Safety note 10/19/12: Please read Parenthackers' safety concerns in the comments before trying this hack. I agree that this is not wise for an infant car seat (something I should have thought through before posting), but I'm not seeing the problem for an older child. I will modify this note and the hack as the conversation continues. — Asha
10/20/12: Big thanks to Julia for sharing this CPSafety roundup of car seat manufacturers' statements about "aftermarket accessories." – Asha
10/20/12: Final word: many have asked me to delete this hack due to safety concerns. I think that the conversation in the comments is extremely valuable, so I'm not going to remove the post, but, as I say elsewhere on the site, do a gut check before you try ANY hack here. Nothing at Parent Hacks is safety tested, nor is it to be construed as a recommendation — simply, "this is an idea a reader shared." Given everyone's concerns, I do NOT recommend doing this, but I also appreciate that everyone's limits are different. — Asha
Jennie turned a wine bottle tote into a portable carsickness cleanup kit. She follows it up with a bit of preventative prep using one of my favorite products, Glad Press'n Seal wrap.
On our last drive I came up with a modification for a hack where someone used Glad Press'n Seal wrap as a bib or temporary art smock for painting.
My son had gotten sick the morning we were to leave for a road trip and I was worried that he'd throw up in his car seat. So, I lined it with Press'n Seal wrap!
I lined the car seat cover and even the straps where I could [My edits for safety reasons — Asha.]. Other than his not liking that his seat looked different it didn't seem to bother him. It didn't make him sweaty at all.
Fortunately for me (and him) he didn't get sick but if he had we were covered — literally. Just don't forget to bring the rest of the roll with you so that you can reline the seat if necessary!
Glad Press'n Seal is one of those products I'm surprised I like so much. It's much more expensive than regular plastic wrap, but I seem to find so many more uses for it. My compromise is to keep an eye out for newspaper coupons and then to use them when Press'n Seal goes on sale.
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