This Common Wintertime Mistake Could Cost Your Child Their Life

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This Common Wintertime Mistake Could Cost Your Child Their Life
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This Common Wintertime Mistake Could Cost Your Child Their LifeThis Common Wintertime Mistake Could Cost Your Child Their Life

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Every parent wants to keep their child warm in the winter time. The most common way we do this is by having our children wear puffy winter coats. Did you know that puffy winter coats and snowsuits are NOT safe for your child to wear in their car seat? See the reason why demonstrated in this video!

In the event of a crash, the forces exerted on the car seat and your child compress the air in their puffy coat which means that your child is not buckled in as snugly as you thought. The extra space created by the layers of the coat compressing leaves enough room for your child to be thrown forward an unsafe distance in their seat, they could even be ejected from their seat.

So how are you supposed to keep your child safe AND warm in their car seat? There are many different alternatives to puffy winter coats to keep your child warm in the car. You can use blankets (over the buckled harness), wear snug fleece coats, or unzip and pull the coat out of the harness before buckling your child up so the harness clip sits snugly against your child; just to name a few.

You are probably wondering how to figure out if your child’s coat is safe to wear in the car seat. Watch this mom demonstrate how to do a car seat test on your child’s winter coat.

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