The problems regarding installation of a convertible seat in the car are common especially, when you are trying it for the first time. There are particular guidelines which have to be followed for a safe and smooth installation. You obviously don’t want to compromise with safety, especially when it is going to hold your baby.
Here are a few beginners’ tips for installing a convertible car seat in the car.
Before you start, read the instructions and manuals thoroughly. Reading it will get you acquainted with basics of installation. Never forget to read the Child restraints section of the manual. It is very important. Determine the seat belts of your vehicle and understand how they are locked or unlocked.
Before you start working, move the front seat forward as much as you can to get enough room for yourself for you to work on the car-seat (since you’ll require a lot of rocking and moving around).
Now position the convertible seat on the seat and fasten it with the seat belt. Make sure you do it precisely, i.e. follow the exact belt path and buckle it accurately and tightly.
Now as you pull the seat belt, put your weight on the middle of the seat. Either you can put your knees or your foot to hold it firmly. This will keep it firm and help you fasten it tightly. Move it sideways and make sure it is tightly fastened and then install the car-seat. Hold the seat belt tightly and unbuckle it so that it retracts to 1”. As soon as it does, buckle it again. Sit on the car-seat and install the latch-plate in the buckle. Your weight will act as force for tight fastening.
If the male-end of the latch-plate doesn’t lie at the correct angle with the other end, you may rotate the buckle slightly (but only slightly until they both fit). The seat belt and the latch-plate must be as close as possible for tightest placement.
For a better fit, go behind the car-seat and push it back with your stomach as you hold the seat belt. Sway left to right as you pull the belt to tightly fasten it.
Tighter the car-seat installed, safer will be our baby’s journey. I hope these tips will make your ride easier as well.