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post #1 of 59
Thread Starter 
We are looking at the Honda Odyssey to buy soon. I'm so confused though as to how we are going to fit all the kids correctly. Can three infant seats sit side by side in the bench seat? Or will there have to be two in the bench seat and then my dd and the other baby in the bucket seats? How will I even be able to get the infant seats out of the back? Can I take them through the back of the car or will I have to hunch down and try to squeeze them through the middle every time?

Everyone keeps saying we will need a bus and I'm starting to think they're right!
post #2 of 59
I'd put two infants in the buckets and one and your dd in the back. Easier to wrestle out that way. And DON'T plan on taking all the buckets when you can avoid it. My sil with "just" twins quickly decided to haul one baby and one bucket most of the time.

-Angela
post #3 of 59
Board barge.

I just test drove a 2006 Odyssey on Friday 6/9. We fit both of our Britax Marathons on the bench seat and there was still room for an average size person to sit between them. So I would imagine three infant seats fit. But what about your dd? It's not the easiest to do/undo the bench to get another child from the back. You would have to take the base off to fold the seat down. ... What about having two babies on the bench and your dd and another baby in the back? The bench easily becomes just two seats and the seat behind the passenger slides towards the middle, making a pass-through to the back.
post #4 of 59
I noticed you had another part to your question. Yes you will have to hunch down and carry the baby from the back row out the side door - not out the back ... well I guess you could but it wouldn't be the easiest. Ask them if you can borrow an Odyssey for the day. Put all the carseats in so you can see what will be the easiest. We've done that before with our Accord (and bought it) and then again with the Odyssey (didn't buy). We are probably going to buy or lease but we want to wait until we have sold our other vehicle and have the cash to swing a great deal.
post #5 of 59
We recently bought a 2002 Honda Odyssey. We had similiar concerns. We have twins/Toddler. We have 2 twins in the very back, 1 toddler behind the driver. I can answer with knowledge on this. You can't put 3 in the back. You'll have to do 2 rows of 2.
post #6 of 59
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by luckymamato2
Board barge.

I just test drove a 2006 Odyssey on Friday 6/9. We fit both of our Britax Marathons on the bench seat and there was still room for an average size person to sit between them. So I would imagine three infant seats fit. But what about your dd? It's not the easiest to do/undo the bench to get another child from the back. You would have to take the base off to fold the seat down. ... What about having two babies on the bench and your dd and another baby in the back? The bench easily becomes just two seats and the seat behind the passenger slides towards the middle, making a pass-through to the back.
I'm a bit confused. In the one I've been in the seats are like this:

X X
X X
XXX

There's nothing to fold down to get to the back bench.
I think it might be easiest for us to put them in the car like such:

X X
X X
XXX

Or are they made different now? My best friend owns one, but hers is older.
post #7 of 59
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by alegna
I'd put two infants in the buckets and one and your dd in the back. Easier to wrestle out that way. And DON'T plan on taking all the buckets when you can avoid it. My sil with "just" twins quickly decided to haul one baby and one bucket most of the time.

-Angela
Oh yeah, if we can avoid it, we are never going to take the buckets out. What a pain to have to lug around 3 of those heavy things. : I've got a ton of slings and I'm getting dh one too.
post #8 of 59
We are planning on buying a 2006 Odyssey in the next month or so. I have a toddler and will have twins. My plan is to have the twins in infant seats in the back bench and my toddler in the passenger side captain chair. I plan to take out the driver side 2nd row passenger chair so that I can load/unload the kids from the drivers side of the car and have plenty of room to set the bucket seats or kiddos on the floor if I need to.
I'm really hoping that the pp is wrong and that you can put three car seats on the back bench. We plan to do this if we have grandparents in the car with us.
If you can't put three carseats in the back and a toddler in the second row, I would put two infants in the second row and an infant and a toddler in the back. This will leave you room to sit on the back bench to help get the toddler out and to sling the infant in back.
Good luck!!
Jill
post #9 of 59
2002 model, our seats fold down. The top half at least. As far as 3 in the back seat. There just isn't much room back there for it. We had the idea that we'd have room in the middle of the back seat for a person to go back and help the babies or whatever but there's just no way. The Odyssey was the perfect solution for Toddler/Twins. Triplets/Toddler. I'd really go and look at them early on. If you get your car seats early, even go in and just mock put them in to look at spacing. Don't go by the measurements though.

Our 3 car seats "fit" into our Mazda Millenia.. That is until we actually put them in and scratched our head as to how it would really work.

