A few weeks ago, I became quite ambitious during Audrey and David’s naps, and I decided to start a new project called Operation Pimp My Ride: Car Seat Edition.
You see, now that I am medically cleared to carry more weight than just a baby, I realized that carrying those car seats can be awkward and hurt your arm. So, instead of spending $25+ each on a handle pad, I made my own! I used the tutorial from How Does She? to create them. They were incredibly simple to make, and I loved the ease of these directions. Since I really copied the directions exactly, I’m not going to rewrite a tutorial here. Just go there and you’ll be in luck! One quick tip: it was difficult to sew the final velcro in place with the foam inside. I might recommend making the entire fabric pocket a little longer than were on the directions to make this part easier.
If you look at the Instagram picture, you will also notice, however, that the babies have cute blankets around them. These are custom-made carseat blankets made from cute flannel. I used the tutorial from The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking with just a few alterations. Let me explain why these blankets are so amazing.
- Babies love to poop. They especially love to poop when you are out and about (Murphy’s Law). You could put a burp cloth at the bottom of your car seat to catch the explosive poops, but that’s not pretty! Plus, they slide around, bunch up, and don’t always do what they need to do.
- Parents like to keep babies warm on cold days. You could wrap Baby in a blanket, but those can get bulky and Baby could get warm quickly. Plus, Baby likes to kick them off. Oh my! Baby can’t be warm if he kicks it off!
- Hats don’t like to stay on Baby’s head when she is in the carseat. They pop off or they fold down and cover her eyes. No good! She likes to look around.
My mother-in-law told me about how she used to cut holes in a hospital receiving blanket and put it in the carseat. Brilliant! Then I found the tutorial listed above The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking, and I knew that I had to make this. I only did a couple of changes to the pattern listed.
- I took out the batting for a few reasons: to save on cost and a step, as well as to reduce the safety risks (you don’t want extra bulk underneath of Baby in the car seat because of safety standards.
- I made a slightly larger hole (a rectangle) where the rectangle clip comes through, because in our car seats, that part can move to different settings depending on size.
- I extended the vertical strips where the shoulder harness comes, because of the 5-point harness alignment.
These changes make for a flimsy blanket if you were to hold it up by itself. Once you set it in your car seat, however, it is quite comfortable and wonderful at keeping Baby warm and cozy (but not too warm and cozy). I even convinced Tim as to how wonderful it is (he loves playing around with the babies and the blanket).