Sunday, November 18, 2012

Homemade Carseat Blanket - Keeping Baby Warm & Safe

Getting baby safely and warmly from point A to point B in the deep winter gets tricky.  I was reading recently on how dangerous it can be to use those puffy coats - which can lead to the baby being ejected from their car-seats in a crash.  The suggested solution is buckling baby in their car-seat wearing normal indoor winter clothes and a hat, then wrapping with a warm blanket when they are snuggled in their car-seat carrier.

Well, me being me, I wanted to cute it up - but sadly, I have no idea how to sew.  This is my no-sew, easy-peasy, cute car-seat blanket that keeps baby as safe as possible.  Bonus upon bonus!

Here's what mine looks like.

Want to make one?  Here's how:

Gather your supplies:  2 yards of any fleece material, scissors, 6 safety pins, needle and thread optional.

Line up the two layers of fleece and trim up any cooked pieces.  Then use your safety pins and pin the two layers together, keeping them straight and flat.

Cut strips along each side of the fleece, through BOTH layers of fleece, anywhere from 1/4 inch to 1 inch in size.  The larger the strips, the less ties to make, but the larger the knots are.  Since I tuck all of the extra blankets into the car-seat  I made the strips as narrow as possible.  Once you have strips cut along all four sides, start knotting, keeping the fabric as flat as possible as you go.

Once all your knots are done, so are you!  The blanket is super cute all by itself and I actually plan on making a duplicate to use for our crib blanket as well.

To use it as a car-seat blanket, go ahead and buckle baby in as you normally would, making sure all the straps are secure.

Then lay the blanket over the body of baby up to her neck and tuck in along sides, around the outside of her body, and under her little toes.

Safe, warm and ready to go!

1 comment :

It'll be a pleasure hearing your thoughts. Alisa

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