The Do's and Don'ts of How to Keep Baby Warm in the Car Seat in Winter

With winter weather here, we need to discuss how to keep baby warm in the car seat in winter without compromising the safety features that are in place for their protection. So many moms are wondering if baby wearing a winter coat in the car is safe or if they are putting their infant in danger by bundling them up in a padded jacket so they will be cozy and warm.

According to this report from the Today Show, a Michigan crash test lab tested the results of a crash at a a speed of 30 mph using a child-like, crash test dummy wearing a winter coat buckled into a car seat. At one point, the dummy was thrown forward and out of the seat.

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On this page we have some of the "do's and don'ts of how to dress your baby for winter and a ride in the carseat.

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The issue that we would like to address and make all parents aware of is the danger of kids wearing winter coats while in their car seats.

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Is Baby Wearing a Winter Coat in the Carseat Safe?

The Vice-President of, Susan Auriemma, indicates that fluffy, heavily padded winter coats can cause the safety straps of baby seats to be less secure and expose children to dangerous circumstances should a crash occur. So we need to learn how to keep baby warm in the car seat in winter without creating a safety hazard.

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The short answer to this question is "no" even though baby car seat safety tests are not conducted with the crash test dummies wearing coats or jackets.

A thick puffy coat or jacket creates a hindrance when adjusting the safety harness snugly. The volume of the padding may make it seem that the straps are on just right. However, if the worst should happen, the looseness of the harness that was not obvious in normal circumstances will be compressed creating a dangerous situation and an increased possibility of serious injury to a child.

Refer to the owner's manual that came with your seat for information that is often compiled based on data collected from crash tests. Check the manufacturer's website to see if there is a download of the manual if you purchased a used baby car seat and always check here for recalls.

How to Dress Baby for a Winter Ride in the Car Seat

If possible, warm up the car ahead of time and dress your baby in a lightweight jacket (think fleece with no fluffy insulating layers), a warm hat, gloves and socks or booties. These layers will retain body heat without interfering with the fit of the seat's straps.

Think Outside the Straps - Use a Baby Car Seat Cover

Wrapping baby in a blanket before heading out of doors and warming the car up with the heater ahead of time are good ideas covering baby with a cover that is specially made for his or her seat once inside the vehicle is an excellent way to be sure that your little one stays comfortable for the duration of the trip.

Remember that your little one must ride in a car seat no matter the weather conditions. Thanks for visiting Unique Baby Gear Ideas and for sharing your tips for how to keep baby warm in the car seat in winter.


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