Are car seat blankets safe?
It’s cold outside and what’s worse is seeing your baby shivering in their car seat? Luckily, keeping your infant warm in the car seat is what we do best. However, it can be just as dangerous to overheat your baby, so on long journey’s where the heating might be high in the car and you are hot, remember the perfect temperate for a baby is 20 degrees.
That said, according to the National Statistics (national travel survey 2016) people make an average of 954 trips a year in the car, and the average travelled distance was 6.3miles. On a cold, wintery day moving baby to and from a car is a hassle undressing and redressing a baby to get in and out of the car. Plus, one a short journey the car will only just reach the perfect 20 degree temperate by the time you get to your destination. This is why we designed the Baby Star Wrap. It’s quick and easy to get on and so easy to move from home, to car, to pram or sling. It is also the perfect go-to for mum’s who must turn out, no matter the weather with a young baby to take their older children to school or nursery.
Are car seat blankets safe?
The Stars and Snuggles Star Baby Wrap car seat blankets meet the R44.04 and i-size safety standard because the straps go over your baby’s shoulders, thanks to the velcro flaps on the hood. The Baby Star suits are safe to use in a car seat and crash tested in 2018. The Baby Star car seat blanket keeps baby comfortably snug and warm from head to foot.
Any parent will tell you that if you just place a blanket over a baby in a car seat as a car seat blanket it won’t be long before the baby will kick the blanket off and by this time you’ll be driving. If you put it back, they will just kick it off again! The Baby Star car seat blanket wraps around your baby and because of this baby can’t kick the car seat blanket off which ensures they are snug and warm.
When using the Star Baby wrap with a 3-point harness you can push the buckle up through the hole in the crotch and by the time you click into place the Baby Star is totally cocooned in snuggly fleece and the hood is lined in soft cotton. The back of the wrap is also lined in soft white or grey cotton to prevent baby sweating against the fleece or the polyester make-up of the car seat. The Baby Star car seat blanket also acts as a car seat liner from any thrills and spills that may escape from a nappy and it is much easier to wash the fleece Baby Star suit, than it is to remove wash and put the car seat cover back on….
When using the Star Baby Wrap with a 5-point harness, just make sure that the shoulder straps are right up against your baby indoor clothing before you clip into place. The waist straps will go over the legs and one layer of fleece. Fleece is a dense fabric which doesn’t compress on impact and there is no more “bulk” than what you would expect with a cloth nappy.
According to the UK Department of Transport, 60 to 80% of all car seats are used incorrectly, with harness tension being the most common problem.
Test it for yourself: Find out if harness tension is correct or if a coat is too bulky for in-car use?
- Put the coat on your child.
- Strap your child into the car seat and tighten to ensure a snug fit.
- Remove your child from the car seat – leaving the straps exactly as they are.
- Take the coat off your child.
- Strap your child back into the seat – without adjusting the straps.
- Do the two-finger test. If you can fit more than two fingers underneath the harness at your child’s collar bone, the harness tension needs to be tightened or avoid using the coat in the car seat.
- You can do this same test, but instead of testing with two fingers at the collarbone you can just pinch the harness and if there is any slack tighten the harness until you can’t pinch anything.