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.
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.
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.
If you’d like a more in depth look to car seat safety check out our post – Important Car Seat Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Kids.
It has pictures and a lot of information if you’re interested in learning more.
Here are a few car seat reviews we have done which will show my girls in different seats and their limits in each one.
Britax Pavilion 70-G3
Chicco KeyFit 30
Britax Pioneer 70
Safety 1st Elite 80
Recaro Performance Sport