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June 29th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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My DS is 20 months and obviously still RF. He's in a Britax Marathon.

Baby will be in a Graco Snugride at first, and RF. We have a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

I know middle is safest, and then (I believe) behind passenger window, and then behind driver window.

Do I put them each on a window or can they fit middle/window? And if the latter, who gets the "safer" middle spot? The child I like best?!?! (I jest! I jest!)

Help! And thanks in advance!!
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June 30th, 2012, 09:39 AM
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I'd put them both outboard, but that is just me. The safety difference between the center and outboard (window) is very small, and with your children being rear facing, they're already incredibly safe as it is. I have a van with captains chairs in the 2nd row, therefore, both kids automatically ride outboard. Even in my car, they were both outboard because they love to pick on each other!

If you were to put one in the center, since they're both rear facing, it wouldn't matter which one went there (though I'd be inclined to put the newborn). If one was forward facing, then that child should go in the center.
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June 30th, 2012, 07:54 PM
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thanks so much!!
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July 1st, 2012, 07:55 AM
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I have two RFing kiddos and when the younger one was in his removable infant seat, I put him in the center seat (being the younger one and presumably less sturdy). And my firstborn outboard on the passenger side (so I could see/reach him better).

When my second moved to a convertible seat, I moved him outboard on the drivers side. Our two seats could not puzzle together for one in the middle and one on the side. Plus, I was needing some separation, since my older child's arms were getting long enough to reach his brother and mess with him!

But like Erica said, the windows are only slightly less safe and whatever works for your purposes is just fine
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July 1st, 2012, 01:42 PM
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When they were both RF I had them behind the passenger and in the middle (the new baby went in the centre). Then when I turned the eldest and the baby was 15 months I had to separate them as they fought ALL the time.

Now I am trying to decide what to do with #3!!
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July 1st, 2012, 02:27 PM
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When they were both RF I had them behind the passenger and in the middle (the new baby went in the centre). Then when I turned the eldest and the baby was 15 months I had to separate them as they fought ALL the time.

Now I am trying to decide what to do with #3!!
Your forward-facer should go in the middle
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July 18th, 2012, 03:31 AM
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I had 2 rf one newborn and one 13 month old and they wouldnt fit one in middle and so they were just one behnd the passenger seat and the other behind the driver.
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July 24th, 2012, 03:44 AM
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Erica, the centre seat only has a lapbelt, so she has to go outboard to use the 3 point belt. But when we get a new car she will be back in the middle! The infant carseat could use the base with just a 2 point belt.
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