The Five Stages of Dealing With Your Kids’ Carseats

The instructional manual that came with my kids’ carseats prepared me for lots of stuff. It told me how to check to see if the seat is level, how to recline it, what to do with the tethers, etc. Loads of information was included in that thick little manual. Despite the info overload, I feel like the manuals are a little…lacking.

You see, if I’m remembering correctly, we’ve had two infant carriers, six convertibles seats, and one booster. (That sounds rather extreme for two kids, but a couple of the seats were upgraded simply because we were able to afford something nicer later and at least one was because of anxiety.) And, let me tell you, while the manuals have tons of information, they are lacking quite a bit of detail when it comes to cleaning. They tell you that you can clean the cover using warm water and a gentle cleanser. This makes cleaning carseats sound pretty easy, right? Easy, boring, not at all difficult…


What the manual really needs is a section on how to first come to terms with just how gross your kids can be. That moment you pull out their carseat and see the horror that is produced by your precious, beautiful offspring…well, you’ll need a minute. You’ll have to cope. And then you’ll have to find gloves, all the Lysol, perhaps a flathead screwdriver to chisel gunk away, and maybe even hook up the hose so you can spray off some stuff. It can be second-rate horror movie bad. And there will be cursing. Lots of cursing.

Now that the long-winded lead-up is out of the way, I give you the doodle —

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

10 thoughts on “The Five Stages of Dealing With Your Kids’ Carseats”

  1. I think soggy Goldfish crackers that have dried to cement are the hardest to clean up, because they get into every nook and cranny of the backseat. I remember spending hours trying to clean all that stuff out.


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