Car seat safety: Winter Coats or Cold?

Lisa Denherder, owner of Kicks and Giggles Baby Boutique, says "I've got our little sample baby in here where you'll strap them in and out natural instinct is because we wear coats is to put the coat on the baby or even a bunting type of a product that has a whole hood and nice and thick and warm, feels like the right thing to do.

But experts say that's not the way to go. According to consumer reports, as a general rule of thumb, winter coats should not be worn underneath a car seat harness because that can leave the harness too loose to be effective in a crash. In their regular clothes, you should make sure the straps are tight on the car seat and leave no space open.

What is a good way to check?

Denherder continues, "Put their winter coat on, and put them in and strap them and pull the straps so you feel like that would be where you'd say they're safe and the straps are tight and then take their coat off of them and re-strap it, most likely you're going to find a gap in that strap which is telling you it's not tight enough.

Ideas to consider is keeping blankets to replace baby bunting and bulky jackets, or for toddlers, strap them in and put their coat on backwards. Denherder says all it takes is a little reading to keep your children safe.