I’ve never had a baby before, but I’m a little shocked at just how many rules there are when it comes to baby gear.
As you likely know, I live in Chicago and I’m giving birth to a winter baby. The temperature has been hovering around 0 degrees the past few days, with wind chills expected to dip down as low as -35 degrees. I’m not much of a worrier, but I have been wondering how on earth I’m supposed to take a newborn baby out into this kind of cold, especially when I keep reading about how it’s unsafe to put a baby into a snowsuit/ bit coat and then strap him/her into a car seat.
I went in search of some answers and stumbled upon The Car Seat Lady, who suggested some great products for keeping babies warm in the car seat. I highly recommend reading the linked article if you’re not sure what to do, as she provides some great information about why bundling babies up and sticking them in car seats isn’t very safe, as well as some safe alternatives that will help you keep your baby warm when the weather outside is frightful.
Personally, these are the items I’m considering purchasing:
The 7 a.m. Enfant NIDO ($59) is currently at the top of my list. It’s available in multiple colors and in two different sizes, 0-6 months and 6-18 months.
Description: The NIDO features a unique and innovative back oval cutout—eliminating extra layers between the car-seat and baby’s back while allowing full access to the five-point harness. The NIDO keeps little ones comfy, cozy and safe during both family road trips and errands around town.
The 7 a.m. Enfant Easy Cover ($69) is very similar to the NIDO, except that it is more of a poncho style and has arm slots for growing babies who may want to play with toys or whatnot in their car seats. This cover would be more of an upgrade to the NIDO, as it is only available in sizes 12 months – 3 years or 3 years – 6 years.
Description: Created with a little one’s comfort and safety in mind, the Easy Cover features front sleeves to cover the child from head-to-toe while keeping his or her hands free for snacking, reading or playing. When used in a car-seat, the open back eliminates bulkiness between the child and the car-seat—maximizing strap efficacy.
Of course there are also car seat covers that can be placed safely over the car seat itself with a little hole for the baby’s face to peek through. These types of covers are ideal for infant car seats, which my husband and I are skipping for various reasons. I mentioned previously in a post about transitional baby products that we are opting to purchase the Graco 4Ever All-in-One Convertible Car Seat, which fits babies starting at 4 pounds and goes all the way up to 120 pounds.