We ended up getting our Saturn fixed and it is a 4 door sedan. Where do you put the carseats? It was easy when it was just dd, but now there will be two. Do you put one on each side of the car and leave the middle seat empty?
Back when I had dd's seat checked at the local children's hospital, they said that, if you have side curtain airbags, the center is the safest place for a baby seat, because babies aren't able to push a curtain out of their faces. Unfortunately, the way our back seat is designed, the infant seat won't fit properly in the middle, so we had to put it on the side.<br><br>
So when Ellen arrives, we will probably leave Sofie's seat in the middle and put Ellen't on one side, assuming that the two seats fit next to each other. If I had my druthers, though, I would but the infant in the middle and the older child on the side.
That's what we had to do when we had another baby. I had an Altima and both boys were on the outside seats. I certainly didn't have side curtain airbags either.<br>
This time I have a van and the boys are on the outside, while the baby will be in the middle. Good luck!
Actually the rear facing infant is safer in the outboard position than a forward facing older child. If you can, leave forward facing child in middle and put rear facing child outboard.<br><br>
PLEASE keep your infants rear facing for as long as the seat allows in weight and height. 1 year is too soon.
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Actually the rear facing infant is safer in the outboard position than a forward facing older child. If you can, leave forward facing child in middle and put rear facing child outboard.<br><br>
PLEASE keep your infants rear facing for as long as the seat allows in weight and height. 1 year is too soon.</div>
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Put the most protected child (the one who's rearfacing is MUCH better protected than one forward facing) in the least protected position.<br><br>
If you can't fit them side by side, then either side will do for either child - your choice. There's no significant difference in safety between the two sides.
My minivan has two bucket seats in the second row, and a bench in the back. DS is currently in the bucket seat behind the driver. I was thinking of taking that seat out (due to space issues getting in and out of the garage). I was going to put DS1 in the very back on one of the sides (the middle doesn't have a tether anchor) and the infant in the middle row behind the passenger. The middle row has LATCH and the very back has only tethers (but not in the middle). Does that sound safe? Maybe I should got to a car seat website and ask that... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">