It’s an easy mistake to make. You’re running out the door in icy temperatures and you throw a chunky winter coat on your child before jumping into the car. But what’s cozy for kids as they play outdoors isn’t necessarily the safest when buckling up.
Bulky winter coats can pose a serious threat when worn under the straps of car seats and even booster seats, by creating too much space in between your child’s body and the harness itself.
“Anything between the child and the straps is compressible; it’s like having space, which creates more risk that the child could thrust forward into the straps in the event of a crash," said Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, medical director of the Tom Sargent Safety Center at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
An expert on the subject of child safety, Dr. Hoffman says that the first rule of thumb when you buckle your child up is that you don’t want them wearing anything more than what they’d be wearing indoors, such as a sweatshirt or a sweater.
SUCH a good reminder! Do you take of their coat when buckling baby into his/her car seat?