February 2013 Moms

XP- Dealing with HOT carseat for baby wearers

Hey all! XP'd from the AP board. 

If I'm going into a store for a while, I will typically put DD in our mei tai carrier instead of leaving her in her infant carseat. (She just seems more comfortable.) But, that means the infant seat stays in the car and gets SERIOUSLY hot. I'm even a little concerned it could burn her skin hot (the seat material is sort of plasticy).

How have other baby wearers dealt with this?

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Re: XP- Dealing with HOT carseat for baby wearers

  • Is the seat in direct sunlight? If so, a shade on the window might help. The only part of my seats that I've ever noticed could be too hot for my LOs are the buckles. The metal has burnt my skin when I touched it before. I just make sure to be really careful not to let them touch my kids. I also start the car to get the air going before I start strapping kids in. It stinks that RF kids don't really get direct air, but at least it gets it flowing for them.
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  • Can you put a white blankie over the seat while you're out? And bring a frozen bottle of water with you and put it on the seat while you're in the store. Heat sucks.
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  • Get a thick blanket and toss some ice packs (in a baggie) in your carseat.  Cover with blanket (or the winter shower cap kind of cover.)  It will keep it frosty cool in the seat. 


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  • They also sell carseat cooler things on etsy.


    I've been thinking about buying one because its well over 100 here.

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  • I put one of those reflective car windshield things over the car seat. It still gets warm, but its not hot to the touch. I once burned my now 4 year old on a leg belt buckle when she was little before I realized how hot it could get :( Ouch
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