August is not only the month of sweltering heat, back-to-school shopping, and the return of the Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte—it’s also Baby Safety Month! With seven out of ten car seats not installed properly, we thought it would be a good idea to provide you with some tips on how to install a car seat properly. This will ensure that your child will be safe this month—and every month after.
Make sure the car seat fits your car. Many people don’t realize that some car seats might not actually be made for their car. Before you even begin to install your car seat, make sure that your car seat is right for your car. The base of the seat should fit entirely on the back seat of your car and the LATCH system within your car should be able to anchor your car seat down easily.
Understand the LATCH system. The LATCH system is an important safety system in your car. LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children and allows you to anchor your car seat easily to the seat. Make sure you read your car’s owner’s manual before installing your car so you know what your LATCH system’s weight limit is.
Use the seat’s instruction manual as a guide. Every car seat is installed differently, so it’s important to read your seat’s instruction manual before you begin installation. Remember—just because your friend tells you to install your car seat a specific way, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the way your car seat is installed!
Take it to an inspection station. Before your child sits in your car seat, make sure you stop in to your local Child Safety Seat Inspection Station in your area and have a professional make sure your seat is installed properly.
If you follow these instructs on how to install a car seat properly, you should be able to celebrate Baby Safety Month in the best way—by ensuring your child is safe in your car.