6 Winter Car Seat Safety Tips for New Parents

Friday, January 26, 2018

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#ad #CarsCom After a couple of mild, teasingly warm days, the cold is back. I don't know about you guys, but I'm anxious for spring to hurry up and get here! Before it can, we've gotta get through what's left of winter. This was my first winter season with a baby and I learned so much about how to keep my babe nice and toasty, but still safe while in her car seat. #carseatsafety #wintercarseatsafety #tipsfornewparents

After a couple of mild, teasingly warm days, the cold is back. I don't know about you guys, but I'm anxious for spring to hurry up and get here! Before it can, we've gotta get through what's left of winter. This was my first winter season with a baby and I learned so much about how to keep my babe nice and toasty, but still safe while in her car seat.

After a couple of mild, teasingly warm days, the cold is back. I don't know about you guys, but I'm anxious for spring to hurry up and get here! Before it can, we've gotta get through what's left of winter. This was my first winter season with a baby and I learned so much about how to keep my babe nice and toasty, but still safe while in her car seat. #carseatsafety #wintercarseatsafety #tipsfornewparents
  1. Your child should not wear a winter jacket or snowsuit while in their carseat. The extra bulky fabric keeps the safety harness from being tight enough and can result in your child slipping through the straps and thrown from the seat.
  2. Keep the car seat carrier inside, if you can. This will keep the seat warm and reduce the amount of body heat lost in the car. This is super easy to do if you have a travel system like we do. Our carseat is usually always inside the house.
  3. Dress your baby in thin layers. Start with leggings, tights, or long-sleeved bodysuits. Then add sweaters or a thermal. Remember, baby should always wear one more layer than you.
  4. Don't forget hats, booties, and mittens. These can help keep baby warm without adding more bulk. 
  5. Use a coat or blanket over the straps. After tightening the harness enough, add a blanket over the straps after baby is buckled in. The top layer should be removable so baby doesn't get too hot after the car warms up.
  6. Get a head start. Leaving the house with a baby on winter mornings is not an easy task. There's so much to get ready and you don't want to forget anything. Baby probably won't make it any easier if they dislike being in their car seat.
  7. Make sure your car is road ready. Driving in wintry conditions with a little one in tow can be nerve-wracking. Check to make sure your inspections are up-to-date, especially if they expire during the winter months. 
My car is a two-seater, so we're planning on upgrading it to a family car pretty soon! I've already started browsing for a new one on Cars.com. They have a tips for expecting parents, a guide for the best family cars, and even have car seat checks for most vehicles on the market!

After a couple of mild, teasingly warm days, the cold is back. I don't know about you guys, but I'm anxious for spring to hurry up and get here! Before it can, we've gotta get through what's left of winter. This was my first winter season with a baby and I learned so much about how to keep my babe nice and toasty, but still safe while in her car seat. #carseatsafety #wintercarseatsafety #tipsfornewparents

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