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Infant Car Seat Covers for Winter

Shower-Cap Style Covers Don't Interfere with Car Seat Safety

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During the winter, it can be difficult to know if you're keeping your baby warm enough when you venture outside. A winter infant car seat cover is a great way to ensure that baby stays toasty. The shower-cap style infant car seat covers offer the best combination of convenience and warmth, plus they don't interfere with the harness system on your baby's car seat. You don't have to fuss with extra blankets or coats, and when you're inside, you can just unzip the top of the car seat cover, or pop it off entirely, to allow access to baby. These winter infant car seat covers are the shower-cap style, and come in a range of prices and styles to meet your needs.

1. CruiseTime Cruise Cover Infant Car Seat Cover

CruiseTime Cruise Cover Infant Car Seat Cover
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My favorite thing about the CruiseTime Cruise cover is the material. There's super-soft, fuzzy fabric on the inside, but on the outside, there's a waterproof layer to keep rain and snow from soaking in. The waterproof layer isn't hard or crinkly like some plastics. It's soft to the touch, as well, and looks good while it keeps your baby dry and warm. You slip this infant car seat cover over the car seat and tuck the elastic around the edges of the shell, then use the zipper section when you want to put baby in or out of the car seat. The top of the cover, around baby's head, can be zipped down so that just baby's little face peeks out, or it can be opened up in sections when the weather isn't quite so chilly.

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2. Summer Infant CozyUp Infant Car Seat Cover

Summer Infant CozyUp Infant Car Seat Cover
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The Summer Infant CozyUp is a really basic infant car seat cover. It's made of toasty fleece with an elastic edge, and a front zipper that makes it easy to get baby in and out of the car seat. There are little fleece flaps around the space for baby's face to peek out, and the flaps help block some of the cold winter wind. I especially like the little pocket on the front. It's perfect for keeping track of baby's pacifier or other small essentials. Best of all, this is a budget-friendly infant car seat cover at just $15.

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3. JJ Cole Car Seat Canopy

JJ Cole Car Seat Canopy
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This shower-cap style car seat cover is made of a lighter weight fabric than most, and creates a little tent of warmth for your baby. Since the fabric is breathable, you can use it in slightly warmer months to keep rain or sun off of your baby, too. The top of the car seat cover loops around the handle of the infant car seat, and the whole front comes open when you want to take baby out. The bottom edges are elasticized, though, to keep the whole thing in place. About $25.

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4. The Nuzzler Infant Car Seat Cover

If you live in a place that gets really cold, this is the winter car seat cover for you! The Nuzzler is made of thick fleece, so it's very warm but not too bulky. There's an opening that goes the full length of the front of the car seat cover, but you can also zip the whole thing up, even over baby's face, if you really need a lot of protection from the cold. This infant car seat cover is a very basic, trim shape, and comes mostly in solid colors for about $40. I love that you can have the Nuzzler car seat cover embroidered with baby's initials, though, for another $16.

5. Baby's Cozy World Infant Car Seat Cover

Baby's Cozy World Infant Car Seat Cover
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This inexpensive infant car seat cover comes in a basic fleece and microfiber version for about $20, or you can go for the stylish nylon version in black or dark gray with embroidered circles for about $25. Both options will keep baby plenty warm. This winter car seat cover has three zippered sections. Two are below baby's neck, on either side of the cover, and help you get the baby in and out of the car seat easily. The third section is at baby's face, and can be closed entirely if it's very cold, but can be secured open, too, so it won't blow closed over baby's face when you don't want it to.

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