1) Make sure the harness straps are AT or ABOVE the shoulders and the chest clip is ON the chest.
|Straps below the shoulders while facing forward increase the forces on the spine in a collision!|
2) Make sure the straps or belts are buckled without twists/folds and are snug.
|The chest clip is a little high here. Follow the steps each time to catch little details like this.|
|Remember: each seat and each child is different. Try before you buy. Fit does not depend on brand or price.|
4) Make sure no extra products are being used in or on the seat and no thick clothing is between the child and the seat. Watch this video about winter safety.
|Aftermarket products change the way carseats work in a collision. Thick clothing can make a harness or belt loose!|
5) Make sure all hard or sharp projectiles are secured. Read this article about how a sippy cup severely injured a boy in a collision.
This is all the crazy sounding carseat safety stuff condensed into 5 simple steps. Memorize them and make them habitual. It will not be annoying or time consuming after you make it a routine. :)