We are expecting #5 in November. I realize it is early, but I am worried about the vehicle situation. We will have 2 in booster seats 2 in convertible seats and then the pumpkin seat (ages when baby is born will be 6, 5, 3, and almost 2yrs). We currently drive a toyota sienna. I really want to get three accross the back. If not I guess we will need to find a way to purchase a Suburban. Can all of you with large famlilies give me some input on your vehicles and carseats? Thanks so much!
The narrowest carseat is the Sunshine Kids Radian. It can fit three across in most cars. It's not cheap, but way cheaper than a new Suburban. The Radian 80 goes to 80 lbs and is a 5 point harness, my 7 year old still fits fine in it.
We have a Honda Odyssey and we hear that 3 Radians will fit in the last row.
Well I'm no help really we have a Ford Econoline 12 seater van. Even with 6 kids and one on the way we fit in our carseats (3 at present, 4 when baby's born well). I thought I would start a GTKY (getting to know you) question to get the board moving! If anyone else wants to ask one just start a new thread with another question!
Q1: How did you and DH/SO/Baby's Father meet?
We have a Sienna. We have 3 kids in booster seats and will be adding a baby seat. This is child #6, and we have the 8-seater. I'm thinking I will have 2 boosters in the back and one booster and a baby in front. I don't want to have to crawl over the seats to put the baby in the far back. I guess you will have to go back there to seat one of your little kiddos, though. My next vehicle will be a 10-seater van, possibly a Dodge/Mercedes Sprinter.
Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12
We have 3 in car seats. We love the Radians! Super slim We bought an expedition before Finn was born because our van only had 7 seats. We love it! Plenty of room for us!
Wife to Jason
Brodie(9)~Deacon(8 )~Truman(8 )~Sawyer(5)~Elliot(3)~Finn 3/9/12
Thanks for the input, I will look into the radian. It is just a matter of being able to buckle in our two in booster seats on each side of the 5 pt. harness seat. Any thoughts on slim boosters? I have what I think is the slimmest (althought I don't remember what brand they are at the moment). I appreciate your help!
We actually moved our DS1 out of a booster back into a Radian because it was easier to keep the Radian buckled in and have him put on the 5 point harness than buckle a booster.
That is actually why we moved to a bigger car sooner than we needed--my older 2 both moved to boosters within a year of each other and it was difficult for them and us to buckle them when ds2 was in the middle with a harnessed seat. So we moved from a 5 seat explorer to an 8 seat yukon. Right now we keep the folding "access" seat in the middle row folded up so the older 2 can climb in back and buckle themselves and ds2 and ds3 are next to each other in the middle row--one ff one rf. If we have a 5th, I hope ds1 is big enough to be out of a booster (but if it is in a year and a half like we are thinking, I'm not sure!). He is almost 50 lbs now and is 8 yo. I don't think he is quite tall enough or heavy enough to be out of a booster for a while yet. Car arrangements are hard! GL with it!
I think my dh and I have figured out a solution...this may help other moms out there too. The main issue is being able to buckle the boys (who are in boosters). There is enough room to squeeze in the seats (although I still may buy a radian just for extra room) however there is no way to buckle in the boys in the boosters. We discovered that you can buy seatbelt extenders, that way the buckle can sit up higher and can be accessed easily.