Peep’s Nest Car Seat Cooler Review and Giveaway
I’ve read a lot of articles and advertisements about baby coolers lately. By baby coolers, I mean devices that cool the fabric on car seats and strollers, making them more comfortable for our kids on hot, summer days.
First, these are a very practical products. Second, I wish I’d had one for my first baby. And third, now that I have one, it’s become a go-to gift that I give to my pregnant mama friends. Now I wish I had two, one for each of my kiddos.
Peep’s Nest car seat coolers are made with soft, jersey-like fabric in super-cute prints for both boys and girls. Inside it holds five hard-sided ice packs. Three of them are placed in the back and two are placed in the seat of the child’s car seat.
Along with the cooler that came in some adorable packaging, I received instructions. These were very thoughtful and beneficial, especially since I had not previously owned a car seat cooler and it answered some initial questions I had.
Here are the simple instructions:
- Freeze the entire cooler in one piece (ice packs included).
- The two packs go in the seat part of the car seat and the three packs lay up the back of the seat, knit side facing the seat.
- The seat cooler should be used in the seat when the child is not in the seat. I use it anytime we are going out and the car will be parked for a long time. I typically put the coolers in the car straight from the freezer then put them in the seat when we set out on our adventures.
- To wash the cooler, remove the ice packs and wash the cover in cold water and line dry.
- NEVER use this cooler while your child is buckled into the seat.
While reviewing and chatting with some friends about the coolers, I had a couple of them ask me why hard ice packs were used and not the gel type. Adrienne, the owner of Peep’s Nest was a gem and answered my question through a Facebook message. She said the reason was primarily because the hard ice packs stay cool significantly longer. She also preferred the structure they give because they seem to stay put instead of sliding down into the bottom of the seat. When she was looking into the construction of the cooler, it seemed gel packs would sink to the bottom when they began to thaw.
If you can’t tell, I love this product. I try to put it in my kids’ seats each time we leave the house, even when the car has been in the garage on “cooler days” (cooler in Missouri being 75-ish). My Peep’s Nest car seat cooler is a lifesaver when it is 95 degrees outside and the heat index is well over 105.
Since I only have one, I put it in the forward-facing seat that is installed in my car. Next, I position it in the infant seat that is inside the house until I am ready to put my little baby in. I think it helps my baby a lot since he hates his seat to begin with and he sweats a lot. If it’s cool before he goes in, he is happier… even if it’s only for 5 minutes or so. These coolers stay cold for several hours too. I’ve used mine from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. and it was still cold. I just throw it in the deep freeze and pull it out before I leave the house to cool down each seat. I throw it in a plastic bag and take it wherever we are going so I can put it in the seat until we leave. I’ve heard another mama uses it even if she forgets to freeze it because it creates a barrier from the sun. Another has a wire basket that goes in their freezer. It fits two car seat coolers so she just takes the basket in and out of the car for easy hauling.
Bonus: If your freezer is right next to your car it is harder to forget to grab your icy-cool car seat coolers.
Peep’s Nest is offering a special discount through Mama Say What?!, get yours while the summer heat is still on.
I love this product and recommend it to any parent, because hey, who wants a sweaty baby?!?
Peep’s Nest is graciously giving away the car seat cooler pictured below to one lucky Mama Say What?! reader. Enter below!
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