JJ Cole Car Seat Cover

Let me start off by saying; if you are pregnant and are due during the winter months like I was (December) this is an absolute must-have item in my book. Insert the JJ Cole Car Seat Cover.


We purchased ours in Graphite, the gray color you see above to match the Graco travel system in the previous post. Once you get to reading, you’ll soon learn that I love when things match 🙂 Also, not getting the pink one kept things gender neutral so we can use it, like all of our other baby gear, with our next baby.

This does exactly what it says – it covers your car seat. The outside is made of a waterproof material, and the inside is a layer of fleece. Its elastic edges makes it able to fit on almost any car seat. I say “almost any car seat” because I’ve seen bad reviews because this didn’t fit on a car seat, but the car seat was either from Costco or it was one of the smaller ones that only carry infants up to 22 pounds. It comes sold in a zippered plastic pouch in stores so I don’t see a problem with packing it back up and returning it if it doesn’t fit. The front of the cover unzips to make getting to your baby easily accessible, and there is a flap to cover your baby’s face if you’re walking or out and about in the rain, snow, wind etc. This flap does NOT affect the ability of the baby to breathe, so please don’t let the flap discourage you from purchasing this cover.

The retail cost for this is $29.99 at most stores and online sites that sell JJ Cole products, including Amazon. It’s well worth the cost. You can get it at Babies R’Us or Buy Buy Baby for cheaper if you use a 20% off coupon. My daughter is almost 3 months old and it hasn’t been removed from her car seat other that to wash it, which I might add, washes up great! Here’s what ours looks like:





^You can either keep the canopy out of the cover, or tuck it under. Your preference!


^This cover doesn’t interfere with any of the functioning parts of the car seat, which is great.

Hopefully this persuaded/forced/guilted you into purchasing this item for your baby (saying that you’re having a winter baby) and I really hope this review was helpful! I can’t say enough good things about this product after 3 months of using it. What’s your favorite car seat accessory? Let me know in the comments below 🙂


Signature Series by Graco Trekko 3-Wheel Travel System Review

So the first thing Jay, my fiance, and I thought was to get the basic necessities and put everything else on our registry. We wanted to have the crib & changing table, infant car seat and stroller purchased on our own so that we knew we would have something to bring the baby home in. Immediately I went into research mode and started looking up all of the new travel systems that were out. I started looking around May or June and I found the Signature Series by Graco Trekko 3-Wheel Travel System. I wasn’t particularly impressed with any others that I looked at so I decided to read reviews and then go to Babies R’Us and take it for a spin.


Of course Jay loved it because he’s obsessed with red and black anything, so he was sold once he saw it. BUT I on the other hand had other reasons to like it. I knew I wanted a Graco Snugride30 car seat. They are top-rated, affordable fit babies up to 30 lbs or up to 30 inches, and a well known brand. I know many people wouldn’t like the black fabric for fear of the baby getting too hot, but my daughter was born in December on the East Coast so the heat was the least of our worries. Along with the car seat, the travel system comes with a car seat base, shown in the picture below.


So let me start off with the first con with this travel system. This particular base will only work with this car seat, and not any other Graco Snugride car seats. We knew we’d have to buy an extra base for Jay’s car, but we had to purchase the Graco Snugride35 base as its the only other base that will fit with this car seat. I’m not sure why, but I’m glad I read the comments previously about it before getting the wrong base. Other than that, the car seat works great, and we’ve had no issues since using for almost 3 months.

The stroller lays completely flat and it actually encloses at the bottom so it turns into a bassinet type stroller. It has a five-point harness, and a padded bar that goes in front of the child. The bar actually clips in so you can open it when the child is older instead of lifting them into the stroller. The canopy rotates 180 degrees and can be pulled all the way down in front of the baby if the sun is setting, its raining, etc. One thing that both of us love is the handle; it pivots up and down and adjusts to our height which is great because he’s taller than me. Also, it’s gender neutral, so it didn’t matter if it was a boy or girl, it would work for either gender.

Now this brings me to the first con about the stroller, the basket. The basket is HUGE. I can fit shopping bags, plus our jackets and her diaper bag all in the basket without much effort, however, the basket is advertised to “drop down” for easy access. I may have gotten a fault basket hinge because only one side of my basket drops down, and once its down, it takes a couple good shoves to get it back up in place like the other side. While I don’t go shopping or use the basket frequently, it was one of the things that sold me on the stroller. I could get to the basket while she was laying flat in the stroller with no trouble. I’m in the process of writing an email to Graco about this, and will update this post when I receive more information. Another con is no parent tray, but that saves me from snacking 🙂

The only other con; which isn’t really a con because I’m a tiny mommy (5’3 and 115 lbs) is the weight and bulk of the stroller. This stroller weighs a whopping 30 lbs! 29.4 lbs to be exact. While it isn’t unbearable, it’s still freaking heavy. But I wouldn’t trade it in at all for a different stroller. I love how it turns, the rubber wheels are sturdy, and even though its a heavy stroller, you wouldn’t even know pushing it around. It pushes like a dream.
Just make sure you have the trunk space for this stroller! It was a tight fit in my 2008 Elantra, and I had to take the front wheel off every time I took it in and out of the trunk. Now having a smaller SUV (2013 CX-5) it still takes up a majority of the trunk, but at least I get to keep the wheel on.


ALSO! I used the Graco Snugride Frame Stroller for the first two months, and it was a lifesaver! I bought mine used at a Tot Swap for $10 because it was missing the cup holders but I could care less. It was the best $10 I spent at the time and I definitely got good use out of it. I would recommend a used one for sure, since you only use it for a few months, unless you just buy a car seat separately.


I hope this review helped you in your decision with purchasing your next travel system, or this one in particular. Let me know what travel systems you recommend! Who knows, maybe we’ll sell this one and get a new one for the next baby 🙂