looking at a few different ones.

The infant seat fits into the stroller, so we'll be able to use those together until the baby is big enough to get out of the infant seat.

u/unhcasey · 2 pointsr/Cruise

If you think he/she will be big enough for a booster seat we use this inflatable one when we travel. Rolls up really small and gets them up to the right height for the car restraints. Most shuttles I’ve run into have them and I don’t like traveling without them properly restrained.

u/guinnessmom · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

I bought mine on amazon.

u/Miroet · 2 pointsr/TFABGrads

It's like a shower cap that goes on over top of the car seat and zips up just where you put baby in. Prevents any drafts from getting in without putting any bulk on or behind baby. We get temps down to -40 and snow, so I wanted baby covered... But nothing that would interfer with the straps. I think this is the brand of one I got

u/mat101010 · 2 pointsr/teslamotors

Myself and a number of other owners have opted for this cover that goes under the car seat. That said, the white seats are super easy to take care of - I don't consider this a must-have and not all car seats are designed to work on top of a seat cover.

I do think some sort of cover for the seat backs (protecting the back of the diver's seat) is a must. Perhaps something like this

u/catchatorie · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Dress the baby in one more layer than what you're comfortable in. It's been a cold fall for us so far, here is how we dress our baby:

My husband and I sleep with a comforter this time of year, so baby goes to sleep in a long-sleeved onesie and a halo sleep sack/swadler.

The sleep-n-plays, pajamas, and footed fleece Carter's onesies are all basically the same thing and thats what I dress her in during the day (although my husband prefers a long-sleeved onesie + pants and socks). I don't swaddle her when she naps during the day (too much swaddling can slow down motor development), but I'll use a light swaddling blanket tucked in tightly around her in the bassinet. When we leave the house I do a similar thing with the blanket over her car seat and we have a more heavy-duty car seat bunting for later in the winter.

u/CHUNKNORRlS · 2 pointsr/churning

We've used the Evenflo Tribute for 2 years now on every single flight for our toddler. It's under 10lbs and the tether strap has something to hook onto on the back of the chair, so if you hook the tether strap loosely, it then becomes a shoulder strap to conveniently carry around.

u/LynZ_ · 2 pointsr/JuneBumpers2017

I pulled the trigger on a Graco infant car seat and extra base because that was the one I had tentatively put in my registry last week and today it's the cheapest it's ever been on Amazon:

Now I'm checking price history on everything else I'd thrown in my registry to see if I need to buy anything else.

u/weeeenr · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Also agree about the baby wearing! If you're wearing baby, they'll ask you to go through the metal detector instead of the X-ray. They tested my hands on both flights too after the metal detector. I didn't have to take baby off or anything. Just my shoes. I wasn't wearing a jacket, so I'm not sure if you'd have to take that off or not.

We checked in our car seat with the luggage. Southwest let's you check in a stroller and car seat for no charge, and it doesn't count against your baggage limits. I think most of the other major airlines do too. We bought the JL Childress padded car seat bag here and that thing is dang awesome. It's padded, so your expensive car seat doesn't get banged up. It has straps so my husband could wear the car seat while I wore baby and we each had hands to roll one suitcase. It's also huuuuge. It fit our infant car seat and the base, and we had room to shove some diaper and wipes packages into the empty car seat. It's nice bc we'll be able to still use it when we switch to a convertible car seat.

Nursing during takeoff and landing helps. Our baby ended up sleeping during the landing. If your flight isn't full, you could lay baby on a travel neck pillow or nursing pillow to give your arms a break. Or wear baby.

Most planes nowadays have a foldout changing table in one of the lavatories. They're not always marked though, so I'd ask the flight attendant which one it's in when you get on so you're not trying to carry baby up and down the aisle during turbulence.

u/father_of_6 · 1 pointr/Lyft

I agree with all of this. However in response to #2 let me point to this:

I had a pax get in with one of these and I was impressed (username is relevant).
"most portable booster seat ever invented designed for kids aged 4 and up, 40 to 100 lbs, and 40 to 57 inches tall"

This does not help with idiots who want an infant to sit on their lap, but I have had pax new to the area not prepared for Colorado laws (booster up to age 7).

u/naery · 1 pointr/MINI

I've got a Convertible R57. One of my daughters (4) uses the Graco Nautilus. My other daughter (2) uses the Alpha Omega (though I cut off the stupid "pillow" thing). The kiddos both have room, and cup holders Whee!!, and the wife has no problems. Admittedly, the wife is pretty short (she's Asian), and the 4 year old is behind her, but the kiddos have never complained, and the wife feels fine, too.

