Car Seat Installation Service
Curbside Car Seat Checks, Full Instruction Courses & Home Service Appointments
Nearly 20 years in business, the first and most experienced professional car seat checkup service in the Chicago area serving Naperville, DuPage and most of Cook county! Seatcheck offers mobile service right to your home, office, retail store or hospital parking lot.
For more information about Seatcheck’s expert car seat checkup service, please see why Seatcheck is the best choice for you, the safest choice for your baby and also about what to expect from my expert service! You also can read about me and below you can find Seatcheck’s rates for a course that may take up to an hour for a full instruction on a typical carseat. Seatcheck is now a part-time small business. Appointments are limited, but usually available within 2 business days from Monday to Friday, from 9 am – 4 pm, spring through fall. (Winter appointments and travel service are very limited, weather permitting, and subject to cancellations).
- Child safety seat instruction, installation or inspection: $40 for each car seat – By appointment only. Seatcheck offers two options:
- “Full-Service” In-person at Seatcheck’s location in Naperville or to your home or office. Instruction class usually takes about an hour for one car seat and includes demonstration of all features, adjustments and fit. Hands-on discussion teaches you how to install it yourself in the future! Added travel fee for mobile service to many cities in the Chicago area, see below. No added travel fee when you make an appointment at our NHTSA listed fitting station at our Naperville address near Naper Blvd. & Hobson Rd. No walk-ins or drive-ups, sorry, all services by appointment only.
- “Quick Check” In-person curbside car seat check only at Seatcheck’s Naperville location, limited to installation-only or quick verification to minimize time and contact. I am fully vaccinated and will wear mask and gloves upon request for quick check appointments. Usually takes less than 30 minutes. Questions about proper use, features, adjustments and fit to the harness system can be done via email, text or video call after the Quick Check. Applies to most car seats installed behind the driver or passenger side seating positions in the rear seat of 4-door vehicles. Limitations apply#
- Seatcheck makes convenient house calls to your home, office, hospital or baby retail store! For mobile service, please ADD a travel fee below. Travel service may only be offered on select weekday mornings and only for full-service appointments. Seatcheck is green and uses a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for service. May not be available in winter.
- Travel service to Naperville and Lisle only: add $10*
- Travel service to other nearby towns in DuPage County: add $25**
- Travel service to parts of Chicago, Cook, Kane and Will County: usually add $60***
- To make an appointment or contact us, please email Seatcheck, use the contact form below, call or text Darren at 630-708-SAFE (+1 (630) 708-7233) from 9am to 5pm weekdays or leave a message anytime.
- Inspections are performed by appointment ONLY. No walk-ins or drive-ups, sorry.
- Appointments usually Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, Mid-March to Mid-December.
- Winter appointments are very limited, scheduled tentatively up to a week in advance, usually if temperatures are forecast above 40 degrees. Travel service may not be available. I do not have a heated indoor facility, so please dress warmly. Subject to cancellation and re-scheduling.
- Includes expert installation, demonstration, recall check and car seat safety school lesson with instruction on proper use
- Check for seasonal specials & discounts. Any discounts will be quoted by email or text when making the appointment.
- Carseat Consults & Shopping Service: Questions on using a car seat? Buying a new carseat and overwhelmed by all the options? I will consult by phone, zoom or facetime to help answer your questions and give you options on what models may work best in your situation: Starting at $40
- Please bring your child(ren) and owners’ manuals if at all possible
- Safe Kids USA Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) since 2001, fully insured and experienced with almost every brand including Britax, Chicco, Graco, Nuna and more!
- All installations done personally by the owner. NO random sub-contractors or inexperienced employees, ever.
- Locally owned small business! Seatcheck is NOT owned or operated by SafeKids, Tot Squad or any other organization or franchise.
- Please arrive within 30 minutes of your appointment time or call to re-schedule. Please give as much advance notice of cancellation as possible for weekday morning and afternoon appointments. In fairness to my family and to other clients, I may not be able to honor an appointment beyond 30 minutes after the scheduled time.
- I prefer exact cash, Zelle/QuickPay & Venmo (to services @ seatcheck.net or @safedad). Due to COVID, I may not have change available.
