Frequently Asked Questions
Are Buckle Me Baby Coats compatible with car seats?
Buckle Me Baby Coats have been crash tested at an independent University crash test facility where they not only outperformed traditional puffy coats but also tested similarly to no coat at all! We also had the coats evaluated by CPSTs who loved the design giving them two thumbs up! Interested in seeing our crash test footage in action? Click here: https://youtu.be/o4LkFnoj6v4
Have Buckle Me Baby Coats been evaluated by CPSTs?
We collaborated with local NH CPSTs, firemen, and first responders who physically examined the coat and found it to be a safer option to the puffy winter coat and similar to no coat. BMBC was also recently reviewed by Carseatblog – checkout their review here: https://carseatblog.com/43789/so-safe-and-so-warm-a-review-of-the-buckle-me-baby-coat/
Are traditional puffy coats really dangerous? Ive seen it on the news but is there proof?
There have been several reports of children wearing puffy coats thrown from their car seats during accidents. You can learn more about them here:
It has been widely proven that traditional coats can add up to 4 inches of space in a crash and that this extra space dramatically increases the risk of critical injuries and fatalities. Here is a research study that reviews car crash statistics with regards to injuries due to excessive forward movement:
Why are these coats so expensive - children grow so quickly?
I hear you and understand how it feels to want something for your child and feel it is overpriced or out of reach. Buckle Me Baby is a startup, not a major corporation with deep pockets and deeper margins. BMBC is run by a single mom of 3 (me) who understands budgets! The real deal is that my coats, which are handmade in the United States, are quite expensive to make. I have pulled together lots of ways to help parents. I have partnered with PayPal credit to spread payments over six months interest free, I am put together a trade-up program so parents can send back their Buckle Me Baby Coat for credit towards a new coat (returned coats will be donated to children with special needs and in wheelchairs), and coats are gender neutral so they can be passed down among siblings.
How does the coat work? Is there any fabric between my child and the harness?
The front panel of the coat opens at the side and shoulder seams leaving the shoulders and chest area bare allowing the harness to lie flat and snug against the chest and shoulder. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cVKj5lleXI
What about the back of the coat - is that puffy too?
The back of the fabric is thinner than the front leaving no excess fabric to create slack in the harness. In fact, you can adjust the harness with no coat on – put the coat back on and use the car seat with the coat without readjusting the harness again. Take a look: https://youtu.be/6gvNWpYfNZA
If the back is thinner than the front won't it be less warm?
Although the back is thinner than the front – the density of the insulation is the same keeping littlest loves warm front to back.
Are these coats true to size?
the coats are true to size but run a little long in the arms. During development focus groups expressed an interest in sizing up so that coats can be worn for more than one season. Sizing up will add bulk behind children in the car seat which is unsafe. The extend the life of the coat we designed the sleeves a little longer so parents can get more use out of their coat.
What if there is a car accident, the car is on fire, or submerged in water. Will the coat delay getting my child out?
We have had the coat evaluated by first responders who did not feel the coat would slow rescue efforts should the worst happen. In the event of an emergency the car seat is cut out of the car with the child still strapped in to keep them stable. However, the coat does not slow down the process – check out how long it takes to get out of the car seat with our coat on (Spoiler Alert: 10 seconds): https://youtu.be/VQkMQVgqwKA
Will my child be too hot in this coat?
The panel can be rolled to the side to keep little ones from overheating in the car. If your child usually wears a coat or blanket in the car they will find the BMB Coat comfortable too.
I love your coats!!! Do you ship internationally?
Thank you for the love! Yes we do ship internationally! You will find our flat rate shipping rates on the checkout page after you enter your address. The customer is responsible for all duties, taxes, and fees. Canadian orders can be returned at the customers expense all other international orders are final sale and are not eligible for return.
I love your logo who designed it??
Our logo was designed by the fabulous creatives at www.fullstop360.com
I have another question not covered here...
Please email us at [email protected] we will be happy to answer all your questions!