Holiday Travel Do’s and Don’ts Featuring the Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat & Giveaway – ends 12/31

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We are very passionate about car seat safety and have actually worked up a great post on how to travel with your car seat during the holidays. Holiday Travel Do’s and Don’ts Featuring the Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat with your precious little ones, so make sure you read below There’s a lot of great information that you won’t want to miss!

Here are some quick tips you will want to remember about car seat safety, no matter what car seat you use. When traveling on long road trips, it’s even more important that our children are the safest they can be.

Holiday Travel Do’s and Don’ts (and any time for that matter!)

1 – Find a car seat that fits your child well, whether that is rear facing, forward facing, or a booster.

2 – When using a harness, the straps may NEVER be twisted.

3 – When using a harness, the straps must ALWAYS be tight, snug as a hug, with no extra slack.

4 – When rear facing, straps must be AT or BELOW the shoulder for it to fit properly.

5 – When forward facing, straps must be AT or ABOVE the shoulder for it to fit properly.

6 – A chest clip must ALWAYS be at armpit level. It is a chest clip, NOT a belly clip.

7 – Do NOT allow your child to wear puffy jackets in their car seat, this will compress in the event of an accident, and your child could fly out of their seat. (We will be elaborating on that in this post, so read on below!)

8 – A car seat MUST be installed correctly for it to keep your child safe. Install it using LATCH or a seatbelt, but not both. The car seat should NEVER be able to move more than an inch side to side. If forward facing, make sure you tether the car seat to an anchor point as well.

9 – Car seats DO expire, make sure you check your seat and know when you need to replace your seat. Most are good for 6 to 8 years depending on the manufacture. Car seats also need to be replaced after an accident, your insurance will cover it.

10 – State laws are the minimum of what’s required for your child, please do the maximum for your child. They only have one life.

Now since it’s Winter, and I don’t see many blog posts promoting a very important topic, or parents following a very very important rule that must be followed when putting your baby/toddler/child in a car seat, I wanted to elaborate on it here at Everything Mommyhood. Car Seats and Winter Coats. They DO NOT mix together! Your child should never ever have on a bulky Winter coat/jacket/clothing while buckled in a car seat.

I know what you’re thinking, my baby will freeze, or that’s not right to treat my child that way, etc etc. There are many ways around it, to keep your child safe, that’s why I’m here to help!

I did a little comparison here to show you why, so check out this first image!


As you can see in the first image, my daughter has on a bulky Winter coat over her clothing in her car seat, and you can see her straps are nice and snug with the chest clip at armpit level, just like it should be. So what’s wrong?

What’s wrong is this – In the event of an accident, that bulky jacket/coat/clothing will compress which will make extra slack in the car seat straps and your child could very possibly be ejected from their seat. That’s very scary, and something that can easily be avoided. We want to protect our children!

Now in these images, the big bulky coat was removed, and the straps were not moved/tightened/loosened.

Just look at how the straps are hanging, the chest clip is hanging and how much room there is in there, which your child has enough room to quite possibly fly out of in the event of an accident. This can all be avoidable, very easily!! Refer to the tips up top on keeping your child’s straps snug as a hug, chest clip at armpit level, etc. Please do not place a bulky coat/jacket/clothing on your baby/toddler/child in their car seats.

Here are some tips on how to keep your child warm without a bulky Winter coat in their car seat:
1 – When it’s cold outside, go ahead out and start your vehicle about 10 minutes before you leave, that way it’s warm inside my vehicle and you won’t have to worry about your kiddos being cold.
2 – Put your children in thin fleece jackets over top of their clothing.
3 – Have them always keep a blanket in the car next to their car seat to place over them.
4 – After strapping your child into their car seat, put their Winter coat on backwards over top of your child.

Here’s a perfect example of how your child should look in their car seat:


Now you can place a blanket over top of your child, or even a heavy/bulky jacket on over top of the harness to keep them warm!

I really hope you take information from this informative post and share it with your friends and family, you never know, you may save a life.

Now the Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat has a lot of awesome features:

The Advance 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat features Air Protect + to keep children from 5lbs-65 lbs safer in the car. Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of the Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection. In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 65 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. They’ve also included color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly, which means less time getting it into your car and more time to enjoy the ride.

