Pediatrics | Published November 27, 2019 | Written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician, Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine

Winter car seat safety tips

Make sure your child is safe and warm in his or her car seat with these tips:

  • Take your child’s winter jacket off before securing him or her in the car seat. The bulkiness of winter clothing can flatten from the force of a car crash, causing extra room between your child and the car seat, and leading to the possibility that your child will slip through the straps.
  • To keep your child warm, dress him or her in fitted, light layers. After your child is securely strapped into the car seat, you may place a winter jacket or blanket over the car seat straps.
  • Keeping the carrier portion of a car seat in the house instead of the car will reduce the loss of your child’s body heat.
  • Remember your child’s hat and gloves. These help your child stay warm and do not interfere with the car seat.
  • Only use a car seat cover as long as it does not have a layer underneath your child. Also, be sure to keep your child’s face uncovered to avoid trapped air.
  • Keep a bag of extra blankets and dry clothing in the car in case your child’s clothing gets wet or you are stuck in the car during a winter storm.

If you have any questions about car seat safety, Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics offers free car seat safety checks every Monday through Friday, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. A certified car seat safety educator will make sure your car seat is installed correctly and can answer any questions you may have. For more information, visit or call 814.466.7921 for an appointment.