The average puffy coat or snowsuit usually adds about 4 inches of slack into the child’s harness straps. Those extra 4 inches significantly increases the risk of injury and particularly head injury. If there is every a place to cross your Ts and dot your I’s, your child’s car seat is certainly the place. It can literally save your child’s life.
The fluff from your child’s jacket can make it seem like their straps on the car seat are snug but in all reality they are actually loose putting your child’s life in danger. A way that you can test whether or not the straps are tight enough is, if you have room for more than one finger at your child’s collar bone than the straps are too loose. The straps aren’t actually holding in your child’s body.
It is important to secure your child with the cars seat straps because, in an accident the child’s body will come to a jolting stop allowing the child to move forward. That increases the child’s risk of hitting their head on windows, or doors, or seats in front of them.
To still keep your child warm without the big fluffy coat try layering their clothing. Below is a picture for the correct way to strap your child in.
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