One mom’s post about why her child won’t be wearing a winter coat this season is going viral on Reddit. Posted last week, the mom asks people not to shame parents for kids who aren’t wearing heavy jackets as new safety regulations say winter coats should not be worn in a car seat.
“If you’re out and about and see a parent with a baby/toddler who isn’t wearing a coat, please don’t assume that parent is some kinda monster who doesn’t care if their kids freeze,” reads the post by user MindyS1719, adding that the new car seat standards make it “really challenging for caregivers… to get kids out of the house then in the car then out of the car again.”
The guidelines she’s referencing were published by Consumer Reports earlier this year. “As a general rule, winter coats should not be worn underneath a car seat harness because that can leave the harness too loose to be effective in a crash,” the site says. “It’s important that the harness is tight enough so that you can’t pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger.” Experts recommend using a blanket (particularly one that’s been approved by the car seat manufacturer) or placing the coat over the harness instead.
In light of the regulations and the fact that there is no easy solution yet, the Reddit mom urges others to think twice before commenting on a child’s winter wear. “Cut parents some slack… We’re doing everything we can to make sure our kids are warm while maintaining what’s left of our sanity,” she wrote.