Although it's been a cooler July than we are used to here in Los Angeles, where I live, it's still pushing 95° most days. Each time we get into the hot car, there's an entire dramatic ritual that my kids enact. "Aaaarrrrgghhh! It's sooooo HOT!" "My legs are SWEATY!" "I'm going to melt!" I'm fairly certain they are not in danger of melting. And yet, I'm willing to put together this car seat cooler just to avoid the next performance.
You can buy a car seat cooler, but for much less money and a little effort, you can make one of your own. Kathleen from Joy Inexpressible put together a tutorial, and if you can sew a straight line you are pretty much good to go. Customize your cooler to match your car seat or display your child's favorite motif of the moment. Once you've inserted your cool packs, you can store the whole thing in the freezer, ready to go when you are.
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