Short story: tiny back seat ('04.5 Jetta wagon), big car seat (complete air 65), head bobbing when sleeping.
My LO is 11 months, 23 lbs., 70th for height. He has been in RF in the CA65 in the middle, slightly more upright than ideal, but he isn't in it too much, so it has been fine. But I recently had to make a long (10 hour, round trip) drive alone with him and wanted him to be able to sleep more comfortably, so I installed on the passenger side, more reclined, with the front seat way forward. It worked better for sleeping and I liked being able to reach back and hand him things which I am not able to do with him in the middle. I also realized that we had been "borrowing" the side latches for the middle install, a VW no no I now know. I would like to keep him on the side, but would also like to be able to use the front passenger seat. Which brings me to...
Another car seat, just until we turn him around? Am I overreacting? We don't have a bunch of expendable cash, but can swing it if it makes sense. I was thinking the Cocorro, especially since I am fine with the the CA for when we eventually turn him around. The Britaxes all seem too big still, but there are so many available used... I guess the other option would be to install the CA more upright on the side to use the front seat and then do the more serious recline just for (rare) longer trips. Even more upright though, it will be a really tight squeeze.
Anyway, thoughts, ideas, commiseration would be most appreciated.