I am NOT posting this to start any drama, but merely to educate people. I've seen a lot of people post pics of their LO's in their car seats, where they are not correctly strapped in.
Here is the correct way a child should be buckled into a 5 point harness car seat.
The chest clip (harness retainer tie) should be resting on the chest, level with the armpits. It should NOT be resting on the belly or the neck.
If the straps have shoulder pads, they should sit on top of the child's shoulders.
Also, the straps should be pulled tight (though not choking) against the child. When adjusted properly, you should be able to fit no more than ONE finger between the strap and your child's collarbone.
WHEN REAR FACING - When adjusting the straps, you should use the slots that are at or below the child's shoulders. They should "hug" your child's shoulder, so to speak.
WHEN FORWARD FACING - Use the slots at or above the child's shoulders:
If it's winter time, you should take the child's coat of, OR you should unzip your child's coat and pull the coat through the straps before buckling, as shown in this video:
Children need to be REAR facing until at least a year old and 20 lbs. If the child is OVER one, but under 20lbs, they need to remain rear facing.
HOWEVER, it is now widely recommended to Rear-face until the child is 2years old or 30 lbs.
Here is a video to show the importance of Extended rear facing:
ALSO: Please make sure you are aware of the weight and height requirements for your particular car seat.
Infant carrier seatsusually accommodate a child up to 20lbs.
Convertible car seats usually accommodate a child to 40lbs (some go higher than that).
It's recommended that children 40-80 lbs use a booster seat.
This site has a chart showing car seat requirements for each state:
I'm going to show this to my husband when he gets home, because he seems to think I'm doing it wrong! ( I do it the same way as your photo)
My husband always leaves the chest thing down around my son's stomach. DRIVES ME NUTS!!!
Thank you for posting this. I see a LOT of people not strapping their kids in correctly.... makes me so nervous.
I havent had my LO yet but I did take my car seat to a check at the fire dept to make sure it was installed properly and they showed me how to strap her in just like youre showing!
:) you should also talk about what slot the straps go in and how they're suppose to be at or below your childs sholders :)
Quoting Mommy & Wifey
People also adjust the straps too high! They should be right behind the child and come up over the shoulders.. its hard to explain. I saw a newborn with the straps at the highest level, the baby would have fallen right out of that in an accident!
That reminds me when I went to our local firestation to have my daughter's carseat checked for proper installation and they guy couldn't believe that I had installed the seat myself. He said that women "never get it tight enough." Which made me proud and mad all at the same time. I hope everyone knows they are supposed to put their knee into the seat (with all of your weight) when installing and buckeling in the seat to make sure it's tight enough, and that it shouldn't move more than an inch to either side.