Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Well currently I've got a Jeep Grand Cherokee so like you I just change in the boot, its perfect, waist height etc. Its also perfect with the car seat because I've got one that swivels towards me, so no bending etc to get the baby in and out of the car. Like you, Im getting a new car, I actually do not want to, but have to for salary packaging reasons. My hubby wont let me get another SUV because he wants me to stick to around $20-$30,000 and the only ones you can get for this price are too small for the family as I cant get one more than a year or too old. An new Jeep Laredo is $59,000 here (gasp).
In the past we've had a Toyota Camry with a spoiler on the back, so we've changed babies on the boot - that model didnt have much of a slope and the spoiler formed a safety barrier. We've also got a Holden Statesman with a fairly flat boot and have done the same, also on the bonnet a few times. I'll probably go for a stationwagon for this very reason - also I find the tailgate forms a very nice verandah to stand over for folding the pram up and down in the rain.
Im being dragged out of my beloved Jeep kicking and screaming all the way, I think a medium sized SUV is THE perfect vehicle for carting kids and their gear around and I dont care if its a little short on leg room - hubby is 6ft3 and Im 5ft10 and the boys are tall too.