Securing your baby in the infant car seat

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Securing your baby in the infant car seat

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When you're taking your newborn or your infant and putting them in the car seat for the first time, you want to loosen all the straps and pull them to the side so you can place the child down into the infant seat. Next, you want to pull their legs through, around the crotch strap. If they don't reach the crotch strap all the way, you could always use a little receiving blanket for extra cushion right there, click the crotch strap right in. Then you want to buckle that chest clip, again, right at the armpit level so that it's on their hard ribcage in case of an accident. You want to make sure then to pull the car seat tight so that it's right up against their skin and their clothing and no looseness so you can't pinch that strap in any way shape or form. Once you put it in the car, you want to make sure that you use that carry-handle back behind their head. It's okay if the carry-handle touches the seat in front of the infant car seat, as long as that seat isn't so far back that it's pushing the car seat up. It should be able to just touch gently without actually moving the car seat, and changing the angle of it. After you've done all those things, make sure that the base is installed correctly and that it doesn't move more than one inch side-to-side and your infant should be good to go
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Jennifer Beall, MBA, CPST

Founder of Tot Squad

Jennifer Beall is the Founder and CEO of Tot Squad formerly known as CleanBeeBaby, an eco-friendly cleaning service for strollers and car seats that is at a different neighborhood retailer or preschool every day. Professional safety technicians help properly reinstall car seats after they are cleaned.Certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician since 2009, Jen is passionate about helping parents properly use their car seats given that 85% are incorrectly installed. She also serves on the Los Angeles committee for Baby Buggy, a charity that helps collect used baby gear to redistribute it to families in need.Jen received her MBA in 2010 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she focused on Marketing and Entrepreneurship. CleanBeeBaby was created through her coursework, for which she won first place in the Kellogg Cup Business Plan Competition and the Student of the Year award in Entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, she worked in management consulting as well as internal strategy for a food and beverage company. She also received a BS in Mathematics from Duke University after leaving her hometown of Austin, Texas.Jen now lives in Los Angeles but remains a loyal fan of the Texas Longhorns and the Duke basketball team. She enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling. She has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Daily Candy, and Crain's Chicago Business.

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