07 August 2008

Cool hot car seat buckles with ice packs

Daisy's trick for cooling down hot car seat buckles:

I start the car and the AC before we go anywhere and I just take some ice packs with me and set them on the car seats, especially the buckle parts, so that they're cool when the kids get in. I stick them back on the seats to keep them cool while we're out.

I'm thinking some of those flexible hot/cold compresses would work well in this case. I also came across a nifty product which could either be ridiculous or ingenious: an ice bandana. You could tie those onto just about anything you want to cool down -- including yourself.

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This tip will definitely cool things down considering it could take up to five-ten minutes before the AC kicks in. Thanks

We always go with the simpler solution - keep some bath towels in the car and toss them over the seats when you get out - even though the interior of the car is hot, all seats and buckles are relatively cool and not in danger of burning the kids. Plus the towels come in handy any time a spill occurs!

We do the bath towel thing too. It works especially well if they are light-colored towels.

I use one of the reflective things that you put in your windshield. We drape it over the carseat everytime we leave. It's also great to store valuables (like my purse if I don't feel like dragging it around) underneath the cover.

Cool idea ^-^

I like the towel idea though too. We tend to have impromptu water balloon fights at parks every so often so the extra towels would be a big help. *chuckles*

The neck bandanna things are great. They've been out for years and we love them. Hiking, yard work, just a stroll around the block (can you tell I live where it's triple digits yet?) We even have a set for the dogs because we like to take them out with us.

With the state of my car AC this will be a Godsend

Cool towels and squirt bottles the kids can hold to cool themselves are nice... but sometimes it gets too hot for even those to work. The towels dry up or heat up too quickly. Cooling bands (like that ice bandana) were a life saver for us last summer. You can find them *real* cheap in places like the CampMor catalog. And you don't have to freeze them, just get them wet and they work for hours.

Cool towels and squirt bottles the kids can hold to cool themselves are nice... but sometimes it gets too hot for even those to work. The towels dry up or heat up too quickly. Cooling bands (like that ice bandana) were a life saver for us last summer. You can find them *real* cheap in places like the CampMor catalog. And you don't have to freeze them, just get them wet and they work for hours.

The ice bandana is ingenious. I used one a long time ago when I was the manager of a dry cleaners - and you'd better believe those places get hot in the summer time. Those bandanas really helped!

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