Katherine - posted on 01/01/2011 ( 44 moms have responded )
I just started doing this. The strap didn't fit right....everything was too tight. It seemed more dangerous to leave the coat ON.
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I have read all the information about car seat safety and not putting coats on babies before they get buckled into their seat. Because of this, I rarely put a coat on my 3-month-old even though it's freezing outside. We use a convertible seat and it's turned around for her, so I usually carry her out in a sling and pop her in the car, which is sometimes warmed up and sometimes cold. I get so many looks from other moms, but I figure this is safer than putting her in a coat. — Anonymous
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We did exactly the same thing with our January baby. I transferred her from the sling into the convertible car seat in a warmed up car. But there are other options, too.
Here are our six tips for winter car seat safety. You can follow some of these. You might also just bring a blanket or warming up the car is fine, too. But you have to not pay attention to those looks as much as possible. You are your baby's mom and you know what is right for her! It isn't like you're taking her on five-hour strolls without a coat. And that isn't even to mention the very real fact that a little bit of cold is better for a 3-month-old than being unsafe in her car seat.
You are right, they are wrong! Or, as they say, "@!#!@ 'em if they can't take a joke!" You have some other options, too, though if this makes you feel bad.
Do you have any advice for this mom?