I’ve been selling fleece car seat ponchos in my Etsy shop since 2015. The first year that I sold ponchos, I offered only one style of car seat poncho. My regular car seat poncho was and still is made of two layers of anti-pill fleece. Here in Pennsylvania, my grandchildren have found them to be cozy and warm.
Extra Warm Poncho
But what about those kiddos in extremely cold climates? Would two layers of fleece be warm enough for a child in Minnesota or Wisconsin or Canada? I wasn’t sure it would be. That’s why, in my second year of poncho making and selling, I offered the option of choosing a layer of cotton quilt batting that I added between the two layers of anti-pill fleece.
Last year, one third of my poncho orders were for extra warm ponchos. Most of those extra warm ponchos made their way north to colder states and to Canada.
This fall I asked some of those customers whose children used the extra warm ponchos last year to take a short survey. The results were overwhelmingly positive, and every one who responded said that she would make the same choice to purchase the extra warm poncho again.
1. In what state or province do you live?
The women who answered my survey were from Nebraska, Michigan, New Jersey, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and New York.
2. Did the extra warm poncho provide adequate warmth?
Everyone agreed that the extra warm poncho provided adequate warmth. One mom said that on the coldest days in Michigan, she would layer the poncho over a fleece jacket.
3. Where there times when the poncho was too warm?
Some responded that the poncho was too warm for fall and spring weather. Another mom added that if the temperature were forty degrees or warmer, the poncho was not a good choice. The others assured me that the poncho was not too warm in their winter climates.
4. How would you describe the weight and feel of the extra warm poncho?
I wanted to get some opinions on the feel and weight of the extra warm poncho since I’m often trying to describe it to potential customers. My survey-takers described the extra warm poncho as a thicker fleece, not too heavy or thick, warm and cozy, substantial without feeling stiff or cumbersome. One mom was concerned that the extra layer would make the poncho stiff, but it did not.
5. If you were to purchase another poncho, would you choose the extra warm style?
All of the survey participants agreed that if they purchased another poncho, they would, without hesitation, purchase the extra warm poncho again.
There was that one mom who said that since she already had an extra warm poncho, she might choose a regular poncho to use in spring and fall weather. I like this idea! Everyone should buy two ponchos: a regular and an extra warm one.
Contact Me About a Poncho:
If you’re interested in ordering a regular or extra warm car seat poncho, please contact me. You can use the contact form here on this site, contact me in my Etsy shop, or visit my business page on Facebook. I’d be happy to work with you to create a poncho for that special child in your life!