Install Car Seat

How to Install a Toddler Car Seat

While I strongly recommend that you refer to the owner’s manual for your specific toddler car seat, I’ve decided to include a basic overview of the steps here.

I’ll start off with instructions of how to install a convertible, forward facing toddler car seat using the seatbelt and tether.

  1. As mentioned, you should refer to your car seat’s instructions, but you should also look at the owner’s manual for your car.
  2. You need to find out about the seatbelt system and how the locking mechanism works on the seatbelt.
  3. Look up the information on where to find the tether anchors, and also the specific instructions on how to use your vehicle’s hardware.
  4. Once you have all that information, situate the car seat in the rear of your vehicle, in the forward facing position.
  5. Then begin to carefully thread the seatbelt through the belt path on the car seat, making sure there are no twists in the seatbelt.
  6. Buckle and lock the seatbelt, and then press down on the car seat and tighten the belt until you’re not able to move the car seat more than an inch in any direction.
  7. Find the car seats tether and attach it to the tether anchor of your car. Fastening this is important, as it will limit forward motion in the event of a crash.

Now here are the instructions on how to install the same seat, but using lower anchors and tether.

  1. Again, you want to refer to the car seat’s instructions and also your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  2. Find the instructions on where to find the lower anchors and tether anchor in your car and as well the directions on how to use them.
  3. Place the car seat in your vehicles back seat in the forward facing position.
  4. Find the lower anchors in your car, and then connect them to the lower anchor attachment on the car seat.
  5. Make sure there are no twists.
  6. Press down firmly on the seat and again tighten the straps until there is no forward or sideways motion that exceeds an inch.
  7. Now take the tether that’s found on the car seat and attach that to the anchor in your car.
  8. Tighten.
  9. Once you have the car seat fully installed, you want to make sure that you have your child sitting in it correctly.
  10. Their back and bottom should be flat against the car seat.
  11. Harness straps should always lay flat and be placed through the slots that are found near your child’s shoulders.
  12. Buckle and tighten the harness and chest clip making, sure that it is snug enough.

If you live in a cold climate, note that snowsuits or bulky clothing will inhibit the harness from fitting snugly. It’s recommended that you put your child in the seat without any bulky clothing, and then make sure you wrap them in blankets or coats to keep them warm.