It's not recommended that little ones wear thick clothing or thick winter coats under harnesses when sitting in a car seat, as it can mean the harness isn't as secure as it should be.


And as a blanket thrown over the top of your little one can be prone to slipping off (or being kicked off) while you're on the move, it may be a good idea to look into a blanket that's been designed specifically for use in a car seat.

But first, here's a few things to remember when travelling with a child in a car seat...

1. Car seat law - you need to use a car seat to transport your baby around in a car. Read the latest law update and the exceptions

2. The 2 hour rule - you shouldn't keep your baby in the car seat for longer than 2 hours, with the exception being a lie-flat car seat. Car seats are vital safety tools for keeping your child secure when travelling in a vehicle, so please remember it's made to be used in a car, not as a carrycot for your baby to sleep in at home.

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3. How it fits in your car - not all car seats fit in all cars, and incorrectly fitted seats can be dangerous – so make sure you get it professionally fitted. Some manufacturers also offer a quick online checking service, such as Britax’s Fit-Finder or Maxi-Cosi’s car fitting list. Have your car’s make, model and year of production close to hand for fast checking.

We have some great ideas for car seat travel blankets and sleeping bags for you right here. Take a look.

1. Snugglebundl baby blanket, £34.99


The MFM team have seen this blanket demo'd at a number of baby shows - and we're more than a little impressed.

The nifty design, with handles, means you can lift your baby out of the car seat without disturbing them while holding them in a supportive way. They are also safe to wear, as the harness is sits under the blanket, instead of on top.

And they come in lots of gorgeous designs and are 100% soft cotton.

Age range: Newborn - 6 months

Available from: Snugglebundl

2. Trunki SnooziHedz travel pillow and blanket, £19.99


As well as looking really fun, in bright, vibrant colours, this cute set includes an inflatable pillow and Trunki grip to stop the blanket constantly sliding off your little one as tends to happen.

Age range: 2+

Available from: Argos or Trunki

3. Cozyosko reversible buggy bag, £40.25


This lovely soft, fleecy buggy and car seat blanket comes in lots of colourful designs and is reversible - which we think is a really cute feature.

It fits any car seat with a 5-point harness and can be zipped and turned into a liner only for warmer weather.

Age range: Birth - 3 years

Available from: Amazon or Baby Kind

4. Morrck All-season baby hoodie, £35.95


This non-pil (fabric that's been treated to prevent little balls (or pills) of thread appearing on the surface) blanket is made of soft breathable fleece and cotton jersey with a light layer of wadding between to give an extra cosy feel.

It is suitable for use in a carry cot, pram and car seat and comes in a wide range of colours and designs.

Age range: Birth - 4 years

Available from: Morrck

5. Cocoon car seat blanket, £29.99


This snug blanket fits all 3-prong car seats, and can also be used in a buggy.

It has a wool exterior and comes in a number of different coloured lovely fleecy linings, all totally machine washable.

Age range: Birth - 3 months

Available from: Cocoon

6. Wallaboo baby blanket, £27.99


This lovely cosy pouch is suitable for a stroller, car seat and play mat and will keep your little one toasty from head to toe.

It has a 100% cotton double layer and comes in a range of colours. Machine washable and suitable for newborns up to 12 months.

Age range: Newborn - 12 months

Available from: Amazon

7. Bobono car seat blanket, £23


These stylish reversible blankets are suitable for 3 and 5-point car seat harnesses.

Its plush cuddle fabric will make it super-warm and cosy for your little one.

Age range: Newborn - 12 months

Available from: Amazon

8. Bug in a Rug Car Seat Blanket, £20


This baby blanket's a bit different from the others we've featured in that it has a split leg design.

The Bug in a Rug is made of lightweight fleece and can be used in a car seat, buggy or sling.

Age range: Newborn - 12 months

Available from: Babyrug

9. Cath Kidston Guards and friends car seat blanket, £18


This oh-so-stylish car seat blanket has 3 slots to fit around a car seat perfectly, and has a towelling lining to keep your little one snug. We love the London print - for something more feminine there's also the Latimer Rose design.

Age range: Newborn - 12 months

Available from: Cath Kidston

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Tara BreathnachContent Editor and Social Media Producer

Tara is mum to 1 daughter, Bodhi Rae, and has worked as Content Editor and Social Media Producer at MadeForMums since 2015