Winter Car Seat Safety Tips & Car Seat Giveaway

As always, giveaway info is at the bottom, if that’s all you’re here for.

Today is one of the coldest days we’ve had this year, I think. Ok, this fall. I don’t know about Jan-March. But you know what I mean. This morning, it was -2 out when my friend dropped her kids off at school. Insane. Yesterday wasn’t that bad, but it was the first day I had to bundle the boys up in their winter coats. As such, I thought it would be a good time to talk about winter car seat safety.

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Coincidentally, I didn’t end up keeping him in that outfit in the car seat, but only because I thought he looked ridiculous; not because I didn’t know he wasn’t going to be safe. (Real Talk)
Sigh of relief at my decision though, no matter how stupid the reasoning.

I know my first instinct, when The Munchkin was a bitty baby, was to bundle him up in thick, puffy coats to keep him warm, but those ARE NOT SAFE once he’s inside the car. Basically, the rule of thumb is that if you have to let out your child’s straps in order to accommodate for their winter coat, that coat is too thick. If you were in an accident, the coat would compress, leaving your child loose in the seat, and able to be ejected from the seat. This video shows a good way to test if your child’s coat is ok for them to wear in the car:

If you’re like me, and you’re lucky enough to have avoided the cold cold, stupid cold weather so far this season, then it should be easy. Most likely, your straps are still in place as though your kids aren’t wearing a winter coat. KEEP THEM THAT WAY! There are lots of winter coats out there that will keep your kiddos warm, without putting them at risk. I actually just bought the boys’ coats over the weekend at Crazy 8s. They’re having a buy one, get one for $.88 sale, so I got both coats for $49. (I also had a 10% military discount, but even without that it’s still a really good deal.) Their coats are a poly/wool blend, and keep them very warm.

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The Munchkin is not a fan of the cold. The Bean, however, is a fan of EVERYTHING. Especially looking for the bus.

There are also a lot of fleece coats that will keep them warm enough from the house to the car, and from the car to wherever you’re going. I’m sure you’re like me too, and blast the heater as soon as the car warms up. You wouldn’t want your kids in a giant coat in that case anyway; they’d roast! If you’re going to be outside for a while once you get to your destination, bring a puffy coat to change them into if you’d like. I do this when we go to parades, or outdoor events, etc.

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Since we’ve talked about car seat safety, how would you like to win a new car seat? I’ve got a chance for you to win one of three Graco 4ever™ 4-in-1 car seats! All you have to do is click here and like LifeBankUSA on their facebook page, and then enter in the required info on the giveaway tab. There’s no secondary contesting app to join or anything annoying like that. Just a like and some info. Easy!

The contest ends on December 18th, 2014. By December 28th, three winners will be randomly selected by LifebankUSA. Wouldn’t having a new car seat be an awesome way to kick off 2015?!

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Thanks, LifeBankUSA, and good luck to everyone who enters. Even if you don’t want to enter the contest though, please keep your kiddos safe this winter, and don’t use puffy coats in car seats!

The contest part of this post is sponsored, but all other opinions, tips, and pics are my own/found while researching car seat safety.

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