Originally Posted by koalove
yay! im not the only one who hasnt done it yet! maybe the only one who didnt know i was supposed to be thinking about it though. so, if 80% of seats are in wrong, what are folks doing wrong? i mean, ive put a car seat in bunches of times and it seems like as long as the angle is correct (thank goodness for the handy ball thing on the side) what could be wrong? and if you have the poice department or whatever do it for you, they put the base in, right? then you just never remove it and it stays correctly positioned? sorry if im being dense...i just never knew this was so complicated!
I don't think you're being dense at all! I've had the same thought!
Okay, so we had one of those "specialists" come and talk to our infant class back when ds was around 5 months old. She is very...um...militant about her job.
Here are some of the things that she said can cause you to get a failing grade (some of them totally don't make sense to me- they're really not about the actual INSTALLATION!):
If you have any sort of item in your back window (some people put a box kleenex, ice scrapers, stuffed animals, maps, etc).
If you have any sort of cushion/blanket/etc that didn't come with your car seat in the car seat (ie anything that goes between the baby and the car seat that didn't actually come with the car seat). She gave examples of those blanket covers.
Any sort of toy attached to the car seat or in the car seat.
putting the car seat in the back jump seat of a pickup truck (the side facing kind).
Not having it in the back seat.
If you've never installed a car seat before, you might want to practice putting it in before the baby gets here. Some cars and car seats are very easy to work with, others are not. Ours was easy, so it wasn't a big deal. We practiced (me being put on bedrest kind of sped up that process last time). We took it out. We took it with us to our last 2 dr appts (our dr was 1 hour and 15 minutes away then), along w/ our bags for the hospital.
This time, I'm not as worried. I've at least located it and dusted it off!