Different Ways to Use a Nursing Cover

Nursing Cover

The nursing cover is a staple necessity for nursing moms and moms with toddlers. There are a lot of varieties and options available for moms. Different colors, prints, and fabrics.  They come in unisex, modern, and trendy fabric offers your baby protection from the elements such as the wind, rain, snow, and bright light. It is quick and easy to put on and take off but snug enough that babies can’t kick it off while you’re nursing.

A good nursing cover should be warm enough for the cold winter months and lightweight enough for the hot summer months. They are meant to provide full and adequate coverage for worry-free nursing. They should come in a stretchy fabric which allows moms to easily access to your newborn baby while breastfeeding, to ensure a good latch or for any other adjustments.  A nursing cover can also be used in different other ways, the most common other uses are as a shopping cart cover and as a car seat cover.

Shopping Cart Cover

The Nursing cover can also be used as a shopping cart cover. While you are shopping, this cover protects your little one from germ-infested shopping carts, providing a great alternative to using antibacterial wipes every time you go to the store. One size fits almost all models of car seats, shopping carts, and nursing mothers. Compact when folded, the cover conveniently takes up little storage space in your diaper bag or purse. This nursing cover/car seat cover makes a perfect Christmas present or baby shower gift for new moms.

Car Seat Cover

Nursing Cover

Law required that children are transported in an age-appropriate or weight-appropriate car seat anytime they are in a car. Weight-appropriate because some kids are bigger than their age counterparts and so might need a different size seat. Every car seat is unique and parents need to take extra care when installing the car seats so they do it the right way. The Car seat cover is an added accessory to the car seat to keep the baby cool.

It’s also needed when the car seat is taken out of the care. When the baby is being transported in the car seat from the car to the building or from other locations in the car, the car seat cover serves as protection from the sun or other harsh elements. Some organizations however warn and advise against buying car seat covers that are not provided by the manufacturers. But the car seat covers provided by manufacturers are usually colorless, light and fragile.


Information is power so it’s best for parents to know both sides of the argument and decide for themselves if they want to use the manufacturer provided car seat covers that come with the car seats or buy separate ones. So here are some reasons why the manufacturer’s car seat covers are better or why the other car seat and nursing covers are not a good choice.

Custom Covers

Custom covers are not usually made with flame-retardant materials, whereas manufacturer-provided covers are flame-retardant. This could be important for your baby’s safety in some types of crashes. If a spark or ember lands on the fabric of the car seat, normally the flame-retardant treatment would prevent it from catching fire quickly. However, there are custom covers that are made with flame-retardant materials and you can find them if you do your research properly.

Custom covers may not fit the baby’s car seat very well, which could affect the parent’s ability to properly adjust the car seat harness. This is particularly true if the harness must pull against extra fabric around the harness slots. The harness slots in the after-market cover may not match up very well with those on the car seat. That could make it difficult to determine the correct harness slot to use.

Harness slots must be at or below baby’s shoulders when riding rear-facing, and at or above the shoulders when riding forward-facing. If the car seat cover slots don’t match up with the actual slots in the car seat shell, the harness may not function as it should in a crash. Parents should do their research to make sure a custom car seat they buy has the correct harness holes.

Custom covers might be significantly thicker than the one that came with the car seat. This might result in a harness that is too loose once the extra thick cover compresses in a crash. Any of these differences could change the way the car seat performs in a crash and could compromise your child’s safety.


Some states have clauses in their car seat laws that require proper use of car seats, which means you must use the car seat according to manufacturer instructions. If your car seat owner’s manual forbids the use of custom accessories, you could actually be violating state car seat law. While many companies say that their car seat covers meet federal standards, the truth is that there are no federal standards governing custom accessories.

Car seat manufacturers usually state in the owner’s manual that after-market custom accessories are not to be used, and most manufacturers will void your car seat’s warranty if a custom cover is used. If the warranty is voided, and something goes wrong with the car seat in a crash, it’s possible that you would have no recourse on a problem, even if it’s unrelated to the after-market cover.

If you are still considering buying a custom car seat cover, contact your car seat manufacturer and ask if there are any companies that they would recommend. You also may find that the car seat manufacturer has other covers for your specific seat that you could purchase. There are some manufacturers that have a small list of extra covers that they’ve crash-tested and approved for use with their car seats. So yes, the general rule is that you shouldn’t put anything on the car seat that did not come with the car seat.

Usually, the only exceptions are products sold by the manufacturer specifically for use with their car seats. Any after-market products, from those pretty, frilly covers to toy bars and strap covers, were not on the car seat when it was crash tested. Adding things to the seat could change the way it works during a crash. You don’t want your baby to be the one testing whether or not an extra product makes the car seat less safe.