Most car seat questions seem to go in Family Safety, but this is less a question about car seats specifically and more a question about logistics, so it seems to me to fit better here.
Do you have one car that can seat all the kids and the other car cannot, or do both cars seat all the kids? (And if you have more than 3, the latter case would mean both have to be vans or SUVs... yikes.)
Right now we have a car seat in both cars. We have two sedans. We have a two-year-old and #2 on the way. We aren't necessarily planning to be done after 2, and it seems that while this is manageable now, it gets nuttier with more kids, so I'm kind of mulling over the five-year plan, car-wise.
It seems to me that some families seem to manage having just one car that is used to transport the kids. Particularly when one parent is SAH. But in our family, my husband works days (when he does work outside of the home; he also does some work from home, and in time he may be able to work from home 2 days a week) and though I work 2-4 days a week, as often as not I work swing shift (2-10). There doesn't seem to be a way around having a car seat in both cars under our current arrangement. The sitter comes to our house some days, but when I work late some days LO goes to my mom's and I have to drive her there in early afternoon and my husband picks her up around 5.
Possible ways around this: get childcare closer to home so that we can walk. Leave LO at my mom's for the whole day so my husband can drop her off first thing and pick her up (sounds like a good idea but isn't really; mom isn't much good with early mornings, and while this might work for LO, it won't work when new sibling is born and is nursing). Convince mom to come to our place (I've tried!) Changing my schedule is only possible if I change jobs, which I'd like to do anyway but is easier said than done. Maybe in a couple of years husband can work from home more days, making transportation easier. Get mom a car seat for her car (but then we still have the same problem of as many car seats as kids in 2 different cars). Drop LO off at my mom's, then drive to my husband's work to switch cars (adds an extra 1/2 hour to my day).
Are car seats in 2 places pretty much necessary when you sometimes work different shifts? Or am I overthinking this? Or missing something?