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#151 of 157 Old 01-02-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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It was not a valid choice.

It was not a good choice.

I am not militant, I'm educated.

And you know nothing about what choices I have and have not had to make.

She got lucky.
How can you say it was not a valid choice for HER??? It WAS a valid choice for HER and it WAS A GOOD choice at that time. You can argue about it all you like, it doesn't change the outcome.

You are right, I know nothing about the choices you haev made or any other posters on this thread, that is why I left my earlier statement general. I did not refer to any particular person. If you don't consider yourself militant, than I'm not referring to you.
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If there is additional information to share about carseat safety with or without coats, that is great.

Otherwise, this thread seems about ready to be done.

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Just wanted to point this out!

Please, keep on topic to the OP. Any more off topic discussion could result in this thread being closed.

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This is a tough issue for those of us that drive in sub zero temps. Choosing between the obvious immediate danger/discomfort from cold and the hypothetical risk posed by loose straps isn't black and white.
I drive in subzero temps many months in the winter and the boys don't have their coats on... There is no "obvious" danger/discomfort from the cold... even at -30... and again, I don't have a garage nor do we we preheat the car...

They either do the coat trick or take their coats off completely, get strapped in and then put their coats on backwards and in the last weeks I have put some blankets in the car that they can put on also... I have never heard a complaint...

 
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This is a timely thread for me. I don't put my kids in coats when they go in their carseats. I live in Ontario, Canada, and like others have mentioned, it can get pretty darn cold. We make it work with blankets, so far. But anyone who's noticed this, either family, other parents at DD's daycare, fellow moms in my moms group - well, they look at me like I'm nuts! Seriously, I'm almost positive that EVERYONE I know with kids puts their coats on in the carseat. I guess it's because sometimes I'll just let DD run from the car into daycare in her polar fleece and stuff her coat in her bag. I've gotten looks and been asked, "Where's her coat!?" I just reply, "I don't put my kids in coats in their carseats." and leave it at that. But I'm sure people think I'm the local crazy lady.

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I'd like to interject into this thread, if I may, a thought about "militant" car-seat people and their apparent "inability" to make risk-assesments.

I think that it's probable that many of the people who have the mindset that car-seat usage is a fluid thing and isn't a fact-based black-and-white issue have likely never worked in a profession where they saw pictures and video of real accidents involving real children. I'd also wager a guess that they've never worked in a profession where they go on-site to accidents involving seriously injured or dead children. It is such a horrible thing to see that I believe that this thing called "risk assesment" would be thrown out the window in an effort to make sure that one would never have to witness that kind of scene involving her own child.

I am not being judgemental and I don't mean to be rude, I'm just stating that maybe there are reasons that certain people have the views that they do about car safety and those reasons likely have NOTHING to do with making anyone feel like a bad parent on the internet for kicks and giggles. The CPSTs here do us a real service- why do people seem so bent on pushing them out?
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I'd like to interject into this thread, if I may, a thought about "militant" car-seat people and their apparent "inability" to make risk-assesments.

I think that it's probable that many of the people who have the mindset that car-seat usage is a fluid thing and isn't a fact-based black-and-white issue have likely never worked in a profession where they saw pictures and video of real accidents involving real children. I'd also wager a guess that they've never worked in a profession where they go on-site to accidents involving seriously injured or dead children. It is such a horrible thing to see that I believe that this thing called "risk assesment" would be thrown out the window in an effort to make sure that one would never have to witness that kind of scene involving her own child.

I am not being judgemental and I don't mean to be rude, I'm just stating that maybe there are reasons that certain people have the views that they do about car safety and those reasons likely have NOTHING to do with making anyone feel like a bad parent on the internet for kicks and giggles. The CPSTs here do us a real service- why do people seem so bent on pushing them out?
Life is not black and white. So people's choices aren't always going to be black and white. Is it usually safer to follow best practice regarding car seat usage? Absolutely! But there has to be room for the FACT that there are tiems when best practice would not be safest overall in a given situation. It would be nice if people here could acknowledge that they don't have the intimate detaiils of every situation, and so they cannot say, without a doubt, what is best for every person in every setting.
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