- I generally do not accept other payment methods. Personal checks issued on major Illinois or national USA banks, Paypal friend/trusted payments and credit cards (subject to additional fees) may be accepted only if necessary and arranged in advance.
To make an appointment or to contact me, please email Seatcheck, use the contact form below, call or text Darren (“SafeDad”) at 630-708-SAFE (+1 (630) 708-7233) between 9am and 5pm weekdays or leave a message anytime. Please be ready to provide the following information:
- Age and approximate weight of all children
- Brand and model of all carseats
- Make/model/year of vehicle
Effective January 1st, 2019, Illinois state law requires that children remain rear-facing until at least their 2nd birthday. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. Seatcheck strongly endorses this policy. Some carseats also require children to be at least age 2 before they can be forward-facing.
Effective January 1, 2011: Illinois State Law states that motorists who are ticketed for first time violations of Section 4 of the Child Passenger Protection Act shall not be convicted if they possess an approved child restraint system and also complete an instructional course with a certified technician. Completion of this course prior to their mandatory court appearance date noted on the citation will also allow for the fine to be waived on a first offense. As a fully NHTSA certified technician, my service and rates above also qualify as the mandatory instructional course required by the court as per section 6a of the new law. Motorists must provide me a copy of the citation and bring an appropriate child safety seat with their vehicle. Upon completion of the course (usually about an hour), I will provide the required IDOT form stating that you have voluntarily participated in the course and received instruction on proper use of your child restraint system. If approved by the judge or officer of the court, this should allow for a first conviction to be dropped and the $75 fine waived. No refunds in the event the court does not honor the form for any reason. (May require advance payment via Venmo or QuickPay/Zelle)
#Curbside Quick Checks cannot be done for ticketed violations of the Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act, for special needs situations, school buses or other services. Curbside Quick Check rate does NOT apply for 3rd row seats, center seating positions or multiple carseats in adjacent or 3-across seating positions. In general, this means these services only apply to one or two carseats installed in outboard seating positions behind the driver and/or passenger seat in the 2nd row of 4-door vehicles. No additional discounts apply to Curbside Quick Check service.
*For addresses in Naperville and Lisle only, including Edward Hospital.
**Full Local travel service area is roughly an 8 mile radius from Lisle, Illinois within DuPage County. This includes addresses in Carol Stream, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hinsdale, Lombard, Oakbrook, Warrenville, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Winfield, Woodridge plus parts of Aurora (east of Eola Road) and Bolingbrook (roughly north of Boughton Road). Buying a carseat? Travel service includes retail stores in this area such as Target, Walmart and Kohl’s. Having a baby? We will meet you at your hospital including Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
***Extended service area is roughly a 25 mile radius from Lisle, Illinois, including parts of Cook, Kane and Will counties, including Arlington Heights, Aurora, Barrington, Batavia, Des Plaines, Elmhurst, Geneva, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, La Grange, Lemont, Oak Park, Orland Park, Oswego, Palos Park, Park Ridge Plainfield, Romeoville, St. Charles, Schaumburg, Skokie, Western Springs and most of Chicago. Please call for rates and to see if your address is in our service area. (May require advance payment via Venmo or QuickPay/Zelle. Extended service area mobile appointments may not be available during the winter)
Updated: March 31, 2023
Thank you Darren for helping us out with a last minute baby carrier install at the hospital! Baby arrived before we got round to taking care of the baby seat and I also appreciate the suggestions for models that best fit a smaller infant! I will be telling all my friends about Seatcheck since the Naperville police department does not offer this service.
Darren was recommended by a nurse at my hospital and was able to fit me in the next day to fix some problems with the installer I purchased with my carseat. I wish I had looked around as Seat Check was also cheaper and more convenient such a relief to have this done right as baby is due any day!
Darren was very helpful explaining everything from how to buckle baby into the carseat to showing us step by step how to install it in our car and also with a seatbelt for taxi use! Thank you so much for coming to us on such a cold day! I highly recommend Seatcheck to all expecting moms well before you bring your baby home!
Thank you Darren and Seatcheck for the home service visit in Chicago we really appreciate the peace of mind in having our carseat installed correctly before baby arrived and thank you so much for spending all the time answering all of our questions too.
