(Closed) Do I need a car seat cover/”Bundle Me”?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

where are you?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I LOVE our BundleMe.  It keeps Addie warm and keeps the snow/rain off of her when we take her outside.  Blankets have a tendency to fall off (or be kicked off), and the BuddleMe covers a lot more “area” than a blanket can.

The safety concerns that I know of have to do with your insurance policy, not the actual cover.  Many insurance policies will not pay out if you use ANY after market car seat product such as seat covers, infant headrests, toys, mirrors, trays, cup holders, etc…  BundleMes are included in that category, even though they are tested and safety rated.  It’s an insurance problem, not a safety problem.  Honestly, though, I consider this a “personal preference” type of choice.  Many people choose to use these products every day; it just depends on what you’re comfortable with.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

From what I understand, there shouldn’t be anything between the carseat and your child and between the carseat straps and your child in order for the restraints to work properly. I haven’t done the research myself, but a friend and mom to four kids, is very safety conscious and sent me a bunch of information about it. You really shouldn’t even use thick prams, bunting or snow suits on kids in the carseat.  She just puts blankets over her kids while they are in the carseat. I thought about getting one before I talked to her and skimmed the info.

There are a lot of things out there safety wise that you have to make a choice on. My opinion is that my child is the most important person in my life, so why chance it? If I were in an accident and my child was injured due to using a bundle me and I knew there were safety concerns about it, I’d never forgive myself. I feel the same way about bumpers in the crib.

If I were you, I’d save my $40.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I realized that I was replying about a different product.  I have the Kiddopotamus version, the Cozy Up, which snaps over the top of the car seat only.  What mrstilly said about not having anything between the baby and the car seat/straps for safety is true; I didn’t realize the BundleMe design is different, but apparently it goes underneath the baby and on top.  The Kiddopotamus Cozy Up does not.

ETA:  And the Cozy Up is half the price of the BundleMe.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My Future Sister-In-Law has one for my nephew and it doesn’t go between the baby or the restraints or anything like that. It simply slips over the top of the carseat and protects babys face from the elements, it doesn’t effect the safety of the carseat in any way. I’d vote yes to get one, especially where you live.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I know what you mean and we tried using loose blankets and just tucking them tightly around our little man but he would kick them off within a few minutes so I got the Bundle me the first time I saw it on sale at Babies R Us. I have also seen them on sale on Gilt.com and Target. 

I don’t think there is a safety issue with the Bundle me because it has cut outs for the the straps to come through…You aren’t tightening the straps over it. 

I have the Bundleme and the thing that I love about it is that I don’t have to mess with buying a bunch of baby coats or layering him up. If it is really cold then I just put a pair of socks, a regular outfit and a hat on him. He stays so warm inside there that he can actually get sweaty 

Some of the other posts make a good point about not having anything between them and their straps. If you put a down jacket on a baby/ child then you should unzip it and put the straps under the coat. The bundleme eliminates that issue because it allows the straps to go against his chest and then zips around the outside of the seat. 

Also Walmart has an inexpensive fleece version that we bought for our stroller for those times when we don’t use his infant seat. It’s too big for a newborn car seat but works great in the stroller. 

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@july09bridetobe:  It’s pretty lightweight.  I can’t imagine it weighs any more than 1 pound.  It keeps the baby really warm, though; we dress Addie in just regular clothes, and she always stays nice and toasty in there.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Mrs. Spring: I was thinking that one that went over the car seat would be a great idea, I’ll have to look into that. I haven’t seen them in the stores, but I also haven’t really looked.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Derbybride: The JJCole Bundle me has a layer that goes between baby and the carseat, which is a safety issue. Even though the carseat straps go through that layer, for safety you should put baby in the carseat with nothing underneath them. The extra layer can affect how well the restraints work.

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

There is also something called the Bundle Me Lite, which I registered for since I’m due at the end of March.  Even if you decide for safety reasons to take it off when you are IN the car, there is a lot of traveling back and forth between car and house, or you might find it useful if you’re out somewhere with baby carrying the car seat or using it in a convertible stroller.  I was just at a mom’s group this past weekend with 5 new moms and ALL had some sort of Bundle Me over their car seat.  They all said how much easier it was than bundling baby up in a million layers.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

Loved ours 🙂

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@mrstilly:  My mom bought it for me, so I’m not sure where she got it.  My guess would be Wal-Mart or Babies R’ Us.

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