Hope that helps!

u/Gluestick05 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

They make dollies for car seats that might be what you're looking for! Here's one, there are others.

u/traditions · 1 pointr/videos

This is a booster seat.

It simply increases a kids seat height to a safe level.

These seats are for kids over 4 years of age.

you are probably thinking of something like this

These of for babys and no amount of built in adjustability would be safe for babys. They need a seat specifically for them not just the belt height.

u/Laurlyn · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Uppababy sells travel bags specifically for their car seats and strollers, so that’s what we have. But something like this should also be helpful:

u/CassiePEI · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We have one like this and it works great, the kids can even sit on the seat while you roll it.

u/koronis511 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Click here. It's on sale! Hurry before it's gone!

u/deadair210 · 1 pointr/SubaruAscent

Got my Ascent (Limited 8P) last month and I’m interested to see what people mention here. I’m particularly interested in keeping the cargo area organized and not rolling around.

I got some Brica seatback kick mats to protect the back of my seat from my daughter’s shoes. I recommend them - they’re fairly sturdy, they do their job, and they can be easily moved from car to car.


u/floydianpulse · 1 pointr/teslamotors
u/Lulublue1980 · 1 pointr/Assistance

I actually posted on that a couple weeks ago and didn’t get any help :(

The cpst I talked to told me this seat was known for not fitting infants til 9 plus months.

Thank you!
Car seats are very hard and confusing lol

u/micromelon_ · 1 pointr/AprilBumpers2018

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

No upgrades necessary, this thing should last birth to childhood. I'm not a fan of infant carseats though. I'm pretty impressed with it, but we went super cheap with our first (Evenflo, $45) and I didn't want to do that again. Not because of safety, but comfort.

u/BigBootyJewdi · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We have this travel system and this convertible car seat We really like both. Although, with those trendy little snap in car seat frame strollers all over the place, I do look a little crazy rolling out with a giant jogger. But whatevs, I love that I can take it over any kind of terrain and it's wonderful to jog with. We've taken it on running trails and over rocky terrain in State Parks and it's fantastic! The convertible seat is another beast, but again I totally love it. I am all about things that grow with LO and I feel like she is hella safe in it.

u/SingingLobster · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I live in the northeast. We haven't done any outdoor activities, so the most baby is outside is to and from the car in his seat or stroller. We got a fleecy carseat cover like this and baby wears a little fleece bunting suit that has a hood, mitten, and footie covers. No bulky snowsuits because those are unsafe to strap baby in the seat with! I add a little blanket over him too before zipping the carseat cover. He is toasty but not sweating in there, and you can always open the carseat cover or remove the blanket if baby seems too hot.


I see a lot of people around here wearing baby in carriers, and baby is often wearing a fleece bunting or a coat and a warm hat.

u/PorkerA10 · 1 pointr/awardtravel

Personally I wouldn't want to risk them not being available. For kids that age we have been happy with inflatable boosters. They pack as tight as a pair of pants when deflated and have been useful with travel in general, especially with Uber. We have this one.

u/protomor · 1 pointr/beyondthebump
u/kpgirl0212 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I got one of These

Either way if you don't bag it up somehow it will prob get dirty. I didn't want to have to worry about cleaning the seat after arriving.

Always ask the gate agent about booked flights. I wasn't allowed to use my seat on the plane but always get my own row. I just tell them I'm worried about the baby disturbing people. They also carry the car seat and stroller for me when I check them if I ask for help.

u/Bsketbalgrl101 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Just a tip I've heard. Is you can go to Babys r us and possibly buy buy baby and use their demos so see how they fit in the car. That way you can try a few out first before you buy it. I mean you can't drive off but it will give you and idea how putting it in and how putting baby in/out will be. Part of me feels that's getting a car seat meant for a small car( I almost bought this one with my old car ) will be your best bet but it's hard to say. It's one of those things it might be best to try a few out and see what works.

u/flantagenous · 1 pointr/breakingmom

Yep, we have this cover and it helps a lot! It's only $4. You could also just use any towel or blanket, really, so any metal bits aren't directly in the sun.

u/wildfauna · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We don't bring our base, but we use this bag and check the car seat. If you want to bring your base, it can fit the base in it! Plus I always put diapers or coats on top of the car seat (since it flies for free...might as well use up that space!).

u/CallItASpade · 1 pointr/nova

Or cheaper than long term parking is this portable packable “car seat”. I’m not sure how old your kids are or if you’d even be open to something like this, but it’s helpful in a pinch:

mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat, Slate Grey

u/CupBeEmpty · 1 pointr/AskAnAmerican

As far as car seats go we have used a slim booster like this one. But your kids need real seats.

