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Hi,<br><br>
In a minivan (Kia Sedona LX) would you put a 5yo behind the driver and a new baby behind the passenger? Other way around? Something else all together?<br><br>
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If your 5 y.o. can get in by him/herself it may be easier to put the baby in on the driver's side (less distance to lug the infant seat). You could also see if the older child would get in on the driver's side and walk across to his/her seat.
 

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I dont get why it would be more lugging of the infant seat on one side of the car vs. the other?<br><br><br>
Anyway - Who is taller, the person who normally drives, or the passanger? I'd put the rearfacing seat behind the shorter person, to allow more room for the taller person by having the FF seat behind them.<br><br>
IF they ae about the same or if you have plenty of room either way, I'd put the rearfacing baby on the passanger side, b/c from the drivers seat you can see them better than if they are directly behind you, and I'd assume you'd need/want to make sure the baby is pk more so than the older child who can tell you if there is something going on!<br><br>
From a safety standpoint, its the same on either side, so its more about what is easier for you.
 

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I put my (then) infant on the passenger's side b/c that is the side with the remote door, as well as the side closest to my house when parked.<br><br>
Whichever side winds up easier for you is the one to pick. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I swear I read that it's safer to have a child behind the driver, as, in an accident, it is instinctual for the driver to swerve away from the collision, which often means that the passenger is lined up for a more direct hit. I'd put the infant behind the driver, because the five year old is marginally sturdier.
 

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yes-i remember reading somewhere about the driver's instinct to protect their side...not sure if it's backed by any evidence though.<br><br>
i wonder if the infant bucket seat is sturdier than the 5 yos carseat? any info out there on which car seat can take any sort of impact better?
 

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I put my younger son on the driver's side. Mainly because he still needs some help getting in and out and my 8 year old doesn't. And if we ever park on the street, I can get my younger son out while my older son gets out on the sidewalk instead of in the street.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yes-i remember reading somewhere about the driver's instinct to protect their side...not sure if it's backed by any evidence though.<br><br>
i wonder if the infant bucket seat is sturdier than the 5 yos carseat? any info out there on which car seat can take any sort of impact better?</div>
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The infant is actually the "most protected" in the car seat since he/she will be rfing which provides TONS of side impact protection.
 

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Thanks for all the input!<br><br>
My understanding is also that the infant will be better protected due to RF, so with the swerve-away-to-self-protect theory, that sounds like another good reason to have the 5yo behind the driver, and the new one behind the passenger.<br><br>
We don't use a bucket seat, just a convertible (leaning towards a radian at this point), but either way it seems like it will be easier to access in that spot anyway.<br><br>
5yo can get in the seat but still needs help with the buckling.<br><br>
OK, I think I've decided: 5yo behind driver, newbie behind passenger. Now when we install the new seat (5yo is outgrowing his marathon - he's quite small still) so we can put it in the right spot from the first install.<br><br>
Thanks again! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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OK, I think I've decided: 5yo behind driver, newbie behind passenger. Now when we install the new seat (5yo is outgrowing his marathon - he's quite small still) so we can put it in the right spot from the first install.<br></div>
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Thats what I would do.<br>
If you get the Radian, remember for a newborn it will have to be at 45*, so you will loose a lot of room in the front seat! (I love my radian though)
 

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I personally will have it the other way around with this new one (infant behind driver, toddler on passenger.) That's because I take DD to preschool and I like her to get out on the sidewalk side of the car rather than into traffic. She can be a bit of runner and I just feel better knowing she won't dart in front of a car. The infant, of course, is not mobile without me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> DH, on the other hand, will most likely have it the other way because he likes to have DD behind him. (No particular reason that I can get out of him.)
 
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