Safety is my top priority when it comes to Oliver and I will do anything I can to keep him safe. Obviously when we are travelling in the car, we make sure he’s all strapped into his car seat properly and his car seat is properly strapped/clipped in. But one thing I have noticed as he has grown is how little people are aware of what is appropriate for a baby and small child to wear in a car seat. I read up quite a lot about it when Oliver was small (as he was a winter baby), this is a good site to learn more about it.
Did you know that you should make sure you remove outer clothing before you place your child in their car seat? A thick or puffy coat/snowsuit can add inches in extra space which then isn’t securely holding your child in their seat. If you had an accident the coats would become compressed and there could end up being a lot of movement, which could mean your child could slip out from their harness.
In a snowsuit or coat your child may be at risk of overheating , as you most likely will have the heating on in your car on these chillier days and you will have it acclimatised to your temperature not your child’s. If you’re worried about your baby or child getting cold you can always place a blanket over their lap (no higher than their armpits) to keep them snug in their seat. There are cosy toes available on the market but you should always check that they have been tested with your car seat before buying.
Just remember to always check that you can fit two fingers between the car seat strap and your child. If your child has a coat you are unsure whether it’s too thick to wear in the car, you can put them in the car seat with the coat on and then without, if the gap is more than 2 fingers in when you put the harness on without the coat then it’s too big!