This Coat Aims to Solve Your Car Seat Problems

Your winters are about to get a whole lot easier.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Mar 2017
Child sleeping in car seat in a striped sweatshirt
Photo: Getty Images

Spring hasn’t sprung just yet. As you bundle up baby in this cold weather, you likely know that jacket has to come off as soon as you place baby in the car seat. A big puffy coat interferes with a secure strap adjustment. But that little step can be a big pain. One mom’s solution? Redesign the winter jacket.

Dahlia Rizk recognized two major problems with coats and car seats: Parents are either struggling with their kids to get coats on and off in the car or feeling guilty for giving up and leaving them on. So she set out to make the whole thing a safe, one-step process. Enter Buckle Me Baby Coats, a new Kickstarter campaign.

The unique coats are bona fide coats—not ponchos or blankets—so your child can actually wear them out and about in the winter. But they accommodate a car seat’s harness and buckle in a way regular jackets can’t: by easily allowing those the straps to fit underneath the jacket as securely and snugly against baby as possible.

Thanks to the shoulder seam and a front panel, the entire front of the jacket can be pulled to the side as you secure the car seat harness against baby without actually removing the coat. Check out the demo in the video below, starting at the 1:50 mark:

While that chest panel can be rolled to the side if baby gets too hot, it serves an added bonus: It covers the buckle so he or she doesn’t tinker with the chest clip.

“Buckle Me Baby Coats have been crash tested at The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute where it not only outperformed traditional coats but also performed almost identically to no coat at all,” the jacket’s Kickstarter page reads.

The project, which is about 70 percent funded, is aiming for coats to be available in the fall. Sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6 and 7 will be offered.

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