Dressing Your Child for Optimal Car Seat Safety This Winter

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CYBEX Advises Parents to Ditch the Bulky Jacket for Thin Layers

With winter just around the corner, parents want to make sure their children are nice and cozy – especially on long car rides. While padded jackets and overalls might keep little ones warm, during a car ride they can become dangerous, no matter how quick the journey.

The harness system on a car seat must fit snugly in order to ensure maximum safety during a crash or sudden stop. While children may want to be wrapped up in their favorite jacket for warmth, when they’re strapped into a car seat, a padded winter coat can compress leaving a gap between the harness and the child’s body. This can make the harness loose and put the child in unnecessary danger.

How can parents ensure their children are both comfortable and safe in their car seat this winter? There are four simple things parents can do:

Layers, layers, layers
Instead of a thick, puffy coat, dress the child in several thin layers. Start with a comfortable T-shirt and then work outwards. A thin fleece pullover and a light woolen jacket on top will do the trick. Dressing a child in several thin layers will keep them warm, without the risk of the material compressing. Heat is quite nicely retained between the individual layers, and there’s the extra advantage that dressing like this is more comfortable for the child.

Bring a blanket
There’s no reason to leave a child’s favorite blanket back home when you can just as easily bring it on your trip. Once the child is safely harnessed and buckled into their car seat, tuck the blanket around them in the seat. He or she will be safe, warm and snuggly for the journey!

Other options
Parents who are traveling with small children are already carrying around a lot of stuff. Instead of dragging around an extra blanket, parents can use the things they already have. While children shouldn’t wear their bulky winter coats in their car seat, there is nothing wrong with using it to cover up after the child has been safely buckled up. If the child is frequently moved from their stroller into the car and back again, try a footmuff that can easily be removed from the stroller and tuck it around the child in the car. Bonus: It will already be warm.

Check the ambient temperature in the car
Parents typically only worry about the temperature of the car during the hot summer months. However, the winter months pose a risk of hypothermia for children when the car gets too cold. CYBEX incorporates SensorSafe™ technology into car seats that alerts to possible critical situations, including hypothermia. The activated SensorSafe™ chest clip continuously measures the temperature inside the car and alerts the driver if the ambient temperature of the child is too hot or too cold. This helps to prevent an overheating or undercooling of the child.

The CYBEX family wishes parents everywhere a safe journey this winter season! Additional information on CYBEX and SensorSafe Technology can be found at cybex-online.com.

CYBEX offers car seats, baby carriers, kids' furniture and strollers that are not only safe but perfectly adapt to urban lifestyles. Always questioning the status quo and not afraid of challenging the establishment, CYBEX has become not just a leader in child safety but is seen as an innovative lifestyle and fashion brand. With its fresh approach, CYBEX designs products for parents while pushing the boundaries that often separate safety, design and function.

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Brooke Wallinger
Konnect Agency
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