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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 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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by Gold Member on Feb. 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Do either of these boys look cold to you? Yes these are fleece apropreate for use with the car seat and keep my kids very warm. The smaller pic is my 22.5 month old recently, it was negative 13 that day and he was nice a warm and safe! And yes he is rear faceing because he is safer that way. The top pic is my oldest in his suit and yes he is foward faceing because he is to big to rear face or hed be rear faceing to. 

Quoting nikkik526:

No its common sense that tells u to follow the car seat manual. Care seats FAIL testing with coats, they dont fail without. I live on the border of NY & NJ in PA I know what cold is, negative temps. Guess what I still dont risk my childs life because they ARE not cold in polar fleece snowsuits which ARE car seat SAFE.

Yea we definitely are two different types of mother because I would never risk my childs life! BTW you live in a proper use state, so ur breaking the law by not useing your car seat properly.

Quoting Makhismommy:

Simple as this you did take it to a far extreme an unnecessary extreme. But let me put it to you like this 5 point harasses keep your kid in the damn seat ... Coat or no coat your baby isn't coming outta that belt that goes ACROSS the chest... If your baby ejects from the seat it will happen with o without the coat it doesn't matter common sense will tell you that... Ill be damned if I send my baby outside with no coat... I live in NJ ... Sending him out bare is dumb as hell ... I do things my way and you do things your way... Period point blank... We are two different kind of mothers... END OF STORY

Quoting Makhismommy:

I'm sorry but you just took that a little too far!!! It's a simple debate

Quoting Makhismommy:

Yea that's great and all but who the hell is gonna take care of your kid when he is sick .?? Lets be realistic here... In NJ a fleece isn't gonna cut it

Quoting nikkik526:

Read your car seat manual! The people who make and test the seats say its not safe!

Quoting Makhismommy:

That's what I said

Quoting goodmama85:

who in the hell said you can't put a baby in the car set with a winter coat???? lol that is the most ridiculous thing i have EVER heard in my 27 yrs of life mom did it with me and my sister we are both just fine,i did it with my my older 2 and do it with this my youngest.*GASP* oh the horror*rolls eyes*


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