If you follow along my blog you’ll remember I had a hell of a time choosing a stroller for Miss Olivia. I don’t know what it was but that was the one baby item that completely overwhelmed me. You’d think I’d have just as much trouble with a car seat but I didn’t! Of course, I did some major research but just ended up picking a top rated one that was the lightest. The install on the other hand, is something I didn’t take lightly and actually was referred to a local car seat technician in the area (Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST)). It was really important that I was educated on my specific seat with install and how to buckle baby safely. I spent two hours with the technician and learned quite a bit (aside from what I had already read). I wanted to share a few things that I found were most helpful. Friendly reminder I am not a car seat technician and am just sharing some things I learned. Make sure to do your research when installing and buckling baby.
1. Make sure your car seat is purchased in the country in which you live. Each country has different car seat regulations and if your car seat sticker doesn’t correspond with your home country there could be some hefty fines involved (up to thousands of dollars!). There is some lenience when traveling.
2. Once baby is placed pull the straps from the hips first making a snug fit there and work upwards.
3. The harness (buckle) should be at or below the shoulders.
4. Do the “pinch test” to ensure baby is secure (pinch the straps at the shoulder and if you get any slack then you probably need to tighten).
5. The handle of the seat should always stay up (in the carrying position) and never tucked back when clicked in the car. The handle is actually used as a safety feature in a collision.
6. If it didn’t come with your seat it’s not a good idea to use it. More specifically, the bundle bags that go under the buckles and the head support things should be avoided and alternatives used. Alternatives include the bundles or covers that go ON TOP of the seat for warmth or privacy and use rolled receiving blankets placed on each side of baby for head support (not interfering with the buckles or straps).
Receiving blankets are receiving blankets (although I use flamingo ones) for the head support but there are some super adorable car seat covers! We do have the winter one that goes ontop of the seat with the peek-a-boo window for colder months (similar here) but also have this adorable polka dot one from The OVer Company. A Canadian company built by a mama of two in hopes of making other moms’ lives much easier with the versatility of her car seat covers. They are made with a very high quality stretchy fabric that can fit over any car seat to provide protection from milder weather, sun and nosey strangers. But it also acts as a shopping cart cover AND a nursing cover! An item (that conveniently doesn’t need to be in the already overflowing diaper bag) that helps mama with actual scenarios while on the go (shopping cart comfort and privacy while nursing). How convenient is that!? Not to mention they come in a variety of trendy patterns. With Christmas just around the corner, I’d highly recommend this item for any new mama to be and will be sporting mine often. Oh! It’s also Lily approved as she can conveniently check on baby when needed 🙂
The OVer Company is also providing gift wrap to the orders for the holiday season to make your life EVEN easier! To check them out head on over to their site. They do have an Instagram page (@theovercompany) you can follow as well.
The OVer Company: Website