A few weeks ago, winter officially began. And in California, it brought with it a slew of rain and cold, cozy weather. (So much rain, that my boys have pretty much not taken off their rain boots over the last 2 weeks!) All that cold and rain means puffy winter jackets. While these jackets are great for keeping our little one’s warm, they are not great for car rides. This is because in a car crash, the jacket can compress, leaving your little one loosely harnessed, and causing your child to slide and move during the collision, all of which can lead to an injury.
So how do you combat the cold weather while riding safely in a car seat? The best advice is to have your little one wear their jacket to the car, once in the car take the jacket off, and, once harnessed, have the child put their jacket on backwards so the front of their body and arms are covered and warm. Since the jacket is over the harness, it does not add extra bulk between your child and the buckles/webbing.
On a side note, if you’re looking for a use for those baby blankets your child has outgrown, they make wonderful lap-sized blankets to cover kids’ legs in the car. My boys still use theirs on occasion. Here’s to enjoying the winter weather and riding safely and securely (and warmly) each and every time.