Sisters Come up With Carseat Alternative to Potentially Fatal Puffy Coats

Baby wrapped in the 3 Sisters poncho, while secured in a carseat 6 photos
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At the start of each cold season, authorities, non-profits and media outlets warn parents and drivers to avoid puffy coats on any child riding in a carseat, as they can prove fatal in case of an accident.
Strapping your child in a carseat is mandatory before riding with them in the car, but the same goes for taking off the puffy winter coat they are wearing. The coat adds another layer between the child’s body and the carseat straps, so in case of an accident, they can slip out of the straps easily.

The general recommendation is to take your child in the car, wait for it to get warm and only afterwards strap them in the carseat, after you have removed the coat. This way, you can perform the pinch test and determine that there is not too much space between the body and the strap. The child has to be secured snugly in the carseat, or else the carseat won’t function properly in protecting them in case of an impact.

With that in mind, 3 sisters from Denver, Colorado, have come up with a way to keep your child warm, save you the time you would have to spend in the car, waiting for it to warm up, and get you to contribute to a good cause. It’s a poncho that goes over the child and the carseat, not interfering at all with the latter.

The sisters, Barb Goldsby, Joanne Isenhart and Karol Hodson, have set up the 3 Sisters Non-Profit and spoke to The Denver Channel about how they came up with the idea for the poncho. Unsurprisingly, the fact that 2 of them had just welcomed grandchildren acted as incentive.

The ponchos can be reversible or single-lined, colorful or in more somber colors, and come with a hood to keep the baby’s head warm as well. They can be worn outside as well, or serve just as an in-car option to warm up. The important aspect is that they allow you to properly and safely secure your child in the carseat, while also keeping them warm.

3 Sisters donate the ponchos to organizations and people all across the U.S., but the items are also available for purchase. The money raised from selling them goes towards buying fabrics to make more items to donate, they say on the official website.

Other items are also available, though they’re not necessarily for in-car use: lap blankets for the elderly and beanies for cancer patients.

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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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