MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s hard enough bundling up your kids for this cold weather, but doctors want to make sure your child isn’t too bundled to be safe in a car seat.
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents to make sure the straps on their car seats are snug.READ MORE: Daunte Wright Shooting: Demonstrators And Police Clash For 4th Night In Brooklyn Center
A bulky winter coat can interfere with that, causing the child to slip out of their seats in a crash.READ MORE: 'These Kids Are Going To Be Traumatized': Residents At Epicenter Of Daunte Wright Protests Feel Powerless
There is a way to test if your child’s coat passes the test.
“The way we check for tightness is we shoudn’t be able to take a tuck in the webbing. This is too loose. So what we will do is pull and snug it up, and you can see here that I can’t take a pinch,” Hennepin Healthcare nurse and trauma prevention specialist Julie Philbrook said.MORE NEWS: Daunte Wright Shooting: Fmr. Officer Kim Potter Released From Jail Hours After Arrest For Manslaughter Charges
Philbook says use your child’s coat as a blanket over the straps. Then use a thinner option for car trips like layers and a fleece jacket.