Thank you for the great service and for meeting my husband at his office. Our hospital required us to have our car seat checked and I could not find anywhere else to do it in time.
This is such a great service! With new twins and a toddler I wasn’t looking forward to a hot day waiting in line to get my seats checked and Im so glad I found someone to do house calls in the northwest suburbs. Thank you Darren for going over everything and answering all my neurotic questions and getting in all three carseats across the back of my SUV. I can’t recommend you enough to my friends and social groups!
It turned out our infant carseat was installed perfectly but it was worth it to make sure just for the peace of mind! It was actually our other carseat that had not been adjusted in a while that was the problem and had come uninstalled somehow since we had it checked at an event last year. Thank you Darren so much for all the extra time you spent reminding us how to use the infant seat and also for coming to our condo downtown thank you thank you thank you!
Darren was extremely thorough and certainly put our minds at ease. At the time of our appointment, we were expecting newborn twins, and we already have a 3 year old, so we needed seats that could fit three-across the back seat of our car. From seat selection to installation, his knowledge is unmatched. He steered us away from seats that might have been a poor fit, and helped us focus on the key details for the ones that would be a good fit. He showed us which seats are best for preemies, and it turned out that our twins were premature and needed car seats that were appropriate for 4 pound babies. He even offered to order the seats for us (we were expecting twins) and have them waiting at his residence for date of installation. He is a true expert and we would recommend him highly to anyone that wants to have one less thing to worry about after your newborn(s) arrive!
Thank you again for coming to Lincoln Park in bad weather! This is the second time we had Darren show us how to install a carseat. We tried it ourselves this time but it was a Diono brand carseat that was impossible for us to install and it has a lot of adjustments that are very confusing. We also didn’t realize babies should now be rear-facing until 2 years old so thank you for that advice! I looked it up and sure enough that is what pediatricians and experts now suggest. Anyway, Darren showed us how to install the Diono seat front-facing and then rear-facing. We are now using it rear-facing with an extra tether feature and it is so solid the car shakes if you try to budge it! He also gave us a refresher on the infant seat because baby #2 is on the way later this year. Thanks again, I will definitely tell my friends about your service!
Thank you Darren for helping us with a difficult setup getting 3 carseats in our Camry!
What a great service and housecalls, too! thanks to sarren@seatcheck for all the helpful information:-)
We had to reschedule due to extreme cold. I would not have wanted my baby out in the cold anyway that day, but carseatcheck was nice enough to re-schedule a few days later and offered a discount as well. The service was excellent thank you!
Went to a nearby free carseat event and had a very bad experience and they actually broke a piece of my new car and still did not get it installed right. Darren from seatcheck was able to help us the next day and it worked great so thank you so much again!!!
Wow! Darren spent over an hour covering every detail of installing my baby carrier both ways and also going over all the features and how to put a baby doll into the straps. Tons of great info and very helpful with all my neurotic questions from reading too much online and being so worried about it. Baby arrived a week ago and everything is working great:-) Thanks also for being so thorough. Even though he assured us we could do it, we didn’t believe it but once we were finished and back home we installed the extra base in our other car without a problem.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. We struggled for hours trying to get this carseat in right before my due date. This is soooo worth it compared to everything else we’ve had to buy for baby and the service is great thanks again.
I have been to installers before for my first baby and they drove me crazy with worry and fear over what I was doing wrong and the bad choices I made. Darren was very down to earth and his answers made perfect sense without terrifying me about what might happen to my new baby! Of all the new mom services you use, this is the one that is most essential and as always you definitely get what you pay for! The free events just don’t compare.
Wow No one anywhere near my town could help me. I was reluctant to make the drive to Naperville but it was well worth the time even in the cold weather. There was a lot of great information and I got my carseats checked before my due date which is all that mattered:-) Thanks Seat Check!
Seriously home service rules, especially if you are 2 weeks overdue and on bedrest. Just what the doctor ordered, thank you seatcheck:-) 🙂 Great service, on time and really a bargain compared to many other baby classes and services we’ve used so far. Unfortunately I couldn’t observe how to install but I will definitely use this service again for the next step.
I think this should be a free program because it can save your kids life!!!! Some people have very limited amount of income. They could use the 50.00 dollars to get a proper car seat.
