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#1 of 6 Old 01-26-2010, 02:26 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I already have a rear facing toddler and am soon to have a newborn too. I have a Grand Am so both car seats will have to be beside the doors. Does it matter which child is behind the driver or passenger? The whole situation makes me feel uncomfortable. We were supposed to get a bigger vehicle but now it's not possible due to finances.
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No, there is very little difference in safety between the outboard positions (if any).

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No, it doesn't matter, go by whichever works out to be more convenient for you.
For example, do the infant and toddler carseats takeup different amounts of room? If so, which seat in the front do they best fit behind, driver or passenger?
Or, what is most convenient for loading and unloading? For example, it's easier for me to have my baby directly behind me, so I don't have to walk aorund to the passenger side of the car to load him, then walk around to my side to get in..I can just load him in, then hop in the front.

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I'm not sure why you can't put one in the middle?

I found it easiest at the beginning to have the RF'ing baby behind me and the FF'ing toddler in the middle. I also felt this was the safest considering that the toddler was more vulnerable by FF'ing and behind the driver is less likely to be involved in a collision for the RF'ing baby.

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I'm not sure why you can't put one in the middle?

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There are sometimes installation difficulties with the middle seat.

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I'm not sure why you can't put one in the middle?

I found it easiest at the beginning to have the RF'ing baby behind me and the FF'ing toddler in the middle. I also felt this was the safest considering that the toddler was more vulnerable by FF'ing and behind the driver is less likely to be involved in a collision for the RF'ing baby.

I really don't see how I would be able to put the seats side by side in our car, the seats are so big and there is so little room. I also think that it might be better to have my toddler not right beside the baby as my toddler currently beats up his older brother in the car.
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