When you consider installing a car seat for your baby, keep in mind that your baby should be sitting rear faced at least till the age of two. A baby should never face forward until she outgrows the seating capabilities of your car seat or reach the age of two.
Installing a car seat can sound like a daunting task; thanks to hundreds of manufacturers and various user manuals that make it difficult to understand. Many people give up their hopes because the user manual sounds very confusing while others fit the car seat without properly following the instructions. The latter is much more dangerous and should be avoided at any cost.
Reading Your User Manuals and Understanding the Basics
The first thing we need to do is go through the manual and making sure that you understand everything clearly and everything needed for the installation is readily available. Do not start the installation if you did not understand every step. Many people go with the assumption that if they can get it right from step 1 to step 4, step 5 and 6 will come naturally even if they didn’t understand them. Do not follow this method because in worst cases, you will end up with an improper installation that can be harmful for your child. If you have any doubts, call the manufacturer to clear them before proceeding with the installation.
- Consult the user manual to verify the angle of recline and the seat should be flat on your car seat’s back and bottom if it’s a front facing model. It’s a great idea to push the seat with your knee to squash out the air beneath it. This will make the installation tighter and secure.
- Some seats do not come with a LATCH and has to be attached with the seat belt. Make sure that you’re putting the seat belt through the right slots. Make sure to pull the belt as tight as possible to avoid any slack.
- Cars bought before 1996 usually needs a lock to keep the seat tightly.
- If the seat has side to side motion, tighten it securely and if the problem still persists, you can try inserting a rubber mat.
- Make sure that the harness system is tight enough to protect your baby. Ideally, you should not be able to pinch the harness system.
- If your baby is too small, do not rely entirely on the protection offered by the car seat but buy a neck pillow and other accessories to offer a snug fit.
These are the steps you need to follow in order to install a car seat for your baby. Make sure that you’re following the right installation set up to ensure the safety of the child. The seat should be tight and the baby should enjoy a snug fit so that she is protected from dangerous and any unexpected consequences that you can encounter while driving.
Video: How to Install an Infant Car Seat
Here is a video showing how to install an infant car seat step by step.