Safety First: Car Seat Guide for Baby
1: Find the proper/best place to install the car seat
The back seat is the safest place to ride for kids but unfortunately not all cars allow to put car seat in places that has a seat belt. Refer to your car ownership manual to find a proper location to place your baby car seat. Ensure that the booster or car seat seat for each child riding in the car is in the best possible place.
2: Use the seat belt or LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
There is two way to properly install and secure the car seat in a vehicle
First option is to is to utilize the vehicle safety belt. Appropriately place the seat belt through the car seat at the belt path. The arrows or directions on the car seat will indicate and guide you the correct belt path to use. Additionally, for forward-facing car seat, use a top tether when securing the car seat.
Another method is to use the lower anchors and tethers for children also known as LATCH to securely attach the car seat to the vehicle. Car seats have lower attachments that will attach to the vehicle’s lower anchors.
Both seat belt and LATCH are safe to use, however do not use both method at the same time. Choose the best method that provide car seat a snug fit.
3: Inch Test
To determine if the car seat have a snug fit, do the Inch Test. A securely installed car seat shouldn't move more than one inch front to back or side to side when pulled at the seat belt path. This test applies for all forward-facing car seats when the seat is properly secured with either seat belts or LATCH.
4: Know your car seat’s LATCH weight limit
Apply LATCH only for children less than a certain weight. The car seats label should list the weight limitation. If your child grows too big for LATCH, undo the LATCH and secure the car seat with the seat belt and top tether.