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Somewhat random, but just trying to figure this out:<br><br>
How does any family with more than one child fit into a regular-sized car?<br><br>
We are a family of 3 adults and 1 child. Dh has a Honda Civic and it is already tights when we all go somewhere- and forget it if we have to do a large grocery shopping trip or run a bunch of errands to get dog food, or other bulky items- there's just no room! Once we have a second child there's no way possible to fit 2 carseats and still have room for one of the adults in the backseat.<br><br>
Even if we were only a family of 2 adults, I still don't know how long we'd be able to manage with just a small car. What happens when your children are old enough to have friends who you also cart around with you? My ds is only 2, but I have one of his friends with us at least several days a week...<br><br>
When you have 2-3 child seats squeezed tightly into a backseat, what do you do about guests? Friends? Other extended family members who have a need to ride with you on occasion...?<br><br>
I just don't know what I'd do without my mini-van!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I had my 3 kids in a Honda Civic up until about a year ago. We used to joke that "it seats 4 comfortably, 5 uncomfortably."<br><br>
First I had one carseat in the back seat. Then I had two carseats in the back seat. Then I had two booster seats in the back. When I had DS, I had two booster seats with an infant seat between them. But when DS outgrew the infant seat, I had to move DD1 out of her booster seat, even though she wasn't really ready for the regular seatbelt, because there was just no way to fit a 3rd carseat in the back (that wasn't the narrowest infant seat on the market), and there was no way we could afford another car at that time.<br><br>
By the time we sold the car, both girls fit properly in the seatbelts and DS was forward-facing in the convertible carseat. I was panicking about what I'd do when he outgrew that, since 93 Honda Civics don't have shoulder belts in the center back seat, but we sold the car and bought a used minivan last summer.<br><br>
With 2 preteens and a preschooler, the Civic was starting to get a little tight. Leg room was starting to be an issue- it wasn't at all a problem when they were younger. The main reason we got a minivan this time (rather than a midsized car with 5 seats and more legroom) was for carpooling. It was getting non-fuel efficient to take 2 cars when all of us (me, my kids, and my parents) were all going to the same place, and driving the girls places with their friends- instead of driving both ways with all of my kids, I could drive one way with all of my kids plus a friend or two, and then the friends' parents drove the other way.
 

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I don't know either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: i thought I could make a wagon work for 2 adults, 2 DD's, when DD2 was a week old and we left the house for the first time, I realized it was not going to work. We very quickly ended up with a minivan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Now that we have three adults and 2 DC in my house, it is a must.
 

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When it was just DH and I and the 2 older kids all we had were small cars and a pick up. One was a Toyota Tercel (that car was awesome, all vinyl so when it got gross we just took a power washer to the inside of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), when it died we got a Toyota Camry (by far my favorite car ever, and it only cost $400), and DH's Dodge Dakota crew cab pick up. But we never drove company or anyone around. All our food fit in the back, and there was plenty of legroom (both DH and I are 5'9").<br><br>
I've seen the inside of a civic. It reminded me of a hamster cage <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Great for commuting one person though!
 

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We've been managing in our 4 seater with the two kids just fine, but now that #3 is on the way, we need a minivan. No way can I get three carseats back there. Believe me, I've tried <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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we're a family of 4 in a Subaru Outback and it's TIGHT!!!<br><br>
So, we're shopping for a minivan. it'd be nice to have room for entire grocery shopping at one time, instead of having to go out 3x week to get 2 bagfulls as that's all that fits in trunk after all the 'regular' junk is in there.<br><br>
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The four of us fit snugly in my Civic, but as the kids get bigger we'll need to upsize. We're not small people.<br><br>
Usually if we need to cart more people, we take another vehicle. But in a few weeks I need to pick my parents up at the airport. Since both boys will be with me, we'll have to wedge my mother in between the two carseats in the back. That should be interesting. Fortunately, it's a short drive.<br><br>
But for now I'm enjoying the 35mpg!
 

