You shouldn’t be able to move the safety seat side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch when pulled at the belt path. If you can, it’s not tight enough. This is the number-one mistake parents make, according to car-seat inspectors.
How much should car seat move when installed?
You should not be able to move the car seat base side-to-side or front-to-back more than 1 inch. Make sure your base is installed at the correct recline angle. Babies must ride sitting semi-reclined to keep the airway open.
How do I know if my car seat is tight enough?
The harness is tight enough when you can’t pinch any webbing between your fingers at the child’s shoulder. Last, position the chest clip at the child’s armpit level.
Should a car seat base move up and down?
Manufacturers don’t recommend using a tether with a rear-facing car seat, so it’s okay for the base to move up and down, just not side to side or back and forth.
Should baby seat go behind driver or passenger?
The car seat should always be installed in the back seat. That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side.
How do you know if baby is too big for car seat?
A child has outgrown the infant seat when either of the following happens:
- the top of their head is less than an inch from the top of the seat when buckled in.
- they’ve reached the weight limit, which is typically 30 to 35 pounds.
When can you stop using a harness in a car seat?
Many convertible and harness-to-booster car seats have harnesses rated to hold kids up to 65 pounds. 2 In fact, children in the U.S. today can often stay in a harnessed car seat until age six or beyond.
Why is my baby’s head falling forward in car seat?
If baby’s head is flopping forward, the most likely culprit is the angle of the car seat. Make absolutely sure car seats are installed correctly. If they are, they should help secure children’s heads.