Monday, March 23rd, 2009
BabbaCover: Infant Car Seat Shroud
Modern moms transport their babies in child safety seats, even when not traveling by car. But what about that damn blanket you drape over the seat to shield your babe? It’s always falling off or clashing with your ensemble. Surely we can do better than a technology invented in the Neolithic Era. There must be a better way!
Behold the 21st century replacement for towels and baby blankets. Is your baby tired? Bothered by the wind? Scared of reality? Then you need the BabbaCover by BabbaCo.
The BabbaCover is a fleece or flannel cover that fits over standard infant car seats. It’s equipped with two window holes with button-up flaps, cargo pockets and an elastic opening for accessing the car seat handle. Eight fabric designs are available from BeepBeep to Leopard Rrrr.
If it were me, I’d go with the flannel version because I don’t want my kid at least partially breathing through fleece, better known as polyester, lesser known as polyethylene terephthalate. Ahh, marketing.
Or, you know, I could just slap on a baby sling. Oh, not really. My boy was 25lbs on his first birthday. I’m glad he walks.
You wouldn’t cover your baby while you’re driving would you? Because this thing is supported by the seat handle being in its upright position, and everyone knows you don’t drive with the handle in the upright position. If junior’s harness is slightly off or fails and you’re in a minor car jostle, his head goes splat into the handle.
To its credit, BabbaCo doesn’t show photos nor imply its product should be used in a car. That still doesn’t excuse them from naming their company BabbaCo, but let’s not quibble.
Update: According to this discussion at carseat.org, some models do allow the handle to be upright. Check your manual.
Oh, this is all academic. What I really want to do is find out what you think of this cover. Would you use one? And, also, I must use my superior design intellect to express alternate cover ideas beyond a cutesy car and floral designs…
- Domo-Kun edition, “Chomp! Chomp!” (That’s not a viewing window. It’s a mouth!)
- The 2001 Space Odyssey edition, “Pod.”
- The Stephen Hawking edition, “Black Hole.” (Umm, it’s dark inside the thing. Get it?)
- The Flash Gordon edition, “Wood Beast.” (Oh, you know, Flash trespasses in the temple on Arboria and Prince Barin makes Flash stick his hand into that gnarly tree stump and risk certain death at the mouth of the wood beast. Oh, uhh, maybe you don’t know.)
- The Dune edition, “Bene Gesserit Box.” (Surely this reminds you of the pain induction box Paul Atreides stuck his hand inside when the Reverend Mother tested his aptitude for not screaming while his flesh melts. Try and tell me you didn’t think “pain induction box” when you saw the BabbaCover.)
- Fluffy kitten edition. Everyone loves kitties.