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/

How warm is the coat - are there temperature ratings?

This question has become very popular since sleeping bags started promoting their temperature ratings. Sleeping bag companies can rate bags because a sleeping person is inactive and (most often) in a sheltered environment, eliminating many of the variables which make ratings for coats so difficult and inaccurate.

With all that just because we don’t give exact ratings doesn’t mean we don’t make super warm jackets. There is one simple rule that determines how warm a jacket is: thickness equals warmth. Which is why our coats are stuffed with 1.5 inches of thick warm coziness. You may notice that other coats LOOK puffier but its not always about looks. Most coats are designed by sewing baffles (like pockets) then the insulation is blown in giving it a puffy look but the actual coat itself isnt very thick (this is why when you throw it in the washer it totally flattens out). Buckle Me Baby Coats are designed with a sheet of insulation that is hand quilted in giving the coat even warm cozy coverage all over.

We tested our coats against a sleeping bag rated for -15 degree weather. Using dry ice and a handheld heat loss device our coats retained heat BETTER than the sleeping bag at the 1 minute, 5 minute, 10 minute and 20 minute mark) Fun fact: At the 20 minute mark the sleeping bag had lost a whopping 17 degrees of heat!)

Want even more proof check out this Canadian CPST Mama’s review in -40 degree weather! https://www.lifeofsix.blog/car-seat-safe-buckle-me-baby-coat-review

Are the coats true to size?

The coats 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. To extend the life of the coat we designed the sleeves a little longer so parents can get more use out of their coat.

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 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:

https://news.keepmecurrent.com/raymond-crash-puts-focus-on-safety-seats/

No Bruising From Car Seat Straps for Toddler Killed In Crash

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:

https://www.bucklemecoats.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ArbogastInjury-1.pdf

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 have another question not covered here...

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