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Bundling up babies, toddlers and preschoolers is definitely not some of the easiest – nor the fastest – parts of parenting.
Then add the complication of buckling these wrapped up kids into car seats and things really get tricky!
The wind is howling, the air is frozen, the car seat is cold, and somehow we are supposed to strip down our kids to fasten them in their car seats! HELP! That makes me cold just thinking about it.
“always remove bulky clothing or blankets before you place your child in the seat” – National Highway Transportation Authority
So ingenious moms, Elizabeth Hostler and Suzi Crowder, created Babycapes — an outerwear solution for the daily struggle of trying to get little ones into car seats with bulky winter coats.
With Babycapes, you don’t have to take off your child’s coat to strap them in their car seat. The back simply opens up, so there is no bulky fabric between your child, the back of the car seat and the car seat straps. As well, you can easily access the straps to quickly fasten in your child. It is cold — and you want to move fast!
The Babycape also works great in a stroller, a front carrier — and as a poncho. I use Olivia’s Minky Sherpa Suede Babycape as a beautiful, warm winter poncho. It doesn’t get much cuter that that!
The Babycape’s convenient front opening provides easy access to harness straps keeping baby safe and snug while the innovative back opening allows you to easliy slip your child into a stroller, car seat, etc. — without unbundling!
Assembled in the USA, Babycapes are wonderful, custom-made garments available in a variety of luxurious, machine washable fabrics. One size fits newborn to preschooler, so one Babycape will last several seasons!
The Babycapes come in three different fabrics.
The luxurious Minky Sherpa Suede that Olivia is wearing here is just gorgeous. It is the heaviest weight of the Babycapes and provides the most protection against the wind and cold. Although the outer layer looks and feels like suede, it’s completely washable!
Their softest Babycape is made of yummy Minky Marshmallow. It is heavyweight, but more pliable than the sherpa suede and will also keep your child warm and cozy.
Finally, Babycapes come in a Minky Cuddle. This super-soft, lighter weight fabric is perfect for warmer climates, or for spring, fall and cool summer mornings and evenings.
This winter, adding a Babycape to your little one’s winter wardrobe will be a gift for both of you! Or if you are looking for a beautiful and thoughtful gift for someone else with a baby or toddler, a Babycape would be perfect for a baby shower or a Christmas present.
Through to the end of November, 5 Minutes for Mom readers can enter the code “5 Minutes for Mom” in the comments section at checkout for a free hat valued at $18!
And for a chance to win a Babycape of your choice, leave a comment at this post. (If you are a blogger, feel free to mention this contest on your site if you want!)
This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian shipping addresses. We will draw a winner November 8th.
kathy pease says
PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY 🙂
I am in love with these!
enter me pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee my daughtr woudl love this
Please enter me! Would love to win! Thanks!
Adorable! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Peggy Gorman says
I love these capes and so easy to keep the little one so warm
Jon Lefkove says
It’s just perfect!
It’s just adorable. 🙂
Carol Drury says
perfect – what more can I say!!!
Timothy Sternberg says
Those are really pretty!
Lily Kwan says
Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!
Please enter me 🙂
sarah b says
i didnt realize how dangerous a coat could be. i was wondering how to keep my son safe and warm this winter… now i know!
Susan Ledet says
These are adorable and look so warm.
Jennifer C says
What a fabulous idea. And so cute!
Donna K says
They are so cute!
Vanessa C says
These are just adorable! Would love to win one!
Steph Elias says
They are adorable. Count me in!
So sweet! Minky Marshmallow! These are fabulous for those fast walkers who won’t let you put their arms in a jacket! And the hood is perfect since so many that age hate hats!
JoAnn Legano says
This is adorable!!
Lara Aleff says
I love that these coats open up in the back, but what I love most is how adorable they are!
These are so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!
Lori Z. says
This is so perfect for the season. Thanks!
Michelle H. says
These are darling!
Crystal F says
I looked all through their site and couldn’t find out if these would fit a 4 yr. old. If so, I really like the pink suede cape. Thank you!
Virginia Pendergast says
That is so cute for my 5 month baby cousin
Elizabeth M. says
The colors are so sweet and these capes are so cuddly and wonderful!
Marion B says
Those are really cute coats!!
Rebecca Peters says
HOW CUTE! I would give this to my best friends baby girl!!
This is adorable….my daughter would look so precious….also great baby shower idea!
