Cosynest and Car seat safety

October 3, 2014
Christine Carolan

Now winter is upon us many people are wondering how to keep their children both safe and warm in the car.  Our company Happynest was featured in the Irish Daily Mail yesterday (02 October 2014) by Alison Canavan, parenting specialist and entrepreneur. Alison spoke about the dangers of bulky coats and jackets on babies as winter approaches and recommended the use of the Cosynest to keep babies safe and secure.

I was doing a lot of research in terms of child safety whlillycosycar2_no_labelen travelling and found some interesting articles about baby coats and winter coats, and how they could affect your child’s safety. The RSA road safety authority have advised that bulky winter coats can pose a serious threat when worn under the straps of car seats and even booster seats, by creating too much space in between your child’s body and the harness itself.

Anything between the child and the straps is compressible; it’s like having space, which creates more risk that the child could thrust forward into the straps in the event of a crash,” said Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, medical director of the Tom Sargent Safety Center at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

The primary concern is that the thickness of the fabric might negatively affect the way the seat belt works in a crash and that blankets or snowsuits might interfere with the proper harness / car seat strap. Thickened fabric will compress in a car crash and leave the harness slack on the child, allowing excessive movement or even ejection.” That’s why the design of the Cosynest addresses this issue. The Cosynest is an ingenuous car seat wrap that allows baby to be strapped securely into the car seat without interfering with the safety of the straps. The fabric of the cosynest is thin soft light weight fleece which will not compress on impact.

Simple way to test if your baby’s clothing is appropriate for the car seat

  1. Put the child in the car seat and buckle the harnesses as you normally would before car travel. Adjust the straps to the appropriate fit for your child.
  2. Take the child out of the car seat without loosening the straps at all.
  3. Take the coat off your child.
  4. Put the child back in the car seat and buckle the harnesses again, but do not tighten the straps.
  5. If you can fit more than two fingers under the harness at the child’s shoulder bone, the coat is too thick and is not safe for use with the car seat.

Safe travelling,


VIP Feature 21st August

August 22, 2014
Christine Carolan


The Happynest name is really getting out there now. All the hardwork of the last two years is paying off. We were featured in the very well respected magazine VIP yesterday (21st August).  I am so proud everytime I see our designs in a magazine, TV or on new babies. We featured on IrelandAM and were amazed at the amount of positive feedback we got and of course even more delighted with the orders we received. I have had so many chats with so many mothers and grandmothers who told me about their pregnancies, grandchildren and how they loved the Cosynest.  I loved posting out our orders all over Ireland and even to the US.

Thank you to everyone for all your support and kinds words!

It really makes this journey worthwhile.

Best wishes,



HER.IE Irish Women in Business 12th July 2014

August 12, 2014
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For the latest in our series of editorials focusing on Irish Women in Business, we’re talking to Christine Carolan, the founder and designer of Happynest which provides a unique range of premium quality reversible nursery products and babywear.

Here Christine, in her own words, tells us about how her children inspired the idea behind her business and what she has planned for the future… click here for more






Competition time! 12th June 2014

June 12, 2014
Christine Carolan

 FIFA world cup

WIN WIN WIN  – you could be the lucky winner of 1 of our 0-3 mth Cosynests.

What two football teams are kicking off the FIFA Worldcup 2014 12th June.

Email answers to

Best of luck x

The Cosynests are reversible from pink to blue. They make the perfect gift for newborns or the expectant mum.

They are perfect for baby when out and about in the car seat or buggy.

No need for extra layers on the baby. The Cosynest allows the infant to be safe, warm and snug without using padded jackets or suits.

For more information on car seat safety  check out The Road Safety Authority at





 As featured on

Newstalk 106-108fm – The Right Hook    /   Saturday Breakfast with Alison Curtis

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As featured in The Gazette Group,    Mums & Tots Magazine June 2014,    VIP Magazine June 2014  and Sunday Business Post Lifestyle Magazine

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Gazette Group Feature on Happynest

May 24, 2014
Christine Carolan

Hi everyone,

We have had some fantastic exposure due to the Gazette Group deciding to feature our new Business in all 7 Gazettes.  I was delighted to see our story go out to everyone and got some fantastic emails from women and men who are starting up their own businesses on the back of redundancy or life changing situations.  Have a read and feel free to email me if you have any questions at  I know how hard it is starting up and am always available to offer advice if I can.


Have a great weekend,


May Madness

May 2, 2014
Christine Carolan

Hi everyone!

We want to thank you for all your likes and great comments. To celebrate start of May we are giving you a €5.00 discount off any purchases made from today till Tuesday 6th May. Type in May in coupon code at checkout. happy shopping!

Also the Cosynest is now available in 0-3 mth and 3-6 mth.



Have a great weekend,