Seat Protectors At a Glance

Caregivers often ask if it’s safe to use a seat protector between the vehicle seat and the car seat.

Our stance on this issue? Avoid using a seat protector if at all possible.  Why?

Our article on Seat Protectors takes an in-depth look at the issues and offers some information on keeping your vehicle seats neat and tidy.

If you absolutely must use a seat protector, we’ve created this quick reference guide so you can quickly determine whether your car seat permits the use of a protector (and if so, which one), or thin towel, or nothing at all between the vehicle seat and the car seat.

Key Points

  • Don’t add anything to make it “feel” like the car seat is installed properly if you’re having trouble getting a tight installation at the belt path.
  • Avoid mats or protectors with deceptive grippy material on the bottom.
Manufacturer NameAllows Seat MatsAllows Towel or BlanketAllows NothingSpecial Notes
Angel GuardScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.57.35 PMMat brand not specified Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 12.33.14 PM
ApricaScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.58.58 PMMat brand not specified Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.44.08 PM
Baby TrendScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.00.07 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.54.16 PM
BergeronScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.01.00 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 12.49.15 PM
Britax

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XUse only Britax brand matScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 12.51.28 PM
BubbleBumScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.02.59 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 12.53.31 PM
ChiccoScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.06.30 PMXXIMPORTANT:  Chicco sold its naming rights to a third party, which manufacturers seat mats with the Chicco label.  These are NOT approved for use with Chicco seats. 
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ClekScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.07.21 PMXUse only the Clek brand mat Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 12.59.42 PM
ColumbiaScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.08.23 PM???The manual makes no mention of aftermarket accessories or seat protection.  In general, absence of specific permission indicates prohibition; however, contacting Columbia directly is wise. 
CombiScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.09.20 PMMat brand not specified Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.08.52 PM
ConvaidScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.05.35 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.11.33 PM
CoscoScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.10.44 PMXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.25.36 PM
CybexScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.11.45 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.14.52 PM
DionoScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.12.32 PMXOnly Diono mats permitted Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.23.27 PM
DisneyScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.13.55 PMXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.25.36 PM
Dorel (Cosco, Eddie Bauer, Maxi Cosi, Safety 1st, Disney)
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XScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.25.36 PM
Dream on Me (Mia Moda)Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.15.47 PMImplies that only Mia Moda mats may be used; however, it is not clear that Mia Moda has ever made a mat.  Contact the manufacturer for advice.Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.27.43 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.29.53 PM
Eddie BauerScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.13.55 PMXNote that “Eddie Bauer” branded mats are not made by Dorel Juvenile and are not permitted for use with Eddie Bauer seats

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EvenfloScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.17.29 PMXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.35.03 PM
GoodBaby (Urbini and Phil & Ted’s)Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.18.28 PMXXIMPORTANT:  The seat mat branded Phil & Ted’s is not made by GoodBaby and not approved for use with their child restraints Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.37.32 PM
GracoScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.19.41 PMMat brand not specified Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.44.08 PM
HarmonyScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.20.40 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.47.57 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.48.11 PM
IMMIScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.57.39 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.55.37 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.56.24 PM
JANÉScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.21.35 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.50.48 PM
Kiddy USAScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.22.39 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.53.54 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.54.14 PM
KIDSEmbrace

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Implies mat must be KIDSEmbrace branded, but no such mat is made.  Contact Kids Embrace directly. Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.57.51 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.00.13 PM
Kids II/IngenuityScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.24.26 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.04.40 PM
Lily Gold/Triple PlayScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.25.39 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.09.22 PM
Little TikesScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.12.32 PMXOnly Diono mats permitted Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.23.27 PM
Maxi-CosiScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.27.56 PMXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.25.36 PM
Mercedes BenzScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.28.40 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.15.18 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.15.39 PM
MerrittScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.29.41 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.17.04 PM
NunaScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.30.33 PM???The manual makes no mention of aftermarket accessories, or seat protection.  In general, absence of specific permission means prohibition; however, contacting Nuna directly is wise. 
Orbit BabyScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.31.17 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.27.13 PM
Peg-PéregoScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.31.55 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.31.59 PM
Phil & TedsScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.32.47 PMXXIMPORTANT:  The seat mat branded Phil & Ted’s is not made by GoodBaby and not approved for use with their child restraints Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.37.32 PM
PorscheScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.33.44 PM???The manual makes no mention of aftermarket accessories or seat protection.  In general, absence of specific permission indicates prohibition; however, contacting Porsche directly is wise. 
RECARO

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XXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.10.58 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.13.48 PM
Safety 1stScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.35.49 PMXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.25.36 PM
SAFETY ANGELScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.37.03 PMXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.18.48 PM
Sammons PrestonScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.37.51 PM???The manual makes no mention of aftermarket accessories or seat protection.  In general, absence of specific permission indicates prohibition; however, contacting Sammons Preston directly is wise. 
Snug SeatScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.38.32 PMXUse only Britax brand matScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 12.51.28 PM
SnugliScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.39.38 PMXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.35.03 PM
Summer InfantScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.41.19 PMXSummer’s DuoMat is approved for useScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.28.06 PM
Team Tex aka FerrariScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.47.36 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.32.41 PM
Team Tex Beline Toddler SeatXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.54.16 PM
TeutoniaScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.49.02 PMMat brand not specified Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.44.08 PM
ThomashilfenScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.49.52 PMXXScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.10.58 PM Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.13.48 PM
UPPAbabyScreen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.50.38 PMXUPPA Baby has approved the use of Brica, Munchkin Auto Seat Protector and Diono Super and UltraMats. Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.38.19 PM
Urbini Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 4.51.28 PMXXIMPORTANT:  The seat mat branded Phil & Ted’s is not made by GoodBaby and not approved for use with their child restraints Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.37.32 PM