Safety should always be one's priority, especially if you're a parent, that’s why it’s important that expectant parents become acquainted with their child car seats way before the baby comes out. Read the manual, practice mounting and dismounting, then, teach your partner what you've learned.
Here, we teach you how to correctly mount an Isofix car seat. Isofix, as the name suggests, is derived from ISO regulations on child car seats, as set by the International Standards Organization. LATCH is an alternative title for Isofix, and is an acronym for “Lower Anchor Tethers for Children.”
Isofix anchors consist of two lower loops per position to which the child seat can be fastened, as well as a top tether anchor for use when the child seat is placed in the forward-facing position.
Some cars have two top tether locations (above); others have three (below).
First things first, however: To secure the child seat, you first have to make sure it is properly positioned. The car seat used here is a Graco "My Ride" child car seat. It's not the most compact of child seats, but it is priced well, and has good padding and side-impact protection.
It's built for both rear-facing and forward-facing use. That's important, as children can't stay in a rear-facing seat forever.
Most seats built for forward-facing use have a level indicator that shows how the seat should be aligned. This seat has an adjustable base that makes it sit more upright in the forward-facing position.
Once it's in position, locate the lower anchor points. These are usually marked by a little button or a small cloth tag with the word "Isofix." If you're not used to it, it can take a few tries to find the loop. Otherwise, it's pretty easy. It is the task of removing the clips that's difficult.
After securing both anchors, tighten the strap. When removing the seat, don't forget to loosen the strap again!
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