Hi Amy- I wish I could offer free services, but my small business is not supported by taxpayers or grant money of any kind. That is how some police and fire stations can offer free checkups and I often refer parents to these if they cannot afford my fee. For example, I have various links on my home page to free services in the area. Unfortunately, many local public fitting stations have closed due to budget cuts because they did not charge a fee. If I did not charge a fee, I also would not be able to stay in business.
Physicians, baby proofers, lactation consultants, CPR educators and many other child service professionals can also save a child’s life or provide a very important service, but often charge far more than my service costs. Also, if my service was free, I would be booked for many weeks in advance and would no longer be able to offer appointments within 24-48 hours for clients that need help right away. I provide a level of service above most free services, plus I can offer home service to moms on bed rest or who otherwise are unable to travel to my location. For my clients, these factors easily justify the fee for a service that can save your baby’s life!
I used the local police station and it was awful. After the hour was up the officer who said he had only been licensed for 3 months gave up and told me to try somewhere else and some of my carseats had been uninstalled im so glad my kids were not with me that day. Darin from Seatcheck came to my house the day after I called and had all 5 carseats installed including a three across with two diono radian seats and an infant seat for baby due in a few weeks. It took over 2 hours but it was worth every penny to have an expert get them all in right the first time. thx again for coming out in the chilly weather.
Thank you Darren for the great service a few months ago and again last week for our second car! I was shocked that I had actually installed one right this time so I guess the first visit really helped:-) 🙂 I have recommended you to all the moms in our play group too thank you again it is so worth the peace of mind.
Thank you for keeping my baby safe!!!! Totally worth it and I learned a lot.!
Next day appointment at my office during my lunch break! When does that ever happen? Totally worth it. Thank you Seatcheck I learned so much!!!
Many thanks Seatcheck and Darren for the last minute appointment and the great service. You were so friendly and helpful answering all my questions I would recommend you to any mom or dad not just to have your carseat inspected but to learn everything about choosing and installing them too:-)
Thank you so much seatcheck for a last minute appointment. Our triplets were discharged sooner than we thought and we were so glad the three across carseats worked. I highly recommend the instructor Darrin!
Darren is outstanding. Not only does he install the car seat, he also educates you on how to strap your child in the seat properly. He throughly explains each step of the process and is really an expert at what he does. I highly recommend his service to anyone who wants assurance that their seat is installed properly.
Amazing service he spent almost two hours with us answering all our questions about installing into our cars and learning to install more into our nannys car and grandparents car but It seemed a little more expensive than i thought
Hi Allie and thank you for your business! I apologize about the misunderstanding. I do charge a travel fee for home service that was included in my email. It was the same rate that is shown on my webpage. With an hour of travel each way and two hours for the appointment, my hourly rate is actually very modest compared to many home services.
Like I mentioned, Northbrook is not in my usual service area, but I only charged the normal travel service fee in addition to the small discount for your second base being installed in your other vehicle. That made your total lower than the quoted email price.
Hello and thank you for your call and your message. I am very sympathetic to your frustrations with the lack of child safety seat inspection stations in the area, especially in winter.
Unfortunately, I cannot always offer same day appointments, especially since temperatures were below 10F for most of the day today. I do apologize for the inconvenience as I do not have an indoor space like many public agencies do.
Also, this is a small business installation service offered directly to clients. I am not supported by any government agency, city, county or state. As a small, local business, I keep my fees as low as possible by minimizing overhead. The drawback is that if I had a suitable indoor, heated facility I would also probably have to charge as much as your average plumber does for a 1 hour visit! I used to offer more winter appointments, but based on significant experience, no one is happy spending an hour when it is very cold and windy!
I do hope one of the agencies I referred to you will be able to help you. I am sometimes able to accept winter appointments 1-2 days in advance if temperatures are well above freezing. This information is included on my webpage and in my answering service greeting.
Thank you so much Darren @ SeatCheck for fitting me in today! I could not find anywhere else in the area that was open and this service is literally a life saver:) I learned so much from the class that I was able to install a baby seat for my mom and in my other car too. This is a really great class and I highly recommend. -Lilian Y.
