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They are young, gorgeous and royalty, but there are moments when I feel for Prince William and Kate Middleton. I mean, who wants to face the entire free world the day after popping out a baby? And while installing the car seat for the first time is nerve-wracking for any new parent, imagine the pressure poor Wills felt doing it in front of all that paparazzi.
So we say this with love, Will and Kate, but the future king was buckled into his car seat all kinds of wrong. We know you want to be hands-on parents, so here are some safety tips from Alisa Baer, MD, a pediatrician in New York City known as The Car Seat Lady, for next time you take HRH Baby Cambridge for a ride:
1. Never put a swaddled baby in a car seat: Instead, buckle baby in sans blanket, and then place swaddle over the straps and tuck snugly under baby's arms and all around. This video shows exactly how to do it.
2. Shoulder straps go over baby’s shoulders, like a vest: The straps should be snug enough that baby can't get hands under them. A good gauge is if you can fit one finger underneath, that's fine, but two stacked one on top of the other means there's too much slack and you need to tighten the belt. This video illustrates the correct way to buckle in your baby and then check the fit.
3. The top of the chest clip should be level with the top of baby's armpits: Actually, this one is not the royal couple's bad. While chest clips are the norm in the United States and Canada, car seat 5-point harnesses in Europe do not have them. But FYI, the correct position for the chest clip is high on the chest.
Hey, guys, we didn't know what we were doing during the first few weeks with baby, either -- we were just lucky enough not to have an international spotlight on us. Here's to learning as you go along!