Winter : No Coats : Car Seats

As winter is approaching, it means a few things in our home. Trading away all the beautiful, lightweight apparel for thick sweaters and ear muffs. It also means putting away the thick, puffy coats. No, you didn’t misread anything, but let me explain.

We live in the Midwest. As anyone who lives in the Midwest can tell you, the weather is unpredictable – with winter temperatures falling below 0. Yes, we own thick, puffy coats. No, we don’t wear them in the car. No, our daughter does not wear hers in the car seat. Click here to learn why coats are unsafe to wear while in the car seat and the other options available.

For us, we use a Car Seat Poncho. This will be her third winter wearing a poncho and we LOVE it!

5 reasons to LOVE the Car Seat Poncho

  1. It does NOT interfere with the car seat harness
  2. The zipper feature
  3. It is made of a thick polyester material
  4. Poncho sizes
  5. Easy to clean

Safety while riding in the car seat is our top priority. So, as parents, the most important feature of the Car Seat Poncho is that it does not interfere with the harnesses ability to function properly in the event of an accident. Like any new product, it took some getting use to. But after using it a handful of times, it was just as quick and easy to place my daughter in the car seat as before. In my opinion, the zipper is one of the BEST features! It allows me to place her in and situate her quickly, while unzipping the poncho long enough to properly secure the harness. Then, zipping it back up to keep her nice and warm!

The poncho material is warm and cozy! We purchased a size small when our daughter was just 6 months old.  A size small is for a child up to 35” inches. So, at a little over 32” inches, her poncho still fits perfectly. My last, but favorite feature for a busy mom like myself, is that its easy to clean! I just throw it in the washing machine and we are good to go! This will be her third winter wearing it and as you can see from the recent photos, its in perfect condition!

What do your kids wear in the car seat to keep them safe and warm?

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The sad face is because she realize we were not going any where.
The sad face is because she realized we were not going any where.


4 Reasons Why I Love the Noggle

As a mom who advocates for car seat safety, I plan to keep my daughter rear facing as close to 4 years old as possible. Now, this is not without it’s challenges. One such issue, which arose, was the weather. Anyone living in the Midwest can tell you we go through seasons of extreme heat to extreme cold. This became a problem for our daughter. There were times when we would drive ten minutes to our destination, only to find out she was soaked with sweat. It didn’t matter that I had the air on high or that I let the car run for 5-10 minutes before getting in. So, I did what I always do in these situations. I went to the Car Seats for the Littles to seek advice. That’s where I learned about the NOGGLE! Click here to read their review. This handy little invention is something we couldn’t live without! Click here to check out the Noggle.

Here are 4 reasons why I LOVE the Noggle!

  1. The Noggle keeps our daughter cool during the long hot summers and warm during the blustery winters.
  2. Easy to install. (The instructions are VERY easy to follow. After the initial install, I was able to switch it between cars within a few minutes.)
  3. They come in different colors, prints, and sizes. (I purchased an 8ft. Noggle)
  4. The BEST part – they are approved by the Child Passenger Safety Technicians at the Car Seats for the Littles.

I can’t say enough good things about this product! The Noggle will allow her to rear face comfortably for the next few years. I love the easy install! While I typically leave the Noogle in my car, we have changed cars before. Removing and reinstalling the Noogle is VERY simple. My only complaint is that the Noggle can feel a little cumbersome in my compact car. But honestly, it’s a small price to keep her safe and comfortable. I have had the Noggle in my car for over a year now and hardly notice its there. At this point, its just part of the car and I would NOT change it.

I HIGHLY recommend purchasing a Noggle, if you haven’t do so!

To learn more about Car Seat Safety click here to see my previous post.

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8 Tips for Car Seat Safety

When I first had my daughter I knew nothing about car seat safety. Looking back at the photos I took before we left the hospital makes me want to cringe! I remember the nurse coming into the room to look over our car seat. She simply said, “The straps need to come down a little more, but you can just do that when you get home.” As a new mom, I thought nothing of it. I mean, she was a nurse after all, so if she wasn’t worried then it must be fine, right? WRONG!

Leaving the hospital

There are so many things we worry about as parents: from the appropriate amount of screen time to a well balanced diet and everything in between. Car seat safety was something I never heard much about as I was preparing for the arrival of our daughter. Fortunately, shortly after our daughter arrived a friend suggested I add myself to a Facebook group called Car Seats for the Littles and I am glad she did. This group is run by Car Seat Technicians, whose sole goal is to educate parents on recommended best practice to keep children safe. Click here to see their official website. As a mother who was doing it wrong, I am thankful someone pointed me in the right direction. I promise I am not here to tell you how you should do something. I am just here to give you some helpful information that someone once gave me. Remember we are in this together! #parenting

Here are my top 8 tips for Car Seat Safety

  1. Rear-Facing: straps should be AT or BELOW the shoulders and chest clip at armpit level.
  1. Forward-Facing: straps should be AT or ABOVE the shoulders and chest clip at armpit level.
  1. Rear-Facing: recommended until at least age 2, but ideally as close to 4 as possible. Click here to read the reasoning behind the recommendations.
  1. Ages 0-6: 5 point harness seat   Ages: 6 and up high back/backless booster seat Click here for more detailed information
  1. When can my child ride without a booster seat? Once he/she passes the five step test.
  1. No coats in the car seat
  1. All car/booster seats have expiration dates
  1. Read your ENTIRE car seat manual to ensure proper install and use.

What are some things you have learned on your parenting journey? Did you find them on your own or did someone help you? Either way, you are doing great!

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