I want to start this post off by saying No I don't think I'm the perfect mom or my way is the only way but when it comes to properly fastening your child in their carseat there is only one correct way!
I cringe almost every time I see a picture of a child in their carseat posted to my Facebook feed. Then I have a ten minute internal debate about whether or not I should say something and usually wind up being quiet but wishing I hadn't. Of course a few of you do post awesome pics of your kiddos properly in their seats which makes me smile. To the others, here's what I would say!!
The chest clip on your baby's harness should not be down below their ribs! It should be fastened at armpit level. Yes, this keeps them from leaning forward but that is the point. The entire harness should be snug. Between the shoulder and strap you should only be able to fit one finger. It should be hugging your child at all times not waiting for them to fling into it if you suddenly get in a wreck.
I admit I've made mistakes fastening Nolan in too. I've even drove a few miles without realizing I was distracted while loading the car after a long day at Sea World and forgot to clip his bottom part of the harness in! I have to remind myself to stop whatever I'm doing when I fasten him in and make sure his harness is snug, no straps are rolled or bunched, and chest clip is back in place where it should be at armpit level.Read that carseat manual or look at a few safety sites online! It's your child's life at stake after all.