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.

Symphony™ LX All-In-One Car Seat

*Symphony65™ All-In-One Rear-facing Installation Using SureLATCH™

Child Requirements
Weight: 5 – 35 lbs
Height: Top of head must be at least 1 inchbelow the top of the child restraint seat back.

Visit 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

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  3. katherine says:

    follow on twitter @Kayday3 and retweeted

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  4. katherine says:

    like on facebook

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  5. 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.

  6. Amanda Selenke says:

    I follow staten island family on FB

  7. 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.

  8. katherine says:

    follow on pinterest @kad5243

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  9. Kara Linico says:

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

  10. 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!

  11. Jennifer K. C. says:

    follow on twitter and tweeted! https://twitter.com/JenniferCrewell/status/360427064077201409

  12. Natalie S says:

    Always have some car seat toys and always double check straps. nlevdan3 at yahoo dot com

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Belinda Parker says:

    I follow on FB. Belinda Parker

  17. Belinda Parker says:

    I follow on twitter and tweeted

  18. katie klein says:

    Like you on facebook Katie Klein.

  19. katie klein says:

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  20. 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.

  21. Shifra says:

    I like Staten Island Family on Facebook.

  22. Shifra says:

    I follow you on Pinterest. :)

  23. Misty Woods says:

    i follow on twitter @mistywoods83

  24. Misty Woods says:

    i follow on fb misty woods

  25. Stacey R says:

    Always use the tether!

  26. Stacey R says:

    Follow on Twitter @smromard

  27. Stacey R says:

    Like on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/staceyromard

  28. Stacey R says:

    Follow on instagram @romards

  29. Stacey R says:

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  30. 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

  31. Olivia Rubin says:

    Following on twitter as @OliviaAbby

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  32. Olivia Rubin says:

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  33. Olivia Rubin says:

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  34. Olivia Rubin says:

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  35. 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!

  36. Jennifer Aldridge says:

    follow on twitter @azssnegotiator

  37. Jennifer K. C. says:

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  38. Jennifer K. C. says:

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  39. Jennifer K. C. says:

    I also follow you on instagram @jennifercrewell

  40. meredith says:

    get your car seat installment checked at a local fire department!

  41. meredith says:

    I Like The Staten Island family on facebook!

  42. meredith says:

    I Follow @MelissaSChapman on Twitter and Retweeted

  43. meredith says:

    I follow on pinterest – mermont84

  44. meredith says:

    I follow you on Instagram – mermont84

  45. 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!

  46. 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.

  47. Natalie S says:

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  48. Natalie S says:

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  49. Natalie S says:

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  50. 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.

  51. Katherine Donovan says:

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  52. Katherine Donovan says:

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  53. Katherine Donovan says:

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  54. Katherine Donovan says:

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  55. Jennifer says:

    Have someone to show you the proper way to install, like the local fire department!

  56. Jennifer says:

    Facebook follower!

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  57. jeannine s says:

    read your car manual and the car seat instruction book before installing

  58. jeannine s says:

    follow on twitter and retweeed

  59. jeannine s says:

    like you on facebook (jeannine drenchek-scavo)

  60. jeannine s says:

    follow you on instagram @mellanhead

  61. jeannine s says:

    follow on pinterest as mellanhead

  62. Tannis W says:

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

  63. Tannis W says:

    I follow on twitter @green_ twiggy and retweeted.

  64. Tannis W says:

    I follow on Facebook as Tannis Wiebe.

  65. Tannis W says:

    I follow on Instagram green_twiggy

  66. Tannis W says:

    I follow on pinterest greentwiggy

  67. Abby Caraway says:

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

  68. Abby Caraway says:

    Twitter – @AbbyCaraway

    Retweeted – https://twitter.com/MelissaSChapman/status/360742568234987520

  69. Abby Caraway says:

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  70. Abby Caraway says:

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  71. 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.

  72. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Following On Twitter @reinaheather And Retweeted This Tweet: https://twitter.com/MelissaSChapman/status/360398529115590657

  73. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Like Staten Island Family On Facebook!

  74. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

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  75. 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!

  76. Jayna E says:

    I like The Staten Island Family on facebook!

  77. nicole says:

    I follow on pinterest – nicole lequire

  78. nicole says:

    My biggest tip is keep them rear facing as long as possible! it’s 500% safer!

  79. Ashley Leonard says:

    My tip would be to have extra carseats for babysitters so yours is always in the car

  80. MaryAnn says:

    I am following you on twitter @Cochran_maryann

  81. MaryAnn says:

    I like your facebook page.

  82. MaryAnn says:

    I am following you on Pinterest.

