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the dos and don’ts of coats and car seats — think cold weather!

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I can’t EVEN believe I am thinking about this, but snow is coming, and it will be here before we know it! Ahh, right?!??! This will be the first year that I don’t necessarily have a “baby” in a car seat, yet car seats and coats will still be thought about. My daughter is now two, and rides in the Diono Radian XRT daily. As cooler temperatures approach, it gets me thinking about what’s to command how to keep my daughter safe in the car DURING the cold weather.

Diono shared with me some ‘Dos and Don’ts of Coats and Car Seats’ and I had to share them with you. Share this with your friends too. Knowledge is power and this is a very powerful message! Those are listed below, but some things that I do to keep my children warm include:

  • keeping blankets in the car
  • keeping hats and gloves in the car
  • warming the car up before we load up for our adventures of the day

Below, you can read some tips from Allana Pinkerton,  a Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor and Global Safety Advocate for Diono.diono dos and don'ts of coats and car seats


The Dos and Don’ts of Coats and Car Seats
Tips by: Allana Pinkerton, Global Safety Advocate for Diono (link: us.diono.com)

BIG DON’T: Never place a child in a car seat with a thick, bulky winter coat because the harness might not be snug enough to perform as it should during a crash.

WHY? If they are wearing a thick coat, the padding in the coat will not allow you to snug up the harness correctly and the harness will actually be loose on the child.  The padding in the coat will compress during a crash until it gets to the body which doesn’t allow the child to ride the crash down appropriately.

Important to note: Car seat manufacturers cannot determine if it is safe to use a thick winter coat because they do not crash test with coats on the test dummies. They do test for misuse and they can determine if a loose harness causes injury.

DO: Follow the car seat manual for proper harness fit, installation and use. The manuals are written based on crash test data.

DO: Use an appropriate car seat no matter what the weather conditions are outside.

DO: If there are no safety issues in doing so, heat up the car ahead of time.

DO: Put a thin fleece jacket on your baby, toddler or older child.

DO: Put a toboggan hat and gloves on your child. This definitely helps retain some internal warmth.

DO: For a newborn baby, many infant carrier car seats come with a “warming boot” to put over the baby. If not, one may be purchased from the manufacturer of the car seat or they may have approved the use of one manufactured by another company.

DO: Throw a blanket around your child when carrying them out to the car to keep them warm. (If you are super nice, you might have even warmed it up in the dryer first.)

DO: Place them in the harness and snug it up. Then you can place the blanket over them so it doesn’t interfere with the harness and tuck it in around the child’s sides. To avoid the possibility of suffocation do not put the blanket near their head.

What other tips and tricks do you use to keep your children safe in the car? 

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  • Maryann D.
    August 22, 2016 at 5:50 am

    ‘Dos and Don’ts of Coats and Car Seats” contains terrific information and very important too. A must for all parents to read and follow.

    • Shannon
      August 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you, feel free to share with your friends!!

  • Karen Glatt
    August 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

    This is such good information and it will help keep a child safe in their car seat. To much bulky clothes and coats can cause the car seat to malfunction. I hope a lot of people read this post because it is so important.

    • Shannon
      August 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you!! Feel free to share so many can see this!! 🙂