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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 8:47 PM
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Kris_PBG
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:17 AM
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Quoting bolz08:

one of those things I didn't even know was an issue in the "real world" until CM....this place is NUTS....there is such a short list of things that make you a bad parent around here.....




Reading and following the car seat manual isn't exactly setting the bar very high.
Kris_PBG
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:20 AM
Quoting MrsImperfect:




That is actually unsafe and not allowed as per the car seat manual/manufacturer.
tnkrbell860
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:22 AM

http://download.gracobaby.com/ProductInstructionManuals/PD115605A.pdf 


I don't know if I am missing anything, but I just re-read the manual for our carseat (Graco Snugride 35), I don't see anything about no coats or snowsuits....Am I just over reading it? (I am pretty tired, and not feeling well)

MariannLws
by Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:33 AM


I took very excellent care. All of our children are healthy and have all made it out of the car seat phase with out a scratch on them. 

I wanted to thank you very much for taking the time to explain to me in shouty caps no less the importance of child safety and the proper use of car seats. I can tell you are passionate about this topic. you are to be commended. You points are well stated and noted. 

You make a fair point about my taking more care. You are absolutely correct. 

Quoting Randi02:

It's not about the seats moving. It's about compression. It's impossible to tighten the straps with the same force you would find in a crash.

Your car seat manual will tell you NOT to put them in the seat while wearing bulky clothing (snow suits, bundle me's etc.) and it will also tell you NOT to use aftermarket products (strap extenders etc.) because they are not safe, and may interfere with the function of the seat.

With how many accidents you've been in, one would think you'd take a little more care.

Quoting MariannLws:


Read the manuals darlin. They were as snug as a bug in a rug. That car seat wasn't going any where. We've been in a few finder benders and 1 really bad accident and those seats didn't budge. My husband and I were thrown around more in our own seat belts than the kids when they were in car seats. Thank goodness I don't have to worry about car seats anymore. 

I say best of luck to ya mommas

Quoting nikkik526:

Nope, not safe. Read ur manual.

Quoting MariannLws:

Of course you can use a car seat while your child is wearing a snow suit or coat. It's all about adjusting the staps. Also you can purchase a strap extender from Amazon.com or ToysRus. 






autumns_mom22
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:39 AM
I made that huge mistake when my oldest was littler. She said it was perfectly fine to turn my than 6 month old forward. Not being on here at that time or doing my own research , I believed her. Thank the heavens above we never crashed, but I know better than that now!!



Just because your doctor is the head of a NICU doesn't make her an expert in carseat safety!!


Quoting VintageWife:

Carseat techs ARE smarter about carseats than doctors. Why would you think a doctor trained in inside the body things would be able to tell you about a safety device used inside a VEHICLE. 



Quoting mjande4:



Haven't you learned by now that the women on CM are much smarter than any one with an advanced degree like a doctor!? LOL  (insert sarcasm)



 

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NyiaBaby216
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:45 AM
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Yup, we get carseat checks too. I was unaware of the danger that wearing a snowsuit in a car seat could bring. The doctor told us to take him out of it, put him back in, readjust the straps, and use the now suit & blanket to cover him up. They must know sonething.

Quoting mamisjourney:

around here, before you leave the hospital the nurses do a car seat check. Now why would they do that if they are not trained to do so? you wont be able to leave the hospital without a car seat check. So I think a NICU is a reliable source. Also if you go to the fire department they will give you safety information and check that the car seats and bases are installed correctly.

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SissyAnn141
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:48 AM

 

                      Adjust the stapes..................

kcrogue
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 3:16 AM

Hmm like ask you pediatrician about nursing. A 2 hour class and they are good to tell everyone else. It is interesting that there is no videos although not surprising I have a feeling no one is funding that sort of thing cause it has no financial benefits for anyone. I feel I must mention that my doctor also told me it was perfectly safe to turn my 1 year old around. And I did. You can find plenty of videos on that, it's not safer. Also it's not just moms saying no winter coats there is plenty of safety sites. Here's one. 

http://www.utahsafetycouncil.org/assets/pdf/keeping_kids_warm_when_its_cold_outside.pdf

Hope this helps with the confusion. Just think of the puffy coats as full of air it'll all compress when in an accident and won't hold baby in. It's just like putting baby in a carseat with lose straps. 


AlaRyk0811
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 4:06 AM
The straps above her shoulders IS a huge issue... She doid not fit in that seat AT all.. My son was a preemie. Leaving the hospital at 4lbs even and his straps were perfect


Quoting tnkrbell860:

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.



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Salsacookies
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 4:27 AM
If you tighten up the straps so that they already compress the material, how is it going to compress more?

Quoting nikkik526:

Do this, put ur daughter in her coat or snowsuit and place her in her car seat; make sure her straps are tight. Now WITHOUT adjusting her straps take her out and take the coat or snowsuit off. Put her back in WITHOUT adjusting the straps and buckle her in.



Do you see all the extra room? Thats because the coat dosent compress by the straps but it will in a car accident and all the extra room can cause ur daughter to be ejected from her car seat and ur car which could kill her.
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