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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 8:47 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 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....


   

Replies

  • VintageWife
    January 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    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.

  • mjande4
    by mjande4
    January 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    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)

  • brebugmom91
    January 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM
    Didn't you know? Doctors know NOTHING! LMAO!

    Anyway I don't. To ME it doesn't look safe.
  • TiffanyMarie80
    January 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    This - - any carseat safety tech worth their salt willt ell you NOT to do that.  The crash test videos are out there - look them up.


    ETA - the users manual that comes with the carseat also states that this is not safe and that bulky coats and snowsuits should NEVER be worn with a carseat. 


    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.


  • Mandie183
    January 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM
    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.
  • my4littlegirls
    January 21, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    read the car seat owner manuel. THey say in there that bulky clothing is not allowed

  • acrogodess
    January 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM
    when my kids were young enough for carseats we didn't need them. We have always used public transportation and many NYC cabs don't even have seatbelts. I am no help when it comes to carseat safety
  • angevil53
    January 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM
    Well have you ever seen the difference in the straps on them with the coats on? It's too big and on impact it cannot protect them. It's not close enough to their bodies to hold them down throwing their heads forward.
  • VintageWife
    January 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    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)

     

  • PEEK05
    by PEEK05
    January 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Why would a NICU nurse and a doctor know anything about car seats unless they took the extra time to become a certified tech?  No child will fit with a heavy winter jacket or a snowsuit without having to readjust the straps lol.

    This is the thickest kind of coat my kids wear in the car since absolutely no readjustment is necessary to buckle them in.  Most of the time they are in fleece jackets. 


    We will add blankets or give them a heavier coat AFTER being buckled in so that they can put their arms through it backward or cover up with a blanket to keep warm.

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