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Parents only just discovering hidden feature in car seats that makes strapping kids in much easier

Rhiannon Ingle

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Parents only just discovering hidden feature in car seats that makes strapping kids in much easier

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@heavy_haul_n_fool

Ever been at your wit's end only to be sent right over the edge faffing about with a car seat that just won't seem to cooperate?

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Well, gone are the days of car seat dilly-dallying as parents are only now just discovering a hidden feature in car seats that makes strapping kids in so much easier.

One dad took to TikTok to share the life-changing hack that is sure to save you a whole lot of hassle when it next comes to strapping your tot into their car seat.

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The hack effectively revolves around the car seat's straps with the dad explaining how to get them out the way once and for all.

The hidden car seat feature is sure to make the car seat process a whole lot smoother. Credit: TikTok/@heavy_haul_n_fool
The hidden car seat feature is sure to make the car seat process a whole lot smoother. Credit: TikTok/@heavy_haul_n_fool

Some car seats come fitted with two extremely handy plastic hooks located at the side of the chair which are perfect to wrap the straps around.

Doing so effectively frees up unrestricted access to the seating area - allowing parents to more seamlessly place their kid in the car seat without having to deal with those pesky straps that seem to always get in the way.

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Once the child is comfortably seated, parents can then put the straps around their arms and fasten the buckle nice and snug and voila!

The life-changing little plastic hooks. Credit: TikTok/@heavy_haul_n_fool
The life-changing little plastic hooks. Credit: TikTok/@heavy_haul_n_fool

The dad, who goes by the handle @heavy_haul_n_fool, shared the hack with his 1.3 million followers.

He started by introducing the tip: "I am going to show you guys something I bet you did not know."

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After giving curious parents a step-by-step demonstration of how to free up the straps he says: "But now you can go and set your child in and the straps go around their arms."


And that's not the only nugget of wisdom surrounding car seats that's out there.

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One mum and paramedic has taken to social media to warn about the potential danger of letting a child wear a big jacket in a car seat.

Nikki from the Instagram page 'Tiny Hearts Education' warns parents: "No bulky jackets in the car."

She explains: "As you can see here, this jacket compresses and the child comes flying out.

"I did a demonstration here of putting Wolfie in his, doing up the straps for you, making sure that i checked and tightened him like I normally would."

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Nikki then removes the jacket from her son - not touching the straps or readjusting them.

"[It] shows you just how much space that jacket was actually taking up," she explains.

The space results in the seatbelt no longer passing the pinch test.

Nikki reminds: "Remember any bulky jackets will compress and your child would not be safe."

Topics: Parenting, Hacks, TikTok

Rhiannon Ingle
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