Although strapping your baby in might sound like an easy task, the truth is, it is one of the most common misuses on child car seats.
The harness on a child’s car seat is there to restrain your child, and to absorb the energy from a collision – this blog looks at what you need to do to get it right in five easy steps:
Remove any thick, puffy or bulky clothing. Puffy jackets or padded snowsuits – even very frilly tutus or dresses can interfere with the way the harness sits on your child. The harness needs to sit close to your child’s body to work to the best of its ability, so ensure you remove anything that gets in the way. To keep your child warm, tightly tuck a blanket around them once they are strapped in or dress them in thin, warm layers.
Ensure your harness is at the correct height for your child, an incorrectly adjusted harness will not only be uncomfortable for your child, but potentially dangerous too. The straps must be as level with their shoulders as possible.
Rear facing : just below the shoulders
Front facing: just above the shoulders
Ensure your harness is straight and untwisted. A twisted harness may not absorb the energy from a collision as well as it should do, so it is important to keep an eye on the straps and untwist them as soon as you notice they are not straight. To untwist your harness, follow this guide:
Pull the straps over your child’s shoulders, and ensure the chest pads are level.