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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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MariannLws
by Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM

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. 

Paperfishies
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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IMO peditricians should have to take the course.  My kids pediatrician takes it every 2 years, so does every doctor in the practice and every nurse.

with that said, everything I learned in the course I could have learned via YouTube videos...the course isn't the end all be all that CPST nazis make it out to be.  Much of it is common sense. 

I realize we all have our issues that we latch onto and lobby for to make us feel like we have a purpose but the car seat group is almost as bad as the breast feeding nazis.  I have now had 4 bitches contact me via private message on here to bitch me out about my profile picture.  Not a one of those dumb bitches took 2 seconds to actually look at the picture to see that my kid is sitting in a STROLLER and not a car seat.

Quoting Kaybean:

Even if that's the case, they still know more than a doctor that has no training.


Quoting Paperfishies:


Actually I agree and I've taken the 4 day course.  I think it's funny how car seat techs get all high and mighty.  The 4 day course and $75 fee doesn't impress me but hey, as long as it makes them feel like they have a purpose in life, all ya can do is give them a head pat and a "bless your heart".


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)


 










dommad2
by Tamara on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:50 AM
I live in IL and agree with you ladies. DH thinks I'm nuts but lets me do it lol

Quoting Kaybean:

I'm in MN too. We start our cars and let them warm up all the time :)




Quoting 2girlsMom.MN:

We live in Minnesota. Currently the temperature is -6 degrees. COLD.  My kids wear fleece, hoodies, spring/fall jackets but not winter coats or anything bulky. We have blankets in the backseat. I can't warm my car up it's actually against the law to leave a car running with the keys inside where I live. My kids don't mind. Tonight we went from the inside the shopping mall to a car that had been sitting outside for hours. My kids hopped in, took their coats off, buckeled up and snuggled with blankets.


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dommad2
by Tamara on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM
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Why would you want a strap extender???

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. 

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Kaybean
by Kayleen on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Oh wow, I took one look and could tell it was a stroller. I get what you mean for sure. I do think all doctors and nurses should have to have some sort of training with car seat safety. It's great that yours does.


Quoting Paperfishies:


IMO peditricians should have to take the course.  My kids pediatrician takes it every 2 years, so does every doctor in the practice and every nurse.

with that said, everything I learned in the course I could have learned via YouTube videos...the course isn't the end all be all that CPST nazis make it out to be.  Much of it is common sense. 

I realize we all have our issues that we latch onto and lobby for to make us feel like we have a purpose but the car seat group is almost as bad as the breast feeding nazis.  I have now had 4 bitches contact me via private message on here to bitch me out about my profile picture.  Not a one of those dumb bitches took 2 seconds to actually look at the picture to see that my kid is sitting in a STROLLER and not a car seat.


Quoting Kaybean:

Even if that's the case, they still know more than a doctor that has no training.





Quoting Paperfishies:


Actually I agree and I've taken the 4 day course.  I think it's funny how car seat techs get all high and mighty.  The 4 day course and $75 fee doesn't impress me but hey, as long as it makes them feel like they have a purpose in life, all ya can do is give them a head pat and a "bless your heart".



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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prdmomnarmywife
by Gold Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:55 AM
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With my first the NICU nurses and discharge nurse (both certified ) said NO . That it was not safe . Along with anything added to the seat that it did not come with , including toys ! And to always put the handle bar down
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nikkik526
by Gold Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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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. 

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mommy4ever07
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Never even in 50 below did my kids where jackets in their car seats.

MariannLws
by Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:05 AM


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. 



Randi02
by Gold Member on Jan. 22, 2013 at 1:09 AM

This.

Even my 2 year old knows her coat has to come off before I put her in. It gets below -48C here, and none of my kids wear their coats in the car.

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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