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How to Put Your Newborn Into His Car Seat

Newborns should be placed securely in a rear-facing car seat in the middle of the back seat, says Dr. Christie Frakes, Arizona-based pediatrician and medical consultant with MVP Kids Care. Firmly secure all latches and the shoulder harness so your baby is secure and comfortable. "Make sure the baby is placed in the car seat without any obstruction to the airway," says Frakes. If your car seat is not equipped with an insert to keep your baby's head from flopping over, Frakes recommends contacting the car seat manufacturer to obtain one made specifically for the car seat or inserting rolled up towels around the head of the infant.

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