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Please help Mini owners. deciding on changing my car.

(32 Posts)
Rosi393 Sun 28-Feb-16 14:33:27

Hi changing my car. Would love a mini. DH isn't for the idea. Thinks they are too small. I'm sure with first baby in June. Have ordered egg pram and cabriofix car seat and base. Any mini owners have any advice/ experience they could share. Thanks ladies.

Rosi393 Sun 28-Feb-16 14:38:36

I'm *due

BennyTheBall Sun 28-Feb-16 14:41:45

I have a new mini and much as I completely love it, I would not get one with a baby.

I am only talking about mine though - it's a 3 door Cooper. The boot is tiny and you could only do a car seat (realistically) in the front seat. The back has Isofix but it would be a huge faff putting a child in the back.

umiaisha Sun 28-Feb-16 14:47:54

I had one with 2 kids. My buggy wouldn't fit in he boot so I used to split the back seat and slide it in that way.

Probably not the most practical car, but with one child really can't see that it would be a big problem. I have a fiat 500 with a baby and 2 kids and manage to fit them in plus a bugaboo and 2 scooters!!

Issie339 Sun 28-Feb-16 14:56:01

I have a Mini Countryman (the bigger one) and it's great with kids. I bought it a few months after DD arrived in 2013 and I realised I couldn't fit the buggy in the boot of my Fiat 500 Abarth (which I loved!!) It's very roomy and practical plus I like the slightly retro interior with the cool dash, leather seats etc. I have the type S and it's very nippy too. You can easily fit a fairly bulky buggy in the boot. Would definitely recommend it with kids.

Dixiechick17 Sun 28-Feb-16 14:58:59

I haven't got one, but I have two friends that have them and their babies are 8/9 months old, both have just got rid in favour of something more practical as they were struggling with their Minis.

JellyTeapot Sun 28-Feb-16 16:11:58

I had a three door Mini Cooper and could fit my buggy base in the boot which was fine while I was using the car seat but didn't work once DC was too big and needed to be in the proper buggy seat. Also getting the car seat in and out was a major pain at times because of how far I needed to open the car door. Without parent and child parking it was practically impossible and I still moan about the time I had to put him in the car via the boot because someone parked too close to me!

DontKillMyVibe Sun 28-Feb-16 17:10:18

I wouldn't do it OP. I have a mini and am currently 4 months pregnant with first DC. Will be trading it in for something bigger. I have concerns as to whether or not I'll be able to get in and out of it and fit behind the wheel in later pregnancy stages grin

lilac3033 Sun 28-Feb-16 22:03:13

We ditched our Mini (which we LOVED) when I was pregnant with DD. As much as I loved it, it was not even remotely practical. Lovely to drive, maybe a good second car with older kids but for the reasons above it just doesn't go with a baby. We got a Honda Civic afterwards, which is perfect!

APlaceOnTheCouch Sun 28-Feb-16 22:11:25

I had a 3 door Mini when DS was born but it was a pain tbh. I had to take the wheels off the pram to fit it in the boot and then there was the awkward bending to get DS in and out of the back.
I moved into a bigger car after about 6 months.

baby3forme Sun 28-Feb-16 22:19:38

I have a mini clubman I already have two older children aged 10 & 7 and I won't be changing my car once baby arrives. The boot is big enough for my pram and school bags etc. Although this is only my car for school runs etc so won't be using at weekends we will use our bigger car x

Madelinehatter Sun 28-Feb-16 22:32:04

Ah yes. I had a mini pre kids. Lovely car. I thought I would manage when DC1 came along.....no. Could maybe squeeze her in but not the pram or any shopping. We ended up trading it in for a citroen Picasso! Not a lovely car but sooooooo practical. Now I have 2 kids and as they grow you need the space for them plus prams plus shopping ....then if you go on holiday.

I love minis but hopeless for kids.

debbiepinto Sat 18-Mar-17 09:22:46

Hey
I have a Mini Cooper and I have my LO at the front with me, egg seat at the back, and frame in the boot. Call is crazy hahaha

LHReturns Sat 18-Mar-17 14:30:39

Same as Issie339, I actually switched to a Mini Countryman S when I was pregnant with DS1 in 2014. It has four doors, the bench backseat (no central rear armrest, so can seat three in back) and overall is plenty big for baby seat in front and/or back. I love it. I am expecting DS2 in May and no plans to change it. I can fit all our pushchairs folded in the boot (Mountain Buggy and Phil and Teds Navigator - so big ones).

I have never had a Cooper though - I assume they are much smaller.

mrscrocopop Sat 18-Mar-17 15:58:07

I have a Mini Cooper that I love but don't think it's really that practical. It's really low so a struggle to get in and out of now heavily pregnant. Also access to the back seats is really difficult due to the low ceiling height and the boot is tiny.

If I were able I would buy the big one (the countryman?). I'm sure that would make a fab family car smile

SaintEyning Sat 18-Mar-17 16:11:39

I had a Golf and a BMW 1 series when DS was in proper car seats - you need a back door unless you are going to always have the car seat in the front. Now he's 6 and has a HBB, I have a Mini Cooper S (dream car) and he sits in the back with the passenger seat as far forward as it can go! The boot is teeny compared to my Golf and if we are going anywhere with bikes, the wheel has to come off and DS goes in the front. Not a practical car for anything other than what we are - single mum of one!

SaintEyning Sat 18-Mar-17 16:12:10

(But I LOVE my mini!)

MakeItStopNeville Sat 18-Mar-17 16:15:30

I have the new Clubman S and you can easily fit 2 car seats in and a pram in the boot. I love my car.

Sarahlouiseis33 Sat 18-Mar-17 16:29:23

I'm also a single mum of one with a Mini Cooper S. I love love love my car but it would be no good with a baby. The boot is tiny and it would be a nightmare to get a first stage car seat in and out of the back. So unpractical but the best car I've ever had, and like another poster my dream car!!

drinkyourmilk Sat 18-Mar-17 16:39:48

I have a classic mini. Couldn't get a fly in the boot. It won't be the main car used, and we will sling when we use the mini.
I'm not sure I'd recommend a mini with a baby and all their gubbins. And you will be surprised at the useless crap you decide you need when expecting.

tootsieglitterballs Sat 18-Mar-17 16:41:10

I had one with DS1 - no regrets! Just can't do much shopping!

GardenGeek Sat 18-Mar-17 16:45:37

We have a 4x4 paceman, its huge for a mini and quite high on the road for mini too.

Not sure about compatibility with prams/ car seats etc. so apologies for that.

It is a 3 door so probably a pain with car seat, but for older kids you definitely could have one. It has fitted many a 6ft man in so plenty space for kids grin

Boot is huge too.

Maybe take your pram if you already bought it and test it in some boots before you buy the car?

MajesticWhine Sat 18-Mar-17 16:53:22

I have a countryman. I don't have a baby any more but have got 3 kids - usually only transporting one or two of them at a time. It's plenty big enough for almost everything except perhaps a big family camping or festival trip. There's plenty of space in the boot for a buggy. I love my mini.

MakeItStopNeville Sat 18-Mar-17 17:03:49

The camping comment reminded me...get the roof racks! Having the option to put a roof box on for longer trips is a great help, particularly if your boot will have the pram in. But again, I'm talking the bigger, newer models Clubman and Countryman.

MinnieNoush Sun 19-Mar-17 20:08:56

Babyzen YOYO pram fits in a mini

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