David Bertolo says
Fantastic giveaway! Please sign me up for your contest.
Vicki Wurgler says
they are so pretty – I’d love to win
would love these! I have twins, so everything takes twice as long!
Erma Hurtt says
I would love to win this.
WOW! These are adorable!
Please enter me, thanks!
Sherri B. says
These are beautiful and I know just the little one who could use one of these!!!
Kathy Amos says
I love this!!!!!
cindy begg says
This is wonderful! Something to keep my two granddaughters warm in chilly North Dakota. Almost looks like a portable igloo! I love them !
Martha P says
expecting my first baby…would love to win this!
I LOVE babycapes! I’d love to win one for my little girl!
Thanks for a great contest!
Jennifer Fraunfelder says
what beautiful capes. the thought of cuddly soft minky on a chilly day sounds awesome. my girls w ould love this. they hate putting on coats, buttoning up. these are perfect.
Sheila McGoldrick says
I LOVE Babycapes!!! I have one for my one yr. old and NOW would LOVE to win one for my niece! They are adorable and so easy to use!!!!!! GREAT INVENTION!!!!!!
What a great idea! I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!
Karen P says
That is so adorable. Thanks for the contest.
Veronica L. says
Oh my goodness, those are so CUTE! It is a very great idea for the upcoming winter months.
Tina Rath says
My granddaughter would look beautiful in it!
What a great idea! And the little ones look so cute in them.
Kathy D says
would love for my niece for Christmas
love the brown sherpa suede- thanks!
I’d love to win!
andrea monck says
These are wonderful – thanks!
Vicky Boackle says
these are adorable and practical.
Awesome! I’d love to try this out on my son!
carol lewis says
Fantastic idea and so so adorable! I love it!
Thanks for the contest!
Wow, what a neat concept for winter!
I have taught our daughter to wear her coat on backwards while in the car, so that it is over her carseat buckles, and still keeps her semi-warm…. but BabyCapes sound like they work even better than that, especially for infants!
Now Im going to go check out their website! Thanks for promoting this! 🙂
brilliant idea! I am always paranoid about getting the straps tight enough with bulky clothes on the babe…this would solve the problem for the next 3-4 years!
Count me in. I’d love this for my little one! 🙂
Susan Park says
My girl hates putting her arms into sleeves, so this would be great!
Magan Weber says
So beautiful – hope I win one!!
Ilissa H. says
These look so comfy and warm. Great for the fall or a bit of extra warmth in the winter.
The Brown Sherpa Suede is ADORABLE!!
Too cute! My little one loves to be wrapped in her blankies, so this would be great! Thanks for the giveaway!
Rosanne Morrison says
These are too cute
Belinda A. says
Aren’t these heavenly?! I’m picturing my little cherub in one of these and sighing . .
Heather B says
oh TOO cute!!!
perfect for my grand daughter. thanks for the giveaway.
I love this. It’s functional and cute. My daughter would feel like a princess in this.
They’re beautiful capes! I love the Minky Marshmallow.
please please please enter me ive got 2 girls here that would so loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee these
Oh, these capes are just darling! They remind me of Little Red Riding Hood! I’d choose the Cuddle Pink with Daisies cape for my 2-year-old beauty…and then I’d take lots of photos of her in it! 🙂
P.S. I also posted about this giveaway on my blog: http://metropolitanmama.net/2008/10/tuesday-tours-whats-happening-on-the-web-39/.
So cool! I love the Babycape!
My daughter would look adorable in this, and it would be so much easier to get her in and out of the carseat! We don’t have a garage, and park on the street, so it’s a little bit of a walk to get inside from the car! With an infant carseat in one hand it’s hard to get my daughter in her seat properly and quickly!
Kim Poirier says
I would love to win this for my soon to be granddaughter – I love the pink suede one – oh so cute
These are so cute, I hope I win.
Oh wow these are the cutest things ever!!! I would love to win for my daughter!!!
I would love to win one in a larger or smaller size for either of my girls…especially with winter coming soon. Thanks!
They are just gorgeous, and what a wonderful unique idea.
these are beautiful.
Just too cute!
jennefer sweitzer says
How cute! what a wonderful idea.. I like the brown sherpa suede
So cute! I love that cape! My girls would love these. I like the pink the best!
Carrie Lim says
This poncho is soooo cute. My daughter would look really cute wearing this.
