Safe and secure travelling

March 29, 2014
Christine Carolan

Hi everyone,

I was doing a lot of research in terms of child safety when travelling and found some interesting articles about baby coats and winter coats, and how they could affect your childs safety. Although we are now in Spring, our Irish weather is quite fickle, so our children are still in their winter coats. I thought it would be good to bring it to your attention.

Ilillycosycar2_no_labelt has been recommended that the car seat harness needs to stay close to the child’s body at all times. All coats and clothing will compress in a crash, but thicker winter coats and snowsuits could compress enough to create a lot of slack in the harness, allowing the child to be ejected from the car seat. I am delighted that we have introduced the Cosynest car seat wrap as it allows the car seat straps to hold baby in securely without compromising safety.

 

How do I check winter coats for car Seat safety

It’s easy to check and see whether a baby’s winter coat or infant snowsuit is too thick to be safe in a car seat. This test will show you how thick the coat is and 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 buckle the harnesses as you normally would before car travel. 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 buckle 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.

check out the RSA website for more information on car seat safety.

Have a great weekend!

Christine

 

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