We are expecting kiddo #2 in June and are in the process of searching for a new carseat. I have so many questions and my brain seems to be elsewhere these days :)
We have two vehicles, a subaru outback and FordF150. DD (5) has a seat that is easy enough to move between both vehicles but is mainly parked in the truck, my primary vehicle. When DD was an infant we used a bucket seat which seemed to work well and then moved her to a convertible. We no longer have her bucket seat (it was loaned to us) but do have the convertible.
The plan is to put the convertible in DHs subaru and the bucket in my truck. We plan on getting the convertible seats (we have 2) down from the garage this weekend. I've read that carseats expire? Is this true? If so, what resources or links should I check to make sure our convertibles are still good.
I'm also looking for good websites to check out safety ratings for bucket seats. I have found the britax b-safe to be in our price range but other than that I don't know much about it.
For those with a baby and child - where do you place the seats in your vehicle? I'm thinking the baby would need to go in the middle of the truck backseat as there is not a ton of room and DD would sit behind the passenger seat. In the subaru the middle 'lump' makes it hard to get any carseat balanced so I a thinking to place a kiddo on each side. Are there any recommendations on multiple car seat arrangements? Do they exist for specific vehicles?
And if you have any experience with multiple carseats in an F150 (it's an 04 if that makes any difference) I'd love to hear about it. We also have a large dog that rides with us in the vehicles (in the backseat of the truck in a restraint or in the hatchback part of the subaru) but I can see that coming to an end, in the truck at least. Maybe securing his crate in the back of the truck?
so much info - thanks for your help