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Hey! Ds is 8 months but he is in 24 month clothing now. He's a big baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I am going to get a babywearing jacket for the two of us, but that won't do him much good in the car. Besides, I thought I had heard it wasn't safe to have their winter coats on them in the carseat?<br><br>
He is way too big for one of those nifty carseat covers that we used when he was a newborn. He's in a britax now. Seems that he would just kick a blanket off....<br><br>
Any ideas? How do you keep the kiddos in carseats warm until the car heat kicks in!?<br><br>
TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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you are correct, you are never suppose to put a baby in a winter jacket into the carseat. i put a long rectangle of fleece in the carseat under where baby sits so once baby is buckled i can wrap her up really good. i am also going to make a carseat cover for her to keep in all the heat. but for now we bring a nice warm blanky from inside to put over her also. hope this helps.
 

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I used to start the car and let it warm up for a few minutes before we would get in, especially in the morning.
 

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We also try to warm it up first (obviously won't work if you were shopping or something) and use blankets, if he is cold he won't kick them off. Besides it shouldn't take that long to heat up after he kicks them off
 

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I just put a blanket over dd and run the heat. If she kicks off the blankets than the heat is usually kicked in so she doesn't freeze.
 

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Wow! I had never heard this. Why not? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
When ds1 was a baby, I always had him in the sling when we went to the car (it was in a parking lot ~1 block away), so he was never in a winter coat - maybe just a warm jacket. I covered him with a blanket and turned the heat on full blast until I was comfortable.<br><br>
When ds2 was a baby and our car was in our garage or just outside the house, he was either in the sling or I carried him wearing his snowsuit. We had a blanket in the car for him, too. They both still use those blankets in the car!
 

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I put my kids in jackets in the car. I know you're not suppost to but I live in Winnipeg and it regularily gets down to -40 here. The risk to my kids of getting frostbite/exposure is just so much greater than the risk of a malfunction because of jackets/snowsuits.........
 

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The poofiness of the fabric keeps the straps from being tight enough, and can flatten dangerously in an accident.
 

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You can tuck a blanket around them after they are buckled in. Also, long johns, warm pants, and a nice warm sweater that isn't at all "poofy" are okay to wear in the carseat. And don't forget a hat and warm socks/shoes... by the time they get them off, the car will be warm already. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Last year we just used a fleece jumper that went over his clothes combined with lots of blankets. This year we bought a Thermolite snowsuit. It is protective without being bulky so I felt it was a good balance of the risk of compression/ejection vs. the risk of frostbite or exposure to the cold.
 

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we have a car seat blanket. it is fleece, and has holes cut in back for straps. it is shaped like an t. each side folds in and the bottom and top. you could probably make one real easy.
 

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I live in Canada too, and we don't put winter coats on the kids in the car seats. We don't warm the car up prior to puttng the kids in, but it only takes a couple minutes for the car to heat up- not long enough to get frostbite or hypothermia or anything.
 

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Oh boy, I can already hear it now from every family member, friend, and nosey bizzy body. HOW DARE YOU TAKE THAT CHILD OUT OF THE HOUSE WITHOUT PROPERLY BUNDLING HIM!<br><br>
It's going to be a funnnnnnn winter!
 

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We put their coats on and take them off in the car.
 

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We do what the_lissa does (and it does get down to -40 here too) Just wear their coats to the car and the take them off when we are in there. I usually put a nice thick hoody sweatshirt or jacket on them and we wrap blankies around.
 

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Here's some options. <a href="http://www.carseatsite.com/babycenter_links.htm#Cold%20Weather%20Links" target="_blank">http://www.carseatsite.com/babycente...eather%20Links</a> If you have a Wal-Mart close, they have some really nice 4 in 1 coats this year that I'm getting the boys. The inside coat is just fleece and would be fine in a carseat, then you can use the top coat for when you're out of the car.<br><br>
ETA: click on the cold weather link
 
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