|Here is a 2 year old, warmly rearfacing, straps snug over a thin, fleece jacket. Additional comfort provided by his favorite blanket.|
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"It is unsafe to put a thick coat, snowsuit or blanket under the harness (straps) of a carseat."
Check out this link for a simple test to see if the carseat is being used correctly:
It's not just a concern for small babies. Here is a photo tutorial showing an older child:
Hear it from a pediatrician and carseat expert. Tips on how to keep your child safe and warm:
Here is a photo tutorial showing what loose straps can do for your child:
Christie Haskell gives safe ideas:
Already spent money on that expensive Bundle Me product? Here is a photo tutorial on ways to make it safe:
Youtube videos worth watching:
"...to keep your baby the safest, always remove bulky clothing or blankets before you place the child in the seat. Then, put the blanket or coat over the baby. You should never place anything thick underneath the baby, unless that item came with the car seat originally - which tells you it's been tested by the manufacturer. When a child is wearing a thick coat, it's hard to tell if you have a good harness fit, which is crucial. A coat can add a lot of slack, reducing the level of protection for your child in a crash." ~National Highway Safety Transportation Association NHTSA
5 steps for safe forward facing:
5 steps for safe rearfacing:
|Canadians, even the coldest winter can still be safely battled. Here is little Briar from Alberta wearing her coat over the harness.|
|Nothing scary here! This forward facing Snow Fairy is wearing a warm, fleece jacket and using a blanket over the harness for additional comfort.|