One mom grew tired of other parents calling her out for briefly taking her children outside in freezing weather without their coats for only a few seconds.
In a Reddit post that’s going viral, a user by the name MindyS1719 wrote “a winter PSA” to concerned parents after receiving tons of unsolicited feedback surrounding her children’s winter attire.
She told parent-shamers that she doesn’t have an aversion to her kids being bundled up. It’s just new safety regulations have interrupted her car seat routine.
Mindy defended herself to childless spectators and any parent “who hasn’t had a baby in the last 5(ish) years.”
She said, yes winter weather has arrived, but she doesn’t need a constant reminder about her children’s outdoor exposure as she rushes from the car to a warm building. The user wrote:
If you’re out and about [and] see a parent with a baby/toddler who isn’t wearing a coat, pleeeeease don’t assume that parent is some kinda monster who doesn’t care if their kids freeze.
New guidelines avidly warn against children wearing coats in car seats — and this makes it really challenging for caregivers to get kids out of the house then in the car then out of the car again and into the destination.”
And since there’s not a great commercial product to solve this issue yet, everyone comes up with their own solutions …
Some do the coat-shuffle at every stop and some decided their kid would survive the 12-second walk from the car into Best Buy without the bubble coat.
According to guidelines posted in October, depending on the state, children are advised to not wear heavy coats underneath a car seat harness due to the fact the device would be too loose to protect them in a crash.
Consumer Reports actually issued a warning to parents about the “deadly combination” of strapping a child into a car seat in bulky winter attire.
The user said she’s doing her best to keep her children warm while “maintaining what’s left” of her sanity.