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December 6th, 2012, 11:42 AM
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If you have multiples in car seats, how did you decide where to place them? Since Connor has been an only child, he's been in the middle seat of DH's car, and when we got the minivan, I decided to put him behind the driver's seat. If I remember correctly, I did some research and read that was the safer place to put him, having to do with your initial reactions to an oncoming crash, as the driver, would be to swerve away.

So, now that I'm going to have to put one child behind the driver's seat, and one behind the passengers, does it matter where each child goes? lol I feel like I'm choosing which child would be safer!! And, I should mention I have HORRIBLE car anxiety when it comes to Connor!! I can't even imagine how I'm going to cope with having TWO children in the car!! I have bad anxiety in general, if we could all live in a bubble and never leave the house, I would be OK with that!

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December 6th, 2012, 11:52 AM
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I worry about that too. My son is in the middle of hubby's car. We're gonna have to get a bigger vehicle to have 2 carseats, and they're gonna have to be behind each of the front seats. I hadn't heard of one side being more safe than the other, but what you said makes sense. I'm just nervous about having a kid right next to the side of the car. The middle is so much safer!

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December 6th, 2012, 12:00 PM
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I've never put DD in the middle....oops? She's in a booster now and she's always behind the passenger seat but I think we'll move her to behind the drivers seat. The reason why she's behind the passenger is because its easier for me to turn around and help her with something in that position and im usually not driving unless i'm alone
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December 6th, 2012, 12:00 PM
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I agree! I had SUCH a hard time when we didn't have a choice but to put Connor on the side in the minivan (two captains chairs in the back). It was definitely a huge transition, but this one is going to be bigger!!!

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December 6th, 2012, 12:38 PM
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I was told to never put a young child in the middle. Under 2 I was told by two seperate states police that they want infants behind the driver seat. Rear facing til 2 or 35 pounds whichever comes first. Thats also what i was told by the hospital when we took DD home. And thats what we did. And DD is still behind drivers seat. She will move to behind passenger seat and baby will be behind drivers seat.

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December 6th, 2012, 02:24 PM
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hmmm my state police guy put the carseat in the middle of both of our cars when we went to check it. Maybe its a state to state thing? I thought it was required in PA to have the child in the middle and rear facing til 1 or 20 lbs (current law) but they recommend until 2.

We'll put the new baby in the middle. We have a honda odyssey so we have seating for 8 - the middle row can be two captains chairs or we can use the insert to have three across. JD currently sits in the middle there and will most likely move to the pasenger side so I can easily hand him stuff if I need to while we are stopped at a light or something. We will see how long they last side by side like that because JD and this baby might need the space inbetween cause I have a feeling he will try to "help" with the baby too much. LOL

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December 6th, 2012, 02:44 PM
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We always had a child in the middle. When DD was an only child, she was in the middle. When DS came along, we didn't want to change everything up for DD, so she stayed in the middle and he went behind the passenger seat (so that DH could drive the car too). When we got the angle adjuster for the Radian, we moved DD behind the passenger seat and DS went in the middle so he could be more reclined. Now that we're having #3, I'm thinking we move DD back to the middle because DS throws his toys out of his seat all the time, put DS behind the driver seat with an angle adjuster, and new baby will go behind the passenger seat. Whew. We have a large sedan, so all 3 will still be RFing and we'll have a full car!
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December 6th, 2012, 02:58 PM
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I will have 3 in carseats . Right now, DS is just got flipped to forward facing and he is behind the driver's seat and DD is in a booster seat behind the passenger seat. When this baby comes, DD will stay in her spot, DS will be moved to the middle, and baby will be behind the driver's seat. My reasoning for put DS in the middle is no one will have to climb over his beast of a carseat (Graco MyRide) and no one will have to try to lift the infant carrier over his carseat. I'm just thankful my backseat is wide enough to fit 3 across safely

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December 6th, 2012, 04:10 PM
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DD has always been in the middle. She is almost 5 years old and in a Britax 5 point harness still. I was worried about when I would have another child because she will have to be on the side and so I bought the seat with the side impact protection Not sure if it will do anything but I figured what the heck! I hope she can learn to unbuckle herself soon because that will help. She will need to be moved to the side when the baby comes. Luckily she won't be in the car as much as she is starting kindergarten and we can bring her to school and it is 5 minutes away. The school she goes to now is a 30 minute drive on my way to work.

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December 6th, 2012, 04:17 PM
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I will have 4 in car seats. 2 britax frontiers in the back of our explorer, Everett and the baby in the middle seat RFing. Obviously one on the driver side and one on the passenger side. Not sure which side I know one side is better for rf but I can't remember which.

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December 6th, 2012, 07:29 PM
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for those of you with kids in the middle, double check your vehicle's manual. not all cars have LATCH in the middle seat. You can still latch your child in the middle by connecting one side to the left LATCH and one side to the right, but that's not safe.

Also, those of you with older children, LATCH is only recommended for up to 40 lbs. At that point, you should be connecting the seat to the car by seatbelt and continue to use the harness to buckle the child in.

These tables are the most recent I can find.
The Car Seat Lady: CENTER LATCH (not always an oxymoron) - 2010 Vehicles that allow the use of the lower anchors in the center position

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