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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 opinions...no 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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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

We don't do snowsuits but when it gets super cold here we do still wear coats with the straps readjusted!  But that being said the car seat nazis will eat you alive if you don't agree with them!

StrawberryCool
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM
I do.

We get below freezing.

And I refuse a bunch of cmers tell me differently.

They possibly be warm enough in a sweater or just fleece.

She has the option of leaving her coat on or take it off. But sjes now in a booster only.

But when she was a baby she had a coat on.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM
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I also don't know anyone in real life who rear faces their 5 year old like the moms on here.


Quoting jteffs:

I always do. I dont know anyone irl who doesn't.

Kris_PBG
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:04 PM
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That is very dangerous.  The jackets compresses and that "reajustment" that you have done id all slack harness in an accident.

Slack harness leads to inury and even ejection.

It is in your car seat manual to no do this for good reason.

Quoting vickiheitzler:

My son wears his winter coat, I just readjust the straps when I need too.



cLanief
by Ruby Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM
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I do. Sorry but if I'm cold in my garage with my winter coat on I'm not letting my kids go without a coat. Same with my car since I do not warm it up . My daughters harness still stays nice and snug.... jacket or not.
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Kris_PBG
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM
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It is in you car seat manual to not do that for good reason.

It is not about other people - it is about your child's safety.

Readjusting those straps is very unsafe, as in an accident, the jacket compresses and your child is much more likely to be injured or ejected.

If you are comfortable with that for your child, have at it....


Quoting Anonymous:

We don't do snowsuits but when it gets super cold here we do still wear coats with the straps readjusted!  But that being said the car seat nazis will eat you alive if you don't agree with them!



levansbx
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM
Honestly, it's to much work trying to strap her in with her coat on. It's dater if I take it off first then cover her with it. She's 19 months.
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jteffs
by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM
Me either! I've never seen anyone actually rearface past...maybe 18 months irl

Quoting Anonymous:

I also don't know anyone in real life who rear faces their 5 year old like the moms on here.




Quoting jteffs:

I always do. I dont know anyone irl who doesn't.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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My kid wears her coat. And adjusted PROPERLY, there is no slack in her harness at all. We do just fine, so you be you, and I'll be me. And I couldn't care less if we never meet in the middle. My kid, my rules, and she's perfectly safe.

KelliansMom
by Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM
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I dont never have its not safe...I dont even where my big winter jacket in the car with the seat belt for the same reasons

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