Keeping Baby Snug and Safe
As the coldest winter months approach, parents across the UK will be bringing out their babies' winter coats or snowsuits to keep baby warm whilst travelling in the car. However, not many parents are aware that car seat manufacturers recommend that you do not place babies and children in thick coat and snow suits.
Thick winter coats and snowsuits can seriously compromise your child’s car seat safety as they change the way a child fits into their seat. Car seats function properly when the straps remain tight against the child's chest. Placing babies and children in bulky clothing means the car seats safety harnesses cannot be correctly tightened and in an accident can compress, so the harness comes loose. When the car seat straps don't fit the child properly, there is a chance the child could be ejected from the car seat.
Check Winter Coats for Car Seat Safety
It's really easy to check and see whether a baby's winter coat or infant snowsuit is too thick to be safe in a car seat. The below test will show you how much the coat will compress during a crash.
How to Keep Baby Snug and Safe
There are ways of keeping your baby snug and safe in the winter months without compromising on safety. Ruby and GINGER have designed an innovative product that overcomes this key problem.
Ruby and GINGER’s original Cosy Car Seat’s unique design, makes it an ultra-safe way to keep babies snug and warm in the winter months. The 3+ tog rated elasticated cover fits over the car seat, allowing you to correctly tighten the safety harness. The cover can be removed in seconds without waking baby, whilst the v shaped window allows mum to view baby at all times. The Cosy Cover is, compatible with all standard group 0 car seats and comes in a choice of 3 unique fabrics. The Cosy Car Seat Cover retails at £30 and is available via the Ruby and GINGER website, www.rubyandginger.co.uk/the-original-cosy-car-seat-cover
For toddlers, take the child's coat off before fastening them into the car seat. Once the harnesses are secure, put the child's coat on backwards over their arms to keep them warm without compromising safety.