OT- Car safety ? UPDATE-in last post :)
Off topic post....but....So I was going to post this on the child safety board, but I decided maybe I would not get a response, seeing as the latest posts were something like 2008 :/ So for BTDT moms, I have a question for you about car seating arrangements. I have 4 kids currently and an 8 seat Yukon. I still have my 19 month old RFing--the only place I can put his seat RF is in the middle row, middle seat-it doesn't fit anywhere else RF. So DS1 (9.5 yrs) sits behind the driver in a low back booster and my almost 8 and 5 yo sit in the 3rd row in high back boosters. School has started and I found out my 3rd and 4th graders can walk my kindergartener into the K gate and drop him off so I am allowed to use the "kiss and go" lane to drop off (in our rainy weather its very nice so I dont have to pull toddlers and eventually this baby out in the rain to walk up). The problem is I cannot let any kids get out of the car on the driver side, only on the curb side. Last year it was fine, ds1 just sat on the passenger side. This year, my neighbor wants to carpool and she has 2 kids. Which would put my car at full capacity. I can't let anyone sit behind the driver seat because they can't get out on the passenger side because of the RF seat--can't get past it. But I can't move the RF seat behind the driver. So I basically feel like I have 2 options--turn the toddler around before 2 so he can sit behind me (driver) so that all the kids have access to the passenger door. OR leave him in the middle and have my oldest sit in the front seat on the way to school. We take "neighborhood roads" that are 20 mph to get the the school which is just less than a mile away. Do I let ds1 sit in the front during that short drive to allow my 19 month old to RF longer?? Or do I turn him around for every car ride (including freeway, all around town, etc) so that my 9 yo (will be 10 in Feb) will be able to be in the back seat for that mile ride to school the days I drive the carpool? I was hoping to get the baby to 2 at least (if not the limit of his seat) RFing... :/ What would you do??? Oh, and then there's the problem of March--and new baby. In which case, carpooling will either have to stop or I let my then 10 year old sit in front for the drive to school.