How to Properly Strap Baby Into His/Her Car Seat {Giveaway – $269.99 value}

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Are you properly strapping your precious little one into his/her car seat? Learn how you can ensure that they are safely strapped below!

When securing a child in a car seat using a 5 point harness, it is important to consider two important factors to ensure they will be safe in the case of an accident:

  • Proper tightness – Many parents are concerned that if they adjust the harness too tight, their child will be uncomfortable and potentially unsafe in an accident. However, a tightly secured harness is critical in order to properly spread the forces of an accident over a wider area of the body. There is a simple check that parents can do called the “pinch test” to make sure the harness is properly secured. Once the child is strapped in, simply squeeze the harness strap using your thumb and index finger. If the harness is properly secured, you should not be able to pinch any of the harness strap between your fingers. If you are able to pinch the strap, continue to tighten the harness until you are unable to do so.
  • Position of the harness chest clip – the second important factor to consider is the position of the harness chest clip. This should always be positioned at armpit level for the safest ride. If the chest clip is too high, there is risk of choking the child during impact of the accident. If the clip is too low, there is risk of causing harm to internal organs due to the excessive forces of the accident.

In the market for a new car seat? 

Check out the new Platinum Protection Series of car seats by Evenflo.  All of Evenflo’s car seats are rigorously tested to ensure they are safe, durable and comfortable. Evenflo works tiressly with safety focused organization like Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to provide education and car seat training so new parents can get off to a safe start.

The Evenflo Platinum Symphony™ DLX All-In-One Car Seat is the easiest seat to install using the exclusive, auto-retracting, SureLATCH® connectors. The Symphony™ DLX All-In-One Car Seat installs to the vehicle in only 60 seconds with no pulling necessary. Simply Click, Click and Push for a super-fast and super-snug installation.

This top rated car seat features our Infinite Slide™ harness that easily slides to adjust for an accurate fit every time with no re-threading necessary. Which means easy in and out for your child and easy pad removal for you.

Evenflo’s superior safety technology significantly reduces the forces in side impact crashes through advanced energy absorption and an expanded zone of protection. This all in one car seat provides extended use from birth to booster mode up to 110 lbs. Designed and tested for structural integrity at energy levels approximately 2X the federal crash test standard. Designed, Engineered, Tested, Molded and Assembled in the USA.

Features: e3 Side Impact™ protection, converts to booster, 65 lb. harness weight rating, SureLATCH® auto-retracting connectors, Infinite Slide™ harness adjustment, upfront harness adjustment, head and body pillows, machine-washable seat pad, energy absorbing foam, 5-point harness, integrated cup holder, made in the USA

Visit their website for more information and to learn more about their Platinum Protection Series car seats.

THE GIVEAWAY:

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Win it: One very lucky Canadian reader will WIN a Platinum Symphony DLX All-in-One Car Seat from the new Evenflo Platinum Protection Series, valued at $269.99. Enter to win via Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Evenflo. All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

180 responses to “How to Properly Strap Baby Into His/Her Car Seat {Giveaway – $269.99 value}”

  1. Love the fabric and safety testing! Thanks for the giveawy

  2. the Advanced SureLATCH® Technology which helps provide a secure installation in less than 60 seconds

  3. I like the OUTLAST Performance Fabric that absorbs hot and cold temperature. It’s a great idea because sitting in a seat for a long while can be very uncomfortable. and it’s hard to tell the baby’s body temperature. They may look find, but their back might be sweaty.

  4. i love that it is an award-winning car seat, that it has Performance Fabric and new Buckle Pockets

  5. My favourite feature of this seat is that the
    e3 Side Impact™ Protection significantly reduces side impact crash forces up to 50%. through an expanded zone of protection and 3 layers of superior protection.

  6. The side impact protection for sure, though the temperature regulating feature is pretty cool as well.

  7. The buckle pockets and the surelatch technology!! Couldn’t pick just one.

  8. It absorbs hot and cold temperature as necessary

  9. I like the Advanced SureLATCH® Technology helps provide a secure installation in less than 60 seconds — I don’t like car seats that are hard to install.