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I only have one child and two adults in my family so I am not faced with this particular problem at the moment. But it must be possible.....<br><br>
My parents had two kids and we ALWAYS had small cars. Think Escorts. At one point we had two Escorts as the only family cars. They even used carseats for far longer than was normal back then. If you do not know the "other side" you just work with what you have. We drove those cars across the country multiple times a year and never even thought about it being abnormal. They were always 4-seaters so we simply did not take other people with us. When my dad was at work and it was just my mom, we had room for one more of course. It was rare to even think about bringing a friend to a whole-family outing.<br><br>
Dh's parents had three kids (one year apart each) and drove a TWO-DOOR Volvo sedan for most of the years of dh's childhood. MIL tells lots of stories about three carseats across the back. She was in heaven when they upgraded to a 4-door station wagon when dh was in his teens.<br><br>
I really do not "get it". I have multiple friends that ran out and bought a mini-van the minute the positive signed showed on the first pg test. It was like "impossible" to deal without one or something. I am guessing that folks who live in other countries could tell us how it is done<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">we're a family of 4 in a Subaru Outback and it's TIGHT!!!<br><br>
So, we're shopping for a minivan. it'd be nice to have room for entire grocery shopping at one time, instead of having to go out 3x week to get 2 bagfulls as that's all that fits in trunk after all the 'regular' junk is in there.<br><br>
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What is the regular junk?<br><br>
We regularly drive a two-door Caveliar and I am pretty sure I could get a half of a year's worth of groceries back there if I tried hard enough. I have never seen a trunk, even in the tiniest of cars, that I could not get a week's worth of groceries in. Heck, four of my friends went camping for a week and somehow hauled themselves and ALL of thier supplies in a 1990 Honda Civic. It was VERY tight, but possible.
 

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We're a family of four and my car (the one that is used the most) is an Acura Integra (which is essentially the same as a Honda Civic). It's older, so a bit smaller than the more modern ones.<br><br>
While it's tight if we have to carry three adults (along with the two kids) we can do it in a pinch. For the four of us, it's fine. Huge trunk, so easy for trips, Costco, etc.<br><br>
I like my small car!
 

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We just bought a Mazda 5 a few months ago. When we need to sit more than 4 people it has a third row of seats that pops up. It is sort of a mini-minivan... About the size of a Subaru Outback (our old car) but with more seating and flexibility. There isn't a ton of cargo room when the third row is in use (split seats, so you can have half up and half down) but it works well for us.
 

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My DH drives a Mitsubishi Mirage (a 2-door car) and manages to fit the two older kids in their Britax Marathons just fine. I don't think we could fit a third carseat in there for the baby, but luckily we can fit 3 carseats in my vehicle with no problem.
 

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My mother drove small 2 door cars with her 3 kids all the time. It was no big deal then. We used car seats, but they weren't used as long and I don't think they were nearly as big. Also, pre-air bags kids could sit in the front seat.<br><br>
Living in a suburb in TX, everyone drives HUGE vehicles - SUVs, trucks, vans, etc. I've always cursed the fuel inefficient, hard to see around, take up too much space in parking lots monsters that are everywhere here. I drive a 4 door civic. DH does too. I love our "small" cars. It looks like I'll need to buy a bigger car <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: to fit 2 rear facing carseats in it. If DD is ready to switch to FF when we have DC#2, I think I can make it work for 2 adults and 2 carseats.
 

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We drove 2000km with a tent, four sleeping bags and clothes for a week in a Honda Civic complete with a 6'3" man, me and 2 car seats. It's not a big deal. Not the most convenient, but certainly do-able. We don't feel responsible for carting around friends, and wouldn't purchase a vehicle with that intention. We don't need to drive family around either. We did upsize (expecting our 3rd) to an Escape Hybrid...with the same # of seatbelts as the Civic. Just more trunk space and leg room. Nicely, it has the same mileage.
 

