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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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river.red
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:12 AM
What does it do of they are in a snow suit or heavy jacket and get in a accident? Ive never heard this before.
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Randi02
by Gold Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:15 AM
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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. 




ReachtotheStars
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:18 AM
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I saw a crash test video when I took my safety class at our local health department.  I would get a new ped.  Mine keeps up to date on what is safe and is intelligent.  I imagine anyone who knows even basic physics can figure it out.  

bolz08
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:19 AM
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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.....

Randi02
by Gold Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:20 AM
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Here is a link that shows what can happen. For some reason (unrelated to the snow suit) the seat was ejected from the vehicle during the accident. The baby was ejected from the seat BECAUSE of the thick clothing, and was found several feet away in a snowbank. The thick clothing compresses when you're in an accident. That allows the child to slip out of their clothing, or the harness, and be thrown from their seat.

I'm in Canada, and you can be charged under the traffic safety act if your child is injured or killed while using a snow suit or bunting bag in their seats, since they are not recommended or regulated for safety.

Quoting river.red:

What does it do of they are in a snow suit or heavy jacket and get in a accident? Ive never heard this before.


JP-StrongForTwo
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:36 AM

FYI, it IS ok to put a rolled up wash cloth between baby and crotch belt as far as I know. If i am wrong, one of the other ladies can correct me. 

tnkrbell860
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:46 AM

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.


Kim042269
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:56 AM

I never even heard of that issue. I take my baby's coat off because if I don't she'll get hot.

MrsImperfect
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:00 AM
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This. I never knew about taking their coats off. The car is freezing theres no way in hell im taking the coat off to fit in a car seat. I adjust the straps and everything has been fine.

Quoting Mandie183:

You can use a snowsuit with a car seat as long as you adjust the straps appropriately, meaning you should only be able to slide 2 fingers under the straps. Mine have always wore snow suits in their car seats.
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tnkrbell860
by Bronze Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:11 AM

Here are a few more of her winter attires....

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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