Now winter is upon us many people are wondering how to keep their children both safe and warm in the car. Our company Happynest was featured in the Irish Daily Mail yesterday (02 October 2014) by Alison Canavan, parenting specialist and entrepreneur. Alison spoke about the dangers of bulky coats and jackets on babies as winter approaches and recommended the use of the Cosynest to keep babies safe and secure.
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 child’s safety. The RSA road safety authority have advised that bulky winter coats can pose a serious threat when worn under the straps of car seats and even booster seats, by creating too much space in between your child’s body and the harness itself.
Anything between the child and the straps is compressible; it’s like having space, which creates more risk that the child could thrust forward into the straps in the event of a crash,” said Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, medical director of the Tom Sargent Safety Center at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
The primary concern is that the thickness of the fabric might negatively affect the way the seat belt works in a crash and that blankets or snowsuits might interfere with the proper harness / car seat strap. Thickened fabric will compress in a car crash and leave the harness slack on the child, allowing excessive movement or even ejection.” That’s why the design of the Cosynest addresses this issue. The Cosynest is an ingenuous car seat wrap that allows baby to be strapped securely into the car seat without interfering with the safety of the straps. The fabric of the cosynest is thin soft light weight fleece which will not compress on impact.
Simple way to test if your baby’s clothing is appropriate for the car seat
- 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.
- Take the child out of the car seat without loosening the straps at all.
- Take the coat off your child.
- Put the child back in the car seat and buckle the harnesses again, but do not tighten the straps.
- 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.