Car Seat Safe Coats: Comparing the One Kid Road Coats

When it comes to carseat safety – I am adamant about no puffy coats in the car seat. So how do I keep my girls warm when the temperatures drop?

This post is sponsored by One Kid. We received these Road Coats for free, or at a discount, in exchange for our honest review.

 

Car Seat Safe Coats: Comparing the One Kid Road Coats.

Why Do I Need the Road Coat?

Manufacturers and NHSTA guidelines clearly state that thick coats are not safe in the car. This is because puffy layers between the child and carseat harness don’t allow the harness to fit as snugly.

This is a problem because the thick coat will compress in a car accident. Which could allow enough movement to cause whiplash, other injuries, or for your child to be ejected from their carseat.

This has always put us in an uncomfortable place when it comes to our Kansas winters. We have seemingly endless months of subzero temperatures every year. Previously, I would have to choose between equally inconvenient options.

Take my daughter to the car A – in her puffy coat and have to remove it before buckling her in, B- in a light jacket or sweater and have her complain about being too cold, or C – wrapped in a blanket and endure harsh stares from others wondering why my child is freezing her bum off.

One Kid came up with a solution that is both warm AND safe. Car seat safe coats that fit small babies all the way up to size 8!

Every Coat Has These Important Features…

-A polyester shell that is wind and water resistant.

-A split collar that allows the harness straps to lie flat against your child. The puffy layer of the coat is then pulled outside of the straps. This has a soft hook and loop closure that doesn’t catch on clothes or your carseat harness.

-A thin inner layer of the coat, this is the piece that stays under the carseat straps. It is compact enough that you do not have to loosen the straps. Which means that the harness will continue to pass the pinch test while your child is wearing their Road Coat.

-A warm outer layer of the coat, these pieces pull through the carseat harness but do not stay between your child and the harness. It can be closed over the top of the harness, if needed.

-Non-slip polka dots across the top of the inner layer. These help ensure that the harness and chest clip stay in place while in use.

-Chest clip indicator. The inner layer of the coat has red stitching at armpit level to help ensure correct placement of the chest clip when buckling your child.

-A generous collar with “zipper garage” to keep the top end of the sipper from irritating your child’s neck

-A stuff sack to store your child’s Road Coat in during the offseason. It’s even labeled with the size of the coat so you can find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.

-Finally, it’s machine washable! So after your kiddo enjoys a day crawling around in the snow, you can toss it in the washer with everything else!

Down Road Coat

We have the Black Unicorn Down Road Coat in size 7.

This is the warmest coat available from One Kid, and comes in the widest range of sizes.

The Down Road Coat has an 80% down and 20% feather filler and is suitable to temperatures as low as -25 F, or -30 C.

The hood on the Down Road Coat is also filled with a thin layer of insulation and is warm with or without a hat.

The outer layer of the Down Roat Coat has a second zipper closure. There are also large pockets that are big enough to store your warm mittens (or all of your “treasures” if you’re my kid).

My six-year-old is wearing the same size Road Coat as her typical clothing size, and I would say that it runs true-to-size.

Car Seat Safe Coats: Comparing the One Kid Road Coats.

Vegan Road Coat

We have the Fuschia Vegan Road Coat in size 6 and the Aqua Unicorn Road Coat in size 12 months.

The Vegan Road Coat is a great alternative to the Road Coat Down for those dedicated to plant based living, as well as those allergic to down/feather filling.

It is still a warm coat, just not rated for as cold as the Down Road Coat. It is filled with a thermal polyester insulation, and is rated to -10 F, or -25 C.

The hood on the Vegan Road Coat is just a windbreaker material, but it’s nice to put on over your little one’s hat to further block wind and weather from their necks and ears. It rolls up compactly and folds into a velcro pocket around the collar when not in use.

The outer layer of the Vegan Roat Coat has a soft velcro closure. It also features the same large pockets as the Down Road Coat.

My six-year-old and 18-month-old are both wearing the same size Road Coat as their typical clothing sizes, and I would say that these run true-to-size.

Car Seat Safe Coats: Comparing the One Kid Road Coats.

Road Coat Snow Suit

We have the Lilac/Purple Puppy Snowsuit Road Coat in size 6-12 months, and the Plum Snowsuit Road Coat in size 12-18 months.

The snowsuit gives your baby complete head to toe coverage, and is suitable in temperatures as low as -25 F, or -30 C!

It has an 80% down and 20% feather filler. You will also find additional length in the sleeves and legs for comfortable movement in sitting, standing, crawling, and walking.

The hood has a warm filling, and elastic binding to help it stay up on little heads. It is attached with snaps, so you can take it off when it’s not needed.

This also has fold-over mitten and foot covers. You will never lose a mitten or bootie again – just fold over the end of the sleeves and foot openings to keep your little one warm!

