Originally Posted by Maedze
For the four year old? Keep him in a top tethered harnessed seat. He's fine, and very, very, very safe.
For the two year old, I'd absolutely get a larger rear facing convertible.
Incidentally, you'll find that in comparison to many seats, the Britax convertibles are cramped rear facing. The My Ride, Complete Air and Radians offer loads of rear facing leg room.
Ok, help me figure this out. I've got a third child on the way. We drive a mini van with two captains chairs in the middle row. My plan was to move the four year old back to the back seat and the two year old and the baby would be in the captains chairs. If both seats in the captains chairs are rear facing then no one can get into the van. My four year old would have to crawl under the seats. No one would be able to help him with his buckles. We could never take a passenger unless we uninstalled a seat at each stop or asked them to do gymnastics from the very front of the van.
Now we COULD put the two year old in the back and have him continue to rear face. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Getting him back there and then getting to his buckles when his seat is turned around would be nearly impossible. Especially with another seat next to him if we put the 4 year old back there too. I don't think he'd go back there by himself.
My husband is also very concerned that we won't be able to get the seat installed back there as there is very little room between the back bench seat and the captains chairs. Average adults have to turn their knees to the side. No one, even myself at 5 ft 1 inch, can sit normally.
I'm not the kind of person who isn't willing to over come an inconvenience or two to keep my children as safe as possible. But this seems extreme. Help me figure this out!