You want one that’s easy to clean because, well, babies. Make sure it fits snugly around the exterior of the car seat to seal in warmth, and that it has openings so you can buckle your baby in correctly.
Obviously, a blanket is the cheapest option but car seat covers have become almost equally as ubiquitous these days since they’re generally designed with an elastic edge that fits almost any car seat on the market. And as they secure snugly over the top of the car seat, parents also don’t have to worry about dragging or dropping a blanket while walking into daycare.
The Best Car Seat Covers for Warmer Weather
Just because it’s not subzero out doesn’t mean you no longer need a car seat cover. Some of them keep bugs and dust away. Others protect your baby from the sun and help them stay asleep. And some of them even double as nursing covers.
Baby Car Seat Cover by Copper Pearl
More for privacy, shade, and sun/rain/snow protection than for overall warmth, Copper Pearl's 5-in-1 is a lightweight, all-season cover that also works on shopping carts, high chairs, and as a nursing cover. It's made of a stretchy, water-resistant rayon and pulls completely over the seat to offer 360-degree coverage ⏤ there's a hole at the top to peek in. It also comes in a ridiculous number of colors, designs, and patterns.
Buy Now $24.95
Aden Baby Car Seat Cover by aden + anais
If you don't need a heavy-duty winter car seat cover, opt for this breathable canopy instead. It protects your baby from sunlight, summer heat, and wind. It has snap tabs to fit securely around standard car seats.
Buy Now $19.99
Baby Car Seat Cover by Sho Cute
Like the Copper Pearl, Sho Cute's windproof 100-percent cotton canopy is more about overall coverage than strictly providing warmth. Also without added insulation, it's naturally better suited for climates with more mild winters. That said, it's windproof, has a peekaboo window, and comes with built-in fabric loops to hold toys inside, which is pretty nice. It's also reversible so you get two covers in one.
Buy Now $29.99
Minky Infant Car Seat Cover by Chevy
This car seat cover attaches to the handle using the two hook-and-loop straps; you can keep the cover down when your baby is napping or lift it up as needed. It serves as a shield from bugs, germs, and lightly inclement weather.
The Best Car Seat Covers for Colder Weather
Cocoon Winter Car Seat Cover by 7 A.M. Enfant
This winter car seat cover is ideal for parents dealing with brutal temps, because it keeps your kid warm even when it's below freezing out. Thanks to its elastic base, this fits all car seats. It's resistant to both wind and rain. It has a central zipper and side shoulder zippers, for easy access, and keeps your baby warm in subzero weather.
Buy Now $70.00
Stroll & Go Winter Car Seat Cover by Skip Hop
We like this cover because you can keep the collar closed to block out blistering wind, or flip it open and snap it to the outer layer if the weather warms up. There's plush fleece around your baby's head, for extra comfort. This car seat cover is designed to fit any car seat. You also get a roll-away front flap so you have easy access to your baby; it zips off for full access.
Buy Now $54.81
Winter Car Seat Cover by JJ Cole
This car seat cover is made from weather-resistant nylon that deflects wind and light rain, so it's best-suited for moderate climates. JJ Cole's popular blanket-style seat cover is fleece-lined and made from a water-resistant quilted nylon. It features a 3/4-zip front door with a top flap that folds down in the car or over the baby's face when you're out in the cold ⏤ almost like a little serving window for your kid to order a bottle of milk. It can even stretch over standard-size strollers.
Buy Now $28.06
Original Bundleme Winter Car Seat Cover by JJ Cole
Thanks to its faux shearling and soft Thermaplush exterior, this cover is plenty warm. The top is removable, for temperature control; the back panel is removable as well so you can buckle your infant into the car seat.
Buy Now $39.95
B-Warm Insulated Baby Winter Car Seat Cover by Britax
This car seat cover is incredibly versatile, allowing for full, half, and quarter coverage. Or you can fully open it for easy access. It has flip-up sides and a zippered snap closure. Plus, you can decide how open, or closed, you want it to be, so your baby's temps are fully regulated.
Buy Now $64.99
Winter Car Seat Cover by Sho Cute
Not only does this car seat cover have an adjustable zipper opening, it's fully quilted with a plush fleece lining. Meaning, it's warm. Very warm. The outer layer is windproof.
Buy Now $49.99
Infant Car Seat Cover by Cozy Cover
This car seat cover, great for babies from birth to 12 months, is a solid everyday option; it has a warm outer shell that is weather-resistant and insulates your baby from wind, snow, ice and rain. The Cozy uses a shower-cap style elastic fitting to achieve a universal fit, has a velcro-attached, breathable pullover face flap, and dual front zippers for easy access.
Buy Now $29.99
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