You’ve no doubt been dreaming about your baby for months: what he’ll look like, whether he’ll be laid-back like his dad or a Type A like you. But chances are, if it’s your first child, you don’t know much about taking care of a newborn.

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How to get motherhood off to a great start while you’re still in the hospital.

The harness must be snug against the hips and shoulders.

The chest clip should be level with your baby’s armpits.

If your baby has too many clothes on, the harness may not fit properly. If it’s cold out, put your baby in the seat first, buckle him in, then place blankets on top

Once the seat is installed, push on it—hard. It shouldn’t move more than an inch in any direction

The seat must be installed at a 45-degree angle so that the baby is semi-reclining; his head must not flop forward.