Car seat: here's why you should remove the jacket of a baby

Car seat: here's why you should remove the jacket of a baby

Experts are warning parents about the risks of bad maintenance of a baby in his car seat while wearing a down jacket.


When the outdoor temperature drops, each parent cares to keep baby warm. And when install her toddler in the car seat, which is already a complicated in itself, while few people want to add difficulties to this task. That is why the baby is usually installed with his jacket. However, the US organisation Consumer reports (equivalent of our UFC - what to choose) warns us against this innocuous gesture to the appearance.


In NBC Today show, the presenter showed the video of a crash test with a dummy size baby wearing a down jacket. In case of a head-on collision with another vehicle, the dummy slipped off his clothes and flew forward. While during the crash test without jacket, he remained in his place, well set.



Indeed, experts, say the layer of air between the feathers or fibers of fabrics enables jackets to be as hot also takes a lot of space. Result: the harness is too relaxed and keeps the more the baby properly. Even if the fastening system appears well fixed in case of accident, the shock will compress the down jacket and the air that is there, creating a free space where the baby can slip. The same problem may also occur when an adult driven with his jacket.


To avoid this type of danger, experts offer a few solutions:

Remove the coat and set the child in his seat with straps, then put the coat on the child.

Check that the harness is tight trying to pinch the webbing between the thumb and forefinger. You should not get there.

Use a cover over the straps if you are concerned that your infant is not enough cover or jacket slips.

Opt for a windbreaker or sweater fine enough to use it in the car seat without making any adjustments to the level of the harness.



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