Even though you may feel that you have just purchased a very safe and capable new convertible car seat, your work is not over. In fact, it has just begun. No matter how much money you spend on something it is only going to be effective if you use it properly, and this is certainly the case for child seats.
You can actually do more harm than good for your kids by not making sure that you know what you are doing when installing your new child restraint seat into your vehicle. Misaligned straps can do some serious damage in case of an accident. The same can be said for not securely fastening the unit to your back seat.
Tips For Parents
Read the manual. This is the most important thing you can do as a parent when you first take the seat out of the box.
Next, look for online videos. Most of the popular car seat manufacturers have some sort of video resource that you can use that will demonstrate how to install everything correctly. YouTube is a great resource for this sort of thing.
Get a second opinion by taking your seat to a local firehouse or police station and have them show you how to do things the proper way. Most cities have this service available or they will have events during the year for parents to attend and learn. Take advantage of this resource if you are still unsure about how to install your seat.
With a little practice you will quickly pick up on the key areas to focus on when using your convertible car seat every day. It is not as hard as you might think, but it will take a little time and extra work but in the end your kids will be better protected.