Installing a Car Seat Correctly

Pregnancy and the arrival of your new bundle of joy is an exciting and busy time. There is so much to do, like fixing up the baby’s room, baby proofing the house and making sure you have enough diapers and formula on hand. One very important thing you need to think about before you bring your new baby home is their car seat. The car seat is used very often and will keep your baby safe in case of a car accident or sudden stop. But your baby will only get the maximum protection from the car seat if it is installed correctly.

There are many different styles and brands of car seats available and each one may need to be installed just a little bit differently. The most important thing to do is to sit down and thoroughly read the manufacturers installation instructions. Do this when you are not in a hurry and have time to really comprehend the instructions. Your owner’s manual for your vehicle will also have additional information on how to install the car seat in that particular vehicle.

Infant Car Seats
Any child who weighs less than 20 pounds should be seated in an infant car seat. All infant car seat should be installed facing the rear of the car. An infant only seat will be used until the child is 20 pounds. To provide the safest ride for your child, the car seat, car seat straps and harness must all be tight. If you can move the seat or any of the straps or harnesses more than an inch, it is not tight enough. If it isn’t tight enough, you will need to pull the straps taut. You may be able kneel on the seat to help pull the straps tighter. If the infant is not able to hold their head up, you may place rolled up towels or blankets along each side of the baby’s head. This will help to provide extra cushion and support for the infant’s head and neck.

Convertible Seats
The convertible seat is made to grow with the child. It can be used as a rear facing infant seat when the baby is less than 20 pounds. As the child grows and reaches 20 pounds, the seat can be turned around to face the front of the car. The convertible seat also should be installed according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. These seats often have a tether strap. One end of this strap attaches to the back of the car seat and the other end attaches to various attachment points in your vehicle.

Certain vehicles make it easier to install a car seat correctly. This is something to consider if you are in the market for a new vehicle. Car Seats are easily installed in a Chrysler Town And Country. It has a sliding side door on each side, which makes it easy to install a car seat.

If you have any question on the correct way to install your child’s car seat in your Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicle, contact Lou Fusz O’Fallon Chrysler, Dodge and Jeepdealership in O’Fallon, Missouri for assistance.