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I have a business relationship with the company however, I paid full price for this product. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. When my 8 1/2 year old was an infant, I did not know that it wasn’t safe to buckle kiddos up with a coat on. Coats can compress in the event of an accident, leaving slack in the harness and causing injury or ejection. Don’t believe me? Go buckle your child with their winter coat, take them out, remove the coat, and re-buckle without it. You probably have about two arms worth of slack in the harness. Yikes!
Luckily, I quickly learned, thanks to car seat safety forums. She continued to ride (without a coat!) rear facing until the month before her 4th birthday, was harnessed until 7 and is in a booster at 8 1/2. My sons are equally safe, and no one wears a coat in their car seat. This has meant lots of blankets in the car, and lots of added time to our travels to take 3 coats on and off at each end of every trip. I’ve also gotten a lot of nasty looks when we decided it was easier to just run the 10 feet into a store (or wherever) than to spend 5 minutes getting coats on and off everyone!