With winter well underway it is important to keep our children warm, but you may be putting them at risk if you are using a car seat.
The extra padded layers mean that there is a sizable gap between the child’s body and the actual seat belt.
This could mean in a crash, the seat belt would not be close enough to the child’s body to restrain them during an impact, increasing the risk of injury.
Parents should then do the harness up tightly enough that you can only just get two fingers between your child and the straps. This is probably mean ditching the coat in the car.
But if you are still worried about them being cold, there’s plenty of ways to keep them warm.
For babies, dress them in thin layers or fold a thin blanket in half and tuck it tightly around your baby over the harness.
The blanket should not come up any higher than arm pit level.
For children, remove their coats and jackets, and strap them into their car seat properly.
Then tuck a blanket around them – your child will be able to remove the blanket if they get too hot, which they cannot do when they have their coat on.
You can find out more about child safety on the Good Egg Car Safety blog.