Just a quick word about strapping your child in a carseat:
I can’t TELL you how many times over the past few years I’ve noticed parents strapping their kids into carseats (usually infant seats) with straps that are WAY too loose! If the straps are hanging off the kid’s shoulders, that’s really not going to help them at all if you get in a car accident. However much slack is in the straps, that’s how far your child will be flung forward during an accident.
Make sure that the straps are very snug against your child’s torso. You’re not going to hurt them, and who cares if it annoys them a little. They shouldn’t cut into the shoulders, but you should not be able to pinch any slack in the strap.
The chest clip should be across their chest, not down on the belly. Aim to have it across the nipple line.
These are our kids’ lives we’re talking about, people. If the straps are too loose, your child can literally be flung out of their seat in an accident. Take a little extra time to make sure that they’re tight enough and positioned correctly—every time.