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So this will probably blow up into a HUGE debate...BUT...Car Seats & Snowsuits/Winter Coats (edited with pix added)

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Winter Coats and Car seats...

I see A LOT of people saying 'don't put your child in a car seat in a winter coat or a snowsuit, it's dangerous.' I have asked my child's DR and even the Head of the NICU unit she was in when she was born. Both say it is assining and perfectly fine to place your child in their car seat with their snow suit or coat as long as when they aren't wearing it you readjust the straps. I have searched online and I only see parents car seat crash test with a winter coat or snowsuit with a child being ejected from their seat...

SOOOO....Who puts their child in their car seat with a snow suit or Coat...and who doesn't?

***I need to add, my Daughter is normally in her fleece, she is a little furnace and our car gets heated fairly quickly, I do carry along her snowsuit if I know it will be REALLY cold though. But I am not against putting her in a coat or snowsuit if the weather is cold...

***Another edit...Our carseat was installed by the police dept AND a certified car seat tech who even told us (because she was only 4lbs 1oz the day we took her home) that we could take a washcloth and roll it up in the crotch area as well (we didn't) There are 6 Dr's in her Pedi office and they all say it is fine. Along with the head of NICU. I asked simply because a lot of people on my Facebook have been posting about it. I have googled and can not find anything but parents videos. Is there a video with the actual crash test dummies???

***Personally, my Daughter goes in the carseat depending on weather. Normally she is just in a fleece or a light snow suit. I have had her in a thick snowsuit on extremely cold days. When I brought her home the end of September we had her in her regular car seat just to carry her to the car. She was too small for her regular seat and a car seat tech that was working with a police station gave and installed a preemie car seat for us. The first picture is in what she sits in now (now she is a 10lb 8oz 4m old) The other pictures are her in our car in her preemie seat the day she came home and the day after to her Dr appt. Then one of her preemie car seat and one of her the day after we brought her home and now at 4 months on our small dog (oh no!! lol yes, I hear how it is so unsafe from my Mother in Law...) AND before anyone bashes me about her straps above her shoulders...This was a brand new Graco Preemie car seat we got from a certified car seat tech who installed it in our car at a car seat and inspection site. He put the pool noodles there. I never even knew they made Preemie car seats, this is a 2lb and up and on the smallest size it can go, the lowest strap slot as well. For about 2 months she traveled in her preemie seat then we would transfer her to her 'big girl seat' when we were going into the store or wherever...yes, take her out, put her in the other, put it in the cart the whole shabang...but she didn't travel in her infant seat until she was just over 5lbs. (Graco Snugride 35)


Here are a few more of her winter attires....


by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM
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by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM
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I never even knew you werent supposed to until I read it on here.

by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM
There are people especially trained in car seat safety. And yes many are nurses and Dr. So do you not wear a coat because it may not be safe?
by Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I don't. Super dangerous especially here with so many crazy drivers. I'm not taking any chances.

by Anonymous 4 on Jan. 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM
A fellow Mama sent me a JJ Cole thingamabob that keeps her warm. I mean she literally sweats in this thing when we put her in it to load up. lol
by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM
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If I have to readjust the straps, I won't have him wear it in the seat. The compression gap is too large for me to feel safe doing it otherwise.

by Anonymous 5 on Jan. 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM
I let them wear their coats. Has anyone been able to find the numbers of how many kids were ejected from a properly buckled car seat due to a jacket/snowsuit?
by Anonymous 6 on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM
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I do...tell me if the kids are in a five point harness and the sstraps are pulled tight then how can they slip out? The harness buckles at the crotch there is no clat there.
by Kaylee on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM
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I don't.. And there are a TON of videos/tests/supporting articles that say why not to do it.. You need to research further.

It was -43 Celsius here yesterday. If I can go without huge puffy suits in car seats with 3 kids, anyone can.

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM
I always do. I dont know anyone irl who doesn't.
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by Stacey on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM


Quoting Kaelaasmom:

 I always did. I am so glad we are past the car seat issues.

 Me too. And crib recalls, and bpa bottles, and collapsing strollers. I could go on.

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