I live in the arctic circle (aka Minnesota) so the name of this product was appealing to me. I needed something to protect my 6 month old from the biting winds of the frozen wasteland that is a winter "north of the wall". This cover is easy to use and does a great job keeping my kid from becoming a literal ice princess. The internal fleece blanket is a nice touch, but I also use another fleece blanket inside the cover (over the restraints) to provide her with additional insulation.
I would've given this product 5 stars but the face cover doesn't always cover the entire opening so ice demons are able to sneak in during the occasional 60 mile per hour polar vortex shenanigans we experience here on a regular basis.
Summary: If you are a parent who lives on a god forsaken barren rock of ice and snow then 1) reconsider your life choices, and 2) buy this cover now.
I am a "research-aholic" in general and have researched many different baby products over the past 5 years due to being a mother of 3 and wanting to get the best for the price and not wanting to settle for less... I live in the Northeast US, so it gets really cold and the weather changes frequently and in extremes on a daily, if not hourly basis. Anyway, here are the brands I've used/owed and/or researched extensively and the comparisons:
Jolly Jumper Arctic Sneak A Peek Infant Car Seat Cover (JJA)
Jolly Jumper Sneak A Peek Infant Car Seat Cover (JJ)
Summer Infant Poshpouch (SP)
Cozy Car Seat Microfiber and Fleece Cover (CC)
Baby's Cozy World Microfiber & Fleece Carrier Cover (BC) (yes the CC and the BC are different many people do not know this....)
JJ Cole infant/original bundle me (JJC)
JJ Cole toddler bundle me (JJT)
OK... Jolly Jumper Artic (JJA) is awesome, I would rate it the best one out of all. It is a "shower cap" cover for the infant car seat, it has an attached blanket inside and a peek-a-boo flap that you can velcro closed to keep the baby's face covered and warm and you can also velcro it "up" to stay open when when you put the baby in the car. It has two zippers which allow the cover to be fully opened without removal of the cover and easy access to baby. And lastly, it keeps the baby from over heating. When opening the two zippers it enable the ability to "flip" the middle piece down keeping it completely off the baby. The blanket is a nice feature of this cover. You can use it alone with the two zippers open on a warmer day and you can also flip the blanket down away from the baby as well when not in use. Another nice thing about the blanket is you can wrap it around baby to keep them warm (it does not go behind the baby but can be placed on the sides of the baby), there is enough material on both sides to do this.. Some reviewers of this carrier cover and other "shower cap" cover styles stated that there were gaps around the handle, this is true of mostly all the shower cap covers except you can adjust this one on the sides to cover these gaps. Also you can take the wrap around blanket and cover the baby as well as feed it through the gaps on the sides to close them if the cover cannot be adjusted on your carrier to fit around the bottom to close that area. The outer portion is nylon, like a jacket material and it is waterproof, the fleece is substantial and it keeps the infant very, warm. This is an expensive carrier but well worth the money! This is top notch!
Jolly Jumper (JJ) is the same carrier cover as above minus the attached blanket. Again, overall an excellent cover. It is not much less money than the JJA and no matter what climate I would personally pay the extra money for the JJA just because you can use the blanket when opening the cover by the zippers and then you still have the option of zippering the carrier for more protection if it is raining or it gets colder. You can also fold down the blanket and not use it as all on the JJA and use it like a JJ.
Summer Infant Poshpouch (SP) is another "shower cap" cover for the infant carseat but it has an opening in the top with no flap to velcro over baby's face. I owned this before the JJA and here are some major differences. It is a much thinner material, the fleece isn't as substantial and the outer portion is not waterproof or nylon but a fleece polyester material. The opening is rather large and I felt as though breezes/wind would go right through the hole and it is definitely not as effective in making the baby warm, esp. in colder conditions. To remedy this problem I put a blanket on underside of the cover and the baby warmer, esp on 30 degree days. I also had to put a hat and make sure the blanket was high on baby to cover the baby's neck or use something to make sure baby's neck was covered due to the hole being so big. It also gaps much more on the sides then the JJA and the JJ. The SP only has one zipper to unzip the baby when inside. And when you want to keep the baby inside the carrier, you really have to take the whole thing off to leave the baby in in order to not be covered. And it is hard to get the baby out without pushing it aside.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY ******* PLEASE SEE***** it was very scary when I discovered that when you place it on correctly and put it over the infant carseat, I would put my infant carseat into the holster and it WOULD NOT, I repeat WOULD NOT lATCH INTO THE BASE!!!! There was no way of knowing this unless you checked, (I check my baby each time to make sure the carseat is latched in, just by habit), but it would not even be partially latched just completely unlatched.... I felt this was unacceptable.... Even when I tried to adjust it by pulling the bottom portion up, where the baby's feet would be, the cover b/c of the elastic would just come up, bunch and be partially off with a gap under the baby's feet so I feel this carrier is a COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY. I paid 2/3 the cost of the JJA and it is more then the CC and BC.
