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How do you keep your child–especially a rear-facing chlld–cool in the car during the summer?

Cool Down the Car

Removable sunshades: Keep the car cooler for everyone by using a reflective sunshade on the front and rear windows while your car is parked.

Window Tinting: Consider getting your windows tinted–certain types of tinting also block UV rays!

DO NOT use a roller sunshade on your car windows. These are not recommended because the shade is likely to fly off in a crash, and the hard roller part could seriously injure your child if it hit the child’s head. Also, anything that is on the window of your car should be transparent enough that you can see through it – if it blocks the driver’s visibility, this is NOT safe.

Cool Down the Car Seat

summerkidsRemoveable Car Seat Cooler: Cool the car seat down while you are not in the car with a removable car seat cooler. Freezable ice packs fit into a cover that you put on top of your child’s car seat. When you remove the cover to put your child in, the car seat is nice and cool. Please note that you CANNOT use these coolers while your child is in the car seat.

Sunshades for the car seat: If you are using an infant carrier, keep the sunshade up while its in the car to block some of the sun coming in from the side windows. For older kids in convertible & combination seats, the Protect-A-Bub car seat sunshade is rated UPF 50+ and will block a lot of the bright sun coming in from the side windows (and for forward facing kids, from the back window too). It is very soft and flexible – so you don’t have to worry about any hard/sharp parts hurting your child in the event of a crash. These devices will keep the sun off the car seat while the car is parked, and can also be used while your child is in the car seat.

DO NOT use a roller sunshade on your car windows. These are not recommended because the shade is likely to fly off in a crash, and the hard roller part could seriously injure your child if it hit the child’s head. Also, anything that is on the window of your car should be transparent enough that you can see through it – if it blocks the driver’s visibility, this is NOT safe.

Cool Down your Child

Wet Your Kid: Using cool water, wet your child’s hair & exposed skin (and you may even want to wet his shirt somewhat) before putting him in the car seat. If you’ll be going into an air-conditioned space at the end of the car ride, you’ll want to avoid getting the child’s clothes wet, since he may become too cold in the air conditioning.

Spray bottles and fans: Toddlers and older children might enjoy holding a spray bottle filled with water that they can use during the car ride to keep cool. Older kids might like the spray bottles that have fans attached (make sure the child is old enough and trustworthy enough that they won’t try to chew on the fan blades – even though they are soft, they could be a choking hazard).

Cooling towels and bandanas: A few products also exist for use in the car seat. Note that all of these products are for use OVER the car seat harness straps, never under the straps.

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