The health and wellbeing of your child is always the primary concern, and as a parent I am sure you are in agreement. This is why it is essential that you get into the habit of removing and washing the cover from your baby car seat at least once every couple of months, more so if you live in hotter environments.
The instructions (I am looking at Graco Car seat version) provides some of the best methods on how to go about reassembling the car seat after the cover is washed. Probably, you will do the reverse of getting it off in the first place for either a replacement or cleaning. Remember if car seat covers are not well assembled; they may not function properly for your child. Let’s take the Graco Nautilus Car Seat for example.
The Graco Nautilus is a fantastic baby car seat that is modeled around the basic design and is suited for children from 9 months – just as a reference for the application of this process.
1. There are foam inserts in the seat itself that will often fall out during the process of removing the cover, so take note of how they are aligned in their slots since they need to sit a certain way. With the Graco Car Seat I am looking at for example, the foam will only properly fit in the way it is supposed to be, so this makes things a lot easier.
2. You now need to take the buckle off before you can remove the cover, so follow the shoulder straps through to the back and unhook them from the metal T shaped clasp at the back. You will need to seriously loosen the straps first. The more you loosen them, the easier the buckle is to take off.
3. A lot of seats, the Graco Nautilus included obviously, have an additional headrest section which has its own seperate cover. Make sure you remove this first. The headrest itself stays in position as the cover of the main seat is designed to be taken off around it.
4. Thread the belt straps in slots at the bottom of the baby car seat cover
5. Now simply remove the cover from the seat by carefully starting at the headrest and running your way down the sides. The buckle base sits over the cover but gently pry it off and round this as nothing holds it there but the neat design of the stitching. Cover is now removed. Let’s put it back on again.
6. Put the rubber pads at the bottom through the straps with the part containing a logo facing you; then add buckles and thread the belts and shoulder pads to the straps through the rubber pad.
7. Fold the cover over the top of the seat and place it roughly on the seat. Now before you start attaching the velcro or elastic hooks again, make sure you remember to feed the should straps back through the seat and through the cover again. You don’t want to forget this once you have got that cover back on nicely.
8. When you reattach the shoulder straps, a good tip is to buckle the seat up first and tighten it to make sure you have no twists in the harness. The last thing you want is to make your baby uncomfortable or irritate them and you with a twist right in the middle of the strap.
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