Originally Posted by JL83
How nice that you had a baby who would sleep and didn't live in a cold climate.
If my DD actually fell asleep in the car on the way to shopping when she was a baby, I was letting her sleep. Also, because I followed the advice on not putting her into a snowsuit under the carstraps, what else was I suppose to do when it was well below freezing? I had a nice warm protected carseat (blankets and shower cap thing). I sure wasn't going to take her out to put her into a carrier in the parking lot and have her freeze.
And if I brought the carseat into the store and she was still asleep I was going to try to get my shopping done before she woke up.
That's quite the assumption... it gets plenty cold here plus we have windchill making it even worse. I'm in Ontario, Canada and while the temperature can vary greatly across the province it's not exactly known for warm winters... in fact the temperatures outside can be downright deadly at the coldest times. There is no way I'd take my child outside in the winter without warm clothing on... he'd freeze to death.
That being said if you believe something is important enough you make it work. You don't see it as a great enough risk for your child, I'm not saying you are wrong, I'm saying for my child I won't take the risk. I would sit in the back of the car and take my own coat off to put the baby in the carrier and then zip my coat up over us both (he in regular clothes with a one layer fleece snowsuit over it, no poofy winter coat because I agree, anything that makes the straps unable to be buckled at the same tightness is not safe). When we came back to the car I'd put him in his seat and bundle him with blankets over him once he was buckled.
Convenient. Nope. Definitely not. But neither is using a carseat at all... it would be way more convenient to just leave him in the carrier and put my seatbelt over us both. I won't do it though. Sometimes my convenience (and his, he was woken up more than once) is trumped by safety. That's just how it works.
You can choose to make a different parental call, I'm sure I make calls that you would think aren't as safe as the ones you make... that's the nature of this parenting thing. But it doesn't mean it isn't workable or that there aren't risks to doing the convenient thing.