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So this will probably blow up into a HUGE debate...BUT...Car Seats & Snowsuits/Winter Coats (edited with pix added)
January 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

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....



  • macksmom716
    January 21, 2013 at 8:51 PM
    I always did. I just readjusted straps when necessary.
  • CrunchyBran
    January 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    You should dig deeper.  It is dangerous.

  • CrunchyBran
    January 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    And I'm doubting either your Dr or head NICU nurse are carseat experts.

  • BeachMommy07
    January 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    snow suit? No. Winter jacket? occasionally. especially if I'm going somewhere close.

  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1
    January 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM
    I did
  • Raeann11
    January 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I will do coats when it is below 10 degrees. We get lots of below zero with below wind chills. I feel more comfortable with them in a coat.

    Just like everything else. One day they say no and then they say yes. It is contantly changing and we all need to do what we feel is right for us.

  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    January 21, 2013 at 8:56 PM
    It gets pretty cold here so what I do Is unzip The coat, get the sides outside of the straps and buckle them in, then zip up their coats again (so the straps are still tight on them but the coat is zipped up on top so they dont get cold)
  • Kaelaasmom
    January 21, 2013 at 8:56 PM

     I always did. I am so glad we are past the car seat issues.

  • peanutsmommy1
    January 21, 2013 at 8:56 PM
    Doctors and nurses know lots about medicine, that doesnt make them experts in car seat safety
  • bigmessylife
    January 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM
    I don't. My kids wear fleece so that there is little to no compression if we were to get in an accident.

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