  10. Infinite slide harness adjustment!

  11. My favourite feature is that it can grow with the baby because it fits children from 5 to 110lbs. 🙂

  12. The quickness of setup

  13. I love that it installs quickly and grows with your child !

  14. I like the SureLatch technology. It is a pain normally to install and uninstall carseats.

  15. So… I am not a Canadian reader, I’m an American reader. Do I still have a chance to win?

  16. I really like the OUTLAST® Performance fabrics feature! It absorbs hot and cold temperature, releasing as needed.

  17. My favorite feature is the Outlast fabric. It’s a feature I’ve never seen in any other car seat and it’s nice that it helps ids stay more comfortable in their seats.

  18. I like the SureLATCH® Technology, it would give me piece of mind.

  19. The outlast performance fabric sounds really neat. I also like that the seat has good side impact protection.

  20. I love how easy it is to install and safe ! Love it !

  21. I really like the Advanced SureLATCH® Technology. It’ll give me a piece of mind that it’s installed correctly

  22. I love that it has machine washable pads!

  23. The are so many awesome features. One is the new Buckle Pockets protect from hot buckle burns and eliminate digging under your child for lost buckle. Perfect. 🙂

  24. I love the advanced SureLATCH® that helps to install your carseat correctly!

  25. The 65-lb 5pt harness is very important to me!

  26. I like the Infinite slide harness adjustment

  27. I like that it has an integrated cup holder… my little one always stays quiet when he has a drink back there 🙂

  28. I love the absorbing the hot and cold temperature and releasing as necessary feature

  29. The outlast fabric and the buckle pockets!

  30. I like the machine washable seat pad.

  31. LOVE buckle pockets!.

  32. like how easy it is to install. thanks

  33. I would feel very safe putting my little one in this car seat!

  34. Sure latch technology and the 65lb 5pt harness, amazing!

  35. Would love to win one of these! It’s the perfect car seat.

  36. I love that it is machine washable and the temperature regulating fabric!

  37. Wow, there is a lot that I love! I love that the fabric absorbs hot and cold temperature and releases it as needed. I also love that the Buckle Pockets protect from hot buckle burns and eliminate digging for lost buckles, 2 of my biggest annoyances! I also love that I can get a secure installation in less than 60 seconds, but my favourite feature is the e3 Side Impact Protection which is designed and tested to reduce side impact forces up to 50% – safety is the most important thing for me.

  38. I like the E3 Side Impact!

  39. The Performance fabric sounds amazing!

  40. I like that it can go from 5 to 110 lbs

  41. I love that this seat has OUTLAST® Performance Fabric to keep baby the right temperature and that the buckle won’t get hot and burn baby.

  42. My favorite feature is the Sure Latch Installation.

  43. My favorite feature is the Upfront Multi-Position Recline

  44. I like the new Buckle Pockets!

  45. my fave feature is the new Buckle Pockets, no more searching around for lost buckles.

  46. I like the outlast fabric and buckle pockets. Thanks for the giveaway

  47. The Cup Holder will probably so handy – my nephew ALWAYS needs a bottle when in the car!

  48. Gotta love the machine washability!

  49. My favourite feature is that it converts to booster.

  50. I love that is it 2X the national safety standards

  51. I like the e3 Side Impact Protection.

  52. I cant wait to see the Infinite Slide™ Harness and how it works

  53. The outlast Fabric!

  54. I like the upfront harness adjustment

  55. You had me at “latch that works”!

  56. Would absolutely love to win this. I would love a car seat with great durability as let’s face it, messes happen, especially since the seat comes with a cup holder!

  57. I like the side impact protection!

  58. I love so many features, the one I love the most is the e3 Side Impact™ Protection, the more safety the better.

  59. i love the OUTLAST® Performance Fabric!

  60. I have looked over this seat before, I love the height and weight requirements are much more realiztic than some. especially with the rear facing as long as possible

  61. The OUTLAST® Performance Fabric that absorbs hot and cold temperature. It balances your child’s body temperature for a safer, more peaceful ride. That seems like a good thing…never heard of it before now.

  62. Buckle Pockets, how genius!!

  63. Love the sureLATCH technology! Proper installation of car seats has been in the spot light lately, this could be so helpful in taking a step in the right direction!

  64. I love the 60 second hook up – thats amazing, we spent almost 45 minutes our first hook up and 5 minutes everytime we had to swtch cards if not more.

  65. I really like the e3 Side Impact Protection knowing that it significantly reduces side impact crash forces up to 50%.

  66. I like the e3 Side Impact™ Protection. Safety is #1 for me!

  67. I love the OUTLAST Performance Fabric that it keeps the seat warm. I have never seen that before. I also love that the seat converts to booster.

