We compromise - temps are typically from -10 to 35 during the winter (Fahrenheit). Cold enough that they won't "freeze" but not warm enough for no coat. So I do keep coats on but will only buy a coat that is not puffy. If the coat compresses at all I won't let them wear it in a car seat, just in the yard. So i have a coat for them for the car which isn't as warm and a coat for playing in the snow which is puffy and really warm.
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Kind of a tangent....Know what I had on DD underneath her Halloween costume? Long johns (top and bottom), long sleeve tee, turtleneck, black tights, black leggings, 2 pairs of socks, thinsulate gloves, neck warmer. All that UNDER the costume. We only got half way around the loop and she goes "Mommy, my face is frozen." I asked her if she wanted to go to our neighbours right across the street on our way home and she said "No. I'm freezing and I just want to go home." Boo. Boo for crazy stupid climates.
Really? Nebraska gets pretty cold and we definitely weren't the only people taking our kid's coat off after getting in the car and then just putting it on top of the straps like a blanket.
I did this for a bit with dd1 and I"ll admit that I stopped. If it is a long ride I typically take all our coats off anyway as I'm not comfortable riding for long periods in a coat and I just assume the same for my kids. I heat up the car on full blast though.
I also have never seen anyone around here do that.
Lillie, I seriously have never seen anyone do that in real life. Honestly it just seems like such a logistical nightmare to me. I picture an average evening when I am picking T up from daycare.
Put on coat to walk to the car. Take off coat once at the car. Get in car.
A few minutes later, put on coat to walk from car to the library. Spend a few minutes at the library, walk back to car. Take off coat, get in car.
A few minutes later, put on coat to walk from car to the grocery store. Take off coat while in grocery store because he's too hot. Put coat back on to walk from grocery store to car. Take off coat, get in the car.
And that's just with one kid! I think about my cousin who has two under two doing that, and the mind reels.
I don't know. I believe that you guys are doing it, I just can't make myself get on board with it. I admit that I don't always do The Very Safest Thing Possible.
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It takes forever for the car to heat up, too, and it's now illegal where we live to leave it running, so you can't warm it up in advance for more than a minute or two, which isn't enough.
I'm with Alissa, I can't imagine actually doing this in a practical sense. It would be awful for the kids. "Okay, now take off your coat in the cold car..."
I don't take off my own coat in the car, isn't that the same thing?
I left the car warming while I went inside for daycare, heated it up in the morning and did errands without the kid when we were in Nebraska or just dealt with it. I honestly don't care what ya'll do with your coat/seatbelt/harness situation, I'm just saying it was important to *me.* I'm sure I do tons of things others wouldn't do. Carseats are just one of my I'd rather be safe (read: anal) than sorry buttons. Taking off the coat for the 45 seconds it takes to put them in the harness just isn't enough of a reason to take the chance that the seat doesn't work properly. You put it right back on them as soon as they are in the seat, just in front instead of in back.
ftmom-do you put something in between you and the seats? That just doesn't make sense to me. I also take off my coat since it's safer. I don't know exactly where you are, but I'm from Louisiana, so anything below 40 is cold to me.
I get a chill in my bones in October that doesn't depart until July....my husband sometimes thinks I'm lying about being Canadian.