How to install baby car seats – Front facing, rear facing
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How to install baby car seats - Front facing, rear facing
Proper installation of the baby car seat is KEY to ensure your baby enjoys maximum safety and comfort during a ride.
Unfortunately, most parents get confused about how to properly install a car seat in their cars. This is probably because different car seats come with different restrictions and installation methodologies, making the installation task a bit challenging.
In the post below, we’ll take you through a step by step guide on how to install the two most common types of baby car seats—the front-facing and rear-facing models.
How To Install A Rear Facing Baby Car Seat:
A rear facing baby car seat is typically the one used for infants and toddlers (i.e., from birth up to 2 years old). And it should be installed in your car’s back seat.
Because a typical infant car seat features the infant carrier and a bae, you need to separate the two parts for easy installation of the base into your car seats.
The separation is pretty easy as you simply use a lever or button (check your car seat user manual for more info).
Once you’ve separated the two parts, follow these instructions to install the base into your car back seat:
Step #1: Place the baby car seat into place (the back seat) and use one of the following methods to hold it into place:
Ensure the seat belt passes through and fits cleanly, without looking twisted or bunched up.
Step #2: put the baby carrier into the base. Place the carrier in such a way that your little one will face the rear of your car when you strap him/her in.
The carrier must click as a sign that it’s into position. If you’re unsure whether it has clicked into position, try taking it out using the provided button/lever and then taking it back into place.
Step #3: Lastly, adjust the car seat angle. The rear-facing baby car seat usually comes with a base that you can adjust its angle.
Setting the seat angle is quite easy as most models feature a level indicator that shows you the correct angle based on your baby’s age, weight, and height.
If you’re riding with an infant who is not yet able to lift their heads to breathe properly, you should keep the seat in a more reclined position.
How to Install a Front Facing Baby Car Seat:
The front-facing car seat is designed for preschoolers or children aged between 2 to5 years. You should use this seat ONLY when your young one hits the upper weight or height limit of the rear-facing seat above.
Like the rear-facing seat, you should also install this front-facing seat onto the back seat of your car.
Steps to follow:
Step #1: Attach the forward-facing seat to your vehicle seat. You can do this using one of the two methods explained below:
Latch these hooks onto the designated spots where the bottom and back of your vehicle seats meet. Remember to pull on the buckle belts to obtain a tight anchoring.
Quick TIP: If your front-facing car seat with latch system also has a tether and/or a place to pass the seatbelt through, we advise you to use the additional anchor system to obtain an even higher level of security of your seat.
Step #2: Confirm that your car seat is well anchored in place. If you have done your job well, the front-facing car seat shouldn’t move more than an inch front to back or side to side when you pull it at your car seat’s belt path.
If you notice the seat is moving, that’s a RED flag! You need to act ASAP by tightening any belts or straps that look loose. You don’t want to risk the safety of your little angel!
Extra installation TIPS to keep in mind:
No more confusion! Whether it’s your first time installing a car seat or you forgot how to do it, this guide will take you through the basics of properly installing the car seat.
Remember, properly installing your baby car seat is crucial in ensuring your baby enjoys maximum safety and comfort.
Follow our above guide and tips on how to install your baby car seat if you want to enjoy 100% peace of mind throughout the journey when riding with your baby.