Fitting the Child Correctly in the Car Seat
- Place your child in the car seat with the child's back flat against the car seat.
- Place harness straps over the child’s shoulders. Harness straps should lie flat, not twisted, and be placed through the slots located at or below your child’s shoulders.
- Buckle the harness, and the chest clip, and tighten until snug. The harness is snug enough when you cannot pinch any extra material at the shoulder.
Place chest clip at armpit level. This holds the harness straps in place on the child’s chest and shoulders.
- Bulky clothing or blankets can prevent a snug harness fit. Always buckle the baby in the seat first, and then place coats or blankets over the harness.
- If your baby needs support, fill the empty spaces with small, rolled blankets on each side of the baby’s shoulders and head.
- If there is a gap between the buckle and your child’s groin (common for young infants), try placing a rolled washcloth or diaper in the space for a more secure fit.
- Never put thick padding under or behind the baby unless it is recommended for use by the car seat manufacturer.
Read the car seat manual carefully and remember that children should ride rear-facing until they reach the top height or weight limit for the rear-facing position before you move them to the forward-facing position with a harness and tether.