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    Looking for advice so that we can start doing some research. So, what vehicles will work to hold 3 car seats? We have a mercury montego and it works with the ones the kids have (both Britax), but, I'm sure I can't fit an infant seat in there too. DH has a ford truck and that will work for all three seats (I think). But, we are likely going to have to get me a new car of some sort.
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    : November 2012@ 10 weeks (due date: 6/22/13)
    : June 2013 @ 7-1/2 weeks (due date: 2/10/14)
    : December 2013 @ 4 weeks (due date: 8/9/14)
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    Have you thought of a minivan or an SUV? I think I will be selling my car (a Cavalier) soon too, and just use DHs Durango.

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    I might have to have an SUV / Mini Van -- but we shall see. Still in Japan until Friday; but thanks for thinking of me
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    Me: Christa, 41
    DH: Craig, 47 (Married: 8/19/05)
    DD: Kendall Evelyn (10/6/06)
    DS: Quentin Vincent (4/14/09)

    : November 2012@ 10 weeks (due date: 6/22/13)
    : June 2013 @ 7-1/2 weeks (due date: 2/10/14)
    : December 2013 @ 4 weeks (due date: 8/9/14)
    : April 2014 @ 4 weeks (due date: 1/1/15)
    : July 2014 @ 4 weeks - Chemical (due date: 3/5/15 )

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    We have an Acadia with a third row seat and captain's chairs in the second row. DS is in a booster and we will move him to the back row, he can buckle and unbuckle with no trouble. The worst part, and it doesn't matter what kinda of car. DH is 6'6", and he has to have the seat all the way back, so whichever kid is behind hime gets squooshed!
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    Diono Radians will fit three across quite easily, and they fit from 5lbs up so you don't need the infant seat. We have one and love it. It's possible a Radian will fit in between your Britax seats.
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    My Ford Taurus easily holds three car seats. It's 5" longer across the backseat than most SUVs we looked at. With Radians it's really easy but even with a Britax booster (Parkway?) and a Britax Frontier 85, I can easily fit a third seat back there when I drive friends/cousins.

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    I'll be getting a new car also. Even with the slimmest seats, my back row would really be a press to fit 3 across then not to mention the lack of space for a stroller and whatnot (my umbrella stroller takes a good chunk of my trunk and forget about fitting a double in there). It's just not a family car and we've outgrown it. DH has a full sized Titan that fits three seats easily but it's a gas guzzler so I don't want to drive it (try 11 MPG!).

    We're looking at Mazda CX9, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, and a few others with third row. We likely won't use the 3rd row for a but until DD can buckle herself bit it would be nice to have the option for other people to ride with us (frequent problem now).
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    We made the change from a car to a crossover before #3 showed up. We drive a Chevy Traverse (8 seater). I wish we had gone with the 7 seater though. Having 3 seats in the middle row is nice for now, when I can have 1 side folded down (2 big kids in the back, baby in the middle on 1 side) but when #4 comes along, I won't be able to have one side folded down because both sides will have a carseat strapped in. My big kids will have to......climb over the seat? Just a thought for those of you looking at an SUV or crossover with a 3rd row. Go 7 seats not 8! The two bucket seats in the middle would be way better.

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    Sandra, we had a 7 passenger Honda Odessy for awhile... It had the same problem you described though, because there were two seats in the back row between the tires, so they only way to get back there was to put the seats down in the row before... or climb over the seat when there were two carseats in place. We used that van with 4 carseats in it for almost a year. Yep, it was a pain!! When we got pregnant with #5 we bought a 15 passenger van. Problem solved!!!! LOL.

    Anyway, you are pretty sure that this baby will be your last, right Christa? I would look for a 7 or 8 passenger vehicle that fits your needs. If you are in the city I would probably go with a mini van for the better gas millage than a sport utility vehicle. If you are in the country, then possibly a sport vehicle. Also, consider whether you would like an "extended back" vehicle. When we had the Odessy it had NO cargo space at all when we used all rows of seats. It was an issue. Right now, I almost feel like our 15 passenger van is about maxed out. We took out the back row so we could actually have a decent amount of cargo space (it's awesome). That leaves us with 3 benches that are suppose to seat 3. However, with the big carseats that we have installed (my oldest still needs a booster too) we can really only comfortably fit two on each seat. So, with 6 small kiddos we will have pretty much reached capacity... in a 15 passenger van as a family of 8!!

    My dream vehicle (when the kids get a little older and don't need the big carseats) is an 8 passenger Honda Pilot... hopefully there is an extended back option. We are out in the country off of a dirt road (our driveway is all dirt too) and we really need our main vehicle to have 4 wheel drive. When the snow melts we have MUD!!!! Also, sometimes the snow gets a little deep. There are a few days each winter that we are unable to leave the house because we can't get out of our driveway without getting stuck. Oh well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandraleigh View Post
    We made the change from a car to a crossover before #3 showed up. We drive a Chevy Traverse (8 seater). I wish we had gone with the 7 seater though. Having 3 seats in the middle row is nice for now, when I can have 1 side folded down (2 big kids in the back, baby in the middle on 1 side) but when #4 comes along, I won't be able to have one side folded down because both sides will have a carseat strapped in. My big kids will have to......climb over the seat? Just a thought for those of you looking at an SUV or crossover with a 3rd row. Go 7 seats not 8! The two bucket seats in the middle would be way better.

    Get out there and test drive! Bring car seats to try out how they fit!
    Amen! That is why I insisted on the captions chairs. I can just imagine the drama caused by trying to climb over seats!
    Leah



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