Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Cold Weather Safety Reminder



After my post about capes and carseats last night, I thought I would post a reminder about cold weather carseat safety. I know that we always want to keep our kids warm, but those nice, warm winter coats are really dangerous to use in carseats. A thin fleece jacket is ok if you can put them into the seat without having to loosen the harness. But if you need to loosen the harness to buckle it over a sweater, jacket or coat, then the clothes are too thick to be safe and may compress in an accident. Take the coat off, buckle your child in, then put the coat back on backwards, warm the car up for a few minutes if possible, or bring out a warm blanket from the house.

(The seat above is the one we have in my car, but the cover is the one I'd love to replace ours with.)

photo of Britax Boulevard in Shannon from Britax USA

4 comments:

Buby & Co. said...

I never losen the straps, but sometimes Buby's Daddy does. So I'll remind him of this. The car blanket is a great idea. And a boy version of the cape would be a nice invention...

Blue House Mom said...

You are the Car Seat Queen! I'm so glad I know you and I appreciate your tips. Thank you! I have absolutely loosened the straps before and I'll have to come up with a better plan. Thanks.

T with Honey said...

Great reminder but I have to admit that I won't always be following this rule. There is no way I'll convince Princess to take her parka off when it is in the single digits or below zero outside later this winter.

Barefoot Princess & Family said...

Thanks for the reminder... I am guilty of loosening the straps too.