How to Install a Car Seat in 8 Exasperating Steps

car seatYou know what is so fun? Installing a car seat for the first time. Honestly, it's such a hoot I almost want to have another baby just so I can wrestle with a car seat and belts in the cramped space of the back seat of a car. It's That. Much. Fun. Amirite? It's one of the great unsung pleasures of parenting, I'm sure you'd all agree. Why everyone complains about this simple task I'll never understand. Here are the 8 stages of installing a child seat. It's easier than you think! If by easy you mean so hard it'll make a grown man cry.

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Step 1: You've got your car seat, and you haven't lost the instruction manual yet. You're already ahead of the game. This is going to be a snap!

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Step 2: Pick a back seat that's relatively clean. Uh...

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Step 3: After you've picked a seat, secure it using your car's seat belts. Which are nowhere to be found. Really, you've been driving your friends around in a back seat with no belts and no one ever told you?

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Step 4: Dig around for seat belts, any seat belts. Take apart the back seat. Discover your lost Costco card, thousands of crumbs, your seventh-grade retainer (what the -- ), and a broken candy cane.

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Step 5: Okay, now you're ready to secure your child seat with the belt. Only one thing -- the pictures in your instruction manual in no way resemble the reality before you. Did the manufacturer insert the wrong set of instructions? Is the manufacturer in fact from Mars?

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Step 6: Pinch your fingers affixing that anchor thing. $%#&ing safety! Ugh.

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Step 7: Untangle yourself from the seat belt.

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Step 8: Take a nap. Decide never to go anywhere until your child is old enough not to need a child seat.

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Is installing a child seat into your car this difficult for you?

 

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