Avoid the ROYAL PARENTS SNAFU! We are GIVING AWAY an Evenflo® Symphony65 All-in-One Rear Facing Car Seat featuring SureLatch® Connectors and Sharing PROPER Car Seat Installation techniques!

Congrats to our winner nicki joseph!

Yesterday, the world caught a glimpse of England’s Newest Prince as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge exit the hospital with their bundle of joy. As the new parents made their journey home, moms across the pond noticed one major snafu, the infant car seat was installed incorrectly.


Evenflo® Symphony65™ All-in-One Rear Facing Car Seat  featuring SureLatch® Connectors at thestatenislandfamily.com

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,85% of all baby car seats are improperly installed. Also, the lives of more than 8,300 children under age 5 have been saved by using child restraints properly.  Since road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States, Evenflo is urging all parents to make sure they take the safe road when it comes to car seat installation.

Child safety seats that are used correctly can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71% according to SafeKids.org. The truth is installing car seats are a pain, but with the Evenflo Symphony65 All-in-One Rear Facing Car Seat  featuring SureLatch® Connectors* parents just need to Click, Click, Push for super-fast, super-snug installation in less than 60 seconds.  For easier installation, be sure to visit the brand’s YouTube Channel for videos showing steps to installing Symphony65 in the rear-facing position using SureLATCH® connectors.  Also, on Evenflo’s web site, you will also find additional resources and tips on proper car seat installation.With the Symphony Car Seats, parents have peace of mind knowing kids are safe and secure if a collision does occur.  YouTube.com/EvenfloBaby to view a Rear-facing Installation Video Using Your Vehicle Belts.

And guess what? We are  giving a *Symphony65 All-In-One Rear-facing Installation Using SureLATCH  away to ONE LUCKY Thestatenislandfamily.com reader! Just leave a comment on this blog post with one of your tried and true car seat tips!For a second entry you can Follow @MelissaSChapman on Twitter and Retweet this giveaway! For a Third entry you can Like The Staten Island family on facebook! For a fourth entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for a fifth entry you can follow @MelissaSchapman on Pinterest Good luck! Giveaway ends August 6th!


  1. danika franklin says

    Always have toys attached ro car seat for babies fun and to keep them calm so that they dont distracr ythe they don’t distract driver.

  2. katherine says

    my tip: LEAVE THE CAR SEAT IN THE CAR. Take the baby out and carry him/her in a carrier on your chest, then put him/her back in the car seat for the ride home. That way you know your seat is always locked and secured

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Amanda Selenke says

    Read your car user manual, some cars (like ours) says only use the side positions in the backseat, not the center position for your car seat.

  4. Jennifer Fischer says

    Read the manufacturers directions! The climate changes drastically where I live and our carseats say not to leave them where the temperature changes to certain degrees. It makes it dangerous to let the extreme heat/cold effect the safety of your children.

  5. Kara Linico says

    Always read the manufacturer’s directions as they are often different!! Would love to win this for my SIL!

  6. Jennifer K. C. says

    Well my car seat tip is just to double check the straps EVERY time you put the kiddos in. Even with experience I notice my daughter loosens her straps or whatever. Better safe than sorry!

  7. lisa says


    I’m expecting a baby soon and would love to win this car seat. The difficulty of getting a car seat properly installed is something that worries me a lot!

  8. Belinda Parker says

    I have always struggled with car seats. I would recommend a car seat like this or one with a base that way once its installed properly the seat itself can be removed and replaced easily.

  9. katie klein says

    My rule of thumb when installing a car seat is to make sure you climb in with at least one knee to tighten the straps. You will be surprised how loose the seat is before you put that extra weight to tighten it.

  10. Shifra says

    We occasionally stop off at the fire department and have them check our carseats while the bigger kids get a tour of the firetrucks.

  11. Olivia Rubin says

    Check to see if your local fire department will provide assistance to ensure seat is installed properly, or see if company is providing any workshops

  12. Jennifer Aldridge says

    Our tip is to go have the car seat installed at the local fire station. They’ll teach you how to install it properly and will make sure it’s done right!

  13. Laura Miller says

    My tried and true car seat installation tip is to make an appt with a CPST! It takes all the stress out and you can get some great tips!

  14. Hayley cason says

    I always get in and put my weight on top of the carseat. Would love to win this. Would help my best friend out with affording a carseat.

  15. Katherine Donovan says

    My car seat tip is to check with your local hospital or Red Cross to have someone who is certified check that the car seat is properly installed.

  16. Tannis W says

    I would say read the manual and get a professional to inspect the seat to see if it is installed correctly.

  17. Abby Caraway says

    Pay attention to buckles and chest strap location. They can loosen and move. Watch YouTube video for proper placement and tightness

  18. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    My Tip Is To Visit The Maker Of The Carseat Website For Instructions On How To Properly Install The Car Seat, Always Check Often For Product Recalls.

  19. Jayna E says

    My tip would be to always check it is secured because other little ones tend to unbuckle the wrong belt first when getting out!

  20. Heather L. Davidson says

    Just learned and parents-to-be class over the weekend that we can go to local police department and have them help install car seat

  21. says

    One of my tips is to make sure the car seats is always at the correct angle. We had ours in wrong and I couldn’t figure it out, everything looked right but his head kept coming forward. After rereading our manual we figured out we had it at the wrong recline position. Always reread the manual if you have any doubts! That is a good tip too!

  22. Linnea Wilhelm says

    Tried and true tip: read the manual!! You may think you know what you are doing, but it’s best to double check!

  23. says

    Before I put my kids in the car I always make sure the belts are tight & buckled in. You never know when someone might have unbuckled it on accident & I always like being on the safe side.

  24. tess says

    hmmm, car seat tips- always follow car seat safety- and know that if you are unsure- you can go to the fire dept and they will help you install…and to make baby happy- i always give my baby a small bottle of juice or milk with her bib on – we dont want the car seat messy.
    tcogbill at live dot com

  25. Jessica says

    Make sure the child and seat are buckled in properly! I see way too many babies strapped in way too loosely. Also, please rear-face AT LEAST until the legal age/weight. Longer is better.

  26. Tegan B. says

    #1 Find a certified car seat tech to make sure you know ins & outs of car seat safety & installation. I went to LexleesKids.org (lots of child safety info). Check google to find a nearby tech
    #2 secure anything (including your purse) that you wouldn’t throw at your baby’s face or leave it at home (projectile). Blankets & soft toys are ok.
    #3 keep child rear facing, then forward facing with 5pt harness, then booster as long as your child doesn’t exceed the weigjt/height limits for each before moving to the next one.
    Thank you for raising awareness & the chance to win. You rock!!

  27. Marcia Goss says

    Besides installing it properly, I like to keep a blanket over it when not in use, especially in the summer. Here in Georgia, the sun coming into the car can make the car seat really hot…too hot for a baby to touch, especially the buckle.

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