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November 22nd, 2010, 09:38 AM
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Hi all, my name is Jenn. I usually post in the July 2010 playroom but I have a question that I think will be best answered here We have 5 children. They are 13 ( 14 next month), 11, 4, 2, and 4 months old. My 4mth old is in a maxi cosi infant bucket seat, my 2yr old is forward facing in a eddie bauer 3 in 1 and my 4 yr old is in a backless booster seat. Right now I have the baby and my 4yr old in the middle row captains chairs and my 2 yr old in the rear bench seat on the outter drivers side.
I have a 2002 ford windstar. We have no space, and the older kids are crammed in the back. They have no space at all.
We are thinking about getting a new vehicle and or getting different car seats that are narrower maybe? Then I can put all the little ones in the back seat, although I dont want to put the baby that far.

Anyhow thats my situation. I was just wondering what you all use for a vehicle and car seats?

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Kailey (Dec 1996)
Jacob (July 1999)
Joshua (Sept 2006)
Gillian (July 2008)
Quinton ( July 23 2010)

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November 22nd, 2010, 09:48 AM
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I have my 1 and 5 year olds in giant Britax Roundabouts in the middle captains chairs. I figure when I have my 5th my 5 year old will have to go in the back center and squish the older two
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November 22nd, 2010, 10:35 AM
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Ugh...I hear you on needing a bigger vehicle! Dh and I are searching for good deals on 12 passenger vans just so we will be able to add one more and let the other five stretch a bit!

My kids are 12, 7, 5, 3, and almost 2. We have the 3 yr. old in a Graco five point harness in the middle rear bench (I don't know exact model names, sorry!), 7 yr old is in a backless booster on the passengers side rear bench, 5 yr old is in a high-back booster on the driver's side (both Graco styles). The 2 yr old is in a Graco convertible in the driver's side captain seat and the 12 yr old either seats in the other captain seat or the passenger seat up front occasionally.
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November 22nd, 2010, 12:40 PM
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I have 4 children and drive a Town and Country. My Children are 5, 3, 3, and 8 weeks.

I have my 3 older children in the backseat all in Sunshine Kids Radians.(all 3 in 5 pt harnesses) Then Lydia is in one of the middle bucket seats while then other is folded into the floor.
This is the view of the back of the Van


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November 22nd, 2010, 01:23 PM
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Oh yeah...my 11 year old rides in the front passenger seat sometimes too. He's big for his age- only a couple inches shorter than me and over 100 pounds so we figured he didn't need to wait til he's 12.
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November 22nd, 2010, 08:10 PM
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We have a Toyota Sienna 8 passenger Van. My kids are 10, 9, almost 8, 6, 5 and almost 3. In the back we use 2 booster seats. The 6 and 5yr old usually sit there with one of the older kids. In the middle we have a 5 point carseat, can't remember the name, then the other 2 older kids. We're gonna need another vehicle next summer, that or we'll be driving 2 cars whenever we all go together anywhere.

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November 22nd, 2010, 08:42 PM
Just_Marie's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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My kids are 4, 2.5 and 20 month old twins, are all in 5 pt harnesses. I have a Caravan. Right now I have three seats across the back: a Graco Naut, a Radian, and a Britax Marathon-they're snug, but all are installed correctly. Then I have another Marathon on the 2nd row bench. That leaves me room for an adult passenger.

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