If you are looking to figure out when it is safe to remove the insert from your baby’s car seat then you have come to the right place. We answer the question in depth on this page and give you all the information you need about the topic.
When Do I Remove The Infant Car Seat Insert?
Taking the infant insert out too soon will cause the baby to slump down too low and not fit the seat harness correctly. A good way to determine if your baby is ready for the insert to be removed is to look at the straps. You can safely remove the insert when your baby’s shoulders are level with the straps (or pretty close to it). This should happen when your baby is around 5-6 months old, but I have heard some parents say that the straps were pushing down on their baby too much at just 3 and 1/2 months old.
Make Sure Your Baby Is In The Seat Correctly
A recent study tells us that most parents don’t know how to put new borns in car seats correctly. Only 5% of parents of parents were able to install their car seats correctly out of 300 parents tested.
When you look at the shoulder straps, you should only be able to fit one finger beneath the straps. If you can put two fingers (one on top of the other) that means that the straps are too loose.
The chest clips should be just across the torso area lined up with your baby’s armpits. If it’s any lower than the armpits her head would slump forward too much. The chest clip could push into the baby’s organs if it’s too low.
When you are adding the crotch buckle, it should be as close to your baby’s bottom as you can get it in order to keep your child from slouching too far.
Do You Need Head Support For Infant Car Seats?
I am often asked about head support by worried parents. They are anxiously wondering if they are doing enough to support the infant’s head. The most natural way for your baby’s head is to be laid to the side.
In fact, many head support and inserts push the babies head forward causing their heads to slump down. This can be dangerous because it could close off their airways.
If you are looking for more information we have a few resources below that should help you to get all the information you need to make an informed decision.