  68. I love the buckle Pockets to protect from hot metal!

  69. I like that it converts to a booster!

  70. There are a few features I love about this seat. The outlast fabric that absorbs hot or cold temperature and releases it as needed, easy setup and installation, buckle pockets, etc!

  71. love the side impact, great for vehicles that do not have the 3 seats in back

  72. I love all the features!! This one is great for summer though : Balances your child’s body temperature for a safer, more peaceful ride. OUTLAST® Performance Fabric absorbs hot and cold temperature, releasing as needed.

  73. I love the weight range on the seat. Most seats that have that kinda of weight range are more pricey. I also love how cozy the seat seems, it looks like something that my kids would look forward to climbing into it.

  74. Hi, my name is Sandy and I will be a gramma real soon!

  75. Love the sure latch installation

  76. surelatch technology is my fav feature!

  77. Love buckle pockets 🙂

  78. I like the fabric

  79. The buckle pockets. This will make things easier!

  80. i like the OUTLAST® Performance Fabric that absorbs hot and cold temperature, i always am concerned about my kids getting too hot or cold on their skin from the carseat

  81. Wow, that fabric sounds amazing!

  82. I like that it has the new Buckle Pockets! Nifty!

  83. I like the Advanced SureLATCH® Technology which would make me feel more confident about proper installation.

  84. Safety is a good feature!

  85. I like the advanced side impact protection

  86. Love that it grows with the child , that way i don”t have to keep buying a new one for my grandchildren.

  87. I love the SureLATCH® Technology that helps provide a secure installation in less than 60 seconds

  88. Les normes de sécurité sont très élevées et certaines parties sont lavables, mais surtout le siège grandit avec les enfants.

  89. I love the Buckle Pockets

  90. So many great features. You cannot be too safe when it comes to travelling with your child. I like that at Evenflo, they continue to go above and beyond government standards to provide car seats that are 2X the Federal Crash Test Standard.

  91. I love that it can grow with the kid

  92. I like the SureLATCH technology

  93. Love the fabric and the buckle pockets!

  94. I like the Buckle Pockets.

  95. must be the National Parenting Publication Awards Gold Prize Winner for its innovation, usefulness to consumers, and high quality. Mean safe and trustable.

  96. love how it is good for all ages

  97. It helps control temperature of seat

  98. I like the Sure Latch technology.

  99. I like the easy installation technology!

  100. I can’t pick just one……….I think ALL the features are FANTASTIC!

  101. I really like the SureLATCH® Technology.

  102. My favourite is the Infinite slide harness adjustment.

  103. I like the machine-washable pad.

  104. there’s so much to love about this I can not tell you my favourite since there is so many, I love that it has buckle pockets, E3 side impact, all in one, machine washable, I just love it all

  105. I like that it has SureLATCH® Technology

    Advanced LATCH Technology for a secure installation in seconds. Simply click the LATCH into your vehicle and push down to hear and feel the seat auto tighten.  

  106. I’m impressed with the fact that it absorbs hot and cold temperature and releases it as needed, but that’s just one of the many features!

  107. Excellent product with so many extra’s., I love the fabric absorbs hot and cold temperature and releases it as needed. I really love everything about it but was asked for my favorite.

  108. I love that they are 2X the Federal Crash Test Standard

  109. Outlast fabric and all the safety features

  110. I like the slide harness adjustment

  111. I love the E3 Side Impact protection!!

  112. I love the Advanced SureLATCH® Technology and OUTLAST® Performance Fabric. Both sound like amazing features

  113. I love that it absorbs hot and cold, then releases it as needed.

  114. I love all the safety features and I love that it has a machine washable pad! 🙂

  115. I love the outlast performance fabric

  116. I like this feature: Featuring OUTLAST® Performance Fabric that absorbs hot and cold temperature, releasing as needed. Balancing your child’s body temperature for a safer, more peaceful ride.

  117. The outlast fabric looks interesting. It can get really hot in our car in the summer — anything to keep the kids cool and comfortable (and not fighting) is a win in my book.

  118. Wow looks comfy. Want to win for my little boy!

  119. I love the advanced SureLATCH®

  120. My favourite feature is the buckle pockets.

  121. I like the buckle pockets

  122. Love that it is easy to install , and that the fabric is machine washable!

  123. sure latch installation

  124. I love the “SureLATCH® Technology”. It is always a pain to spend 10 minutes figuring out if I’ve secured it to the car correctly.

