Wow! Crazy car seat & capsule makeovers are the latest trend - but is it safe?

Is blinging up your baby seat for you?

Editor / May 14 2019

If you're looking for a way to help your baby stand out from the crowd from birth, then this new trend of giving your child’s car seat or capsule a glamorous, sparkly makeover might just be for you.

‘Car-seat décor’ is a huge trend on Etsy and Pinterest right now, as mums bling up their car seats and baby carriers with canopies covered in sparkles, bows, ruffles, name badges and crazy colours.

Who needs a boring old car seat when you can have ones like these...

 

Etsy/Baby Island

Etsy/Baby Island

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Etsy/ Coverednlove

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Etsy/gigibabydesign

Etsy

Etsy

Etsy/Grace Madison Designs

Etsy/Grace Madison Designs

Etsy

Etsy

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Etsy/Babyneedslist

 

However, the designs have divided opinion in mums who can't agree if they love or loathe these canopies.

‘Just beautiful,’ said one mum on Pinterest. I love it, my daughter would look so precious living inside this!’

But others disagreed.

‘The most extra of extra,’ said one mum. ‘Is this seriously a thing?’ said another.

‘Oh please,’ said another. ‘Bleurgh.’

Others had concerns about the safety of the child in these capsules.

‘Wouldn’t the baby overheat in there?’ asked one. ‘Isn’t there a huge risk?’

Many health experts agree and say that you should only use a canopy for a very short time and never in the car, as thick materials can cause babies to overheat. 

There are also warnings about adding extra elements to car seats which haven't been approved by the car seat manufacturer. 

According to thescientificparent.org there is a definite danger in ‘blinging’ up a car seat.

‘As a general rule, products sold separately from your child restraint should not be used because these products may affect the safety of your restraint in a crash. Even a seemingly minor change to your restraint could alter the way it is designed and tested to perform in a crash, resulting in serious injury or death.’

 

But are you tempted to give this new canopy trend a try?

Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.