Did you know puffy winter coats can prevent a child car seat harness from working properly?
As we wrap our kids up warm this Winter, be mindful of the risks of wearing puffy winter coats as you click your little ones into their children’s car seats
As the temperature drops our first thought is to keep our little ones all snug and warm in their adorable puffy coats. However, it's super important that we remember some basic car seat safety that often gets forgotten in the colder months.
Did you know by leaving your child’s coat on in their car seat, it genuinely causes a problem as it creates a gap between your child and their safety harness. If there was a collision, the harness would not be as close to your child’s body and therefore not able to properly restrain them. During the winter months the safest way to strap your child in their car seat is to remove their coats and jackets and then pull the harness tight enough that you can just get two fingers between your child and the straps.
A simple test to check if your child's coat is too bulky or not….
It’s so important to remember that if your little one cannot be safely buckled into their car seat with their coat on, simply take the coat off. You can always put the coat or a blanket over them after you have buckled them in to keep them warm if you wish. Or if it is a really cold morning why not put the heaters on for a bit before heading out in the car.