  • Super-extended weight range
  • Rear-facing 5-40 pounds
  • Forward-facing 22-65 pounds
  • Featuring Air Protect +
  • Air Protect® advanced cushion system protects your child’s head, where it’s needed most
  • GCell HX™ patented foam with hexagonal shapes inside the seat provides superior body protection
  • TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection
  • Easy to identify color-coded belt paths and installation labels
  • Steel reinforced metal frame
  • 10-position headrest grows with your child
  • No re-thread harness
  • 4-position recline for optimal fit to your car
  • LATCH equipped
  • Integrated cup holder
  • Meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards

This is a car seat that can grow with your child and has a lot of great features for your precious cargo!


Now for the giveaway!
One Lucky Winner will receive a Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat, valued at $189.99.
Open to US only, 18 and up.
Void where prohibited
One entrant per household/IP Address
Winner is subject to eligibility verification
Giveaway ends 12/31/2014 at 11:59pm CST

Disclosure: Everything Mommyhood received the above mentioned product for the posting of this giveaway.  All opinions are 100% our own and were not influenced in any way.  Everything Mommyhood is not responsible for prize shipment, Safety 1st is responsible for prize fulfillment/shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions, please email


  1. Maria Iemma says:

    Holiday travel with kids is never easy. Mine get cranky and restless.

  2. carrinda ward says:

    I would love one of these for my tall toddler

  3. I have done a lot of research on car seats. So luckily there was no new information here.

  4. Melissa George says:

    i had no idea that “When rear facing, straps must be AT or BELOW the shoulder for it to fit properly.” this is a great information that i learnt and will follow it strictly.

  5. I didn’t know that insurance would cover a replacement car seat in an accident. I am actuallylearning a lot about insurance that I didn’t know. I do like that there are places (state police station or highway police station) and they will correctly install a car seat for you.

  6. I did not realize that you should not put your child in a puffy jacket and was surprised to read that. Thanks for sharing

  7. Amber Ludwig says:

    I actually didn’t learn anything new, but I have really edicated myself on car seat from the page Car Seats for the Littles. The site is filled with techs so Ive learned tons about car seat safety. Thank you for sharin gon your blog! The more the word gets out the safer our babies all over will be 🙂

  8. i didn’t realize how dangerous a bulky coat could be, but it makes a lot of sense, once I stop and think about it. Thanks for sharing that very important information with us. I also didn’t realize that chest strap should be at arm pit level. Again, makes sense, once I stop to think about it, but not something I automatically think about. Thanks!

  9. I really didn’t know about bulky coats being unsafe in car seats. Thank you for sharing the information and this post 🙂

  10. I had no idea that insurance would cover a replacement car seat in an accident. That is so awesome, thank you for sharing that information!

  11. Angie Thaxton says:

    Thank you for writing this so many parents don’t follow these rules and put their little ones in danger. I have been looking at this seat as an option for the next step seat for my daughter and after reading this and seeing how it fits I think it’s the one I will get.

  12. Jessica Haynes says:

    I didn’t realize that the strap height should differ between forward and rear-facing. We are still waiting to welcome our LO, so it’s helpful to read up on all the carseat safety specifics!

  13. Barnolds barnes says:

    I didn’t know insurance would replace. Ialso like the idea of putting the bulky cost on backward.

  14. I didn’t know about the coat. It makes sense now that you’ve explained it.

  15. Kayla Britton-Goldsmith says:

    This car seat looks very comfy and secure. Thanks for the tips, too! I’d love to win it for our new baby!!

  16. Kayla Britton-Goldsmith says:

    This car seat seems to have every option! 10 position headrest, 4 position recline, 5-65 lb use. What else do you need?! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  17. Candy Stephenson-Otoya says:

    I love the extended rear facing and everything about this seat! I am sure my daughter would love to use this seat! We are traveling to Grandmas and Grandpas and Nanas and Poppas houses for the holidays with travel time at 7 hours one way! Thanks for this giveaway!

  18. My cousin’s daughter is currently in a infant carrier. I saw them on Thanksgiving and I had to adjust the car seat dramatically. I am now worried that they are using an expired car seat, and I am trying to win them one since I cannot afford to purchase the baby a new car seat.

  19. To answer your question about what I learned from your post, I have to say that I didn’t really learn anything that I didn’t already know. However, I would like to make some suggestions as to keeping your child warm. I got my daughter a cozywoggle jacket last year. I love it. We also have a heated blanket. Now before anyone goes off, the blanket only gets warm enough to feel warm, no more. Also, when I warm up my car, I put the blanket in my daughter’s car seat, so the seat is warm before she even gets in it.

  20. I did not know when rear facing, straps must be AT or BELOW the shoulder for it to fit properly. This article was really helpful in understanding how to fasten my child in a carseat.