  125. I like the Advanced SureLATCH® Technology.

  126. temperature regulation

  127. Love how far technology has come when it means extra safety for our little ones! Would love to win this giveaway for my first baby, who is due in the spring!

  128. I love the Advanced SureLATCH® Technology feature. Sounds like it would make life a whole lot easier!!

  129. The Buckle pockets and I like that it is rated at 2X the Federal Crash Test Standard.

  130. I love the SureLatch feature!

  131. My favorite feature is the e3 Side Impact™

  132. I love the platinum series! This is the exact car seat I want. I live in Arizona where it gets really hot so the cooling fabric is a huge plus. Definitely one of my favorite “luxury” features aside from the safety features.

  133. I love the OUTLAST® Performance Fabric! Perfect for those long summer road trips!

  134. I love the fabric and how it insulates hot and cold, perfect for extreme Canadian weather for our new baby on the way!

  135. I love that it grows with baby, and over all such a great car seat.

  136. I like the sure latch technology.

  137. Love the material, safety features and the weight limit on this car seat. Great contest

  138. washable, my seats go so dirty! I would love this

  139. Buckle pockets, always looking for them in the car seat we have now.

  140. I love that it keeps and releases the heat and cold.

  141. The active fabric technology is a great feature. With my first child on the way, it would be nice to see a little love for the dads that want to win as well!

  142. we have a new grandson and need one

  143. yes please

  144. OUTLAST® Performance Fabric

  145. the surelatch installation

  146. did i read that right? Retractable straps. What a novel idea.

  147. I like the fact the car seat is an All-In-One Car Seat, so there’s no need to upgrade at different stages.

  148. Looks like a great prize

  149. I like the SureLATCH technology

  150. I love that it is easy to install and that it converts into a booster

  151. I love the design of this seat, nice fabric too!

  152. I love how much a car seat can go up to in weight. In need of one!

  153. Love the high safety standards including side protection features.

  154. SureLATCH® Technology…
    Will be great to ensure safe installation.

  155. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been looking at buying this car seat. Do you know where you can get this colour scheme in Canada – Fraser Valley/Vancouver area?
    Thanks 🙂 Leanne

  156. Oops! Favorite feature – lots – easy installation, washable seat pad, cup holders, not too huge, etc

  157. I love that it converts to a booster!

  158. i love the easy installation. no more sticking head it… buttom sticking out the door. yay for new installation.

  159. converts to a booster !!!

  160. i like the new buckle pockets

  161. I love the SureLATCH® Technology that helps with safe & easy installation.

  162. Love the side impact protection. I plan on having my kids in car seats until they outgrow them (age 8).

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  163. I love that it can be securely installed in 60 seconds, sounds super easy to install

  164. It grows with the baby

  165. I love the SureLatch technology!

  166. The fact that you can install it in 60 seconds! Impressive!

  167. Love the machine washable seat pad! Perfect for my new Granddaughter who spits up a LOT!

  168. I like the buckle pockets!

  169. Advanced SureLATCH® Technology

  170. Love the infinite slide harness. Sounds like it will makes things a lot easier.

  171. I like the OUTLAST® Performance Fabrics feature.
    — Balances your child’s body temperature for a safer, more peaceful ride. —

  172. The latch technology – extra safety is a very good thing!

  173. The Outlast Performance Tablet is amazing; nothing worse than seeing the little ones sweating in a carseat and you can’t reach them. I also love the full suite of safety systems; my new granddaughter deserves them all!

  174. Can I say all of it? For sure the SureLatch is amazing if you have ever wrestled to get the straps tightened on a standard carseat, but if you have a hot sweaty baby like mine the Outlast fabric sounds fantastic!!

  175. I like the side impact protection, very important safety feature!

  176. It can be used from birth to booster.

  177. I love the SureLatch technology.

  178. love that it installs quickly

  179. Advanced SureLATCH® Technology helps provide a secure installation in less than 60 seconds! Simply click the LATCH into your vehicle and push down to hear and feel the seat auto tighten.

  180. Luckily I don’t need car seats like this anymore but I do need boosters for my grandchildren. I have always purchased Evenflo products when my kids were younger. I am glad to see they have kept up with the quality of their products.

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