Car seats and coats.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The days are drawing colder, out come the hats, gloves and winter coats.  It's natural to want to bundle our precious little darlings up to keep them warm.  This is all fine and dandy if in a sling or pram but not in a car seat.  Yes, bulky winter coats should not be worn under a car seat harness.  The harness isn't designed to be worn over a bulky outer garment and as such you are seriously compromising the protection it offers your child should they be involved in a car accident.

Don't believe me?

Okay if you insist, lets have a play.

* Put your child's coat on as usual.

* Place them in their carseat and fasten the harness, adjusting and tightening it until you can no longer grab or pinch any of it between finger and forefinger.

* Undo the harness without adjusting it.

* Remove your child's coat and refasten the harness, again without adjusting it.

* Is the harness now loose?  Can you pinch the belt, gathering it?  If so your baby/toddlers coat is too bulky to be worn under the harness.  The harness would be too loose to be effective in the event of a crash, the harness is essentially protecting your child's coat and not your child.  In order to offer effective protection, the harness needs to be flat against your child's torso.

Try putting the coat on back to front after they're fastened into the harness so it acts as a blanket or else use a blanket some of which can be fastened to the car-seat.  You can even buy the equivalent of a buggy snuggle for a car-seat.  Even a fleece sleepsuit or onesie (not snowsuit) could help as they're thin yet warm.

A quick search on YouTube showed me a video by a user called tcooper81 which perfectly illustrates what i'm waffling on about, so watch and be safe.  I've included this video with their kind permission.


  1. I do find this really hard in the winter time. You have to put them in the car chilly and then get them in and out their coats in the cold weather. But it is important to educate parents not to put coats on in the car, I know many that do. It is worth getting up that extra 10 minutes earlier to warm up the car rather than risk it.

  2. It's second nature to T, he throws his school bags in the car then takes his coat off and gets in his seat . I've never explained why he needs to take it off, he just accepts it as part of routine. The kids have matching iggle piggle blankets in the car they love having on :)


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