Linda Moeller says
Adorable! What a great idea for the upcoming cold weather.
Kari Follett says
Im also a subscriber!
Kari Follett says
These are adorable, I’d love to win one!
Mod Girl says
Now this is about the sweetest thing ever!!
My daughter hates putting her arms into jackets, this would be perfect for her!!!
Kimberly C says
Those are so adorable…. how could you ever pick your favorite color?
oh these are adorable!! Please sign us up. My little sister is pregnant and I would love to win one of these for her.
It looks so cute! I would love to win.
Love the babycape…how cute would that be on my little one! Thanks for the chance to win!
I just found a pattern to make a cape for my kids today…. but it would be great to win one!
Ginger Ivey says
How absolutely cute are those!?
crunchy domestic goddess (amy) says
what a cool idea. i’d love one. 🙂
That is just darling!
Suzanne B. (Crunchy Green Mom) says
I have two little ones under the age of 2 (Who finally just went to sleep) That would look amazing in this!!!
What a great idea, and so cute!
Molly Capel says
Wow! These are beautiful!
How great would this cape be. It would make getting out the door much faster.
oh, my niece would look so cute in one of these! My kids are too big for them~~Would love to win one for Christmas1 Thanks!
These are beautiful. Thanks for offering a great contest.
beth shepherd says
Thank you for having this!I would love to win this for my daughter. Thank you!
Jennifer Stewart says
My little girl would look adorable in this! Great giveaway, thanks for the entry!
Michelle Rosborough says
My daughter would look absolutely adorable in this! Pick me!
oh wow! These are sooo cute!!!
Oh my goodness, I must have this for my little neighbor, she would just be too precious in it!
Carrie Miyake says
OMG! Those are adorable! I have a little girl soon to arrive and I would love to put one of these on her!
I’d love one for my baby girl.
I adore the Brown Sharpa Suede
Mellissa - wondermommy says
These are perfection! This is a wonderful idea and so pretty!
Rebekah at babiesabroad says
Audrey would go nuts for a babycape.
These are adorable, such a wonderful idea. I’m sure it would make a great gift that can be used for years and years. I would love to have one for my little girl.
these are so cute…i imagine we would wear it around the house as well. 🙂
These are beautiful and so practical for this weather. My daughter would love this and would look cute as a button.
beautiful. and what a wonderful idea. i hate getting kids in the carseat with coats on.
I love the Minky Marshmallow in Marshmallow green w/ skulls. This would be great for my son as he is a new walker and I think this is easier to walk in than a stiff winter coat.
Amy from Occupation: Mommy says
This would look precious on my 17 month old daughter!
Upstate NY would feel so much warmer with one of these!
WOW! My granddaughter would look so sweet in these.
Hope to win!
This is a terrific idea! I just want to touch one of the capes. They sound so soft!
I always that the cape looked so cute on little girls and I wanted to get one…but I had a son. Now that I have my dd…I would love to win this for her! Thank you for this great giveaway!
How smart! We need stuff like that here in MN.
This is wonderful! I need a new coat for my daughter…what fun it would be to have a new “cape” for her. Thanks for this great new product.
Amanda A says
I love it in the brown sherpa suede! Thanks
very cute! thank you 😉
Tonya Froemel says
cool like to win this
Cute and functional! Count me in.
just in time for christmas.
I have been coveting one of these caps since I first saw them last fall. I would love one for my daughter.
pretty! Perfect for NC when it gets cool!
judy brittle says
I would just love the Minky Marshmallow in the pink with daisies. How gorgeous! Thank you so much for this wonderful chance!
Donna K says
It is so cute!
Terra Heck says
Not only are they functional, they are absolutely darling.
Patricia Bryant says
so cute… this would be helpful with trying to juggle three under three!
This is such a smart idea! Who would’ve thought! Love them!
I would love to win this for my daughter.
Oh my goodness that is beautiful, My princess would love this and if the next is a girl she will enjoy it too!
These would be perfect. I hated having to take jackets on and off with the car seats when my kids were smaller.
What an adorable idea!! I would love to win a soft little babycape…either to pass on to one of two little babies currently on the way (nieces and/or nephews) or to selfishly keep for the little one we are trying for!!
very, very nice! great idea!
I think I would love one of those for me!
Dorothy Hall says
What a great idea!!!
Lisa Huckemeyer says
These are sooooo adorable! I would love to win one! Thanks!
