I'm pregnant with #3, due in mid-September. I drive a 2008 Honda Odyssey. The plan is to put the baby's seat in the driver's side captain chair. I'm assuming we'll start with an infant seat and move up to a convertible at about a year old. However, I have NEVER carried around a bucket seat, and can't fathom I'll start now, so I'm willing to consider an awesome convertible that would fit a newborn well (DD1 was 5lbs 14oz and 19 in, DD2 was 8lbs 0.5oz and 21in) and would work well for long term rear facing. We spend lots of time in the car. I want a seat that is very cushy/comfy for baby and very easy to buckle, unbuckle, adjust straps, and install (though we don't move seats often at all). This is our one big baby need, and like I said, we spend lots of time in the car, so cost is not a major concern. What seats should I be looking at for baby? Anything new coming out this summer I should be looking out for?
DD1, 5.5 yrs, rides in a Nautilus. She has plenty of room left, and I'm planning to keep her in the seat, which we're perfectly happy with. However, she can not undo her bottom buckle (she can buckle herself and undo the chest clip, so maybe she'll master the bottom by the time baby arrives), so I may consider a change to full back booster if I feel like she's ready and could do that buckle solo. I plan to put her in the third row, and being able to buckle and unbuckle herself would be a HUGE plus. I'm only 4ft 10in, so I doubt I could reach the buckle without climbing into the van around the 2 RF seats in captain chairs to unbuckle her. DD2, 2.5 yrs, rides in a Boulevard 70. She's tiny, and I plan to keep her RF in this seat until close to 5 yrs (as I did with DD1 who's been FF for under a year). She'll ride in the passenger side captain seat.
FWIW, DH drives a 2005 Honda Civic. We currently have a RF Boulevard for DD2 (this will likely expire in the next year or so... I'll have to check it) and a FF Complete Air for DD1 in the back seat. The idea of 3 across sounds overwhelming here. I'm assuming that whoever has the baby will have the van, but DH does have the older girls often mostly on the weekends, and I drive the van almost exclusively, so we may want to consider options for this car too. I may be willing to consider FF DD2 in this car, though our preference would be RF. Any suggestions?