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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
Replies (61-70):
keriley1
by Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM

I am not talking about the big feather down coats. Those are crappy coats to wash so I don't buy them. I have the big thick like, wool type coats. I don't know for sure if that makes a difference, but I think it does. And I don't mean my 5 month old either, she doesn't have a coat. We pack a ton of blankets on top of her and have a cover over the seat.

Quoting nikkik526:

Do you know that in a crash thier coats will compress and they will be ejectec and possibly killed?

Try this.....put thier coats on and put them in thier seats, tighten the straps (to where u think they r tight enough), WITHOUT losening the straps take them out, now take the coat off and put them back in, buckle them but DO NOT adjust the straps. Now do you see all that extra room? Thats cuz the coat will not compress just by the straps but will by the force of a crash, leaving all that room for them to be ejected.


Quoting keriley1:

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.


nikkik526
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM
It dont make a difference, try it. Nothing other then fleacee is safe in the car seat.

Quoting keriley1:

I am not talking about the big feather down coats. Those are crappy coats to wash so I don't buy them. I have the big thick like, wool type coats. I don't know for sure if that makes a difference, but I think it does. And I don't mean my 5 month old either, she doesn't have a coat. We pack a ton of blankets on top of her and have a cover over the seat.

Quoting nikkik526:

Do you know that in a crash thier coats will compress and they will be ejectec and possibly killed?



Try this.....put thier coats on and put them in thier seats, tighten the straps (to where u think they r tight enough), WITHOUT losening the straps take them out, now take the coat off and put them back in, buckle them but DO NOT adjust the straps. Now do you see all that extra room? Thats cuz the coat will not compress just by the straps but will by the force of a crash, leaving all that room for them to be ejected.




Quoting keriley1:

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.


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thatgirl70
by Carin on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Doctors aren't pros at proper carseat usage, why would you ask them? Would you go to a sushi chef and ask him to perform surgery on you because he does well with knives? I mean seriously, it's not the same.

Due9
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM
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You're right...it's blowing up

Due9
by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:48 PM

I just want to mention also, that a big winter coat staying on in a closed area, with possibly the heater on, can overheat the kiddos. That's not comfortable or safe for them. 

keriley1
by Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I'll stick to what I do. Thanks tho. I just don't feel like having the conversation anymore since its way past bedtime.

Quoting nikkik526:

It dont make a difference, try it. Nothing other then fleacee is safe in the car seat.

Quoting keriley1:

I am not talking about the big feather down coats. Those are crappy coats to wash so I don't buy them. I have the big thick like, wool type coats. I don't know for sure if that makes a difference, but I think it does. And I don't mean my 5 month old either, she doesn't have a coat. We pack a ton of blankets on top of her and have a cover over the seat.

Quoting nikkik526:

Do you know that in a crash thier coats will compress and they will be ejectec and possibly killed?



Try this.....put thier coats on and put them in thier seats, tighten the straps (to where u think they r tight enough), WITHOUT losening the straps take them out, now take the coat off and put them back in, buckle them but DO NOT adjust the straps. Now do you see all that extra room? Thats cuz the coat will not compress just by the straps but will by the force of a crash, leaving all that room for them to be ejected.




Quoting keriley1:

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.



nikkik526
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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You can lead a horse to water but cant force them to drink.
Your manuals even say nothing that u have to adjust the straps for can be used in the car seat, thats cuz it fails the safty tests with bigger stuff on.

That being said its ur kid not mine, so do what u feel like but my kid will stay safe.


Quoting keriley1:

I'll stick to what I do. Thanks tho. I just don't feel like having the conversation anymore since its way past bedtime.

Quoting nikkik526:

It dont make a difference, try it. Nothing other then fleacee is safe in the car seat.



Quoting keriley1:

I am not talking about the big feather down coats. Those are crappy coats to wash so I don't buy them. I have the big thick like, wool type coats. I don't know for sure if that makes a difference, but I think it does. And I don't mean my 5 month old either, she doesn't have a coat. We pack a ton of blankets on top of her and have a cover over the seat.

Quoting nikkik526:

Do you know that in a crash thier coats will compress and they will be ejectec and possibly killed?





Try this.....put thier coats on and put them in thier seats, tighten the straps (to where u think they r tight enough), WITHOUT losening the straps take them out, now take the coat off and put them back in, buckle them but DO NOT adjust the straps. Now do you see all that extra room? Thats cuz the coat will not compress just by the straps but will by the force of a crash, leaving all that room for them to be ejected.






Quoting keriley1:

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.



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Oceana09
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM
The hospital wouldn't let me leave with my son without a bigger jacket on him. It wasn't even 15 degree's outside when we took him home. I was under the impression that you weren't supposed to do that either, but then again, I like you, have only seen parents opinions on it here on this site mostly. Honestly, I think it's about as bad as the erf arguments that happen all the time. Just because one parent chooses to do that does not mean i have to.
peaches_04
by Silver Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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Lol why am i not suprised youre number 1

Quoting VintageWife:

I would absolutely never do it! Why would you ask doctors about carseats? Do you ask mechanics about recipes or hairstylists about trumpet lessons? Come on now...only ask people trained in what you are trying to find out about.

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Oceana09
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Just for the record, since some of you seem to think that everyone has heated vehicles...that's a luxury. Some of us don't.

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