The latest trend on infant accessories is the car seat canopy. This is an outgrowth of the already-established practice of throwing a blanket over the top of a car seat, only these have straps to keep them attached. According to this website, some of the benefits to having one of these things include:
- Protection from weather and wind
- Darker/more secure environment for sleep
You know, I just can't get over how oppressive and bizarre these seem to me. A friend on Facebook posted a link to unnecessary baby products, and I commented this ought to be one of them. Another commenter said this:
While I agree with this, I have yet to see this thing in action during adverse weather conditions. I see them in the store, in church, and anywhere else you don't want to be disturbed by your baby's sights or sounds. I've seen car seats sitting on the floor or in carts, covered the entire 20 minutes, or even 2 hours. I've seen mothers and fathers *only* lift up the cover to give a bottle, and in some cases, prop the bottle and cover it back up again. I've heard babies crying and seen mothers and fathers furiously rocking the car seat without even lifting the cover. But as the above website claims, this is a good thing.
i covered up all my kids in the carseat and it was NOT because i didn't want to touch or look at my sweet kids. One would be crazy not to cover up their babies during a WI winter in the middle of 0 degree weather. When you have a newborn in winter the removable carseats are a lifesaver for keeping them warm on snowy/cold days.
We want our babies protected from the wind and to be warm.
We want our babies to have privacy.
We want our babies to be able to sleep better.
Seems like I've heard and seen this philosophy before...
I believe it makes her feel secure so I try to cover her even though some times I forget.. It also keeps her warm.
I cover the sides to prevent drafts and keep [her] warm
It helps protect them from drafts, helps me to control the amount of light they get, and it seems to make them feel safer and cozier.
it will prevent light and may keep the cage warm. it makes your [baby] feel protected and safe.
I cover her...at night and she has no problem with it. On the contrary, it allows her to get some sleep while I'm up into the night working on book reports and such.
I think it is very important to cover [them]...... Not only do they get a SECURE sleep they need darkness & coziness.. Sleep is VERY IMPORTANT for their health
I only cover them when it's cold out seeing it can get 0 degrees in the winter...
Covering your [baby] doesn't stop them from hearing noises, it stops them from seeing things. My [baby] has a tendancy to start playing...
I got these testimonials from this website. It discusses whether or not to cover your PET BIRD.
"But Emily," you might say, "How else am I going to keep my baby warm, protected from the weather, protected from germs, and asleep and quiet?" IDK, how about holding your baby?
It won't be long before we start covering their cages....er, cribs...too. Oh wait...
Oh, erm, well at least it's only used with babies. It's not like they will remember, and it won't scar them for life. Anyway, it is just a harmless way to keep them covered; we will stop using it when they get older.