And just another fun fact we didn't know. In the 2002 model, they had latch in the middle rows, standard buckles in the back row
post #10 of 59
http://www.flickr.com/photos/83926044@N00/165839040/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83926044@N00/165839006/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83926044@N00/165838980/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83926044@N00/165838952/

Our Car seats are the Evenlo Embrace seats. "premie" ones.
post #11 of 59
Thread Starter 
Ok, I see that's what we're going to have to do. We'd probably do the Britax marathon (my dd's) behind the driver in the seat, one of the Britax infants in the other seat and then the other two britax infants in the back bench.
I'm really hoping the 2006+ model has latch on all the seats. My neighbors is older and it only has it on the bucket seats. I hate not using latch.
post #12 of 59
Sorry for barging in, I read it on the new posts. You could also do like a pp and take one of the captain's chairs out. I'd put all 3 babies in the back row and your dd in the captains chair. It would provide easy access to everyone.
post #13 of 59
I don't think any vans have latch in all the seats but let me know if I'm wrong- we'll be in the market for one in the next year. Out of curiosity, why put the toddler up front (in the middle, instead of the far back)? It seems to me that it would be easier to have fewer infants/newborns to haul to the back, the toddler could climb in her own seat and you'd just need to fasten her, and put one baby in the back. I could be missing something obvious though...

-Angela
post #14 of 59
Thread Starter 
I just figured she'd rather be by herself than have babies trying to grab at her or something and I figured the babies would rather be by each other than by her. Maybe I'm just thinking too deeply into it.
post #15 of 59
We have a Quest and can't get 3 seats in the back (Graco Safe Seat) and we couldn't get them in our BMW either. We looked at the Honda. If I remember right, it has latch in the center bench and the 2 captain seats. The captain seats also flip up so you can get back there sort of easily.
post #16 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kathryn
I just figured she'd rather be by herself than have babies trying to grab at her or something and I figured the babies would rather be by each other than by her. Maybe I'm just thinking too deeply into it.
Well that seems logical but I'd think that with them on opposite ends of the bench they can't reach eachother anyway. AND if she's in the back she might be able to see all of the babies and tell you what's up. But maybe I'M over thinking it.... I just imagine that crawling into the back of a van with TWO babies would be twice as much of a pain as with one....

-Angela
post #17 of 59
ooooh! I have van envy! We won't be getting one despite the twins. DH is still unemployed and my job ends in 2 weeks. We need to pay the mortgage with the severance pay he is getting. (sigh) At least I have a Volvo wagon. My friend fits 3 car seats in hers all the time. I have both infant seats already, so I guess it is time to start practicing.

BTW,
have any on you seen the new Hyundai Entourage? It supposedly has the highest crash test rating EVER for a minivan, and it is cheaper than the Honda.
post #18 of 59
Thread Starter 
Hyundai's are known for lying about their cars actually. They also lose value really really fast too. I don't trust them.
post #19 of 59
We got a 2006 Town & Country for our kiddos. The seats adjust really easily and to me it's wider than the Odyssey which gives me more room to manuver kids around. It had the LATCH in both captain's chairs and in one seat in the back bench. We have decided to try putting our DD in one of the captain's chairs and the twins side by side on the back bench. The second captain's chair stays folded into the floor (that stow & go seating is as easy as it looks on tv! ) unless we need it for another adult passenger. This is space for me to get everyone in the car first and then buckle everyone in (AKA no toddler running loose in the parking lot) or space for groceries, diaper bags, or anything else that doesn't fit in the trunk space. I chose to put our toddler up closer to me because she's the one I would need to hand things to at least initially-- snack, drink, dropped toy, etc. Although it will seem weird to have the babies all the way in the back, they wont need me to hand them much as infants. We have a Marathon for DD and two Roundabouts for the twins. I'd say I doubt we could fit another carseat on the back bench.

Just sharing what we think will work for us for now!
post #20 of 59
<-- rdl2k5's wife.

Our "toddler" is only 19-months, so she can't climb in and buckle up on her own yet. As someone else said, she also is at the age where she needs us to hand her snack, drink, toys, etc.

We don't abuse our bucket seats at all, but I've found that they are the only feasible option to easily get both twins in and out of the car. When the seat is folded down (like in the pictures) I can lift the buckets in and over, with the twins already buckled in. It's super hard to put them in, backwards, standing up over the seat. You also can't reach the twin on the driver's side when you have the captain chair pushed to the middle. With the chairs pushed to both sides, you don't have room to lift over the buckets.

We take their buckets out, sit them in the floor space, and latch them back in after we've gone in a store or what-have-you.
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