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February 21st, 2013, 02:40 PM
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how do i get three carseats in the back? what kind etc?
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February 22nd, 2013, 08:43 AM
LadyBugMommyof1's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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There are people who have gotten 3 across, but in my Toyota Highlander (2010), it didn't work without going to the 3rd row. We tried EVERY option except moving our 3 year old to a booster (it just wasn't safe to me). The accessibility of the 3rd row in the highlander was not great for me, we ended up selling it and buying a mini van I know! A mini van?! Yikes, I never imagined it, but with infant twins and a 3 year old, the ease of automatic sliding doors and seating configurations is actually awesome.

We got a Honda Odyssey 2012...We have 2 chicco key fit 30's in the middle row (with one captains seat out).

For safety we put our 3 year old DD in the 3rd row (she can't poke at the twins this way & it's a bit quieter for her). When we transition from the bucket seats, we will reinstall the captain chair & take the middle seat middle out...

Hope that helps. We didn't feel safe with any other option. It's more common to have 2 older seats and a bucket, that's feasible in many cars, but with two infant seats or RF'ing seats, there are not many options (if any).
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February 22nd, 2013, 01:15 PM
Jara's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I drive a Town and Country with 3 across the backseat. I have 3 Radians

Wyatt(5) Lydia(2) Emerson(5) Kaeden(7)
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February 22nd, 2013, 04:06 PM
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I'm a minivan Mom, too (also a Honda Odyssey). We currently have the twins in the 2 captains chairs in the middle in Graco Snugride 30s. Claire rides in a Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL in the 3rd row. Soon we will switch out the twins to their convertibles...Diono Radian RXTs.

If you go onto the Car Seat Safety board and post

a) what kind of car you have
b) your budget for seats
c) what seats you currently own
d) whether you want infant bucket seats or convertibles for the twins

the ladies there will make some recommendations for you. Just make sure you choose something that will fit tiny newborns well...not all seats do!
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February 23rd, 2013, 04:57 AM
LadyBugMommyof1's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I wanted to clarify...3 forward facing across isn't the issue, as 3 Radians work across in most vehicles FF (as do many other seats)...The issue is 2 infant seats or two RF'ing convertibles and a FF seat for your older...this doesn't work in most regular cars...and didn't even work in my SUV...

Good luck!

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February 23rd, 2013, 05:41 AM
amylynne01's Avatar One happy mama
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Popping over from Car Seat Safety.

What vehicle do you drive? What is your older child riding in? Budget for new seats? Do you want infant seats or convertibles from birth?

Many cars do fit 3 across - you just have to be creative. I have a Mazda CX9 (crossover SUV), and I've done a RFing Radian, FFing Radian, and a Graco Snugride 30. Right now I have 2 FFing Radians and a Graco Snugride 30, but the outboard Radian could easily be switched out for another Snugride 30. If you have a third row, you need to be aware of where the top tethers are. Some (like mine) have no top tethers, and some (newer Honda Pilots and Odysseys) have them in every seating position.
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February 23rd, 2013, 10:16 AM
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there is alot of lingo i do not understand in these posts. BUT., my will be 3 year old will be in his britax marathon 70 ff. I have a chicco infant car seat and baby trend infant seat. we have a kia spectra and i mitsubishi galant. im freaking out, we have no money for a new car right now.
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February 25th, 2013, 12:21 PM
amylynne01's Avatar One happy mama
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How much can you spend on new seats? You're going to need at least one, probably two.

The Baby Trend infant seats do not fit small babies at all. Twins tend to be smaller than singletons, so you want seats that will fit preemies essentially. You want to look at the Graco Snugride 30 or 35, Chicco Keyfit 30, or Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite. The Comfy Carry Elite is the cheapest of the options, but it gets the job done!

The Marathon, while a great seat, is wide. I would suggest replacing it with either a Diono Radian (convertible RFing to FFing) because they are super slim or with a Harmony Defender 360 (combination seat that is FFing only) for the same reason. The lowest model Radian is $165, and the Defender is $100 (only found at Walmart).

Since your cars are smaller, I would suggest saving up for more Radians to use once the twins are out of the infant carriers.

What lingo are you unsure about?
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