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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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keriley1
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:16 PM
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My kids wear their big coats in their seats. I still tighten it up as tight as it will go without hurting them. Its too cold not to wear coats walking to and from our car, and I am not risking my car getting stolen by letting it run to get warm.

calsmom62
by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM
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When our kids were really little I had snow suit bags with places for the strap to buckle into. When they got older we would just open the snowsuit and slip their arms out and buckle them in. I just want to say that I'm so happy my kids are too big for carseats.
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lovebugs_mom906
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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I live in AZ, so we don't get the cold weather that some of you do. That being said, I know you aren't supposed to buy bulky jackets on a child when they are in a car seat. It's a law of physics - having a bulky jacket on will require you to loosen the straps in order to strap the kid in. In the case of an accident, the impact will cause the jacket to compress, making the straps too loose the do any good for the child. It doesn't seem that hard to understand.
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MommyBoha
by Country Girl on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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Never. Bulky coats can and will compress in an accident and it can be deadly. A mom on here a few years ago was in a crash. She was killed and her 2 kids were wearing bulky winter coats and they were ejected and killed. Slipped right out of thier seats, buckles still buckled.

Doctors usually have around an hour of training about carseats. EVER. Certified car seat techs take a 5 day course and are required to have continuing education about it. If my kid is sick.. the Dr is who I trust. If I have a carseat question, I go to a tech.
Also it will be in your carseat manual to never place a child in a seat in bulky clothing
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Mrs.Pedro
by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM
Would you trust a firemen who is a car seat tech? They both go through the same car seat technical training. Honest question... Not being a smart ass or anything.

Quoting mjande4:

Show me an actual college degree from a division 1 school in this area and maybe I can be convinced.


Quoting Ktina11:

Agreed!





Quoting TheMrs407:

And its a doctor's? If education is important to you a car seat tech has more education in carseats than a doctor.





Quoting mjande4:

I am sorry, but anyone with the measily title of tech after it, doesn't impress me.  There's not a degree tied to that little name.





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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mjande4
by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Yes, because the firemen in our area actually go to COLLEGE and get a DEGREE.


Quoting Mrs.Pedro:

Would you trust a firemen who is a car seat tech? They both go through the same car seat technical training. Honest question... Not being a smart ass or anything.

Quoting mjande4:

Show me an actual college degree from a division 1 school in this area and maybe I can be convinced.


Quoting Ktina11:

Agreed!





Quoting TheMrs407:

And its a doctor's? If education is important to you a car seat tech has more education in carseats than a doctor.





Quoting mjande4:

I am sorry, but anyone with the measily title of tech after it, doesn't impress me.  There's not a degree tied to that little name.





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)




 













nikkik526
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM
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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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nikkik526
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:41 PM
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Drs arent certified car seat techs so why would they know about car seats? You manual that came with the seats tells u not to do this even!

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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beadingmom17
by Rachel on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:41 PM
I remember that mom :'(

Quoting MommyBoha:

Never. Bulky coats can and will compress in an accident and it can be deadly. A mom on here a few years ago was in a crash. She was killed and her 2 kids were wearing bulky winter coats and they were ejected and killed. Slipped right out of thier seats, buckles still buckled.

Doctors usually have around an hour of training about carseats. EVER. Certified car seat techs take a 5 day course and are required to have continuing education about it. If my kid is sick.. the Dr is who I trust. If I have a carseat question, I go to a tech.

Also it will be in your carseat manual to never place a child in a seat in bulky clothing
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nikkik526
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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No you can not, your manual even says it. Dont give others deadly info.

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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