(815) 345-6293

More than 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Is yours one of them?


Confident Journeys is available for private car seat inspection and education services at our location in Crystal Lake or at your home in Chicago's northwest suburbs.


Appointments usually take about an hour and cover:

  • How to properly install your car seat
  • How to use the features of your seat
  • How to check for proper harness tightness
  • How to adjust the height of harness straps
  • Next steps for your child's safety
  • General vehicle safety



$50 for the first seat/base, $25 for each additional seat/base, at our Crystal Lake location


I can also travel to you for an additional fee.

For locations within 15 miles of Crystal Lake* add $30 for the visit

For locations 15-30 miles from Crystal Lake* add $60 for the visit

For locations farther than 30 miles, please contact me

*Distance determined by Google Maps driving directions from the train station in downtown Crystal Lake. Please note that the train station is used only for purposes of determining distance. It is not where car seat inspections are held.

To schedule an appointment, call (815) 345-6293 or fill out a contact form.




Car Seat Basics: What you need to know


Rear-facing seats

  • Children should ride rear-facing until they're at least 2 years old.
  • When rear-facing, the harness straps should be at or below the child's shoulders.
  • Rear-facing seats are generally outgrown when the child reaches the weight or height limit, or when there is less than an inch of shell left over his/her head.
  • When your child outgrows the infant seat, buy a convertible seat that can be used rear-facing and forward-facing. Most rear-facing seats can accommodate children up to at least 35 pounds.


Forward-facing seats

  • When children outgrow rear-facing seats, they should ride in a forward-facing seat with a 5-point harness.
  • When forward-facing, the harness straps should be at or above the child's shoulders.
  • Forward-facing seats are generally outgrown when any of the following happen: the child reaches the height limit, the child reaches the weight limit, the child's shoulders go above the top harness slot, or the child's ears go over the top of the shell.
  • Children should ride in a forward-facing harness until they are large enough and mature enough to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat.


Booster seats

  • Children shouldn't ride in booster seats until they meet the manufacturer's height and weight minimums and they're mature enough to sit properly in the seatbelt without playing with it or leaning over excessively, etc. Most children are not ready for a booster seat until at least 4 years old.

  • Booster seats help position the seatbelt properly on the child. The fit can vary based on the child, the car, and even different seating positions in the same vehicle.

  • A good booster fit positions the lap belt low on the child's hips (not over the tummy) and positions the shoulder belt over the middle of the shoulder (not falling off the shoulder, and not rubbing on the neck).

  • Booster seats must always be used with a lap-shoulder belt--never a lap belt alone.

Installation tips

  • Car seats should move less than an inch when checked firmly (not roughly) at the belt path.
  • Use LATCH or the seatbelt--not both.
  • Most vehicles and car seats have LATCH weight limits. Be sure to check yours.
  • The advice given here is general information. Always read your car and car seat manuals to see what specific rules they have.
  • Have your seat inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.