So why is our Car Seat Cover really a Winter 'must have' - it's all about safety!

Posted On: Thursday 22nd of November 2012 ; Read: 10927 time(s)

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.

http://www.car-safety.org/faq.html#Q57

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.

  1. Take the car seat into the house.
  2. Put the winter coat or snowsuit on the child.
  3. Put the child in the car seat and fasten the harnesses as you normally would. Adjust the straps to the appropriate fit for your child.
  4. Take the child out of the car seat without loosening the straps at all.
  5. Take the coat off your child.
  6. Put the child back in the car seat and fasten the harnesses again, but do not tighten the straps.
  7. If you can fit more than two fingers under the harness at the child's shoulder bone, the coat is too thick and is not safe for use with the car seat.

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.


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