Temperatures have dropped, and winter coats complete with all the layers are out in full force. While the snow bibs and heavy coats are a necessity in many areas, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents to remove these bulky items before buckling up your little one in their car seat.

The main concern is that the force from a collision will flatten these cozy clothes, which can cause a space between the harness and the child. If this happens, the harness can become so loose that the child may slip through.

One basic rule is to make sure you are not able to pinch the strap fabric between your fingers at your child’s collarbone. Be sure to take note of additional practical tips to keep your little ones warm and safe this winter from here.

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