When I was pregnant with my first child, I spent way too many hours online researching which stroller, child-safety seat, diaper bag and crib sheets we needed. As the big day approached, I washed and organized new clothes and cleaned out kitchen cabinets to make room for bottles. However, there was one key piece of gear that didn't make it to its rightful place: the car seat.
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When it was time to leave the hospital with our brand-new baby, I had to rely on my already exhausted husband to install our daughter's rear-facing infant seat. Naturally, he pulled up to the front of the hospital with it installed backward. After some choice words, we finally got it installed and went on our merry way.
Those early moments of parenting were needlessly stressful. If we had spent a couple of hours before the baby arrived having our car seat's installation inspected by a certified car-seat technician (who will do this free of charge), we could have avoided that fiasco in front of the hospital. Find a car-seat check in your area.