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winter coat and carseat?

I was reading this article about rearfacing carseats and this one comment at the end of the article someone wrote that winter coats and carseats are bad. how do you not ? i live in a very cold climate and i am not putting on and off my child's coat every time i take her in and out of car. has anyone hear about this and think its the most ridculous comment ever made. maybe that momt hat wrote it does not live in a very cold climate and has no clue.


Asked by lambdarose at 7:46 AM on Dec. 11, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • It is not ridiculous at all. I work at a police department and we are carseat safety checkpoint. This applies for all carseats not just infant. The padding in a winter coat compresses in an accident and there is room for a child to come out of the seat. You can put your child in a thinner fleece jacket and that is acceptable. Or i like to put my little girl in her seat, buckle her in, and then put her jacket on backwards. Blankets are also a good option. I know it is a pain in the butt to have to take their coat on and off but really the safety of the child is the most important thing. A little inconvenience can go a long way in an accident. Try this test. Put your child's coat on and put them in their seat buckled the way you normally would. then take them out and buckle it without adjusting the straps. That will show you the wiggle room if you were in a wreck. Should be 2 fingers width in the straps or its too much

    Answer by teagansmom10 at 7:54 AM on Dec. 11, 2010

  • Also maybe you could take your child to a safety checkpoint in your area to be checked and see what they say about winter coats

    Answer by teagansmom10 at 7:55 AM on Dec. 11, 2010

  • no thanks. i am not taking her winter coat off. its ridiculous. she has enough room.

    Comment by lambdarose (original poster) at 7:57 AM on Dec. 11, 2010

  • actually it is safer to not have a puffy winter coat on while buckled in. We live in upstate NY. Last winter we bought a car seat cover. You layer a few blankets over the child after he/she has been strapped in. Baby stays warmer than everybody else. If you're rear facing a toddler then buy a special fleece jacket that can protect from the freezing cold temps.

    Answer by lady-J-Rock at 7:58 AM on Dec. 11, 2010