Understandably, when the weather is chilly, you want to keep your baby as warm as possible when you travel. However, it is not recommended for babies to wear thick clothing or winter coats under harnesses when in the car, as they can prevent the harness from being secure and therefore protecting your baby in the event of an accident.
This is where a baby car seat blanket comes in useful. While any baby blanket would do the trick, it’s worth considering buying a specific car seat blanket as this will stop it from slipping off. Car seat blankets generally have holes for the seat belt to loop through, meaning they sit underneath your baby and are safely in place while your baby is fastened in.
We've narrowed down the masses of baby car seat blankets that are available, making choosing one quick and easy. You're most welcome...
The best baby car seat blankets
This impressive design has handles, helping you to lift your baby out of the car seat without needing to disturb them. Result! Made from 100 per cent soft, natural cotton it has protective padding under the head and in the hood. You can be sure its safe too as the harness sits under the blanket rather than on top and it's been car crash tested too.
Suitable from: 0-18 months.
Review: "We saw this product at the baby show and bought only one because we weren't sure before the baby arrived. However, we find it amazing and makes it really easy to pick baby up from bedside cot, pram etc especially because I have pain in my wrists and finger joints (apparently typical new mum pains). Have recommended to every new mum friend!"
Safety tested, this KURA wrap is made from 100 per cent GOTS certified organic cotton and is finished with coconut shell buttons. Poppers make for quick and easy fastening without disturbing your tot when wanting to keep them warm.
Suitable from: birth-6 months and 6-12 months.
Tested by mum Sophie Knight: "I found a baby car seat blanket so useful in those first few months, and this one from KURA is as soft as silk. It's so cosy, I happily kept my little one wrapped in it after we'd left the car."
There are some beautiful new colours - such as Cinnamon (pictured), Charcoal and Clay, in addition to the existing designs in Pebble, Sorbet and Sky stripes.
Fitting most three and five point belt systems in infant and child car seats, pushchairs and strollers and buggies, this wrap has five openings for harnesses so your child can be fitted securely into their car seat. Made of plush, cosy fabric, there are several styles and colours available.
Review: "Honestly one of the top purchases I have made as a first time mum. Perfect even in the cold temperatures we are having. Add a blanket for extra warmth and simply unwrap your little baby burrito in shops and in the car. Made life so easy."
Although this is technically a foot muff, it's more than practical as a blanket too. Designed to fit most Group 0 and 0+ infant car seats, the practical pull-tie hood minimizes any pesky draughts and keeps your baby’s head warm. The zipper opening makes it easy to access your little one and the footmuff is filled with 'Thinsulate Insulation' well known for its great insulation.
Review: "Really warm and cosy, not cheap but it is excellent quality! Will probably last my little one through his first winter."
This milky way & navy minky car seat blanket will ensure your baby feels both cosy and safe, with holes for harnesses which fit most types of car seats, bouncers, prams and carriers. Made out of soft and 100% breathable cotton fabric, velcro closure prevents your baby from wriggling free of the blanket.
Suitable from: birth
How snuggly does the baby car seat blanket look? This multi-purpose blanket can be used as a snuggle wrap, warm blanket or even play mat and it'll certainly keep your little one warm with foot pockets and a hood too. Fitting three and five point harness systems, velcro fastenings keep the wrap securely in place, however much he may kick.
Suitable from: birth to 12 months
Review: "Fantastic product! My 4-month-old baby absolutely loves being snuggled up in this ism her car seat. It is so cosy and the enclosed legs means she can't kick the blanket off and get cold like she does with a blanket. I bought this on the recommendation of a friend when I discovered that babies shouldn't wear snowsuits in car seats for safety reasons due to material compressing and not being fully protected in the event of an accident. It's brilliant!"
This 2-in-1 blanket can be used as not only a car seat blanket during your travels but also to wrap your baby up in their crib. Specifically designed for car seats thanks to its 3 point harness, its hypoallergenic and the inner lining is made of 100 per cent cotton with the outer lining combining minky cotton and polyester. We love the huge choice of colours too.
Review: "Love this blanket. It's lovely and thick and I love the hoops where the straps from your pram or car seat can go through. The design is also really cute (I got the unicorn one) and the white part has little dimples. Glad I spent some money on it it's descent."