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    So, there was a big debate on one of my facebook boards the other day around this video about winter coats in car seats. Wondering what you ladies think.

    Do you put winter coats under the straps in the carseat? What is your reasoning?
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    Hell to the no. Even when we lived in Nebraska, it was worth the extra trouble to put a blanket and the coat on top of the carseat or deal with a whiny kid to me to not have to worry about the seat not fitting the way it's supposed to.

    eta-Why doesn't she explain why loose straps aren't safe? Did I miss it?
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    I had no idea it wasn't safe. We always kept the kids in their coats and either buckled around for a thin coat or undid the coat once in the car and buckled underneath, sort of.

    Look I am a fan of car seats and safety and we always use them, but I'm not extreme about it. I've been attacked on message boards for my attitude about it, like I think it's okay to get into a taxi in NYC with a toddler on your lap. (My kids aren't toddlers anymore, so that time has come and gone.) I also didn't keep my kids rear-facing past the legal limit, once that hit, they got turned around as soon as we were allowed.

    So. . .I don't think it's a big deal to keep coats on. (Now feel free to yell at me.)
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    I kept coats off the kids in seats, it just worries me that they are not safety rated with the coats on. But living in Oregon they are not wear heavy coats on a regular basis.

    The one thing people do on a regular basis that bothers me is leaving the handle on the infant seat up in a carry position, very scary
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    We take her coat off as her carset doesn't fit anymore with a thick coat on. She is just about ready for a booster seat and we are running out of strap for the 5 point harness. If she is just wearing a hoodie we leave it be.

    When she was smaller it depended on the coat. Her warm fleece coats were fine, but if she was wearing the fluffy ones we took them off as the straps didn't fit right.

    eta - we are lucky to live on the west coast which has lots of rain and little snow or really cold temperatures. So we don't have to deal with parkas or anything.
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    I will admit that we keep the fluffy winter coats on. Where we live it is regularly -20c in the winter, and frequently colder. I know all the safety reasons, and have made a conscious, informed choice to do this, for a number of reasons. One is obviously convenience, it is just easier to get geared up and walk to the vehicle. Another is cost, we dont have a garage, so to bring our vehicle up to a comfortable temperature every time before we start driving would cost us a fortune on gas for idling. However, the biggest, most compelling reason I leave their coats on is safety. If we were to be in an accident, or for some reason the heat stops working, it doesn't take long for the temperature in the vehicle to drop to a dangerous low when the temperature is so cold outside. Also, being aware of the danger of keeping the coats on, I do try to cinch the straps down as tight as they will go, compressing the jacket as much as I can manually.

    Having said that, I only keep the jackets on when we are driving around town. If we are going for a longer drive, at highway speeds, I take the time to warm up the car and give the kids a ton of blankets.

    I think that all parents need to make their own 'risk assessment' when it comes to things like this. For me, it is worth the risk at low speeds, but not at higher highways speeds, maybe others feel differently than me. I just couldn't believe some of the name calling and finger pointing I was seeing on facebook about this subject!
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    We live in TN where there are only a few days a year that we wear big heavy winter coats. We do buckle the kids in with the coat on if it is really cold.

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    infant car seat I use a cover and blankets with no coats. I've done that below -40. Once they transition to the next seat, I keep the coats on. I hate to sound like I don't care about safety but the idea of going to the store, putting on 2 coats, going through the store, taking coats off and buckling them in during cold weather makes me cringe. God forbid I have to go to 2 different places like when I do daycare drop offs. '
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    No, Jace is not strapped in with thick winter jackets. I used to be uninformed and nonchalant about carseat safety in the beginning but facts and research was presented to me. He will be 6 in December and still sits in the middle of the back seat in a 5-point-harness. Call me crazy but if something ever happened, I want to know that I did my part to the best of my ability to keep him safe. I would not want to live with the guilt if there was more that I could have done but consciously decided not to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE View Post
    No, Jace is not strapped in with thick winter jackets. I used to be uninformed and nonchalant about carseat safety in the beginning but facts and research was presented to me. He will be 6 in December and still sits in the middle of the back seat in a 5-point-harness. Call me crazy but if something ever happened, I want to know that I did my part to the best of my ability to keep him safe. I would not want to live with the guilt if there was more that I could have done but consciously decided not to.
    Madi is 5 1/2 and I still have her in a 5-point harness too (though not in the middle). My family has started giving me a hard time and telling me she's ready for a booster. I agree, that the older I get, the more research I read, the more careful I am when it comes to my kids and their safety.

    We are fortunate that we only wear our heavy winter coats a few times a year. When we do Madi has to take hers off before she can buckle up.

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