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May 1st, 2012, 07:32 PM
JennaBee's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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We are expecting our 3rd child in August. We are a one car family and have a Chevy Equinox. The back seat is a decent size and currently our girls are FF in Radian Car seats each behind a front seat. Now I am curious where I should put baby. Originally I thought I would put DD2 (2y @delivery) and DD1 (3 1/2 @delivery) together and baby on an end so easy to get in and out of the car (i'm only 5' tall) and only one sister to poke at him. But then someone mentioned that it is not safe for a child to be FF in the middle seat. What would you do? Where should baby go? TIA!

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May 2nd, 2012, 02:41 PM
amylynne01's Avatar One happy mama
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Location: MA
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Technically, you should put the most vulnerable child in the middle seat. In your case, that would be your youngest FFing kiddo (i.e. your 2 yr old). However, since you need a 3 across, I would try different combinations of seats and arrangements and go with what works best. The safety difference between the middle and outboard is pretty small, so go with what combo gives you the best installs of all seats.

I have almost the same situation except my older 2 are 4 (FFing) and nearly 3 (RFing). They are both riding in Radians outboard, and Owen rides in the middle in a SnugRide 30. We might change it to him outboard because it's kind of a pain to get him in the middle in his infant seat, although come fall, both girls need to be outboard for preschool pickup/dropoff. Still trying to figure out what's going to work best. I drive a Mazda CX9, which is a little wider than the Equinox.
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