Thank you for the kind words, Lilian! I was happy to help. It really was your lucky day since I am not usually able to offer appointments during the cold weather, especially in January and February. I am sometimes able to offer same or next day appointments if temperatures are well above 40, like yesterday. A sunny day near 50 was good fortune for January in Chicago! Your precious cargo will be very safe for the winter driving conditions ahead!
Seatcheck is the best! I am really puzzled by some of the unfair comments people leave. Darrin was always very clear about fees and services and confirmed everything that is on the website. We had a freezing appointment some years ago and it was not fun but we were happy to have it done last minute and learned so much we were repeat customers. Really its not like they can control the cold weather that is a fact of life in Chicago. Oour kids are in boosters now but we still refer friends and family here. We pay a lot more for other professionals so this is a bargain for home service. I know as a social media marketing professional that unfair complaints can really hurt local businesses so I felt like I had to post again to say how great of a service this really is <3
Thank you, recommended!
My sister-in-law in Old Town used another service. I was at the appointment to help with her babies and there was no comparison! I was educating the lady with what I learned from Darren at Seat Check lol. They said they had the training but it sure didnt seem like it. Seat Check is great and when you look at all the other people you hire to come to your home the price is really pretty low and you never get some new clueless guy coming to your house. Its always the owner who is very professional. I haven’t touched my car seat since Seat Check helped me install it a few months ago and it is still in so well the whole car shakes if I try to mvoe it!! I only used them once and I learned enough to do my other car too.
Lucky to have a warmer day and a wonderful experience with Darrin helping answer all my questions about using my new cars seat for my new baby!! Highly recommend thank you!
Thank you so helpful!
Had a problem scheduling on amazon for tots squad so a friend told me about seatcheck. Great service we got an appointment next day and much less only $35. We had our heating checked the same and it was over $100 and he spent less time here. Darin was very professional and answered all our neurotic questions even ones I thought I already knew the answers to but wanted to make sure lolol. 5 stars
The safe carseat check service Darren provides is invaluable to a parent like me. My one year old just upgraded from his infant seat to a convertible seat. I found his service online and scheduled to book anappointment. He reached out right away to confirm and Darren’s email provided very detailed information and I felt very prepared for what to expect. Also this appointment was during COVID so he made sure to include the safety precaution guidelines as well. During the appointment he had gloves, mask and provided lysol wipes. He asked some questions then did the seat check and installation. He was very informative, educational and extremely professional. I had all the confidence in the world to him for the safety of my child as he has many years of experience. I felt so secure with the way he installed the carseat. Much more secure than me doing it on my own. He allowed me to ask questions and provided further safety literature as well as follow up feedback opportunity via video call afterward if needed. The service fee is more than reasonable and im sure a parent would pay much more for the potentially life saving service he provides. I will definitely be recommending his services to any parent I have the opportunity to. Thank you!
Thank you, Amy! I am happy to be able to offer limited services at this time and glad I was able to help.
I regret that my curbside Quick Checks during COVID are not as comprehensive as my full service appointments, but I do my best to offer information and instruction in a socially distanced manner.
Thank you so much for this greate service. I could not find any police or fire station near me that is able to install a baby seat before my delivery date and my hospital class instructor recommended Darren at Seat Check. He was able to install my base the next day at the curb in 15 minutes and wore a mask and gloves and provided wipes to disinfect afterward.
curbside service was fast and easy and it didnt budge at all when he was done. no one in my area is installing car seats any more but it was worth the drive to naperville to make sure it was done right
Very professional, arrived on time and the amount was exactly what was quoted. I am on bedrest so this was so helpful to come to our house. I am so glad you are still in business as I could not find anyone else. 5-star rating for sure and always happy to support small local companies.
Thanks very much for helping me pick an infant car seat and for the last second appointment at my home and for wearing a masked. I know I waited to long with baby due this week so this was very helpful! I will recommend on all my socials:-)
Needed a quick safety seat check up and Darrin was the best at walking my wife and I through everything for our grand daughter’s car safety seat. We tried the police station but it was very intimidating and some things didn’t make sense from what I had read online. Worth every dollar to see an expert and support a small local business.
Thanks for the last minute appointment! great service