Install your Seat Tight
Before you install your child’s carseat:
1. Read the instructions for your car seat. Every car seat model is different. It is important that you know how your car seat works.
2. Read the instructions for your car. Every car is different and how the car seats are installed into cars has changed over the years.
If you are pregnant, install your car seat at least 4 – 6 weeks before your baby’s due date. It is important to do this ahead of time so that you know that you have the right seat for your newborn, the seat is safe to use, and that you know how to install it.
Tips for Installing Your Car Seat:
- Install your car seat in the back seat of your car.
- Avoid installing a rear-facing car seat in front of an arm rest that folds down.
- It is never safe to put a rear-facing infant seat in a front seat with an active air bag.
- Your car seat will need to be tilted back to be 45 degrees to keep your newborn’s head lying back. Your rear-facing car seat will recline. Check your instructions on how you can adjust your car seat base to recline.
- Your infant car seat has a handle that allows you to carry the seat. Check your car seat instructions about the position that the handle should be in when in the car.
- You will install the car seat in the car by using one of the following: