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January 9th, 2012, 01:23 PM
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I have an 18-month old daughter who is rear-facing in a Britax Boulevard in the center seat of our SUV. I got a positive pregnancy test and its still super early but if this pregnancy does go through, I would have a newborn when she is 2 years and 3 months...at that point she should still be rear facing in her carseat.

I was planning on putting the newborn in our Graco Snugride infant seat until he/she gets big and then put the them in another Boulevard. What's the safest arrangement in the SUV? Should I keep my daughter in the center and put the infant seat on the passenger's side because its easier to get it in and out? Or is that dangerous and should I put the infant seat in the center and my daughter on the passenger side? Or is it better to just put both carseats on opposite ends of the car? Our car is big enough that I can have both seats next to each other if I want.

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January 9th, 2012, 03:29 PM
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You can put them where ever you want, as long as they're properly installed. The center is slightly safer, but your children are not UNSAFE if they are outboard. Both of my children are outboard, I drive a minivan. They were both outboard in my car as well, having one in the center was just not possible. Whatever seating arrangement is most convenient for you is what you should go with, as long as the seats are installed independently and correctly.
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January 9th, 2012, 06:00 PM
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That's great to know, thanks!
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January 9th, 2012, 06:58 PM
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If they're both RFing, the safety difference of the center versus outboard is so minimal that I wouldn't sweat it. Congrats on your BFP!!
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January 9th, 2012, 07:04 PM
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Congrats! My newborn and my 4 year old will both be outboard as well
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Both of my younger 2 are outboard bc we don't have a middle seat Congrats on your BFP!
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January 10th, 2012, 08:59 PM
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Thanks ladies! Something new occurred to me though...is it just a bad idea to have a toddler and infant right next to each other? lol I don't know if I could trust my daughter, but being rear-facing, I don't know how much access she would have...but of course I wouldn't want to risk it...
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January 11th, 2012, 03:23 AM
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LOL Depends on the toddler, I guess. I have heard of two older kids/toddlers tormenting each other and yelling to the point mom had to separate them.
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January 11th, 2012, 08:40 AM
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Chiming in...I have a toddler and a new-ish baby next to each other and we have not run into any trouble. The 2-year-old can't reach the baby to give him anything or poke him or anything. But he does like sitting next to his brother. When I put him in his seat (RF MR65), he always points to the base next to him, indicating he wants his brother right there. I always put him in first, since he is mobile and then snap the infant seat in. I find it works out fine for us, although the infant seat is a little tough to get in and out of the middle seat. We keep them center/passenger because it is easier to reach them to give back pacis/snacks/toys. I can't even reach behind the driver even though I have extremely long arms. Just something to consider
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January 11th, 2012, 08:48 AM
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Chiming in...I have a toddler and a new-ish baby next to each other and we have not run into any trouble. The 2-year-old can't reach the baby to give him anything or poke him or anything. But he does like sitting next to his brother. When I put him in his seat (RF MR65), he always points to the base next to him, indicating he wants his brother right there. I always put him in first, since he is mobile and then snap the infant seat in. I find it works out fine for us, although the infant seat is a little tough to get in and out of the middle seat. We keep them center/passenger because it is easier to reach them to give back pacis/snacks/toys. I can't even reach behind the driver even though I have extremely long arms. Just something to consider
Oh that's great to know! Yeah I was thinking if they are both rear-facing it limits access to each other....I think maybe we can try it and see at first. And good point about center/passenger side.
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January 11th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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When my DDs were both RFing and next to each other, it wasn't an issue because they couldn't reach each other. Once DD1 was turned FFing, they were moved outboard because they would fight and argue!
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January 13th, 2012, 11:04 AM
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Thanks ladies! Something new occurred to me though...is it just a bad idea to have a toddler and infant right next to each other? lol I don't know if I could trust my daughter, but being rear-facing, I don't know how much access she would have...but of course I wouldn't want to risk it...
I put my toddler next to one of my newborns one time and that was it. He was poking the baby and trying to scratch him. It just depends on the toddler though. After that, my kids were always outboard.
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