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we just do what we have to do - two adults, two kids (one in a booster, one in a carseat) - one honda civic and one saturn ion.<br><br>
dh is tall (6'3") and we tend to cart a lot of stuff (i.e., the jogging stroller always comes with us when i go anywhere overnight). combine that with the fact that i am a school psychologist and have three or four bags of test kits in my trunk, and you have a full car.<br><br>
groceries can go under the kids' feet in the backseat, and in the trunk. we <span style="text-decoration:underline;">don't</span> have to take 400 trips to the grocery store - once a week is enough. i don't drive other kids around, other than my cousin who is also 5 on a rare occasion.<br><br>
i think there is just a lot of assumption that you NEED a minivan or suv with the first child, and if not then, DEFINITELY by the second. we can pack enough into the trunk to go on vacation for a week. i don't get it. i don't see how it's a big deal.
 

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We are 2 adults and 2 kids with 2 small cars. Our family car is a saturn ion. I believe its classified as subcompact. My dd is in a huge arse britax husky and baby is in a marathon. We all fit just fine. My trunk is pretty big and I fit our groceries and shopping bags in there just fine. We don't use a stroller though so that helps.<br>
My dh drives an acura integra 2 door. We do have issues getting a good install with the baby's rear facing seat because of the slope of the seat. When he's forward facing all should be well. We don't really use that car for all of us though.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Yep!<br>
As far as driving other kids and such we always make arrangements to meet up. I don't think I'll ever want a bigger car. My parents always drove small cars too. It was my sister and I and it worked well.<br>
I had an SUV when my oldest was a baby and it was a gas guzzling POS and I was always afraid that it would roll so I turned it like it was the titanic or something.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We have 2 kids and 2 adults and my dh and I both drive Maxima's. The baby is in a Marathon and my 5 year old is in a booster and we do just fine. No, we can't fit anyone extra in the car but that hasn't really been a problem yet. I'd rather take 2 cars when we go anywhere just in case I need to leave early with the kids.<br>
We are thinking about having a 3rd and we'd need to go bigger at that point because there's not room for a 3rd child in the back. I love being able to drive a car and I'd hate to give that up.
 

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Yeah, I wouldn't feel the need to purchase a larger car because I might drive other people around. With the third baby coming, though, we can't exactly strap him to the hood like a deer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My parents had two kids and we ALWAYS had small cars. Think Escorts. At one point we had two Escorts as the only family cars. They even used carseats for far longer than was normal back then. If you do not know the "other side" you just work with what you have. We drove those cars across the country multiple times a year and never even thought about it being abnormal. They were always 4-seaters so we simply did not take other people with us. When my dad was at work and it was just my mom, we had room for one more of course. It was rare to even think about bringing a friend to a whole-family outing.<br><br>
Dh's parents had three kids (one year apart each) and drove a TWO-DOOR Volvo sedan for most of the years of dh's childhood. MIL tells lots of stories about three carseats across the back. She was in heaven when they upgraded to a 4-door station wagon when dh was in his teens.<br><br>
I really do not "get it". I have multiple friends that ran out and bought a mini-van the minute the positive signed showed on the first pg test. It was like "impossible" to deal without one or something. I am guessing that folks who live in other countries could tell us how it is done<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: We only just upgraded our 2 door Cavalier to a Nissan Sentra and that was with 1 child in a car seat, a 6ft tall teenager and 2 adults. Yeah it was tight but you made do. When my son had a guest over recently we did activities that involved walking since the Cavalier could not accomodate all of us.<br><br>
I was raised in Chicago and for like half my childhood we never had a car, heck my Mom never learned to drive so you made do. I am in Maine now and we live with 1 car and I don't drive.<br><br>
When relatives visit like my dad and brother we rent a larger vehicle, definitely cheaper than owning a mini-van or SUV. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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We have a Corolla and two kids. Sometimes it's not terribly convenient. But I'd rather have a car that gets great gas mileage and suffer the occasional inconvenience.
 
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