Kiddies Kingdom Guide To How To Fit A Car Seat Correctly
Car Seats

How To Fit A Car Seat Correctly

Like most things baby-related, car seats are complicated. What, on the surface, looks like a simple piece of equipment, can turn into a sweat-inducing nightmare that requires athleticism, Yen-like patience and the ability to decode hieroglyphic instruction manuals. So we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to fit a car seat to help you, follow these directions:

Kiddies Kingdom How To Fit A Car Seat Correctly

How to fit a car seat with car seat belts:

  1. Pass the cars’ seat belt through the correct guides on the child seat. Generally, the belt must pass through the blue guides if it is a rear-facing seat and the red guide, if it is a forward-facing seat.
  2. Push your whole weight into the child seat as you are tightening the seat belt, to make sure the seat is held a securely as possible. Ensure there is no slack in the seat belt.
  3. Your seat may have a lever or button that can be used to help you tighten the seat belt once it has been placed through the guides.
  4. Use the lock off device to keep the seat belts in place and prevent them from slipping.
  5. Try gently moving the car seat, making sure there is very little forwards or sideways movement.
  6. Ensure that the seat buckle is not resting on the child seat frame.

Close up image of baby sat in fastened car seat

Isofix child seats:

  1. Isofix seats will not fit every car, so check that the one you choose is approved for use in your vehicle before you purchase it.
  2. Isofix cars have Isofix slots hidden on the back seat, generally in the joint between the back of the seat and the cushion back. Some also have a third attachment to stop the seat tipping forward.
  3. Before you start installation, find where the Isofix points are located in the car, and locate the Isofix connectors on the car seat.
  4. Click the connectors into their matching slots. There may be a visible indicator which changes from red to green to show you that the seat has been securely attached.
  5. If you have the top Isofix point, then fix this. Do not attach this to anything else, such as the headrest, as this is not strong enough.
  6. If the seat you have purchased has a supporting leg, then make sure this is attached correctly. Ensure the leg is not sitting over any under floor storage, as this is unsafe should impact occur.

Image of a correctly fitted baby car seat

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