I am very strict when it comes to my kids’ car seats. I’ve done all the research on latch systems weight requirements, how to properly place their buckles and basically know the manuals for both seats backwards and upside down. That said, I had NO idea that putting my kids in their seats with their winter coats on basically throws all safety checks out the window.
I think we’ll see more articles and information about this topic this year. Seems like winter was just ending when this info starting hitting my personal Facebook feed in swarms. It is getting cold and we’ve already busted out our winter coats here on the North Pole for 2014/2015 but this time I’ve done my research.
My two favorite articles on winter coat/car seat safety are from The Carseat Lady and Consumer Reports. But here’s the skinny- your child’s car seat straps and buckles need to be as close to them as possible. Layers of clothing and light jackets allow this, but big bulky winter coats do not. A good way to check is to buckle your child in with their coat, then unbuckle (without loosing the straps), take their coat off and re-buckle them in…if you can pinch the straps away from their body the coat is too bulky.
Sucks doesn’t it? We live in Michigan and there is NO WAY my kids are running around without coats up here from November – April. One solution is to let them wear their coats to the car, remove the coat and get buckled into their seat, then put their coats on them backwards. Or you can use blankets. OR you can check out an amazing product called Cozy Gozy created by a genius Mommy, Michele.
The Cozy Gozy is a fleece blanket/poncho/coat/cape all in one. The best part about them (besides keeping your kid warm) is that you can put them IN their car seat with this on. You just lift the back of the cape over the car seat and use the buckles as normal under the cape. Here is her daughter, “H”, modeling her Momma’s hard work-
Kids still have access to their arms/hands through the slits in the poncho. And they come in a variety of colors perfect for girls and boys. Besides being totally practical and safe…they are SO freaking cute!!
Another thing I love about these is that one size fits all. My daughter is almost 5 and very tall and is still able to fit into a Cozy Gozy-
She wanted to show off her Frozen tattoos…because she’s pretty hard core.
G-E-N-I-U-S. Michele made my son one last year (he had just turned 1 at the time) and it was a life saver. I personally know Michele and she’s worked really hard over the last year to build her business. I’m am just SO excited for her and can’t wait to see where she takes her company over the next few years.
I’m so excited to FINALLY be able to do a giveaway for our readers! You can enter below-
Michele is an amazing person and Mommy and she’s just like us. Her kids are basically twins of my two- attitudes and wildness alike. Let’s show her some support and follow Michele on her Cozy Gozy journey via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+. XOXOXO
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