Hmmm I would have to pick between the brown sherpa suede for the toddler and the pink minky marshmallow for the baby girl. I think the baby needs it more right now. Thanks for the chance to win one of these; they are wonderful!
What a great idea for the upcoming winter. I hate the coat struggle.
I adore the Minky Sherpa Suede
Melissa Butler says
These are simply lovely ~ I adore them.
Wow, what a great idea!!!!
Melissa B. says
The cape is precious. I would love to win.
Oh how neat! It would be ideal for my 1 year old!
Really cute.Iwould love to win this.
Karen Gonyea says
SO SO beautiful – count me in please 🙂
ktgonyea at gmail.com
Love these look nice and comfy maybe we should have them in adult sizes
I love the Blue Sherpa Suede, but I think the Cuddle Green with Skulls would work better for our climate! They are all adorable! Thanks!
Sherry Ann Abrams says
I would love any cape in blue if I win!
Tara R. says
oh my goodness these are gorgeous!!! My Olivia would look amazing in that!
so sweet, My daughter loves the pink sherpa suede one
Such a brilliant idea! My daughter would just love one of these for her daughter!
stacey moore says
this would be perfectly for ell in our cold kentucky weather!
Oh. My. Gosh.
These are so cute! Please enter me!
I would love one of these for my little one . . . I have been eyeing them for a while now! So excited that this contest is open to Canadians, too!
jennifer bowen says
wow i love to try and win this its so cute and i know my little one would realy like it as well
We live in Arizona, but it gets cold in the winters still. The minky cuddle would be great for our little beauty. Thanks for the chance to win!
Those capes are sooooo adorable, and definietly look like less of a fight than his jacket!! I would love to be entered!
Shari D says
This is absolutely precious!
Shannon Baas says
Would love a chance to win! Thank you!!!!
Tom Bellamy says
Count me in. 🙂
Adrienne Gordon says
I would love to have one for my niece!
Adorable…would love to win one for my daughter.
susan varney says
i like pracical things
The Gang's All Here! says
I know a certain Li’l Empress who would look really royally cute in one of those capes!
These are perfect for those days you can’t keep all the layers on your kid when driving around!!!!
Victoria Nemecek says
These are so super cute!
c. clemens says
OMG so cute!!!!!!! We need one.
Lisa L. says
Brown Sherpa Suede would be my pick for the mountain region cold weather!
This would be perfect in our saskatchewan 40 below weather!
What a great idea…the Babycape! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this one…Pea would love it!
These are adorable!!
these are beyond adorable- they look warm and durable and can serve many purposes
Lisa E says
I like the babycape in minky cuddle in the multi-dots. So cute!
Beautiful! I’m keeping my fingers crossed to win this one!
those are adorable!! My babies are older now but I would love one to give as a gift.
Great idea! And I think my little princess might actually stay warm!
oh so adorable! Would love to win one! Especially with the winter baby I have coming. 🙂
Go Amie says
Those are marvelous; it’s too bad they don’t come in grown-up sizes!
I'm The Mom says
These are adorable and such a great idea. thanks for the chance to win one!
Bertie Ranger says
These are so cute! My little girl would have sooo much fun with one of these:)
I LOVE these baby capes! I secretly wish they had one in my size… 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!
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These capes are seriously adorable. Love them. Thanks for a great contest!
Those are beautiful!
Elva Roberts says
I am awaiting the birth of our first great grandchild and I think this would be adorable. Thank you for the contest and good luck to all.
So cute!!! Both my babies need one of those!!!
My granddaughter would look so cute in one of these capes.
So adorable! I would love to win this for my daughter.
My girl, (just turned 2) saw this and said oohhh beetiful! Yeah we need one!
Cherie J says
Would love to win one for my little girl. Thanks for the chance.
Shannon B. says
These are adorable! We could definitely use this during the long, cold Indiana winter!
How cute! I could use several of these.
Marlena U. says
I would love to have one of these for my daughter. The midwest winters can be brutal! m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com
These are super cute! I could use 2!
Jenn S. says
The Minky Cuddle would be perfect for where we are as well. These capes are just adorable.
The Minky Cuddle would be perfect for our climate here!
Suzi Crowder says
These absolutely work on a three-year-old! My youngest daughter, one of the original Babycapes Girls, loves her cape–she will be three in a couple of months, and is now wearing her cape daily. Also, my four-year-old son has a camouflage cape and my almost seven-year-old daughter wear hers as a stylish poncho. For the older ones, they can use the foot pocket to tuck their hands in!