  83. 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

  84. Heather L. Davidson says:

    I follow on twitter – @HeatherLolaD


  85. Heather L. Davidson says:

    I follow on Facebook – Lola Davidson

  86. Heather L. Davidson says:

    I follow on Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/HeatherLolaD

  87. Kelli Wood 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!

  88. Kelli Wood says:

    I follow you on facebook :)

  89. Kelli Wood says:

    I follow you on twitter using the name monstersmom0212 and I retweeted!!

  90. Kelli Wood says:

    I follow on instagram with the name kwood1983

  91. Kelli Wood says:

    I follow you on pinterest !

  92. 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!

  93. Luna S 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.

  94. Luna S says:

    I follow on twitter as @Burningmoonprod

  95. Luna S says:

    I follow on pintrest aS Burningmoonprod

  96. Luna S says:

    I like you on facebook as Burning Moon

  97. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Children should remain rear facing for atleast a year!

  98. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Following on Twitter already @ashleythebutton
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/ashleythebutton/status/363162970815074304

  99. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Facebook follower – Ashley Marie Morrissey

  100. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Instagram follower @ashbutton

  101. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Pinterest follower – ashmo90

  102. Nicki Joseph says:

    Check for recalls!

  103. Nicki Joseph says:

    Fan on your facebook :D

  104. Nicki Joseph says:

    Pinterest following!

  105. Nicki Joseph says:

    Follower on instagram :D nickijoseph91@gmail.com

  106. Dawn Monroe says:

    My tip is to change your carseat as your child grows. Follow the safety rules.

  107. Dawn Monroe says:

    Liked on facebook as Dawn Monroe

  108. Dawn Monroe says:

    I follow on pintrest as Dawn Monroe

  109. Crystal Rose says:

    Many cities offer free car seat clinics. They’ll ensure that your car seat is set up right.

  110. Crystal Rose says:

    I like you on facebook. -Crystal Rose

  111. Crystal Rose says:

    I’m following on pinterest- littlegreenden

  112. Laura says:

    Read your vehicle manual AND the car seat installation manual!

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  113. Laura says:

    I follow on Twitter (Bugglette)

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  114. Laura says:

    I Like The Staten Island family on facebook! (Laura Beth)

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  115. Laura says:

    I’m following on Pinterest! (Maheaneth)

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  116. Sarah says:

    Id love to win this car seat! :)

  117. Trista says:

    Always go with a tried and true recommendation from a friend – they are usually never wrong!

  118. Ashley Leonard says:

    following on instagram

  119. Ashley Leonard says:

    following on pinterest


  120. Ashley Leonard says:



  121. Ashley Leonard says:

    Liked on FB as Ashley Jayne Leonard

  122. Jennifer Aldridge says:

    I follow on instagram : jennerebecca

  123. Jennifer Aldridge says:

    I tweeted the giveaway https://twitter.com/azssnegotiator/status/364454278045241344

  124. Jennifer Aldridge says:

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  125. Diana Hatch says:

    have toys attached to the car seat to keep their attention

  126. Diana Hatch says:

    I like you on fb

  127. Diana Hatch says:

    I follow you on twitter

  128. Teresa Thompson says:

    My granddaughter hates her carseat so we always interchange toys on it.

  129. Teresa Thompson says:

    Twitter follower-@Superneena1

  130. Teresa Thompson says:

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  131. Teresa Thompson says:

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  132. Teresa Thompson says:

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  133. 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.
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  134. lisa kay says:

    Make sure you install the car seat correctly.
    We went to the fire station to make sure all was good!

  135. lisa kay says:

    I Like The Staten Island family on facebook
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  136. lisa kay says:

    I follow you on Pinterest..
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  137. Shanna says:

    Swing by the local fire dept to make sure its installed properly!!!!

  138. Shanna says:

    Follow on instagram

  139. Shanna says:

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  140. Shanna says:

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  141. 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.

  142. Jessica says:

    I follow you on twitter.

  143. Jessica says:

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  144. Jessica says:

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  145. Jessica says:

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  146. 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!!

  147. Kristin Sawatzke says:

    Always double check straps and base before going anywhere!

  148. Kristin Sawatzke says:

    Like on Facebook!

  149. Kristin Sawatzke says:

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  150. Kristin Sawatzke says:

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  151. 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.

  152. Marcia Goss says:

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  153. Marcia Goss says:

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  154. Marcia Goss says:

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  155. Tegan B. says:

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  156. Emily says:

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  157. Emily says:

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  158. Tegan B. says:

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  159. Jessica O says:

    I always make sure I have a toy and/or snacks for my kiddo in the car!

  160. Jessica O says:

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