We had Marc, a certified child car seat instructor, come over and put in our Infant Car Seat. Marc took the time to walk us through the process, and also how to put the baby in the seat for maximum protection. A few things he pointed out were:
1. The “pinch test”. Once the straps are pulled into place, you shouldn’t be able to pinch and fold the car seat straps in your fingers. The baby should be in nice and snug, and start when they are an infant so they get used to the feeling of being in the seat with the straps tight.
2. Car seat ‘wiggle’. The base of the seat, once installed should not move from side to side any more than an inch.
3. Leveling. The baby seat should not be too upright or too reclined. Our seat has a gauge that indicates if the seat is tilted too far one way or the other.
Tons of other information also, hopefully I remember it all when the time comes.