Easiest way to configure seat for toddler and newborn? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 of 2 Old 06-10-2012, 07:58 AM - Thread Starter
Altair's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: NYC
Posts: 2,411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We have a BMW X3 (smallish SUV) and our (40 lb) 3 year old is FF in a True Fit Premiere.  Our baby will be in a Snugride 35, which we are installing today.


Right now, we have the TFP on the passenger side.  He is independent about getting in (climbs in the car himself, buckles the chest clip, I just have to do the bottom clip).  


Trying to figure out if it's better to put them next to each other (so we have the option of me sitting back there if I need to) or put them apart so he can't disturb her as much if she's sleeping, but we lose a seat.  


Also-- trying to figure out if there's an option that doesn't involve walking to both sides of the car, since we're in NYC and park on the streets only and it's tricky holding onto 2 kids in busy traffic with cars whizzing by very close to us. 


So I thought maybe I'd do what my friend does and put the baby seat on the driver side, then the TFP in the middle?  That way he could potentially climb over/under her seat if need be, otherwise I could get him in on the passenger side and just reach over to clip then walk around with baby and get her in.  He may protest not having a window.  


Any ideas?  

Altair is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 2 Old 06-10-2012, 01:51 PM
DahliaRW's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Near the beautiful Cascades!
Posts: 6,583
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

Speaking from experience, I would not put them side by side.  Most 3yos will not leave a baby alone, especially when bored in the car, as you will find out from the screaming/crying you'll hear when said 3yo pokes their sibling in the eye, etc!


As far as loading, I would put the TFP on the driver's side.  Then your oldest can climb in the passenger side and over to the TFP.  Then you can either reach through and buckle or after you get in sit on your knees on the front seat to turn around and buckle the 3yo.  Then infant seat can just snap in on the passenger side.

Happily married to my dh, mama to ds1 (01/2005), ds2 (07/2007)  and dd (07/2009).
DahliaRW is offline  

Quick Reply
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off