This would be so great for my niece.
Adventures In Babywearing says
I know I can’t enter but OH MY how adorable!
probably the cutest thing I have seen all day! they look like little angels in those capes!
I would love one of these for my little girl! They are soo cute…
Rachel Tramontana says
Hey Janice, these are way cute! Either of my twins would look great in the Minky cuddle! We’re in VA Beach area, so it DOES get cold, but we have a much longer fall season and spring comes a lot quicker – we’d definitely get more use from the cuddle!!! Thanks for considering me!! 🙂
Jill L says
These are great. What a wonderful idea to help get the little ones out the door in the morning.
I really need to win this! My daughter is in a car seat, i hate having to adjust the straps to make her bulky coat fit too!
I so need this for my little girl!
So luxe. I like that Minky Marshmallow. Just the name sounds cozy!
Suzanne N. says
My daughter would look beautiful in one of these!!!
I love these! It would be perfect for this winter here!
They look so comfortable! Very neat idea!
These are such a great idea. I love that they can last for so long without being outgrown.
So neat, I would love this, That would save me from running to the car to start it and allow it to warm up before bringing the kids out.
What a fantastic idea…I always worry about the bulky stuff–they’re either not buckled in safely because they have their coats on, or they’re freezing cold for 15 minutes while the car warms up! This is the perfect solution! Thanks for the chance to win.
Renee Simmons says
This is absolutely adorable! I also want to say TY for giving your readers this opportunity! You rock!
It is soooo pretty, I would just love to win one for my daughter! What a great idea1
I’d love to win one for my little girl. Thanks for the giveaway!
what a great idea! And it’s beautiful!
I would love to see my beautiful daughter in one of these!
Laura W. says
Darling! This is a great idea for Utah winters! 🙂
I would love to have this for my daughter!
Marcia "HDMac" McFarlane says
Those are so cute! I have a granddaughter that would love these! 🙂 thank you for the opportunity to be a winner! 🙂
So adorable and practical! I’d love to have one 😀
I LOVE those!!! What a brilliant idea! And that it would fit for a couple years is awesome! Sign me up for a win (please?)! 🙂
That heavy one would be perfect for a South Dakota winter!
Diva Ma says
These are really cute. Why didn’t I come up with something like this. Great gift for Christmas!
Organizing Mommy says
O.K. I’m not sure it would work with a 3 year old, but it IS very cool. Wish I had thought of it, but I’m glad someone did!
Those are so cute. What a great idea!
Thanks so much. This is a wonderful item. So nice not to struggle putting arms in sleeves You know your little one is nice and warm wearing a babycape.
Tamara (AK) says
What a neat idea! Count me in!
Hillary-The Queen I Am Not says
I would love one of these for my little girl! It gets cold out here in winter!
Christina Barnes says
My daughter is only 6 months old, so I haven’t had the “fun” of trying to manage cold weather gear and carseats at the same time, and I would love to continue to avoid it haha!
Not to mention, while we live in Texas, my husband’s extended family lives in Wisconsin, where we frequently visit over Christimas!
How adorable is that cape? I would love the lighter fabric since I live in area that gets cold at night but warms up a bit in the day.
Proud Mommy says
Oh this would look just adorable for a photo on my daughter in the middle of light snow falling around her. Oh, I want one!!! Too cute!!!!
These look like a great idea. With two preschoolers, we will definitely check it out.
Sarah at themommylogues says
I love these!!
This would be perfect for winter time!
karen c. says
Rebecca C says
These are so very pretty, I would love to see my little one in one. 😀
This may be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. It looks so cuddly and warm! I would love to get one!
Love it! Not only is it practical, but cute too!
This is just the cutest. Count me in.
erica m says
Olivia looks so darling in her cape!
I want one like hers, but in brown for my little boy!
Charlsie Swadley says
These are so so cute. I would love to win one!
I would really, really love to win this. thanks for the chance.
Ditto on the never winning thing…but I figure it’s worth a shot. This could be a great down-the-road wear for my sweetie pie.
I never win these kinds of contests but I’m willing to try anyway. My one year old little girl would look darling in a babycape. Thanks for the tip!
I would love to win this. My daughter is such a squirmer she is hard to buckle in her seat on a good day.
oooh – those are really pretty!