How can I make sure my baby is safe in the car? Every time your child is in a car, he or she needs to be in a car or safety seat. This is a State law.
The car seat should face the back of the vehicle. The car seat should be in the middle of the back seat. Use the car’s safety belt or LATCH system to lock the car seat into the car. Your car seat should not move more than one inch side to side. Grab the car seat at the safety belt path or LATCH path to test it.
Step by step:
Place the baby in the safety seat buttocks first. Rest the baby’s back against the car seat back. Your baby’s head should stay in contact with the seat. Your baby’s airway should stay open.
There should be nothing added under the baby. Blankets can go over the harnessed baby.
Car seats always go in the backseat of the vehicle facing backwards until the baby is a one year old.
If you do not know the car seat's history, do not use it. It may be damaged. It may be too old to be safe. It may be a car seat that has been recalled. Do not use the car seat unless you know its history.
Does your vehicle have side airbags? If it has side airbags, do not place the car seat near the door but in the middle of the backseat of your vehicle.