Being a mom means that your baby’s car seat is going to get quite dirty. You can imagine all the milk and vomit as well as juice spills and even poo, hey it happens. Kids are messy and the mission is keeping our little ones in a clean car seat, not to mention the rest of our cars. It is really a good idea to clean your car seats as much as possible, and I personally clean my car seats for my little ones each time I spring clean my car which is about every couple of months or so. Some people may only need to clean their car seats once or twice a year, depending on your little ones habits. If your little one is a spit up king or queen, then you can expect that you will have plenty of stains.
The first thing you want to do is read the car seat manual to see if it would be safe to clean your car seat. Some ask to use a certain cleaning solutions like BuggyLOVE Stroller and Car seat cleaner or Oxi Clean Baby stain remover. If you don’t feel comfortable using any type of chemicals or soap on your car seat then you can use baking soda and vinegar as well as water.
Be sure to vacuum all the dirt, food particles and more from the cloth that is on the seat. Try to get to the cracks as well. If you can’t simply shake it well and loosen up the particles. If you are able the next thing would be to remove the car seat cover. Some covers are able to be thrown in the wash, while others are hand wash only. This is why you should refer to your manual. Wipe down all the straps, clips, and more.
If you are able to wash your cover in the laundry, then sun dry it instead of using the dryer as it will shrink the cover and can cause the fibers to stretch, and that is one thing you don’t want. I use a toothbrush to reach all of the places that are hard to reach. Clean all of the toys that come with the car seat if it has any and use q-tips to reach the crevices that can’t be reached with a toothbrush.
Once the seat has dried, you can put everything back where it needs to go. Place the cover back on the seat, and then reinstall your car seat. Now that the car seat is clean, the key would be to keep it that way, but that is easier said than done. As before kids are messy, you could refusing them to eat in the car and other things that may work for you.