  21. i would love this car seat. It looks so much safer than the one we have right now

  22. Brandy White Buneta says:

    I learned that this seat is capable of holding a forward facing child upto 65lbs. I also learned that there is a no thread harness…big plus for me!! Also has a 10 position headrest…Awesome!!

  23. Yes! These are great tips for the most common mistakes. It upsets me when I see little ones not properly strapped in.

  24. I think everyone who hasvchildren need to read this. The better you know your carseat and child, the better and safer they will be. I bought my son a thin flannel one piece to wear in the car.

  25. Jennifer Babich says:

    I learned that expiration dates vary by manufacturer. I thought it was a standard 5 or 6 years for all

  26. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I learned that not have a bulky coat on because you won’t get the right protection you need with the belts. You should never be able to pinch any of the strap together.

  27. I took it for granted that a fluffy coat would make strapping a child in more difficult, but I never thought of the dangers involved. Definitely something to keep in mind once baby is born!

  28. i didnt know that bulky coats are dangerous its great to know. i am wishing to win this car seat for my daughter and love the fact that its a convertable one.

  29. i also didnt know that when a child os read facing that the straps go at or under the shoulder. i also didnt know about the fluffy coat as stated above in my comment.

  30. I have heard this before, but these are great reminders of some not-so-obvious cold weather travel guidelines. When I was pregnant and first looked into car seats, I was surprised that my baby couldn’t wear warm outwear in the car seat. Pictures of kids in puffy coats and then in the car seat without their coats are eye opening.

  31. I love the safety features of this car seat, that it is convertible, and the little cup holder. I would be using this for my daughter.

  32. i love the safety features and the design and this would be a great win for me –I GONNA BE A GREAT GRANDPA IN JULY 20115…

  33. Didn’t learn anything new but reminders are always great.

  34. Felicia Wink says:

    I like this car seat for its simplicity! It’s a ‘good looking’ car seat but it doesn’t look over the top or complicated. I would love to win this car seat for my son Noah, who has nearly outgrown his infant carrier!

  35. Felicia Wink says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write these safety tips! I knew about the strap level for rear facing but was not aware of the position they should be in while forward facong! I see so many people posting pictures of their kids wrongly fastened or not fastened at all! It is so irritating! Children are too precious! Thanks again for sharing I will definitely be sharing this!

  36. Sherry Martindale says:

    Wonderful information! I knew about not putting a child in bulky clothing because my daughter has fanatically researched the safety standards of car seats for toddlers. I also know about not twisting the straps and the car set itself not shifting back and forth in the seat. I’m not sure why some people still insist on putting their kids in bulky winter coats in car seats. I wish more people like you would give them a visual representation of why this is so dangerous. Thank you for this review.

  37. Lori Berson says:

    I love this car seat. We have one for our year old grandson and need another for our granddaughter on the way. This seat protects the child all around and head rest adjusts to the child’s growth. I also like the feature that adjusts the seat to the seats in your vehicle, ours has a ball on the seat that lets you know if its balance correctly. Best of all you don’t have to but different seats for the weight of your child with this seat.

  38. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I was trying to remember yesterday where the straps should be for rear vs forward facing. I have one child forward and one rear facing, so I’m really glad I read this! Thanks!

  39. I learned that the Advance 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat features Air Protect + to keep children from 5lbs-65 lbs safer in the car. Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of the Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. Well, I think this is a great idea and is a great feature. I would feel safe using it with my grand children.

  40. Thank you for the information regarding car seat safety. I was not aware that insurance would cover a car seat in an accident. This is great information to share with grandparents to make sure they know how to properly strap in our daughter

  41. Joanne Gregory says:

    I had no idea about the jacket! Also that when rear facing, straps must be AT or BELOW the shoulder for it to fit properly. It has been many years since my kids were young and I am learning all over with my grands!

  42. Shirley Smith says:

    I learned all the different right and wrong ways there are to buckle our Children into there carseats. I love the Air protect feature to keep kids safe from 5pds through 65 pds. And I also learned that the It is Patented with Gcell HX foam and is designed with a hexagonal hapes for superior protection around a child’s torso… Great review.

  43. This is great info, especially for new mommies. The fact that insurance covers car seats is good to know! I had no idea! It’s very important to make sure the straps arent twisted…something that busy mom may overlook at times.

  44. Kayla Britton-Goldsmith says:

    The color coded belt paths sound very user friendly. I also learned that your insurance will cover a new seat if it’s in an accident, that’s good to know!

