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March 5th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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March 5th, 2011, 10:29 AM
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I would put the oldes FFing child in the front strapped in with the seat as far back as it will go.
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March 6th, 2011, 07:44 AM
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That's tough.. I wouldn't put the booster in the front.. I'd probably leave it as is and fight with the CCO for a better install, or put one of the Radian's up front and scoot that front seat way back.


LOL at the manual. YIKES.
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March 6th, 2011, 08:37 AM
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I think I"m going to have one of my CPST buddies check it out. I'm just not comfortable with the install in the front and there's NO way to make it any tighter. UGH

Hopefully, this is for less than 2 months
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March 6th, 2011, 08:18 PM
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That's tough.. I wouldn't put the booster in the front.. I'd probably leave it as is and fight with the CCO for a better install, or put one of the Radian's up front and scoot that front seat way back.


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March 12th, 2011, 08:11 AM
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Well, amazingly we found ourselves getting a minivan yesterday!!

so, now I'm trying to figure out where to put everyone in there.

there is a bench seat in the middle (access to the rear only on one side). Both have headrests and shoulder belts. Rear has 3 seating positions, middle lap belt only (headrests on the side seats).

We went ahead and got a booster for my oldest and she seems to be doing really well, except that she can't figure out how to buckle herself in, so that's kind of a pain. We moved the baby into one of the radians.

Currently I have it set up with the baby behind the driver's seat (there is a sliding door on that side, just no access to the rear on that side) in a radian, DD#2 in a radian next to her (FF). And then the oldest in the 3rd row, passenger side. It seems to work pretty well except for buckling the oldest in. Does that sound okay or would it be better to swap the older two?
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March 12th, 2011, 10:30 AM
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I'm trying to figure out the best arrangement in our new minivan too.

I think for you, I'd keep it how you have it. It shouldn't be long before your oldest DD learns how to buckle her seatbelt, and then you won't have to get back there at all. You'd just need to look to double check her buckling.
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March 12th, 2011, 02:14 PM
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I think it sounds fine, and your oldest will be buckling herself before too long. Just let her practice each time, or take her outside (if the weather is nice) and let her practice for a little bit. Brinlee is riding in a Britax Parkway (booster) during the week and has been doing great. She is buckling herself now, but it did take a little getting used to. I just can't rush her, or she gets frustrated and gives up.
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I think it's mostly because the seat belt stalk is really short so she has to twist really far to reach both hands to the buckle. Hopefully she'll figure it out before too long.
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March 13th, 2011, 09:53 AM
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I can definitely see how that would be more difficult for her Our belt stalks are super long, so it's easier for her to buckle herself in... but it's so close to being too long to work with the booster!

What booster did you get for her?
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March 13th, 2011, 06:41 PM
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we got a turbobooster, but I'm not totally liking the fit. She tends to scoot her butt forward in the seat and it's really wide for her narrow butt so she often is sitting off to one side...And the seatbelt won't stay in the shoulder part, I have to keep threading it back through everytime which is annoying.

So, I don't know... I might keep hunting. Unfortunately there isn't much in the way of options around here for actually trying her out in them.
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March 14th, 2011, 06:08 AM
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I think your seat up sounds great! As far as boosters, diapers.com has free returns, but I'm not sure which booster would be more narrow than a TB.. I think the Parkway SG and SGL are narrower in the back, but they are more expensive.
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March 14th, 2011, 06:22 AM
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I don't know what booster would fit a narrower child better, either. We have the Parkway SGL and I *love* it soooooo much, it fits Brinlee great. But it is like twice the price of a TB. Brinlee is a narrow child too, I think she is similar in stats to your daughter?
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March 14th, 2011, 11:19 AM
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yeah, I think her stats are the same, but their build might be different, I'm not sure. Courtney is 45" and 40lbs, but has SUCH narrow hips and no butt. I'm not too worried about the price, this one will be okay for a while until we can save up for a nicer one. I'm hoping to find some people locally with different seats I can try out. It's mostly that she needs a narrower inner seating area. she can sit to one side and literally covers only half the seat. maybe I can take a picture later today...
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March 14th, 2011, 11:41 AM
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LOL Brinlee is built like that, NO butt/hips and chicken legs... just like her dad!

I wonder if the Recaro Vivo would work better for you than the TB?
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March 14th, 2011, 02:13 PM
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what's the difference between the Parkway SG and the SGL?
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what's the difference between the Parkway SG and the SGL?
The SGL has latch, so you can LATCH it in and it doesn't become a projectile in an accident. Otherwise, you should always have it buckled when it's not in use so it doesn't fly around. I also like the Livia (hot pink) color choice and fabric for the SGL, which is why I went with it over the SG. My car doesn't have LATCH, so we don't use that option... but our new vehicle will have LATCH so I'll put it to use.

Other than the LATCH option, they're the exact same
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March 14th, 2011, 07:13 PM
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I went to a baby boutique today to see if they had one. They didn't but she told me the same thing, just the LATCH part being different. I love the idea of that, but our current vehicle doesn't have it, so I'm not sure.

I did try her out in the Recaro that they had there and it was a pretty good fit
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March 15th, 2011, 05:22 AM
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Which Recaro was it? The Vivo or the ProBooster? I've read on numerous accounts on car-seat.org about the ProBooster being tippy, which caused me to scratch it off my list.

You could go with the regular SG model of the Britax Parkway, if you don't want to pay extra for the LATCH feature. I love the SG clip, and Brinlee can do it on her own. Seriously in love with this booster
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March 15th, 2011, 08:57 AM
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it was the vivo. I might see if I can swing the parkway this paycheck, it's on sale right now for $95 at diapers.com I haven't been able to find anyone with one locally
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