Seat Protectors At a Glance

(Last Updated On: September 15, 2018)

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.

Seat Protectors

Manufacturer NameSeat MatsThin Towel or Thin BlanketSpecial Notes
Baby TrendAllowed only with the PROtect models and Secure models.Allowed only with the PROtect models and Secure models.All other models do not allow anything to be placed under the car seat or booster.
BritaxOnly the Britax Vehicle Seat Protector is allowedNo
ChiccoNoNoIMPORTANT: Chicco-branded seat protectors are not approved for use by Chicco.
ClekOnly the Clek Mat-thingy is allowedNo
CoscoNoSingle layered towel
DionoOnly Diono brand mats are allowedNo
Eddie BauerNoSingle layered towelIMPORTANT: Eddie Bauer-branded seat protectors are not approved for use by Eddie Bauer car seats.
EvenfloOnly the Evenflo Undermat Seat Protector is allowedTowel
Kiddy USANoNo
Maxi-CosiNoSingle layered towel
NunaNot recommended, but not prohibitedNot recommended, but not prohibited"The RAVA was designed with a smooth seat back and seat bottom, so using a vehicle seat protector is not necessary..." Read more on Nuna's site.
Orbit BabyNoNo
Phil & TedsNoNoIMPORTANT:  The seat mat branded Phil & Ted's is not approved for use with their child restraints.
Safety 1stNoSingle layered towel
UPPAbabyOnly specific ones (see Special Notes)NoAllowed: Brica, Munchkin Auto Seat Protector, and Diono’s Super Mat and Ultra Mat vehicle seat protectors