  45. Natalie Nichols says:

    I worry about kids when I see that their parents don’t properly use their carseats. I knew all of these important points but it’s good to see it demonstrated so well.

  46. I never heard about the dangers of children wearing puffy coats while seated in car seats! So important to know! Thanks for sharing.

  47. An older gentleman hit our mini van last year in a parking lot. We were reimbursed for our car seat. Who knew? I asked in insurance company because we paid a lot of money for the car seat and couldn’t afford to replace it otherwise. If you have any accident or drop your seat you should replace it. Thank for pointing out the insurance will pay. Not many people know this.

  48. I learned that the 10-position headrest grows with your child. I like that feature because kids grow so fast.

  49. Very awesome car seat. Glad they show No bulky jackets and proper buckle restraints and position. I Germans at some of my girlfriends for improper buckling. Praying I win this. Expecting my second child. Would love to use this.

  50. Leslie Mills says:

    I didnt know that carseats had an expiration date. I had no idea that they would expire in 6-8 years. I dint know that you shouldnt use them after being in an accident, or that your insurance would pay for a new one. I did however just learn that you shouldnt let them wear a coat in the carseat. I just had a baby 3 weeks ago & they told me & showed me why you shouldnt. les

  51. That the clip on straps have to be at armpit level. That you should also measure by putting you hand under the straps to make sure it is not to loose or not to tight. ~Kristin

  52. Sali Coppock says:

    I would like to win this for myself for my first baby due this summer. I love all of the safety features this car seat has to offer but I mostly like the side air bag feature.

  53. Sali Coppock says:

    I learned that bulky coats under the straps in a car seat can be unsafe. I also was not aware that an insurance company would replace a car seat in an accident.

  54. Janie Prather says:

    Wow I didn’t know! Car seats DO expire & need to be replace. Most are good for 6 to 8 years depending on the manufacture. Thanks for the information.

  55. Safety while driving in the car is a must for those little ones while in their car seats, this would be a great car seat for our second oldest grandchild-

  56. I like that you put in vivid photographic demonstrations for the right and wrong way to strap in a child. I read of so many tragedies. On behalf of all the lives out there, thank you. I don’t have a kiddo, but we are trying. This would be nice to have.

    Diana C

  57. I never thought about doing a pinch test on the straps of the car seat with the child strapped in. My daughter-in-law has told me about not putting puffy jackets on the baby and in Wisconsin, I struggled with the light weight jacket that our grandson wears in the car. But it does make sense that the belts won’t be secure enough if he wears a jacket that will keep the straps from being tight enough in an accident.

  58. I also didn’t learn anything new. I have worked in (including transporting them) child care for 20 years before becoming a SAHM. I have done so much research about car seat safety on my own, taken a class at the local hospital, had safety techs do car seat checks at the centers I worked at, and discussed all of the above with the local State Police as they checked my seats for me. I am always posting reminders about the things you mentioned above. I hope you don’t mind, but I will share you article. Thank you.

  59. Gladys Aguilar says:

    I’ve heard about the bulky coat problem before and am trying to get my husband more involved with this. It is very important since like you said, there is only one life. I also liked the point about the chest clip not being a belly clip. Ive seen this way too often


  61. Kayla (@YayGiveaways) says:

    I posted this a couple of times of FB, but I don’t know how you’re going to see it. My privacy setting are set to be very private. If you need verification, please let me know.

  62. Paula Adams says:

    Love the suggestion to put the child’s coat on backwards after they are already strapped into their seat. This was a new one for me. And with our first cold snap of winter finally here, a good Tip to keep in mind!

  63. Stephanie C. says:

    Great information from the car seat nazi! I love how easy it is to install and that it will last for a long time. My toddler needs a new seat soon.

  64. I am so happy to see you posting this information in such a clear and easy to understand way. Just the other day I saw a lady in the store with a very young baby in a carseat. I was happy to see the infant seat in the basket of the shopping cart (which is much safer than up top) until I noticed that the little one was dressed in a thick snowsuit under the straps. The straps looked nice and tight, but, as your post clearly shows, the little one was not safely strapped in. I keep ponchos in the car for my 3 little ones, they are easy to slip over a child’s head once they are strapped in and lay like a blanket over their body and carseat.

  65. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    I have done so much research on car seat safety that I already knew all these. I am constantly sharing this stuff on my profile for information for people who may not know. Safety if my number one with my daughter!

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