The Graco SnugRide car seat is designed for infants under 32 inches tall, weighing 5 to 35 pounds. The seat is for use in the back seat of a vehicle, with the front of the seat facing the rear of the vehicle. The seat is held in place using a seat belt or the vehicle's LATCH system. Each SnugRide car seat is sold with an illustrated owner's manual that includes detailed instructions.
Review your Graco SnugRide owner's manual to become familiar with the car seat. Move the handle, lock and unlock the seat, and practice any other functions you will frequently use when your child is in the seat.
Look in your vehicle owner's manual to determine if your car has a LATCH system. The LATCH system, which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, is found in most vehicles made after 2003. If you do not have a LATCH system you will use the seat belt to secure the car seat.
Move the handle into the down position and place your child in the car seat, while it is on a safe, even surface. Determine where you need to place the shoulder straps so that they are snug against your child's shoulders. Adjust the shoulder harness as needed by threading the straps through the slots on the seat, following instructions in the owner's manual.
Install the car seat base into the vehicle. Make sure the engine is off and the vehicle is on a flat, even surface. If you are using the seat belts, place the base flat on the seat as indicated on the base and thread the lap belt through the holes as indicated. Buckle the seat belt and push down on the base while pulling on the belt to tighten.
Attach the LATCH connectors if you are using the LATCH system instead of seat belts to secure the car seat. The LATCH connectors are located on either side of the seat. Hook the connector into the LATCH anchors, and pull on the strap to tighten the seat.
Check the car seat base to ensure that it is secure and level. The side of the base has a level indicator. Insert the seat into the base, with the child secured in the seat's harness, until the seat clicks into the base.