You'll see many baby covers that make claims about this, but we simply don't have the tests or research to measure what level of protection Quilbie would offer.
KidsHealth.org suggests: "If you take your child out in an infant carrier, you can place a blanket over the carrier while it's within your view. Make sure the blanket doesn't touch the baby. Wipe down the carrier or stroller when you get home."
Given the higher quality materials that Quilbie is made of, it is likely that Quilbie would provide superior protection compared to other baby covers or blankets, but we want to avoid making any claims until we have the resources to do proper testing for validation. In summary, until we can quantify any benefits to blocking germs, bacteria or viruses, Quilbie should not be relied on as a method for protection.
Unfortunately, we do not have yet have the resources to perform crash testing with Quilbie so until then we advise not using it while driving.
We've yet to find an infant car seat or stroller that Quilbie won't work with.
The velcro straps are adaptable to any infant car seat carrier handle.
When used as a stroller cover, Quilbie's longer strap wraps around the stroller handle and then drapes nicely over the sun visor.
As long as you are in the same room as your baby, you will be able to hear a cry just fine. When used as a car seat cover, the effect Quilbie is like turning the volume down from a 10 to a 6 or 7. It is noise reducing, but not completely noise cancelling.
Yes. Quilbie can be machine washed. However, Quilbie should not be tumble dried or ironed with heat as it could cause the internal foam linings to peel. We recommend hang drying or tumble dry without heat. To remove any wrinkles, Quilbie should be steamed or ironed with very low heat.
Quilbie does not ever create an air-tight seal, thus your baby will always have plenty of oxygen to breathe.
Some online articles may warn about elevated levels of CO2 from re-breathing, and while this is a serious concern for products that can directly block a child's airways (like crib bumpers), there is no research to suggest that that a baby cover like Quilbie would lead to such extreme CO2 levels that present a hazard, nor have there been any reported incidents or recalls. We also consulted with an independent child safety organization, and they did not express concern for CO2 rebreathing with Quilbie.
Most humans are naturally exposed to elevated levels of CO2 such as when indoors or most notably when driving in a car. It is known that being exposed to elevated levels of CO2 for long periods of time can result in fatigue, dizziness, or drowsiness. This is why it can often feel "refreshing" to roll down your window when driving for extended periods of time.
For these reasons, we have added extra breathability holes and a peek-a-boo flap that can be opened to allow fresh air for your baby. We do not recommend using Quilbie for extended periods of time or overnight sleeping. Similar to rolling down your window for fresh air while driving, we recommend checking on your baby every 15 minutes or less by opening up the peek-a-boo flap and allowing fresh air in for your baby.
According to ConsumerReports.org:
"The answer is, yes, you can let your baby sleep for short stretches in a car seat, as long it's used properly, says Emily A. Thomas, Ph.D., an automotive safety engineer at CR’s Auto Test Center who is also a specialist in pediatric injury biomechanics and a certified child passenger safety technician."
Quilbie's materials are much denser than the types of covers that are easily blown around in the wind. We've tested Quilbie in the windiest of days in the Pacific Northwest and parents love how it always stays in place!