WINTER COATS AND CAR SEATS

It’s getting cold! And it will officially be winter in a matter of days. Really, the time is a flyin’.

As parents we want to keep our children warm. The walk to the car is cold. The car itself is cold. And you never know when you’ll have to shovel out your truck! (see picture)

But bulky winter coats and car seats are a dangerous combination. Car seat technicians say to put nothing thicker than a sweatshirt on your child under the harness straps of a car seat.

Here is a simple way to check if your child’s coat is too big to wear under their harness:

Put the coat on your child, sit them in the child seat and fasten the harness. Tighten the harness until you can no longer pinch any of the harness webbing with your thumb and forefinger

Without loosening the harness, remove your child from the child seat,

Take the coat off and put your child back in the car seat and buckle the harness straps, which are still adjusted as they were when he was wearing the coat.
If you can now pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger then the coat is too bulky to be worn under the harness.

 

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