For babies that actually needed a seat (like your kids) we just had to lug the forward facing/rear facing child seat around. Getting the straps that can secure a forward facing seat to rolling luggage was a godsend. You can even have the kid sit in the seat while you roll the bag/seat through the airport. It makes life a lot easier if not lighter.

For rear facing seats we just had a foldable stroller where the seat clipped into the stroller.

Everywhere we have been (Mexico and Canada) the hotels had cribs. We did use a little foldable bassinet like so for some trips. Though I can't remember when the kiddo grew out of it. When the kid was older we just had her sleep in the bed with us.

Some places also have car seats you can borrow. I have friends that rented a car seat/stroller in Europe when they visited. They did infant in lap on the plane and then rented the seat/stroller when they arrived. Every car rental place I know of has car seats you can rent. So if you can avoid having to lug one around it isn't a bad idea.

Also, don't forget that the little ones need passports too.

A tablet for the 3 year old with some educational games or some movies will work wonders.

If you are still nursing I highly recommend just getting one of those nursing blanket/cover things and nursing during takeoff and landing. It helps pop their little ears and keep them calm.

I am trying to think of anything else that helped. It is going to be a production either way so good luck. Have fun. The cool thing is that the 3 year old might remember the trip. My first memories are of traveling in Europe when I was 3 and I always thought that was pretty cool.

u/PlusItVibrates · 1 pointr/SelfDrivingCars

Foldable car seat. Small enough to fit in a bag or purse. Won't work for infants but should be ok for toddlers. They do have to test car seats before selling them so I assume they're safe (enough). Whether that's correct or not, I don't know.

u/Jbird8282 · 1 pointr/Parenting

We bought these to gate or baggage check our carseats. They don't actually work too well for baggage check but do a great job for gate checking to protect against dirt. (They're soft-sided, though, so don't expect them to protect against anything more than dirt).

u/Nomeii · 1 pointr/Ultralight

I have a 60L pack and this car seat cover gets the job done. JL Childress Gate Check Bag for Car Seats, Red

u/freemoney83 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I used this and LOVED LOVED LOVED it!
(I have no idea how to do links)
BTW, I took a state certified car seat class and they said it was fine to use. Its the covers that go under the baby that are not ok to use
EDIT: Nevermind, it linked itself!

u/countingoncoffee · 1 pointr/Subaru_Outback

Safety 1st brand is what I’ve used for 2 kids. Stylish, affordable, great safety ratings, easy to install. They started out with the baby carrier seat with 2 bases (one for each car, highly recommend this). Then switched to a rear facing convertible seat . That seat will last you until 4-5yrs old, then we used the high back booster. They clip into my 09 Outback no problem.

u/rnatho · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

I have used this one and it worked well. J.L. Childress Ultimate Backpack Padded Car Seat Travel Bag, Black

u/lepasse · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

Are you perhaps talking about something like this?

u/sloanerose · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We just got our convertible for $142 on Amazon. It goes up to 100lbs forward facing. You can find coupons too. Here's the link -

u/onekate · 1 pointr/AskNYC

My partner used this inflatable travel car seat when his son was young

BubbleBum Inflatable Backless Booster Car Seat, Black

u/klemoyne · 1 pointr/Parenting

Also, if you want to keep the carseat for the plane (or gate-check it), you can get something like this which turns it into a roller-board / stroller. We used to wheel our toddler around, strapped into her car seat, with one of these.

Of course, using the Uber X car seat option is also good.

u/WinterSucks5825928 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Window baby shade

Blasting AC for a few minutes before loading LO into car

Place large ice pack in baby seat when baby ISN'T in there

Reflective seat cover $4

The last one is highly dependent on your car setup but it's the Noggle $47 hose to extend from the vent to the car seat.

u/insidia · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Just get one of these: Then you never have to think about this again.

u/quixotickate · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Oh, good point! We did make sure that our car seat would fit in the particular planes we were flying in. We were able to use our infant car seat (FWIW, Graco SnugRide 30) without the base, but when we flew after he outgrew that we did have to buy a narrow car seat (again, FWIW, the Evenflo Tribute worked really well on the plane). As it happened, we needed a second car seat at that time anyway, but I'm not sure what we would have done if we hadn't.

