Here in Pennsylvania, we’re still enjoying summer weather with temperatures in the high 80s, but these warm summer days will soon be a memory. When the temperatures start to fall, how can you keep your little ones warm and safe for fall and winter traveling?
You may need to swap out that heavy winter coat for a cozy car seat poncho.
Until a few years ago, I had no idea that buckling an infant or child into a car seat while he is wearing a winter coat is not safe. A puffy winter coat will prevent the car seat straps from fastening tightly enough to keep a little one safe. Here’s an article from Consumer Reports that explains exactly what can happen when a child is buckled into his car seat while wearing his winter coat. (Consumer Reports article)
A car seat poncho can be worn on a child over the car seat buckles rather than under them. The poncho drapes over the back of the car seat, and the front of the poncho covers the child keeping him or her warm and cozy while in the car.
Last winter when I found this pattern designed by Stitch Upon a Time, I knew I needed to make one for my granddaughter Aaliyah. Her parents were already putting safety first and buckling her into her car seat without her coat. They used a common technique which was to remove her jacket when she got in the car and then cover her over with it. The problem with that was that the coat would often slip off onto the floor.
I made her a car seat poncho, and she and her parents loved it! I used two layers of anti-pill fleece for comfort and warmth. The poncho zips up the front and includes a hood. I added hand slits so that Aaliyah can hold a book or toy. She liked it so much that I decided to offer these for sale on my Facebook page and in my Etsy shop this fall.
I’ve got lots of beautiful fleece fabric, and I’ll be listing the ponchos on Facebook and Etsy in the next couple of weeks. The ponchos that I’m making range in size from 3-6 months to size 8, and they aren’t just for traveling in the car. They are perfect for other fall and winter activities. If you’d like more information on prices and fabrics and how to place an order, please “like” my Facebook page so you won’t miss their debut.
The ponchos meet CPCS safety requirements for children.
I want to send a special thank you to my grandchildren, Aaliyah and Jayden who modeled the ponchos last Sunday when it was ninety degrees here in Pennsylvania. Don’t worry, we didn’t keep them on them for more than a few minutes!
Enjoy the rest of summer because Old Man Winter’s on his way!