Keeping Car Seats Cool

For most of you, summer is just beginning. For some, it never left. For others, it has been around for a while now. Here in Georgia, it can’t seem to make up its mind. One of the most common questions we get asked this time of the year is, “How can I keep my children cool in the car when it’s so hot out?” This question comes up most commonly with children who are rear-facing, as the air-flow tends to sometimes not reach them quite as well. NEVER FEAR! This blog is full of tips to keep your little ones safe AND cool, while still practicing extended rear-facing. I have two daughters, one who has several medical conditions that make it hard for her to regulate body temperature correctly, and another who just plain sweats a lot! So keeping cool when the temperature is rising is important to me.

WaterbottleThe biggest, number one thing that you can do in the summer months to keep you children cool, is to hydrate them. Since we are talking about being safe in the car, usual sippy cups just won’t cut it, because of the risk of projectiles. Soft water bottles¬†like the one pictured here are great!
There are several other simple, easy things to do as well. We don’t recommend fans, because of the projectile risk, but opening the rear windows just a crack will help circulate the air, and pointing the vents towards the ceiling will get the air moving towards the back of the vehicle.WindowCling

We also do not recommend sunshades that attach to windows with suction cups, again because of the projectile risk. However, there are many sunshades out there that can provide a little bit extra protection from the sun’s rays, while just clinging to the window, and not obstructing your view.

The next tip, I think is my favorite one. I wish I had known about these years ago, certainly would have saved me a lot of sweat! Frogg Togg Chilly Pads


By some sort of magic, these towels stay cool no matter the temperature outside, all by simply getting them wet! Awesome, right?! They can be found in the camping section of Wal-mart, and I ordered mine from Amazon. They come in a few different sizes, so you can get smaller ones for smaller kids! We wet these down before we leave, and the girls hang onto them, lay them across their lap, or rub them on their face to cool them down. They’re soft, so there is no projectile risk!

Cool In The Seat
See? Nice and Cool!


There are a few things you can do before you even get into the car to help keep the kids, and even you, a little bit cooler. A simple white towel, laid over the car seats helps keep them a bit cooler, especially those buckles! Companies have heard parents demands for help keeping seats cool, and have come out with products like The Cold Seat. A long piece of fabric, with ice packs in it, placed on the seat, WHEN NOT IN USE, to keep it cool. If you go that route, remember to stow the ice packs before travel!


This last tip, I avoided for years, not thinking it would do much to help, and I figured it would be a hassle to do. I was always advised when we moved here to get a shade for our front window of the car. I resisted, and then caved.

I wish I had done it sooner, as it really does make a bit of difference in the temperature in the car, especially in the front seat. Having the front seat cooler, makes the rest of the car cool down a lot faster.

Things Car Seats for the Littles does NOT recommend, because of the projectile risk are the following:

  • Fans
  • Spray bottles
  • Hard Ice Packs
  • Suction Cup Window Shades
  • Hard Sippy Cups

The summer can be brutal, especially below the Mason-Dixon line. I hope we helped you figure out some solutions to keep your littles safe, and cool during these hot summer months.

After this article was written, we had the opportunity to check out The Noggle. It does double duty in that it can keep kids cool in the summer and warm in the winter!


Originally written by Kim Robinson. Edits maintained by CSFTL.