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.
- 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 Name||Seat Mats||Thin Towel or Thin Blanket||Special Notes|
|Baby Trend||Allowed 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.|
|Britax||Only the Britax Vehicle Seat Protector is allowed||No|
|Chicco||No||No||IMPORTANT: Chicco-branded seat protectors are not approved for use by Chicco.|
|Clek||Only the Clek Mat-thingy is allowed||No|
|Cosco||No||Single layered towel|
|Diono||Only Diono brand mats are allowed||No|
|Eddie Bauer||No||Single layered towel||IMPORTANT: Eddie Bauer-branded seat protectors are not approved for use by Eddie Bauer car seats.|
|Maxi-Cosi||No||Single layered towel|
|Nuna||Not recommended, but not prohibited||Not recommended, but not prohibited||From Nuna's site: "The RAVA was designed with a smooth seat back and seat bottom, so using a vehicle seat protector is not necessary. We do not recommend using any products or accessories that are not approved by Nuna. Adding a product or accessory could alter the effectiveness or performance of the RAVA if ever involved in a crash. We do not recommend placing any seat protector or other item under your RAVA."|
|Phil & Teds||No||No||IMPORTANT: The seat mat branded Phil & Ted's is not made by GoodBaby and not approved for use with their child restraints|
|Safety 1st||No||Single layered towel|
|UPPAbaby||Only specific ones (see Special Notes)||No||Allowed: Brica, Munchkin Auto Seat Protector, and Diono’s Super Mat and Ultra Mat vehicle seat protectors|