u/13qazwsx · 1 pointr/Wrangler

We had the same issue and just made sure two of the vents were always pointed towards the back seat. We considered getting one of these:

but did not.

u/tintinteil · 1 pointr/Mommit

So, I have flown twice with my kiddo. When he was a crawler and when he was 22 mo. When he was little I brought a carseat with us. It honestly didn't fit the right way, there was just no way. This more recent trip I bought this. Even though he was a little young for it. Mmisstrez is saying they won't let you hold infant for take off/landing, is not true in my experience if you are flying them on your lap.
I would check to make sure any seat you buy is approved by the FAA. When I brought the car seat they asked to see the tags certifying it and I had a moment of panic because I hadn't specifically looked for them. They would have made me gate check it. Another thing to think about is carrying everything through the airport. Kid's safety is important, but so is Mama sanity.

u/Dr_Nik · 1 pointr/BoltEV

If you get the right seats you'd be fine. I had the Sunshine Kids Radian, now called Diono Radian ( as it is super compact and can be both front and back facing. For the booster if you don't need a back anymore you can get a Bubble Bum for the ultimate in compactitude ( If your not buying new seats though a dealer will certainly let you test if everything fits with what you have (or what I would do is buy the new seats first, then test them).

Now, your kids will have to like each other but I think those measurements will work out (sometimes it depends on how the latch centers the seat).

As for the trunk. If you opt against the trunk false floor option you get a wonderful well that should easily fit a stroller. That's something I recommend you go to the dealer and test out.

u/Lechiah · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We live in Canada where it can get to -35 Celsius. I would put baby in warm clothes and a light sweater, then buckle him in, then a blanket, then a car seat cover like this:

It worked really well, he was always warm enough and it was easy to use.

u/joeyfine · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This here

We're expecting in July and this would be the first item for our bundle of joy :) I can't believe how excited I am getting for this! Either way Happy New Year!

u/rainbowdarling · 1 pointr/breakingmom

I flew with my 18-month-old for the first time this month and we used one of the CARES harnesses for him ( It was really simple and took up a lot less room than his car seat would have, so that may be an option. It helped him to be sitting next to us, I think.

Also learned on this flight that "small" electronic devices only have to be on airplane mode during takeoff and landing, so we were able to have a few episodes of TV shows that he likes downloaded and he could watch them during takeoff and landing. That seemed to help him stay calm. Also, lots of snacks and a sippy cup with water.

u/larissap112 · 1 pointr/uberdrivers

I just got a Mifold and it's incredibly small, sturdy, washable and awesome. ( If the parent doesn't have a seat for their toddler, I'm golden. It won't work for infants or small toddlers but I doubt there will be many parents/caregivers THAT stupid or negligent.

u/EventualCyborg · 1 pointr/Parenting
u/laxpanther · 0 pointsr/WaltDisneyWorld

I agree with everyone saying leave the seat at home, since she'll be traveling as a lap infant, there's really no need for the extra weight and handling necessary. However, if you decide to fly again in the next 3 or 4 years, once she'll need a real ticket, I'd highly recommend using the carseat in the airline seat for tons of added comfort and a bit of parental sanity. It's a burden to lug it through the airport though so if you do decide to bring a car seat, might I recommend one of these

GO-GO BABYZ TRAVELMATE Car Seat Travel Stroller for Toddler Car Seats

I have the older model and it's pretty awesome. I keep it strapped to the seat the entire flight, including wheeling my kid around the airport and down the plane aisle like Cleopatra on her lectica. Can't wait to use it again this trip, it saved headaches with both kids ready to bolt through the airport at inopportune moments - we're considering a second one, though I think the almost 5 year old might just maybe be able to handle herself....maybe not.

As for strollers, we rent from one of the local businesses that deliver to your resort when you arrive and you leave it with the bell cap when you depart. It's $75 for the week, for a double city mini (or your choice of similar), and I wouldn't dream of bringing our good strollers to fend for themselves with airline handlers, at least when traveling to Disney, because of the amenities they have (magical express, room on busses, etc)

u/MadBodhi · 0 pointsr/uberdrivers

I got a real small one like this link

Even smaller ones exist link

u/Marneysmommy · 0 pointsr/beyondthebump

I took his pants/shorts off before I put him in and cranked my AC on high with the middle vents pointed towards the back of his carseat. When I could see the air moving the tag on the back that's when I knew I had the right angle. Other than that he grew out of it at about three or so months. I've seen ducts on amazon( that you can put around your vent and the other end goes above the carseat. I don't really have much advice to offer, unfortunately.