Seat Protectors At a Glance

(Last Updated On: October 16, 2017)
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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 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
BubbleBumYesYes
ChiccoNoNoIMPORTANT: Chicco-branded seat protectors are not approved for use by Chicco.
ClekOnly the Clek Mat-thingy is allowedNo
CombiYesYes
CoscoNoSingle layered towel
CybexNoNo
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.
EvenfloNoTowel
GBNoNo
GracoYesYes
HarmonyNoNo
Kiddy USANoNo
KIDSEmbraceYesYes
Maxi-CosiNoSingle layered towel
NunaNot recommended, but not prohibitedNot recommended, but not prohibitedFrom 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."
Orbit BabyNoNo
Peg-PéregoNoNo
Phil & TedsNoNoIMPORTANT:  The seat mat branded Phil & Ted's is not made by GoodBaby and not approved for use with their child restraints 
RECARONoNo
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
UrbiniNoNo