3 tips to keep your child warm in their car seat 

by Theresa Erasmus
tips to keep your child warm in their car seat
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Winter is here, and keeping your little one warm during car rides is essential. Read 3 tips to keep your child warm in their car seat by BYY expert, Wheel Well’s Theresa Erasmus.

Unlike adults, infants and toddlers can’t regulate their body temperature as effectively, so it’s up to us to ensure they stay cozy and safe…

Avoid puffy jackets in car seats

It might seem logical to bundle kids in puffy or large jackets before strapping them into their car seats, but these jackets can actually be dangerous. They prevent you from securing the harness tightly, creating a gap that could be hazardous in the event of an accident.

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correct way to keep your child warm in their car seat

Safe alternatives

So, how do you keep your child warm while ensuring their safety in the car seat? Here are some effective tips:

  1. Dress them in layers: Start with snug, breathable layers like cotton onesies and leggings. Add a warm, but not bulky, fleece jacket over the top. This layering traps heat and keeps your child comfortable without compromising safety.
  1. Blankets: Once your child is securely strapped in, tuck a fluffy blanket around them for extra warmth. Just make sure it doesn’t interfere with the harness to maintain a secure fit.
  1. Hats, mittens and socks: Babies and toddlers lose a lot of heat through their extremities, so it’s crucial to keep their heads, hands, and toes warm. Snug hats, mittens, and socks are great for maintaining body heat without adding bulk.

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By following these tips, you can ensure your little one stays warm and safe during winter car rides. Remember, layers, blankets, and warm accessories are the key to keeping your child cozy without compromising their safety. Stay warm and drive safely!

FAQ’s on keeping your child warm in their car seat 

Can I dress my child in a thick coat for warmth in the car seat? 

It’s not recommended to dress your child in a thick coat while in the car seat as it can interfere with the proper fit of the harness. Thin, warm layers are better suited, and you can use blankets for added warmth.

How can I ensure my child stays warm without compromising safety?

You can ensure your child stays warm by dressing them in thin, warm layers, using a car seat cover designed for safety, preheating the car, and providing warm blankets once they are secured in the car seat.

Q: Can I place a blanket over my child in the car seat? A: Yes, you can place a warm blanket over your child once they are securely buckled into their car seat. Just ensure the blanket doesn’t interfere with the harness straps or the positioning of the chest clip.

 

What temperature should I set in the car to keep my child warm?

Set the car’s heating system to a comfortable temperature for your child, but avoid directing hot air directly onto them. Use the ventilation system to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle.

How can I check if my child is too warm in the car seat?

Keep an eye on your child’s comfort level during the journey. Signs of overheating include sweating, flushed cheeks, and irritability. If your child appears too warm, adjust their clothing or the car’s temperature accordingly.

Are there specific car seat covers for keeping my child warm?

Yes, there are car seat covers specifically designed for use with car seats. These covers provide warmth without compromising the safety of the harness. Make sure to choose one that fits snugly and allows for proper ventilation.

How long does it take for a car to warm up in cold weather? 

The time it takes for a car to warm up in cold weather varies depending on factors like the outside temperature and the type of car. Generally, it’s best to preheat the car before placing your child inside.

Can I use the car’s heating system to warm my child?

Yes, you can use the car’s heating system to warm your child, but avoid directing hot air directly onto them. It’s important to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle without overheating.

Should I remove my child’s coat before placing them in the car seat?

Yes, it’s recommended to remove bulky coats or snowsuits before securing your child in the car seat. These can compress in a crash, creating extra space between your child and the harness, which can be dangerous.

What should I do if my child gets too warm in the car seat? 

If your child gets too warm, remove layers of clothing or adjust the car’s temperature to ensure their comfort. It’s important to monitor their temperature throughout the journey and make adjustments as needed.

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