The AtonQ comes with one removable infant insert (a styrofoam wedge under the baby’s bottom).
Do not use any head positioners, infant body pillows or positioners or strap covers that did not come with this car seat when you took it out of the original box.
Styrofoam Insert (Newborn Inlay)
When the baby weighs 12 pounds, remove the styrofoam infant insert that is hidden under the child’s bottom. Unsnap the fabric cover (4 snaps) behind the child’s back to get access to the area where the styrofoam insert is hidden.
Pull the gray plastic tab at the top of the head rest to move the head rest up as your baby gets bigger – making sure that the shoulder straps always come from at or slightly below your baby’s shoulders. There is a puffed out part on the sides of the head rest – your baby’s shoulders should be very close to, but never touching, this part.
Twisted straps are more than just annoying – they’re also unsafe as they can concentrate the forces over a smaller area of the child’s body, increasing the risk of injury. Because you shouldn’t be rethreading the straps on your AtonQ, the only way your straps should get twisted is the way that the triangle trick will take the twist out.
However, your child will not stay in this seat until their 2nd birthday; they will move into a convertible seat typically by 12-15 months of age. A convertible seat is a seat that starts out rear-facing and then later converts to forward facing. When you are getting ready to buy the convertible seat, we’d be happy to help you select the one that is right for your baby and travel needs and teach you how to install that new seat.
If you will be traveling outside the US, make sure before you buy your tickets that the airline not only allows the use of a car seat but also allows rear-facing car seats. Many foreign carriers unfortunately do not permit the use of car seats on board the airplane, or only allow forward-facing car seats for kids 6-36 months (and the Aton2 is a rear-facing only car seat).
If you have bought the child a ticket and are traveling on a US based airline, the child is entitled to use their car seat during all parts of the flight – whenever you can be in your seat, the child can be in their car seat.
The child must sit next to the window as they can not block an adult’s exit toward the aisle. Some airlines allow the car seat to be placed in the center of the center row of seats (a configuration typically found on very large aircraft for long-haul flights). Always check with the airline before choosing your seats.
To install the Cybex on the plane (see video above) the lap belt goes through the lap belt guides, you’ll buckle the seat belt on top of the child’s leg area and pull the tail of the seat belt to get the seat belt tight. The Cybex always goes rear-facing – in a car, on a stroller, on a plane. The installation on a plane is super easy – it shouldn’t take you more than 5 seconds. If your baby figures out how to unbuckle the seat belt, flip the buckle upside down and you’ll have stumped the baby!
Note the “FAA sticker” on the side of the car seat that states, in red, that “this car seat is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.” The flight crew may ask to see this label to make sure the car seat is approved.