One of the most basic tasks parents do in a day with child safety seats is buckling a 5 point harness.
Let’s review the steps on that:
Start with a child in a car seat. For this demo, we’ll be using Alice (11months) in a Graco Safeseat. (She is learning to walk and banged her face on the coffee table. Sorry about the bruises!)
First, dig the crotch buckle out from between her legs and clip the buckle tongue into it. Make sure that the hip straps go over the child’s legs.
Next do up the chest clip. Make sure that the straps are over her shoulders.
On some seats you may find it easier to do the chest clip first and then the crotch buckle. That’s fine too – whatever works better in your seat. (Usually I do the chest clip first in seats I don’t loosen every time, especially those that have a continuous harness.)
Now it’s time to tighten. This seat has a front adjust harness pull strap. Just grab and pull!
Some infant seats are rear adjust and will have flaps at the back. You must tighten each side of the harness separately. Grab the strap and pull straight down.
Once you’ve given it one good pull, pull the slack up from the hips.
And pull again to get rid of the extra slack.
How tight is tight enough? You want it tight enough that you cannot get a horizontal pinch at the shoulder, like this.
And then we’re ready to go!
To get the baby out again, reverse the whole thing.
Press on this little button (on some seats you lift a lever instead) to loosen the harness.
For rear adjust seats, you will have to pull the end of the strap up and pry it loose. For seats that are difficult to tighten/loosen, you do not have to do this every time you use the seat. It’s just easier on some seats.
Next step is to undo the chest clip and push down on the buckle switch. Many seats have this as a button to push in.
Now let baby loose!
And that’s all there is to it!