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August 20th, 2009, 03:46 PM
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If you've read the Car Seat 101 sticky, you've seen a link to the thread about how winter coats are not safe for kids to wear in their car seats. Fleece is a great thin, but VERY WARM, option for babies, toddlers, and kids to wear. I personally LOVE Columbia's baby & toddler fleece jackets with the fold over hand wamers and hoods. This eliminates the need for mittens/gloves, and hats. Izzie had one last year, and will have another one this year. For Brinlee, we'll go with a regular fleece jacket, unless she absolutely wants one "like her sister" Anyway, they're very affordable so I wanted to share them with everyone! (multiple color options are available)

Baby Boy & Toddler Boy: Pete Moss Fleece Jacket w/ fold over hand warmer flaps
(baby)Columbia Sportswear | Pete Moss Fleece—Baby#
(toddler)Columbia Sportswear | Pete Moss Fleece-Toddler


Baby Girl & Toddler Girl: Bonnie Bear Fleece Jacket w/ fold over hand warmer flaps
(baby)Columbia Sportswear | Bonnie Bear Fleece Jacket—Baby
(toddler)Columbia Sportswear | Bonnie Bear Fleece Jacket-Toddler#


Baby, Toddler & Kid: Benton Springs(girl)/Steed Mountain (boys) Fleece Jacket

(baby girl)Columbia Sportswear | Benton Springs Sweater—Baby
(toddler girl)Columbia Sportswear | Benton Springs Sweater-Toddler
(kid girl)Columbia Sportswear | Benton Springs Sweater—Girls
(baby boy)Columbia Sportswear | Steens Mountain Full Zip—Baby
(toddler boy)Steens Mountain Full Zip—Toddler
(kid boy)Columbia Sportswear | Steens Mountain Full Zip-Boys

Also, you can pick up fleece jackets at Old Navy, KMart, WalMart, Target, etc.

When winter gets closer, I'll bump our old thread or post a new one about all of the options for kids to ride safely in their car seats during the cold winter months.
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August 20th, 2009, 05:04 PM
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I was just thinking about this earlier when I was looking at fall/winter clothes for Aaden. We usually just put him in a hooded zip-up sweatshirt (it's very lightweight, and we never have to adjust his straps) but we might get him a fleece jacket for this winter.
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August 20th, 2009, 06:09 PM
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Thanks for just post!! We will definitely need something warm if we go home for Christmas.
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August 20th, 2009, 06:18 PM
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Awesome! My kids have fleece snowsuits from Hannah Andersson and I'm hoping they still fit this year LOL! I need to get them fleece coats too since the snowsuit is kind of a pain.
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August 20th, 2009, 07:08 PM
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Are they really warm? I totally don't think they are heavy enough for our winters.
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August 20th, 2009, 07:21 PM
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Yes, fleece is very warm. I live in Indiana, I know it's not NH... but we still get very harsh winters. COLD weather, below zero temps/wind chills, lots of ice snow, very windy, etc. and my girls were just fine in these fleece coats while in the car and running errands. Of course if I was sending them outside to play in the snow, they'd have on a real coat and snow gear.

Of course there are other options, I was going to address that when it gets closer to winter time. But if you check out the car seat 101 sticky, and click on the no winter coats in car seats link, you'll find more information. Bottom line- no winter coats under the harness.
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August 20th, 2009, 08:44 PM
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I know all about the coat trick thing, that is what I usually do

We just usually use those type of coats for fall weather so I just can't picture it working for winter....our car isn't so great with the heater either. Love the coat trick though!
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I don't think those would be warm enough for a Canadian winter. I really like the mittens though.
Lurking again...I've heard about the no winter coats under a harness but I also worry about my kids being warm enough. Are there other options? I'm not sure if these would hold up against our Canadian winter.
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I guess this is one of the benefits of living in California no coat needed
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August 21st, 2009, 06:54 AM
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Yes, there are other options... as I mentioned before See the Car Seat 101 sticky, there is more information there too!

Your child can wear their regular coat to the car, with fleece or a sweatshirt underneath. Take the coat off, put the child in the car seat. If needed, use a few blankets in the car (we always have a couple blankets in the car with us). You can start your car early to warm it up if you're at home. They make car seat ponchos as well. Made of fleece.

Honestly, you'll be surprised at how WARM fleece really is. I'm so serious. I'd never want a child to be cold, but these are very sufficient for usage in the car. I'm not saying throw them out in the snow for an hour of play in them, but they are definitely very warm.

Fleece is an insulator, which is why it works so well. A lot of children's winter hats and gloves are made of.... fleece!!!!

Maybe because it's thinner than a winter coat, that's why it's throwing everyone off?

Oh, and the winter coat trick does not work for us. Not sure if it's the styles of the winter coats they had or what... but it didn't work. Couldn't get the harness in the proper place.
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you could try a fleece jacket like these with a fleece poncho over the top. That might be warm enough and still allow you to buckle them safely.
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^^ Thanks ladies. I'm going to look into these ponchos and hit up some stores for some fleece jackets for my kids. Anything to be safer
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Are they really warm? I totally don't think they are heavy enough for our winters.

I agree, last winter all DD wore in the car was a fleece zip up hoodie from the childrens place- i bought it for like 3 dollars on clearance ( before that we had a fleece jacket i bought at a garage sale for .50 cents.
She was never cold, i never felt like i was freezing DD.

Just warm up your car beforehand if that option is available, and then put them in the car and give them a blanket, they will be ok.
I live in CHicago, and we get harsh winters too. last year it was rarely above double digits for our winter and DD was never cold and never got sick.
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August 21st, 2009, 10:13 AM
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oh my gosh I would FREEZE!! our winters are like in the 50's LOL
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Last winter we just put Aaden in a zip-up hooded sweatshirt, and will do the same this year if we don't get him a fleece jacket. Last winter I never felt that he was cold, and the one time he did get sick, was thanks to his cousin that was constantly coughing in his face.
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I am ROFL @ freezing in the 50s! It's 65 here today and it's August LOL. It get well below zero here, not to mention the wind chill.
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I myself mostly wear the columbia fleece's in the winter as my coat...cause I can't stand bulk in the car when Im driving. They are SUPER warm. My daughter wears them most of the time in the winter and loves them, she has yet to complain about being cold....and trust me...SHE WOULD!! HAHA!
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Rylinn wore a hooded sweatshirt last year too. We will get her the Columbia Fleece one for winter this year, because I like the built in mittens..and very affordable!!
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