Let's face it. Installing a child's safety seat can seem daunting, especially when you're a first-time caregiver. Nevertheless, it is important that a car seat is properly installed to lower the risk of injury in the event of a collision. By following a few simple steps, you can have your child safe and secure in their safety car seat.

The first thing you'll always want to do is to review the instructions provided to you by the car seat's manufacturer. Be sure to read the given manual thoroughly and to follow the advice of the manual over any advice given here.

Next, check your back seat for anchor extensions. These are meant to securely attach your car seat base to the back seat. If your vehicle does not have anchor extensions, you can still use the lap belt to secure your child's safety seat base in most cases. To be sure, refer back to your safety seat manual, or review your own vehicle's manual if you are unsure of where to locate the anchor extensions.

After you've properly attached the car seat base, make sure that the car seat itself is properly aligned. You can do this by reading the indicator located on most car seat devices.

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