How to Buckle a Child into a Convertible Car Seat (VIDEO)

Convertible Car Seat

It’s How-To Monday, people! Today, we are back to car seats! Nope, not an installation video but another how-to video when it comes to buckling a child in the seat.

Let me take a second and tell you why we haven’t (and probably won’t!) do a “how to install a car seat” video. There are so many different car seats and vehicles, and we honestly think the best thing to do is take the car seat to a professional (car seat tech) to install. A video isn’t going to know your particular vehicle, and how the seat you’ve chosen fits into it perfectly. We think the safest car seat is the one that is installed and used correctly every single time. If we did a generic install video, it would give parents false security that they are doing it correctly, when in fact they might not be. That would be irresponsible and we don’t want you getting installation information from a video. We want you to take it to your local car seat technician whether that is at a car seat check, fire station, police station or your local EMT.

Okay, now that is out of the way, a couple weeks ago we highlighted the proper way to buckle a baby into an infant car seat. Things are a bit different when using a convertible car seat because there are key things you need to do depending on if the child is rear-facing or forward-facing.

Take a peek at our quick “How-To Buckle a Child into a Convertible Car Seat” and then share it with your friends, child’s grandparents (they buckle them in too!), aunts, uncles or anyone who may buckle a child into a car seat.



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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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Shannon CRST

Megan, yes rear facing until at least two is safer and recommended. Many car seats will allow rear facing even longer. However for rear facing straps ALWAYS have to be below their shoulders regardless of size or age. The tech that was assisting you was wrong about that. Check your manual.


I like the video, but wanted to note that for rear-facing that I was told by the car seat tech that inspected/re-installed our two car seats right before baby #2 was born a few months ago that now that they recommend rear-facing until at least 2 that with older children the straps should be above the shoulder and she adjusted my then almost 2 year old that way.