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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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tnkrbell860
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

First of all I NEVER said the GRACO PREEMIE CAR SEAT was thie Chicco KeyFit 30...I forgot to write the name of the car seat I would look into IF we decided to have another child. So before jumping down my throat maybe you should read a little better. You can think all you want about the preemie seat. The car seat tech who installed it is the SAME man who is called by the NICU when they need loaner seats....so, if it makes you feel better to think you know everything and are right, I won't lose any sleep over it. All I know is I watched the man take it out of his car seat trailer, tear open the box and rip the tags off. So believe what you want...Not to mention she isn't even IN that seat any more and while she was in it I was right by her side. Oh, and I LOVE how you assume I SHOVE my child into anything. Are you for real right now? Smh

Quoting MamaPeanut:

That is NOT a Chicco KeyFit. I've seen and worked with many, which are great for small babies.

That brown death trap you shoved your baby into is old, and way too big for a preemie. You are full of shit, and no one is buying it.


Quoting tnkrbell860:

This seat....Chicco KeyFit 30 (4-30 lbs) 

Quoting MamaPeanut:

OP, that seat did NOT it get at all as a newborn!!

How could you just risk her life like that?!



The straps should come from at or Below shoulders die rear facing and they are way above hers. You needed to buy her a decent seat, rather than use what is obviously a used, older piece of crap!



tnkrbell860
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:33 PM

That particular car seat does not come with a base...it is a preemie seat. Her seat she is in now is the Graco Snugride 35

Quoting Anonymous:

Your car seat is not installed properly. It needs a base not just the belt strapped across it.


tiffs2009
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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She is so freakin cute!
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tnkrbell860
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Idk..they just never had us do those things. We just signed papers and they set up an appointment for Feb with a specialist to check her progress. No videos, no car seat test...maybe it is just different here than where you are. But even the NICU said he was who they call when they need preemie car seats...She was 4lbs 1oz when we brought her home. I'm just going by what they (the NICU and the car seat tech) told me...

Quoting Charliesmommy11:

They have to do all of those things yes but they also have to meet the weight requirement. Rules are rules for a reason , seats don't come equipped to safely transport a 2lb baby. We spent the last 2 weeks of our nicu stay (112 days total ) waiting on those last few ounces so he could pass the car seat test. I'm not trying to start an argument but your not the only mom in the world who's ever brought home a preemie so 99% of your statements are false , inaccurate , and unsafe.

I bought and took back three car seats before we found one he properly fit in with the straps as tight as they would go , the police officer on duty came to our car to check that the base was properly installed and signed off on the car seat study. We then started the four hour long discharge process which included signing about a dozen different papers, three videos , and two consultations with the neonatologist on call that day.

I promise you though , there is no such thing as a preemie seat , there are seats like the Chicco key fit 30 which can safely transport a 4 lb baby ( you have to call the manufacturer to ask about 4 lbs since what's listed is 5lbs).


Quoting tnkrbell860:

The NICU she was in said they don't go by weight anymore. They have to eat, keep their temperature and go to the bathroom a certain ammount...idk...odd to me because I always thought they had to be at least 5lbs

Quoting Charliesmommy11:

Btw NO carseat on the market is approved for babies at 2lbs , that's why hospitals won't release them until 4-5lbs at bare minimum.




Diamondblue1
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Awww how cute:) i put my chunky bunny iin her carseat with her snowsuit on and she's 2 months old. It's really cold so she needs to stay warm if we go out. All my kids had snow suits and the wore them in their carseats.
tnkrbell860
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM

That car seat was at a special 45 degree angle. But I did sit in the back with her every time we went anywhere with that seat (Dr appts only) and held her head. They told me no head supports, which I found odd because there is NOTHING in the seat...like nothing at all....I was extrememly happy to move her up to her Graco Snugride 35 when she was just over 5lbs....

Quoting Anonymous:

The harness is coming from above her shoulders, it's not reclined enough and that is causing her head slump which cuts off oxygen and is very dangerous for babies to start off.

Quoting tnkrbell860:

explain...please

Quoting Anonymous:

Op those car seat pictures are a nightmare.



wissotamum
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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First off, your baby is super cute. Lets just get that settled right off the bat.
Drs and Peds are rarely (if ever) certified carseat technicians. It's a multiple day course (at least in our state) and carseat clinics are usually offered for free as a public service by police stations or car dealerships. Our docs will give general advice in carseats, but always defer to details to those who are trained in fitting them.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM
The graco snug ride 30 ( which is the seat the man with the car seat trailer gave you ) is rated from 4-30 lbs. YOU need to check your facts , no car seat is rated for 2lbs.
tnkrbell860
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

^This is the one the car seat tech loaned us...It is Graco but definitely not a Graco Snugride 30. 


^This one is one we purchased..it is the Graco Snugride 35...rated for 5lbs to 35lbs and up to 32in. 


The car seat tech is the one said they have preemie car seats 2lbs and up and said that was what he gave me. I have seen the lowest in store 4lbs and up. We got her convertible seat for her Shower. Had she been born on her due date she would have been fine in what we had already purchased for her...Knowing absolutely NOTHING about preemies/preemie car seats before having her, I listened to a licensed car seat tech, recommended by the NICU and the Police Dept that was there working with him...


Evenflo Symphony 65 LX All-In-One Convertible Car Seat - Graphic Black 

  • Rear Facing for infants 5 to 40 lbs.
  • Forward Facing for infants 20 to 65 lbs.
  • Booster for children 40 to 100 lbs.

 

Quoting Anonymous:

The graco snug ride 30 ( which is the seat the man with the car seat trailer gave you ) is rated from 4-30 lbs. YOU need to check your facts , no car seat is rated for 2lbs.


Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM
So this NICU in particular is the only NICU in the entire United States that has access to preemie car seats is this what your telling me ? Are you saying that when I spent months searching for a car seat and almost ended up purchasing a medical car bed seat because there IS no such thing as a preemie car seat that I was lied to by one of the top NICUs in the United States ?

Seriously fact check , it's not hard to do.


Quoting tnkrbell860:

^This is the one the car seat tech loaned us...It is Graco but definitely not a Graco Snugride 30. 


^This one is one we purchased..it is the Graco Snugride 35...rated for 5lbs to 35lbs and up to 32in. 


The car seat tech is the one said they have preemie car seats 2lbs and up and said that was what he gave me. I have seen the lowest in store 4lbs and up. We got her convertible seat for her Shower. Had she been born on her due date she would have been fine in what we had already purchased for her...Knowing absolutely NOTHING about preemies/preemie car seats before having her, I listened to a licensed car seat tech, recommended by the NICU and the Police Dept that was there working with him...


Evenflo Symphony 65 LX All-In-One Convertible Car Seat - Graphic Black 

  • Rear Facing for infants 5 to 40 lbs.
  • Forward Facing for infants 20 to 65 lbs.
  • Booster for children 40 to 100 lbs.

 

Quoting Anonymous:

The graco snug ride 30 ( which is the seat the man with the car seat trailer gave you ) is rated from 4-30 lbs. YOU need to check your facts , no car seat is rated for 2lbs.



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