Those hand and foot openings have elastic to help it fit properly, and are lined with sherpa fleece. Baby hands and feet get SO COLD, this lining is super cozy and we don’t have icy fingers or toes anymore!

The outer layer of the snowsuit has a second zipper closure. It also has faux pockets that add to the design of the coat, but they don’t open up.

Finally, the snowsuit has the same nonslip dots from the chest area of the coat across the bum. This addition gives just the right amount of extra grip when you’re carrying your baby!

My daughter is small and wore the 6-12 month snowsuit comfortably for all of last winter and the beginning of this winter (when she was 9-20 months).

We also have the 12-18 month snowsuit, which should fit her this entire winter (18-23 months). Comparing how my tiny baby fits in other sizes, I would say that these run true-to-size.

Car Seat Safe Coats: Comparing the One Kid Road Coats.

Transition Road Coat

We have the Fern Transition Road Coat in size 6 and the Fuschia Transition Road Coat in size 18 months.

Spring in the midwest means wildly fluctuating temperatures. Our Kansas mornings still hover around freezing, but the afternoons are up into the 50s.

The Transition Road Coat has a “just right” level of warmth for when it is too warm for a winter coat but too cool for just a fleece jacket. It is rated to 30 F, or 0 C. Plus, it has all of the car seat safety features of the other Road Coat designs!

I really like the jersey lining on this coat because it goes all the way down the sleeves. It will still be comfortable to wear with a short-sleeved shirt for those cool mornings until the warm afternoon when she doesn’t need a jacket.

The hood is just a windbreaker material, but it’s nice to put on over your little one’s hat to further block wind and weather from their necks and ears. It rolls up compactly and folds into a velcro pocket around the collar when not in use.

The outer layer of the Transition Roat Coat has a second zipper closure. These pockets are lined with the same jersey as the inside of the jacket. Perfect for warming up chilly fingers.

My six-year-old is wearing the same size Transition Road Coat as her typical clothing sizes, and I would say that it runs true-to-size or a little small. My 18-month-old is wearing a size up on Transition Road Coat, and I would say that it runs true-to-size or a little small.

Car Seat Safe Coats: Comparing the One Kid Road Coats.

Pick Your Favorite Design!

Last year, Evelyn loved her neon pink Vegan coat and neon green Transition coat, and Alice looked adorable in her purple puppies snowsuit.

This year, my girls are matching in coordinating unicorn coats! Evelyn has the black unicorns on her Down coat, and Alice has aqua unicorns on her Vegan coat.

Along with all of these sweet patterns and solids, there are a few others that we haven’t tried. You’ve got the most options with the Down Road Coat. It comes in 5 patterns and 15 different color and pattern combinations!

The Vegan Road Coat has 3 patterns (aqua unicorns, pink floral, and blue raptors) and 5 solid colors. The Transition Road Coat has 3 patterns and 4 solid colors. Finally, the Snowsuit Road Coat has 2 patterns and 3 solid colors.

How Do You Buckle Them Safely With the Road Coats?

My six year old gets frustrated pulling the puffy layer of the coat through the carseat harness, but she can do it fairly independently. I just always check to make sure that everything is where it is supposed to be before driving off.

It can be a little more challenging to maneuver a squirmy baby into the carseat while wearing her One Kid Snow Suit. But it is completely worth it while battling this harsh and cold winter.

Buckling their harnesses does have an extra step of pulling the coat through the straps and situating it correctly. But we all prefer this over having to take off coats or wearing less warm jackets!

Check out the following videos to see how we buckle the Down, Vegan, Transition, and Snowsuit Road Coats!

How much are these coats going to cost me?

Down Road Coat: $109.99 (Sizes 12m, 18m, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Vegan Road Coat: $74.99 (Sizes 12m, 18m, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Transition Road Coat: $43.99 (Sizes 12m, 18m, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Snowsuit Road Coat: 109.99 (Sizes 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-12m, 12-18m, 18m-24m)

The snowsuit is expensive for something that they will only be able to wear for a few months – but the quality is amazing, it is full coverage, rated to -25F, AND it has these essential safety features for car seat use.

Plus, your child is likely to stay in the same size for the months that winter is at it’s worst – so you won’t likely have to buy it in multiple sizes.

The other coats may also seem pricey up front – but they really are comparable with the warm coats you would find at Target, Old Navy, North Face, and Columbia… AND it has these essential safety features for car seat use.

While I will always keep an eye out for sales or free shipping, you can guarantee that my carseat aged kids will be rocking OneKid Road Coats every winter from now on!

What Are Your Thoughts and Experiences?

What other questions do you have about the Road Coats? Comment below and I would be happy to answer them! If your kids have a Road Coat, which one do you have and what do they think about them?

So What’s the Catch? (Disclosures)

We received these coats for free, or at a discount, in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are my own. Purchase your Road Coats now: https://onekid.com/ (not an affiliate link).

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