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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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kelly617
by Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM

I do
my son was born at the end of november and he went home from the hospital in a little bear snowsuit
he had to have a "carseat test" because he was in the NICU for 3 days...so he was monitored for 2 hrs buckled into his carseat....with the snowsuit on
all the doctors and nurses said its fine as long as when he ISN"T in such bulky clothes you readjust the buckles but thats just common sense

vetNmommy
by Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Here are the twins when they were 4 months old. They were in the nicu for 6 and 7 weeks. Our NICU Doc said they could be in these while in the carseats. They are 5 now, they were 11 weeks early.

keeler_s
by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM
I do not let my kids wear their cost in their carseat. Booster with regular seat belt that's different IMO.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 11 on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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Coats come off in the car. It's not worth the risk. My kids wear fleece and stay warm enough while the car heats up. I think it would be uncomfortable to be strapped in with a big bulky coat on.
ninjakids
by Christina on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM
Yep! Both my sons 17 months & 3.5 years wear their jackets in the car...just tonight (& the snow storm hasnt even hit us yet it is -10 'feels like -17' according to twn...which for those who cant convert it feels like 1.4°f
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vickiheitzler
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM
I'm sorry but when I cant even go without winter coat, I'm not going to make my one year old not wear one.

Quoting Kris_PBG:


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.




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NHGal
by Bronze Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

My girls do not wear coats - well, my infant does not, my 5 yo is in a HBB for short trips, but before when she was in a 5 point harness or when we are going on long trips, she knows to take off her coat when she gets in the car.

And unless the head of the NICU or your peditrician is a car seat tech, I wouldn't listen to them.  Just because they are doctors doesn't make them knowledgeable about all things babies.

PrettyMomma24
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM
I do. She only wears snow pants when it's super cold out and we r going to the barn.
Kris_PBG
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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There are plenty of warm, safe options.

No one said make them freeze in the car!  :)

Quoting vickiheitzler:

I'm sorry but when I cant even go without winter coat, I'm not going to make my one year old not wear one.

Quoting Kris_PBG:


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.






LntLckrsCmQut
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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If you have to adjust the straps for a jacket or snow suit, it isn't safe.

We take a blanket with us or put the jacket over her once she is buckled in.

DRs aren't trained in car seat safety so it isn't wise to take their advice.

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