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View Poll Results: Britax (side position) or another seat (center position)?
Britax, even though it has to be on the side 10 100.00%
Another seat, since the center position is the safest 0 0%
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#1 of 13 Old 02-26-2006, 05:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I want to get a Boulevard, but it doesn't fit properly in my center seat (I just tried it out at a store). So, I'm wondering whether it's still better to get the Britax, even if I have to put it on the side, or if I should get another seat that could work in my middle seat. I'd appreciate any opinions/advice! Thanks so much!
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What kind of car do you have? (year, make, model)

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I have a 2005 Subaru Forester. Even though it's technically an SUV, it's relatively small and the backseat isn't very deep.
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Sorry, another question....forward facing or rear facing? How old is your child and what does 'she' weigh?

Did you try to puzzle piece the Britax seat in the middle between the seatbacks of the front seats?

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Thanks for the questions! I really appreciate you asking. My ds is almost 6 months old, and is somewhere between 19 and 20 pounds. Since he's a bit of a chunk I liked the longer rear-facing weight limits of the Britax. The problem with the center seat is that the belts are just too close together since the center seat is pretty small. So, I can't get the seat to be flush with the back of the seat (the buckles prevent that, so it sticks out from the back of the seat...does that make sense?). I think I probably could fit it between the headrests of the front seats, if I didn't have this problem.
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I would go with the Britax, just because they are so easy to use. My two boys are both in Britax seats on the outboard positions of my car.
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Put the Britax outboard. I have my daughter in a Marathon rearfacing outboard, even though it would fit fine in the middle, because we have a small car and occasionally need to carry an extra passenger.
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Do you mean the LATCH connecting belts? If so, the car may not be designed to use LATCH in the middle. It may only be set up for LATCH in the outboard and seatbelt installation in the middle. Most cars are like that. (growl, growl, whine, complain)

I have an 01 Jetta. We use a Marathon, rearfacing in the middle. We have to use the seatbelt install. Supposedly, it's more rigid that way anyway, but I can't vouch for that. We actually use the seatbelt AND the LATCH, but that's just something that works in Jettas.

(The Marathon is the same seat base as the Boulevard.)

With your very safe car, though I don't know it's detailed crash test history, I would, with what I know, opt for a Britax outboard.

If I'm understanding right and you're talking about using LATCH int he middle, I'd try that Boulevard again in the middle, with a seatbelt.

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Sorry I wasn't clear--it's actually the seatbelt buckles. The latch definitely doesn't work in the middle seat, so we used the shoulder belt for the infant seat installation. But when I try to put the Boulevard in the backseat, it just won't fit against the seat because the seatbelt buckles are too close together and the width of the seat can't fit between them (The middle seat actually has two of these buckles on each side because we have a somewhat odd middle seat shoulder belt that has to hook into a buckle on each side.)
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I know just what kind of weird seatbelt you mean. I just saw it yesterday on the middle row, middle seat of the new Honda Odyssey. It was odd but well designed.

Let me research your question more....

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In the meantime, this is a GREAT site:
http://www.carseatdata.org/default.html

These folks may be able to help you out better and faster, though a few of the regular posters there are MDC mamas, too:
http://www.car-seat.org/

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We have our Marathon outboard rear facing in our Toyota Tercel (think small!) It fits in the middle but it fits way better outboard and since one of us STILL sits in the back with the baby (at 10 months...!) it's nice to have the extra room.

It's quite likely you won't find much that WILL fit in the middle back so I'd just go with the Britax in the outboard position. It's not like the outboard position is unsafe, it's just not AS safe as the middle. You'll love being able to put the baby in from the side with the seat outboard
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Thanks everyone for all your helpful replies! And thanks so much, Jaclyn, for your advice and excellent links. I'm going to go with the Boulevard in the outboard. It seems like the best option. Thanks again!!
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