Has anyone installed their infant car seat yet? We have yet to do that...because we have to move DD's seat and then we can't all fit in the car anymore (DSD comes to stay sometimes). I'm thinking maybe this weekend after DSD goes back to her mom's house.
not installed, but moved DS to the window seat in preparation. Ours was pretty easy last time, so I'm not worried at all.
DS loves being by the window, but I wish I could have them both in the middle.
I did just take the baby seat apart and washed it all, now hubby has to put it back together for me.
We won't install ours until baby is here. We won't be driving the 15 passenger van to the birth center, so we'll just throw it in the Camry on our way out the door, and latch it in real quick before driving home. I like to stay on my hands and knees in the back seat on the way to the birth center (it's an hour drive), so the seat can't be installed in order for me to do that!
I haven't yet. I am having a seating dilemma!
We have an 8 seater - a Chevy Traverse. Driver and passenger, full middle row with 3 seat bench, and full back row with 3 seat bench. Looking back, we should have got the 7 seater. But we're stuck with the 8. Here is my dilemma - I can't have the infant seat, the convertible seat, and the 2 booster seats PERMANENTLY placed, because then the kids in the very back can't get to their seats without climbing over the middle seat, or climbing in from the trunk. Yeah. 7 seater would have had 2 separate seats in the middle row giving access to the back!
Right now Ella and Eli are in the very back in their high backed boosters. Emerson is on one side of the middle, and the other side is folded down so that the big kids can get to the back. You can't really fit 2 carseats of any kind RIGHT beside each other. The seats are pretty narrow. So I think my plan is: Eli stays in the very back with his high back booster. Emerson moves to the other side of the very back with his convertible carseat, kicking Ella out of her spot. The infant seat goes where Emerson's seat currently is, on one side of the middle. Ella will have to use the bottom booster portion of her seat only, removing the high back, because she will have to wait until the 2 boys are in the back, then we will flip the seat up and place her booster in the other side of the middle........
It weirds me out to have Emerson SO far away in the very back. But I can't have him and the new baby in the middle because then the back would be blocked and the seat couldn't fold down. Also, the back doesn't have the LATCH clips for easy installation, only the middle does. So I'd have to use the seatbelt to secure the convertible in the very back, which I don't like as much as the LATCH system clips.
Gah. Must decide.
Sandra, I feel for you!! We had the same situation when we had 4 kiddos and a mini van. Guess what? The older two had to climb over the seat for an entire year before we got our new (BIG) van. What a pain... especially when it was rainy or snowy!! I hope you manage to come to a better solution then that! Maybe you can install 3 in the back side by side??? We only had a 2 seat bench in back, so that wasn't an option for us, but it might just work for you.
Have you tried the belt on Ella without the high back? My 6 year old is currently still in a 5 point harness, because in a booster (without the high back) the belt slices right into her neck. It will be at least another year before she can handle a booster without a back... My oldest was just turning 8 (and is tall) when she transitioned to a regular booster seat. And even now (a couple more months until she's 9) is no where near ready to sit on a regular seat.
I need to do it soon to make sure everything fits. I'm borrowing my sisters infant seat until mid-August but I've never checked to make sure it fits with the other two. I can easily fit three across my huge back seat (Taurus) but sometimes different seats don't fit as well.
Officially, Tori doesn't need a booster as of next Tuesday when she turns 8. But that's not happening. She still prefers her high back booster because she says it is way more comfortable. Lucas is still 5 point since I don't booster until age six and he has four months to go. Right now he is in a Britax Frontier 85 which is pretty bulky. I may have to put him in a Radian (um, I have three. Car seat junkie). Then hopefully there is room for the infant seat. If not, baby is going straight to a RF Radian because a RF and FF Radian fit together like puzzle pieces.
When Lucas needs to booster this fall, Tori may have to give up her booster seat. She's plenty tall enough and legally old enough but I'm not thrilled with the idea. And neither is she... We will see. I don't wanna buy a van!!!!