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-Bringing home a newborn baby is one of life's most special moments, but it can also be one of the most daunting. The good news is you're not alone. That's why parents.tv and State Farm Insurance are teaming up for a special series called Welcome Home Baby. Today, we help a mom-to-be navigate the world of car seats. -My husband and I are so excited. We've always dreamed of being parents. We've been married for 5 years and we're so happy to have a new baby that we're gonna be welcoming into the family. I'm 8 months right now and I can't imagine getting any bigger. The baby kicked. It's so overwhelming all the things you have to do to get ready for this new baby that's coming into our lives, so we're so happy to have Marjorie coming over to show us how to put in a car seat and to do it as an expert would. -My name is Marjorie Marciano. I'm a child passenger safety technician instructor. Most parents don't install the car seats correctly. We'd say it's about 9/10 parents are really not getting their seat installed correctly. Today's goal is to help Heidi and Eric learn how to put their baby correctly in the car seat, how to adjust the straps, and how to install the car seat in the car. Well, ordinarily, you would do this inside. We're gonna do it right here. To loosen the straps, you press down on this button and pull the straps forward towards you. -Uh-huh. -And then to tighten, you're going to pull up on this, okay. We're gonna take the baby and we're putting him in flat against the back of the seat. And the straps are coming up over the shoulders and then we're gonna buckle it in. You can hear the click so you know that it's buckled in. Click this together also. We want the straps to be nice and snug. So, going to tighten them and we're gonna do the pinch test to make sure that they're tight enough. If you can pinch the strap and fold it like I'm doing, then you know it's too loose. You want it to be tighter. Now, you can see I can't really pinch it and fold it. We've got the hardest clip at armpit level and the straps are nice and snug. -That seems easy enough. -Okay. -It's really important that moms and dads have their car seat installed before, you know, dad has picked mom up with the new baby at the hospital and that they know pretty much how to use correctly. -So, why don't you try it? -Okay. Buckle here. -Uh-huh. -And here. -Hear it click. -Right here. -And then I click this and then-- -You're gonna tighten-- -this. -Then move it up. Make sure it's at armpit level. That looks good. The harness clips in the right spot. The straps are nice and tight. -Great. -Let me give it a try. -My turn. Snap the buckles here and listen to the click. -Right. -Pull the strap. -You're a natural. -You want to make sure that when it's the wintertime that you don't put really bulky, puffy snow seats on the baby because the puffiness can affect how the straps work-- -Uh-huh. -if there's a crash. So, it's better to have a little lighter jacket and buckle the baby in and then put a blanket over on top. One thing that everyone has to remember is that we never install a rear-facing car seat in the front seat and that's because of the airbags. They could cause serious injury to the baby. Okay. So now, we're ready to put the seat on the car. -Okay. -The seat has a way we can adjust the angle to make sure that this level is right in between 2 arrows. So, let's see how we can do that. Okay. So, that looks good. -It looks good. -And then we're gonna put in the latch attachments. These just hook right into these bars here. -That's easy. -And then we want to make sure that this seat is in nice and tight. So, we do that by pressing down on the base of the seat as we're pulling up on the strap. We want to make sure that it doesn't move more than an inch from side to side or an inch back away from the seat. -So, Marjorie, what do you do if you don't have the latch attachments? -Well then, you would use this safety belt and that's just a safe and you should check it every so often just to make sure that it's in this tightly. So, this looks good. The angle looks good. And now, we just wanna put the car seat in. -All right. I heard the clicks and it feels secure. -Great job. -But on this particular seat, you can leave the handle in this position, but it's a good idea to check the instruction manuals because it varies from seat to seat. -Baby looks safe. -We wanna keep the baby rear facing until at least a year and at least 20 pounds and then the next step is the forward-facing seat and that's for kids who are at least a year old and at least 20 pounds and then they would move on to a booster seat and the booster seat just sort of puts them in the right position to use the left and shoulder belt in the car. -Well, having Marjorie was a big help. -I think it was great. I feel much, much better. We've got one more thing crossed off of our baby to do list and we know that we'll bring the baby home safely. -I'm ready to come pick you up. -You just heard some great advice, but remember to always check the owner's manual when installing a car seat. Looking for more ways to welcome home baby? 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