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After becoming a mom, Melissa Moog resolved to help new and expectant parents ease into their lives with children. Most importantly, Melissa wanted to create a company where she could help parents find the best green baby products to protect two very precious things: our little ones and the planet.

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How to Choose an Infant Car Seat & Use it Properly to Protect Your Baby

Melissa Moog

I remember reviewing books like Baby Bargains, Consumer Reports and going to big box stores like BabiesRUs to test out car seats before Isabella was born. I had no idea that picking out a car seat and understanding how to use it was going to be like studying for a CPA exam! This is where I began my quest to pick the safest car seat and understand how to use it best to protect my little bean! Luckily, I was a research queen and didnít mind the investigative work I had to immerse myself in. I also recently took the Child Passenger Seat Technician Certification course which allows me to install car seats correctly. I wanted to share how important it is to keep your baby well protected because motor vehicle crashes are one of the single greatest killers of Americans. For parents who want the quick and dirty low down on what to look for in a car seat (or infant carrier) and how to use it hereís what Itsabelly Baby Planners recommends. If you have any tips not mentioned here please share them with us!

  • Make sure to test the car seat in your car before purchase. You want to make sure it fits appropriately in your back seat with the seat belt mechanism or latch system

  • Check child seat ratings, recalls and Child Passenger Safety information on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site:

  • Read product reviews for input from customers who have already used the car seat

  • Remember the most expensive car seat with all of the bells and whistles doesnít always equal the safest car seat

  • Keep your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat from birth to at least age 1 and 20 lbs or whatever the upper limits of the seat are from the manufacturer

  • Do not buy a used car seat as you donít know if itís still under warranty, been through a crash or has been recalled

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