Tips to Ensure that Your Child’s Car Seat is Installed Properly

Car seat safety is very important.  In fact, car crashes are the number one reason why young children are injured or even killed.  Keeping your baby safe is easy with these few simple steps.

Disclosure:  This post is for informational purposes only.  Please take your car seat to your local police or fire station, for additional help installing your car seat.

Best Place to Install a Car Seat

Babies should face the rear of the car because their bodies aren’t strong enough to support themselves if they are facing forward if you were involved in a collision.  The safest place in a car is in the in the middle of the back seat.  Being in the middle, will prevent them from being impacted if you were involved in a collision on the side.  Infants should rear face until they are at least 2 years old according the American Pediatric Association or hit the height and weight restrictions that are located on the car seat.

Ensure that the Car Seat is Level and Installed Properly

Follow the manufactures installation directions when you are installing the car seat.  The car seat needs to be level to help support your baby’s head and neck properly, especially if they are unable to hold their head up on their own.  If you have having trouble getting the car seat level, try rolling up a towel or using a pool noodle.  If you are using a pool noodle, you can cut it to fit the car seat.

The car seat needs to be installed properly to protect your child in the event that you are involved in a car crash.  When installing the car seat,  you may have to have someone sit in the seat in order to put some weight on it, so that you can make sure that it is installed securely.  The car seat shouldn’t move side to side when you try to move it.  If you are unsure, if the car seat is installed properly you can take it to the hospital, local fire department, or local police department.  They are usually willing to help ensure that your car seat is installed properly.

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9 Responses

  1. Leigh Muller Montgomery says:

    WOW – thank you – I thought the strap had to be across the chest like the one you have "incorrect". I am glad you shared this.

  2. Susan says:

    This is a ridiculously important post. When I had my 3rd after (gasp) 8 years…I completely forgot how to do simple things like install a car seat correctly, where seat belts should go etc. I actually got my seat professionally installed! Crazy I know but not something I wanted to risk.

  3. Great tips! I had to give my baby brother lessons in how to make sure his baby was sitting safe in her car seat not too long ago. To my horror, she was too “loose”!

  4. Rosey says:

    Bulky clothes drive me crazy w/the car seat adjustment. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Pat Moon says:

    We purchased what was probably one of the 1st safety car seats for infants and children way back in 1963 even before seat belts were required. Safety in cars has come a long way since then. Thanks for sharing these tips for us grandparents, too.

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