Car Seats and the Cold Season
10/25/2016 01:32PM ● Published by Hood Magazine
The general rule when fastening a car seat belt is to tighten the belt until only one of your fingers can fit between the strap and your child’s collarbone. There have been numerous crash tests proving that bulky snowsuits are dangerous because the fluff condenses and the baby can actually be propelled out of the car seat. Whenever you are checking to see if the cold weather attire you’ve dressed your baby in is still safe, tighten the seatbelt with her dressed how you prefer. Then take her out of the car seat, take off the fluffy coat, and put her back in. How much extra space do you have between the belt and her body? If you can now fit your fist in the gap, the coat is too fluffy and you need to find something else.
Our recommendation to keep your baby safe and warm is as follows:
Dress your child in light layers. Use clothing like warm pants, long sleeve shirts, socks, booties and a hat. Many parents add a thin, warm fleece jacket before strapping their baby into the infant seat. It’s also a good idea to wrap the baby in a light blanket. Additionally, you may wish to use a car seat cover to keep your baby warmer. There are many different car seat covers available for all different weather conditions. The cover will protect your child from the elements and help keep them warm as we head into the winter months.