Nurseries and Baby Gear

Seat protector

I have the Graco Snugride 35 and two cars with leather seats.  Is it necessary to get the seat protectors for the car to put under the car seat bases? Thanks!
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Re: Seat protector

  • It is not necessary and is actually considered unsafe because it creates a barrier between the seat and the car seat.  It can prevent a snug install.
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  • Agree with PP. You're not supposed to use seat protectors.
  • I don't have leather seats but everyone who does tells me the leather returns to its original shape after the seats are removed. Like PPs said, they are not safe for install.

    If you overly concerned, most techs say a thin receiving blanket or thin towel is okay but nothing more. 

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  • Hmm I hadn't heard about them being unsafe.  Glad I asked, thanks!
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  • Car seats do leave marks on both cloth & leather in my experience. If you'd like to avoid that and look into the seat protectors I would go to you nearest CHP office and schedule a car seat check. They may be able to still get a safe and snug fit of the car seat with the protector. And if it's not, they'll let you know!
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    Car seats do leave marks on both cloth & leather in my experience. If you'd like to avoid that and look into the seat protectors I would go to you nearest CHP office and schedule a car seat check. They may be able to still get a safe and snug fit of the car seat with the protector. And if it's not, they'll let you know!

    Actually, this is generally untrue.  Seat protectors can, and often do, mask a bad install, making you think the seat is installed tightly when it isn't.  And police officers, even at car seat checks, are notorious for not knowing the most up-to-date information with regard to car seats.  I absolutely would NOT trust that they will definitely let you know if your seat is installed properly.

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  • Properly conditioned leather is your best defense, OP.  You could try leather wipes or other leather conditioners to make sure the leather is in good condition, making it more likely to bounce back and not get damaged.
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