Do black car seats produce more heat while baby is in it?

Two black Clek car seats installed in a car rearfacing

Black car seats, like any dark-colored car seats, can absorb more heat when exposed to direct sunlight, potentially leading to higher interior temperatures. This increased heat absorption is due to the darker color's ability to absorb more of the sun's energy. However, we aren’t sure it’s significant enough to make that big of difference plus the car seat would need to sit in direct sunlight for quite awhile.

Where you live, your lifestyle, and your car may sway you one way or another in terms of purchasing a black car seat. For example, if it’s only hot a few months of the year, the color of the seat is probably not something to worry about. However, if you live somewhere where the sun is always shining like us in Arizona, it may be something to keep in mind!

baby in Doona car seat

When it comes to a baby's comfort and safety in a car seat, it's essential to be mindful of the potential for overheating. Tips for keeping your baby comfortable:

  • Use the seat's canopy outside and sunshades in the car!
  • Park in the shade: Whenever possible, park your car in a shaded area to minimize heat buildup and keep your baby out of direct sunlight when the car seat is in a stroller.
  • Cover the car seat: When the car is parked and the child is out, cover the car seat with a light-colored or reflective fabric to reduce heat absorption. 
  • Ventilation: Ensure that the car's ventilation system is working effectively to help regulate the interior temperature.
  • Check the temperature: Always check the interior temperature of the car, especially on hot days, before placing your baby in the car seat.

In hot weather, it's crucial to be aware of the potential for overheating, as babies are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. It's also essential to never leave your child unattended in a hot car, as temperatures can rise rapidly, putting their health and safety at risk.

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