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Car Seat Essentials and Accessories: Top Considerations

Here are a few of the top accessories you can buy for a car seat.

Snugness

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Your baby went from a nice warm womb to tight swaddle blankets. To help them acclimate, especially in the first few days, think about a plush car seat cover or cuddle bag. The options and patterns range from super cute to super cozy. But whether you’re looking for something to match the interior of your car or the personality of your baby, make sure it fits and that it’s machine washable. Here are some fan favourites.

Support

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Fresh into the world, your baby won’t have the neck strength to keep his or her little head steady. A simple head protector helps keep their necks from moving too much. And as an added bonus, it doubles as a pillow to encourage napping in the car—which can only mean good things for you! Styles range from basic to this fun bear theme.

Stimulation

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A car ride is valuable time for your baby to figure things out independently. Giving them toys to see, touch and learn from will only help. You can get ones that dangle for your baby to look at, ones that strap on for them to touch, and free-standers they can put in their mouths. Think about buying a whole bunch and switching them up from ride to ride: it’s a great way to stimulate their little minds.

Seats

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Your baby’s car seat is important. But so are your car’s seats. With all the metal buckles and sharp edges on car seats and bases, you’d be wise to protect your back seat from ripping, puncturing and permanent denting. Of course, damage of the gastrointestinal variety is always a possibility. With that in mind, the easier your seat saver is to clean, the better off you’ll be. Here’s one of our Summer Infant best sellers that even has handy pockets.

Shade

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A 23˚C day can feel like over 50˚C in a car; and it doesn’t take long to heat up. Not only will a simple window shade help with climate control, but it’ll keep the piercing sun from damaging your baby’s young eyes. There are so many options and styles to choose from, but what you should be looking for first and foremost is one that’s easy to install and that stays stuck to the window. Here’s one from Brica that actually stretches to fit. Perfect for a minivan.

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