At least one cold blast of winter has hit most of us already, and as you hustle out the door and bundle up the kids, you are most likely making a crucial car seat mistake.
Every morning, before we leave for school, my wife bundles up my son in his jacket, mittens, hat, scarf, and boots. He hauls on his backpack and then climbs into his car seat in the backseat.
So as soon as we get outside, I unbundle him and then he climbs in the car. Yes, even though the temperature is near freezing, I make him take his coat off before he gets in the car.
Car seat straps need to be snug to the chest. Any thick material between the strap and your child’s body is a distance they could move in an accident and not be restrained. That puffy jacket, that thick sweater could prove to be the source of a serious injury.
Same goes for younger kids in 5 point harnesses. Kids cannot wear coats when they’re in a car seat.