Cozy Car Seat Microfiber and Fleece Cover (CC) A lot of people think this is the BC and it is the same price but it is not. It is a cheap spin off of the BC even though it is the same price. The fabric is less substantial, it is honestly more like the SP. Not worth the money and don't make the mistake of getting it.
Baby's Cozy World Microfiber & Fleece Carrier Cover (BC) uses a type of microfiber called microsuede, which is a soft fabric made from synthetic fibers that are an imitation to suede. It seems like it is a good bang for your buck coming in around twenty dollars which is half of the JJA. The only thing is if you live in a really rainy climate I don't think it would be as waterproof being microsuede as the JJ or the JJA material. Another reviewer stated that the BABY'S COZY WORLD is reversible (which I am not sure how it can be reversible deeming that it does have a flap that goes over the infants face like the CC, JJA and JJ but maybe??) The reviewer also stated that the BC has pacifier clips, which would be a nice feature for toys as well and that is is very thick for all weather and it is the same price as the CC. ONE THING that many reviews said about the CC and the BC is that the zippers can be dangerous b/c they line up in the same place as a newborns eyes and have the potential for scratching the cornea. With the JJ and the JJA the zippers do not seem as though they would reach this far. Maybe the CC and the BC have larger zippers that might spin around in opposite directions esp if it is "reversible". It does have the zippers on both sides (like the JJ and JJA) to unzip and expose the infant nicely when inside. For the price this seems like it would be a good carrier as well and I would rate the the BC a close second and very comparable to the JJ but does not have a blanket feature like the JJA.
JJ Cole infant/original bundle me (JJC)is what I owned with my first child who was a premature infant and I only got about 7 months of use out of this cover due to the fact that infants tend to grow out of it very fast, usually before they are out of their infant carseat. That is why I got the toddler JJ cole toddler size after. It is a different type of carrier than all the others that are reviewed above being that it is not a shower cap style it has an underside fabric to the carrier that is placed under the harness straps and then a layer goes over the baby and is zippered down and around the bottom. FIRST OF ALL THIS IS DANGEROUS, which I never knew as a new mom, and why they even CAN SELL them as carseat covers is beyond me because if you get into an accident it compresses under the infant because of the added bulk between the seat and the child, (it is like the infant is wearing a jacket) so there is more room in between the harness and the infant deeming it unsafe. Also, JJ cole now has the lite JJ cole and says that it passed crash tests but The Bundle me Lite's openings do not come anywhere near the hip straps of the harness... meaning they would be improperly routed, thus creating slack. Here is a picture: [...] No certified carseat technicians recommend this aftermarket product for the carseat. Any many if not all carseat companies state if an aftermarket product is used "inside" the carseat between the harness and baby it will void all guarantees for safety. NOT GOOD.
JJ Cole toddler (JJT) Had this mostly with my first child (after she was 7 months) and second child and would not use now d/t the same reason above with the JJ. But it could be nice with a stroller. The only thing is you do need a hat and something to cover the baby's neck as well.
In summary: #1 The Jolly Jumper Artic (JJA) wins the race, I am very very please with this product, esp the blanket aspect that I think is well worth it!
The JJ is basically the same product as the JJA but without the blanket....
#2 The Baby's Cozy World Microfiber & Fleece Carrier Cover (BC) (but make sure it is the BC and not the CC when you purchase it) comes in a close second esp for the price!
Hope this review is helpful to you and you now won't have to go through the countless hours of research and will be getting a great product while not wasting any of your time or money on another worthless baby item, instead ONLY getting the BEST for your baby!!!!
I bought this for my newborn before we moved to Salt Lake City (in January.) I was/am paranoid about her getting cold. This carseat cover is amazing on so many levels - it's nice and heavy, the fleece feels quality, and it's simple to slide on and off the carseat (although I keep it on and slip her in and out, as it's meant to be done. She is still small enough!) it's also THE BEST stranger deterrant (still cant believe how often strangers still try to open her little face flap.) i dont need to bundle her up at ALL to go out in 30 degrees - the built-in fleece blankie and cucoon of warmth keeps her super cozy. I have added a swaddle blanket folded on her lap a few times but found that makes it a little TOO warm! Also, I ordered the black and got the gray - disappointed at first but it looks quality and more "feminine," so im happy!
I use this car seat cover on my Chicco Keyfit 30 and it works great. As many parents are aware, you absolutely should not use a thick coat or blanket under the harness straps of your car seat as your child can be ejected in the event of a crash because the buckles will be too loose. This is a shower cap style cover which is 100% safe to use with your infant car seat. It has a attached cozy blanket under the zipper, which I really love. This way I can unzip the outer shell when we are inside, but he still has a blanket covering him (and it is attached to the cover, so he can't throw it out of the car seat). I have washed this 2-3 times and it has stood up well. Something to note is that the black outer cover does tend to attract little white fuzzies, but that doesn't bother me. This does not prevent my car seat from clicking into the base correctly, either.