Look at the tips and videos below on how to install infant car seats tightly in your vehicle. The car seat manual, as well as the vehicle owner's manual, will provide you with the best guidance for installing the car seat in your vehicle.
Infant car seats can only be used in the rear-facing position, and must never be placed forward-facing in a vehicle.
When your child outgrows the infant car seat, switch to a convertible, 3-in-1 or All-in-One car seat and use it in the rear-facing position. These seats typically have weight and height limits for the rear-facing position that allow you to keep your child rear-facing longer. If a baby under 1 year old grows too tall or too heavy for an infant car seat, a car seat with a higher rear-facing size limit is strongly recommended.
LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This system is designed to help make proper car seat installation easier. Both the vehicle and the car seat need to be LATCH-equipped in order to use the system.
The lower anchors are those small metal bars found in many vehicles' back seats. Adjustable lower straps (sometimes called "LATCH straps") are connected from the car seat to the lower anchors to secure the car seat. All car seats should use the top tether strap in the forward-facing position. Some manufacturers recommend using the top tether strap with a rear-facing seat, as well.
Before you install your car seat using the LATCH system, read your car seat instruction manual and your vehicle's owner manual carefully. Pay close attention on the location of the lower anchors and top tether anchor and directions on how to use this installation system in your vehicle. Every car seat is different and every vehicle is different, which affects the way you'll install your particular seat.
Also, keep in mind that your vehicle's LATCH system may have a weight limit that differs from that of the car seat. If that's the case, you can first install the seat using the LATCH system, then switch to seat belt installation later. Always follow the installation instructions provided by your car seat manufacturer and your vehicle owner's manual.
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When your child outgrows the infant (rear-facing only) car seat switch to a convertible, 3-in-1 or All-in-One car seat, and use it in the rear-facing position. These seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing longer. If a baby under 1 year old grows too tall or too heavy for an infant car seat, a car seat with a higher rear-facing size limit is strongly recommended.