Car Seat Checklist – How to Properly Check a Car Seat in 5 Easy Steps

  1. car-seatThe Right Seat – Make sure the car seat is appropriate for your child. Check the label to make sure you have the right seat for your child’s age, weight, and height. Remember, car seats have an expiration date. Double check to make sure your seat is still safe.
  2. The Right Place – Children must ride in the back seat until they are at least 13 years old.
  3. The Right Direction – You want to keep your child rear facing until at least age 2. Once they turn forward facing, remember to attach the top tether, after you tighten and lock the seatbelt or the lower anchor.
  4. The Inch Test – Once installed tug on the base of the seat, does it move front to back, or side to side more than 1 inch? If it does, tighten it more. The seat should not move more than 1 inch at the belt path.
  5. The Pinch Test – Make sure the harness is buckled tightly, and coming from the correct slots (check your car seat manual). Place the chest clip at the child’s armpit level, and pinch the harness at the child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess material, your baby is secure and ready to go!

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