Follow this list of tips by Healthy Children for keeping your children warm and safe:
- “Store the carrier portion of infant seats inside the house when not in use.
- Get an early start.
- Dress your child in thin layers. Start with close-fitting layers on the bottom, like tights, leggings, and long-sleeved bodysuits. Then add pants and a warmer top, like a sweater or thermal-knit shirt. Your child can wear a thin fleece jacket over the top. In very cold weather, long underwear is also a warm and safe layering option. As a general rule of thumb, infants should wear one more layer than adults. If you have a hat and a coat on, your infant will probably need a hat, coat, and blanket.
- Don’t forget hats, mittens, and socks or booties.
- Tighten the straps of the car seat harness.
- Use a coat or blanket over the straps.
- Use a car seat cover ONLY if it does not have a layer under the baby.
- Remember, if the item did not come with the car seat, it has not been crash tested and may interfere with the protection provided in a crash.
- Pack an emergency bag for your car.”