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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 Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM
I always leave their coats on
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by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM
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Oh goodness - it is fact.

Children HAVE been ejected from being in snow suits - one occured just a few weeks ago.

Nurses and doctors typically have NO training in car seat related issues.

Might as well as a banker about what cut of meat to buy.

by Bronze Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM
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My kids wear fleece and cover with a blanket. If its less than 15 we don't go anywhere. We start the car so its warm when they get in it.
Good test if its too bulky... Install without the coat/ snowsuit... Tighten the straps so they are pinch test tight... Take them out without adjusting the straps... Put on coat. Put in seat and buckle. If the straps need adjusted the coat/ snowsuit is too bulky. If no adjustment is needed coat/ snowsuit if fine.
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by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM
My son wears his winter coat, I just readjust the straps when I need too.
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by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Quoting brittany208:

I never even knew you werent supposed to until I read it on here.

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by Katie on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM


Quoting MrsDavidB25:


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.

 Tell me about it.

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by Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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We preheat the car, usually the kids wear a fleece. We take off their coats before getting in and buckled, then we strap them in and the coats are put on backwards (like a snuggly), keeps them nice and warm without compromising their safety. It realls isn't that hard, if your child is dressed well they won't freeze and it only takes a few seconds to put back on when it's time to get out.

by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Luckily when we moved to the north, my son was out of a car seat and in just a booster seat.  But he didn't wear his snowsuit because that would've been uncomfortable.  Not a winter coat either. He would wear a hoodie and take his coat with him.  We keep the car warm enough and if we had gotten stuck somewhere, we have blankets in the car in the winter.  The only time he wore snowpants in the car was if we were going sledding which wasn't too far away.

by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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by Anonymous on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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It is going to be -4 tomorrow morning and my kids will be in coats and not just fleece as I am not going to have kids getting sick and freezing, cars dont warm up when its like this.

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