How to store a car seat?

If you are not going to be using your child’s car seat for a while, you have to pack it away for storing. That will help to keep a car seat in good condition, protecting from dirt, mold and other things that might ruin it.

If you want to find out where you can be storing car seats, how to prepare the car seats for storage and why is it crucial to do it correctly, read our blog post.

What might happen, if you will be storing car seats incorrectly?

There are a number of things that might happen to your unused spare car seat, if you will just chuck it into your storage room or garage.

1. It can get dirty and stained.

2. The car seat cover and other fabric accessories can get damaged and torn.

3. Plastic elements of the convertible car seat might get cracks or plastic will get destroyed, if left under direct sunlight, for example.

4. There might be mildew forming on the car seat elements.

5. Pests might sneak in to the car seat storage area and ruin the car seat.

6. It is also easy to forget about the car seat for a long time and miss the expiration date.

How to prepare unused car seats for storage?

There are a few moments you have to bear in mind when preparing your child’s car seat to be stored. Below is the list of simple steps to follow, to make it easier for you.

1. Confirm the expiration date of your car seat

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Usually, this information is within easy access underneath your new car seat on a special sticker. If you can’t locate any information on the actual car seat, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. There can be some sort of stamp with the information needed.

Storing the car seat that is close to its expiration date or is already past that date has no point, as such car seats have to be recycled. They aren’t safe anymore to be used for kids.

2. Check out the recall information of your car seat brand

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The most important thing is to follow the news about recalls, so you don’t miss it. Using a car seat that has been recalled is dangerous for your child.

3. Inspect the car seat’s working condition

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Everything has to be in place and function as expected. If you still have the owner manual, stick it in the pocket behind the car seat. All the harness straps must be present, and the buckle must be functioning as well.

If you find something broken, do not store such a car seat. It will not be safe for your child to use it. If it is related to the fabric of your car seat or harness, all of that should be replaced before you place the car seat into a storage unit.

If the car seat has a damaged base or any plastic part around it, you can no longer use this seat. Dispose it.

4. Clean the car seat

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Never store a dirty car seat. Always make sure you clean it with a vacuum cleaner first, to remove any remnants of french fries, chips, and other snacks. Crumbs in the car seat can attract pests or cause mildew to grow.

Refer to the car seat manufacturer permits regarding the way you can clean your car seat. Usually, the fabric can be taken off and hand washed in warm soapy water and the frame of the car seat needs a wipe with a damp cloth.

The harness isn’t recommended to be immersed into water, so wiping with a damp cloth should be sufficient.

If the car seat is too filthy, you will have to take it apart for proper cleaning using additive free detergent.

After you cleaned everything, don’t rush to store car seats. Let the car seat dry for a couple of days. Failing to do so might result in excess moisture accumulation and mildew growing.

5. Pick the car seat storage container

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After you have prepared the car seat to be put away for storage, it is time to look for a suitable container that will help a car seat to be safely stored.

If you are going to be keeping the car seat somewhere in your house: in your indoor closet, attic or in your spare room, just wrapping it in a plastic bag will be sufficient. It will keep all the dirt and dust particles away from the car seat.

You can also use a storage bag or some type of box as a storage container. That will also work.

Keeping spare seats for future use in the basement or your outside shed, the protection should be more substantial. We suggest using a dark container with a lid. That will help to prevent any damage caused by direct sunlight and will protect the car seat from moisture in the air.

Some manufactures sell special covers for their car seats which are water resistant. They are an ideal option for keeping unused or spare seats. If you can’t find a climate controlled area or a room with great air circulation, a special cover case will cope with a task of keeping a car seat safe, the best.

If you have a few car seats that have to be put away, for future use in a few years, pack them all individually into a separate container or a box.

If you know that the storage area is not a dry place, consider getting some type of moisture absorbent to prevent mold from growing. You can use cat’s litter or special silica gel granules.

Some areas have very humid climate. You might consider using a dehumidifier in some cases to help fight the moisture in the air.

Another helpful tip is to use sticky tape around the container or a plastic bag for insulating the child’s car seat to keep it in pristine condition.

6. Any place you choose for storing a car seat has to be looked at and disinfected first

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Pay attention to the area you are going to be storing the car seats at. It is recommended to keep the car seats off the ground, on some shelf. The shelf itself musn’t be broken. In case you find one that is damaged, fix it first, before putting boxes with car seats on top of it.

The area mustn’t be contaminated with pest or any type of insects. They will ruin your car seat if you don’t get rid of them first. Use a special bug spray to fight the nasty pests. If the area is clean, it is a good idea to still use a spray as a preventative measure.

If you do not insulate your car seats and leave them in a garage waiting for a new baby, rodents can easily get in and use the fabric of the car seats to build their nests. Feces left inside the car seats is an even bigger problem. Rodents are known for spreading all sorts of dangerous diseases. You wouldn’t want your safety seat to be contaminated.

Leaving the traps around your garage or another storage area will help to keep the pests away from your seats and other items.

7. Store car seats off the ground

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It is critical to store car seats on the elevated surfaces such as shelves, chest of drawers or closet. The floor in your basement or garage can get quite cold, which will affect the condition of your car seat.

It is also easier for rodents to get on to car seats if they are left on the ground.

It is less of the chance of a car seat to be accidentally kicked and get damaged if you keep it at the right place.

8. Keep the car seats far away from direct sunlight

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It is a known fact that sunlight impacts the plastic, making it fragile. Extensive storing under direct sunlight will make your car seat unusable due to damages to the plastic elements. The fabric cover will also get faded.

Make sure you store a car seat away from the place where the sunlight can’t reach it. The best way is the closet with doors somewhere in your house or a basement.

9. Change the position of the seats every month

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It might sound strange, but keeping car seats at one spot can also impact their working condition. It can severely damage the padding inside the car seat, tear the fabric or break the base.

Never put anything on top of a car seat that you are going to store.

The best thing to do to prolong your car seat’s life is to take care of it. To clean it regularly, even if it is stored in your garage. Replace the storing bag or a box as soon as it breaks. Change the position of the seat once a month to ensure nothing is touching it.

Where can I store a car seat?

There are a few options that you can choose for storing your safety seat:

1. In a cupboard inside your house

2. In a garage

3. Inside the outside shed

4. In the basement of your house

5. In a car trunk

Just remember, the best place for storing a seat will be in a dry, well-ventilated area, off the floor and away from sunlight.


How long can you store a car seat?

The average safety seat life span is around six to 8 years. Even if you don’t use it, and it is just sitting somewhere on the shelf, you still count that time. It is important to track the date of expiration and the condition your car seat is in. If it gets damaged or past its expiration date, you have to dispose such a car seat.

Where do you store baby car seat?

Choose a dry and dark space, elevated from the floor. The best space will be inside your house. You can consider a garage as long as you take care of the storage area, preventing mold from growing and rodents from reaching the seat.

Why you shouldn’t store a carseat that has been in a car crash?

There is no point in storing such a safety seat as it can no longer be used. It is damaged and must be replaced for a new one.

At the end

Putting a safety seat that you aren’t going to be using for some time away for storage is quite an important mission.

You have to consider a lot of things. Hopefully our guide will help you find the right spot, where the car seat will stay in the same condition for your other child.

Share this article with other parents, who might be wondering about the same thing – how to store a safety seat correctly. If you have any questions left, do not hesitate to write them in the comment section below.

Alice Brooks

Hi!!!My name is Alice Brooks. Here I share my observations and conclusions from my experience and the experience of my friends. First of all, I pay attention to safety and only then to trends. I want to help other parents to choose the right product.

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