Knowing how to properly place and secure a car seat is vital to the safety of your child. Here are some car seat safety tips to help you and your family feel more secure.
First, while you’ll eventually have to turn the car seat around when your child’s legs grow too long, a rear-facing position is the safest way to secure a car seat, so keep it that way for as long as possible. Check the label and make sure the seat is appropriate for your child’s height and weight, and make sure the expiration date hasn’t passed. Car seats are only good for around six years!
Whether rear- or front-facing, a car seat needs to be tightly and accurately buckled in. Many car seats have click-in bases now, which simplifies the process. But if you don’t have one of these, you should follow the instructions that come with your car seat closely and practice until you can secure the seat quickly and efficiently. You will often be in a hurry to get in your car and go, and you still need to buckle your baby in tight!
When in doubt, refer to the instructions that came with your car seat to ensure that it is properly installed!