ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Buckling a baby in a car seat properly may seem like Parenting 101, but when it’s cold it can get tricky.

Penny Lentz, the Safe Kids of Winnebago County Coalition Coordinator for SwedishAmerican Hospital, warns that coats should be kept off infants when they’re in a car seat.

Coats are mostly filled with air, which can give parents a false sense of security when straps feel tight over the coat.

“When that crash happens, it pushes all that air out, so this child is going to be twisting and turning inside of here, the clip is not in the right place because that coat had taken up that extra room,” Lentz said.

To keep a baby warm, Lentz says parents can put a blanket or car seat cover over the baby, once they’re safely buckled in.


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