There have been plenty of articles written about how unsafe it is to have a puffy winter coat in a car seat. If you google the videos you can see crash tests where the puffy coat compresses in a crash, leaving the straps far too loose, and putting the child in the seat at a huge risk.

Parents know this. But they also know that winter weather is no joke, and they can't fathom the idea of having their child in a freezing car that may have been parked outdoors, or carrying them to and from the car in freezing temperatures. Yes, a thin fleece is safe, and tucking a blanket around the child in the car is safe, but it's the trip to and from the car that worries them. They struggle as they weigh the options, wanting safety in all ways. Here are some great alternatives.

1.       Plan ahead. If possible, get the car warmed up before you need to load your child. Automatic starters are a great idea here. If the car is toasty before you have to load your kids, putting them in without their heaviest gear doesn't feel as bad.

2.       If your car is easy enough to maneuver in, leave the coat on until you actually need to buckle and start driving, then remove it. When you get to your destination, put the heavy gear back on before exiting the car. This works great in minivans or larger SUVs.

3.       Check out the Road Coat - an innovate product that is thin and safe enough to be used in car seats, but is warm enough for temps down to -10 F.  It's available in sizes 12 months to 8, and it's meant to be used both in the car and outdoors.

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