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3 car seat conundrum

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Cantstopsmiling37 Sun 03-Apr-16 21:22:45

Have posted in products as well, but hoping there'll more response here.

Have done lots of googling but can't find a straight forward answer anywhere. Hoping someone can help us decide?

We have a 4yr old in a high back booster secured with 3point seat belt, a 2yr old in forward facing harness seat and about to have Baby no 3 in a few weeks for whom we have bought an isofix base and maxicosi cabrio.

We have 2 cars - OHs is main car and will fit all 3seats across back seat. Which order is best to fit them? We were thinking baby in isofix base behind passenger seat, 4yr old in middle with 3point seat belt and 2yr old behind driver? Does that sound best?

But my car does not have room for all 3 across the back. What to do??
Could buy a seat base for a baby seat which could be seatbelted into passenger seat and then click baby seat in with airbag turned off? or simply seat belt the actual car seat into passenger seat? or put one of the older children in front and then baby is in back with proper isofix?
Cannot find out which way is safer? Am I over thinking?

nephrofox Sun 03-Apr-16 21:25:16

I'd have baby in the front, seat belted with airbag off. Much better to have the rear fa er in the front than either of the forward facers

Cantstopsmiling37 Sun 03-Apr-16 21:29:53

Thanks nephro - that was my thought too just confusing myself now I think.

PennyHasNoSurname Sun 03-Apr-16 21:31:36

Cant you just agree that whoever has the dcs has the car that all the seats fit in?

LikeASoulWithoutAMind Sun 03-Apr-16 21:34:05

We did what Penny suggests. I became the main driver of the bigger car during the week, we both drove it at weekends. Dh used the smaller car for commuting.

TeaBelle Sun 03-Apr-16 21:35:30

Another vote for changing cars - whoever has the kids has the big car here.

SweepTheHalls Sun 03-Apr-16 21:40:06

I'm at home on maternity leave, so have the big car. I would have the 4 year old in the middle as the seat belt is the easiest to secure. The 2 yr old behind the passenger as if you have to park on the road, this is most likely to be on the pavement side and baby behind the driver.

This is pretty much my configuration, but both my older 2 are in HBB do I have the youngest in the middle to give some rear view visibility!

uhoh2016 Sun 03-Apr-16 21:43:23

I don't think you need to change cars in the week if there's only going to be you and the dc using it. Is your car a 3 or 5dr car?
3dr I'd put Dc1 in front as it's easier to get in the back without the iso fix baby Base being on the front

Cantstopsmiling37 Sun 03-Apr-16 21:48:19

Thanks all, yep while on Mat leave and on my day off etc... I'll have bigger car, but when I'm back at work OH does morning nursery (eek - soon to be school run too) and I pick them up so still need to decide how to safely configure my car even though it'll only 4 short trips a week.

Its at least 6months away!

Yes, I see what you you mean about safely getting out Sweepthe halls! Had thought that safest way may be to unclick my 2 and 4 year old then they can all climb out at curb side?

Cantstopsmiling37 Sun 03-Apr-16 21:49:25

Thanks uhoh - 5 door car.

babyconverse Mon 04-Apr-16 07:57:27

I'm confused about the logistics here - surely if dh does the drop off then all the car seats will be in his car? How are you then going to have car seats to put children in at all if your car has been with you at work all day?

Cantstopsmiling37 Mon 04-Apr-16 08:14:54

Haha, I can see confusion babyconverse - should have said we have 2 of each carseats for the older 2 already, works well and has done for the last year. We will only have one baby seat as that is easier to leave at nursery and transfer across. (Although at our nursery some parents do leave car seats for much older children - I just can't be faffed transferring them when they're that big and cumbersome.)

Thanks everyone for your help - think we have it figured out now. In bigger car the babybis going behind the drivers seat and 2 yr old behind passenger with 4yr old in middle.
In smaller car older 2 as they are and baby seat seatbelted into passenger seat with airbag off if all 3 children are in car. If not I can easily take HBB out and pop baby in back.
Just needed some sensible voices and a good nights sleep to work it out!
Thanks again.

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