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    Installing a Keyfit without the base

    Can you share some tips on how to get a good install with just the seatbelt for the Keyfit? We're travelling next week and will be riding in airport shuttle vans. I'm supposed to lock the seatbelt, right? I practiced a couple times in my car, but the bucket feels wobbly.

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    Re: Installing a Keyfit without the base

    KF22 or KF 30? (the only difference is that with the 22, I think you need to peel back the carseat cover to expose the belt path).

    Definitely lock the seatbelt. Have you tried some pool noodles or a rolled towel to help keep the seat level? Where is it wobbly? Make sure that you are only checking at the belt path.

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    Re: Installing a Keyfit without the base

    Mainly you want to just get the lapbelt really tight while having the recline angle about 45 degrees. And then lock the shoulderbelt (unless the belt has a locking latchplate, if the shoulderbelt doesn't lock, the lapbelt portion does).

    It WILL feel wobbly, but the main thing to check for is that the seat can't be pushed down if you push on the top of it. It may flip up and back pretty easily (weird and disconcerting, but it's just called 'cocooning' and it's not dangerous), but you don't want it to push down toward the front of the car (because that would allow too much force on the shoulders and possible ejection).

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    Re: Installing a Keyfit without the base

    It's a Keyfit 30. I'll try again tonight and see where it wobbles. I know that part of it was due to my car having leather seats, so I felt like the Keyfit was just sliding around. Is it best to install the carseat without baby first? I'm used to climbing in seats while tightening the belt, which is what I do with the FF carseats we have (Nautilus, Radian, our old Roundabouts) but the Keyfit's so tiny I didn't think to try.

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    Re: Installing a Keyfit without the base

    Definitely install the carseat first without the baby in it. You may not need to put your whole body into it, just use your arm to push down on it.
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