I just returned from the Atlanta Gift Market, and I’m so excited about a few new car seat accessories that we found—I’m talking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” new products! Whenever I’m putting together a baby shower gift for a friend, I always like to coordinate the gift, whether it’s color-themed, bath or bedtime-themed or—my new favorite—travel-themed. It’s always important to me to give a gift that is as cute as it is functional, so here it is mommies: my must-have list for your car seat and travel gear. Pick any or all, and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
You know when you are carrying the car seat on your arm—with a twenty pound baby in it—and the blood stops flowing to your hand? Meet the Padalily. This brilliant foam wrap cushions mom’s arm, comes in a variety of fun prints and you can hang toys from it too. Your arm will thank me!
image from Padalily
The Carseat Sidekick is one of the newest products on the market. It holds the car seat straps out of the way while you put the infant in the carseat—no more digging out straps or waking a sleeping baby! Plus, the magnetic straps are cute, colorful and perfect for any new mom.
Another fun new car seat accessory is Pully Palz. It holds almost all brands of pacifiers (including soothies), and it can be attached to the car seat, play mats or activity chairs at home! Babies can find and play with their pacifiers on their own, a secret weapon for any mom that has ever tried to find the missing paci while driving with a screaming baby.
image from Pully Palz
Whenever considering adding on accessories to your car seat, always be sure to check your individual car seat’s manual.
I really wish you would delete this. You are giving parents information that goes directly against car seat manufacturer requirements. There should be NO after market products added. Not only have they not been tested with your car seat, they are highly flammable and will go up in flames in a matter of seconds. The head support has a purpose, and it has been tested with the car seat. It’s not a requirement to use it, but suggesting parents buy after market products when ALL car seat manufacturers forbid it is ridiculous. Please do your research on proper car seat safety if you are going to write another post about car seat accessories.
I love Padalily. It is completely safe, but I do not have it attached in the car. I attach it before getting the car seat out of my vehicle and then carry it as is recommended with the carrying handle covered with a Padalily resting on my forearm near my elbow.
I like the idea of the Carseat Sidekick. We use Lulaclips – same concept, but all you have to attach to the carseat are the little magnets. Might be an option for those seats that don’t recommend aftermarket accessories.