It's Winter: Are your Kids Safe In Their Car Seats?!

Did you know that most infants and children are not safe during the winter months in their car seats? Here's Why.........

Common mistake are:

  • Wearing snowsuits
  • Puffy jackets
  • Putting your baby in a car sear muff
  • Infant carrier fuzzy zip up inserts

All of these items create extra space between the straps and baby!

We recently spoke with OPP Officer Lauren Bell, who in addition to being an OPP Officer, is a Car Seat Tech. Meaning she knows everything about car seat safety and car seat installation. When we met with Lauren, she informed us of some very scary reports, which included situations where during a crash, babies and children were literally flying out of their car seats, because the straps were NOT tight enough, or the snowsuits created too much of a gap! The force of impact during a collision is so much more than we could ever imagine and any extra items in the car seat are not only dangerous, but NOT approved!

"BUT MY CHILD WILL FREEZE"

We felt the same way, so here are some tips to keep your kiddies warm while transferring to the car.

  1. Warm up the car ahead of time.
  2. Have a warm blanket in the car during the winter to cover up. 
  3. Use a CAR JACKET, which is a light fall jacket, or fleece coat with hat, gloves, scarf and boots for quick trips in and out of the car.
  4. Let your child wear their jacket to the car and put it on reverse once they are strapped and buckled in.

If you have a baby in a car seat this winter, you MUST watch this and please share with your fellow mamas!

The Dos and Don'ts of Coats and Car Seats
Tips by: Allana Pinkerton, Global Safety Advocate for Diono (link: us.diono.com)

A special thanks to Volvo for allowing us to film on location!