Many of us have bundled up our little ones in cute snowsuits and heavy coats before taking them outside, but what happens when your child needs to be buckled into a car seat?
A recent article by Consumer Reports warns parents about having infants and small children wearing heavy coats underneath the harness of a car seat. A bulky coat under a child seat harness can result in the harness being too loose to be effective in a crash. Bulky coats can create too much space in between your child’s body and the harness itself.
Safe Kids Kansas reminds parents that bulky coats can compress, so the harnesses that were snug a moment ago may not stay that way. Make sure the harnesses are laying across the child’s body properly, and check for snugness, especially with down-filled coats.
The most important thing is that the child is appropriately covered during cold temperatures. One idea might be to tuck blankets into the car seat or over the child when they’re in the car. Or you can purchase a car seat cover to keep your child warm as they travel to and from the car.