Post # 1
I drive a two door hatchback and I’m having a baby in a month. My husband and I have talked about getting a mid size SUV but we paid my car off in March and his will be paid off this month so I’d hate to trade it in and get a new car right away. I’d rather take advantage of a few months with no car payments.
He has a nice 4 door sedan and obviously wants me to drive it with the baby and he will drive my car but I know how much he LOVES his car and is disappointed he has to drive my little car. I feel kind of bad 🙁 I’ll be staying home so I won’t be out and about all that much where as he has to commute to the city for work every day. I want him to be able to enjoy his car especially now that its paid off.
Does anyone have experience with a 2 door car and an Infant? is it doable or should I just give in and start driving his car when baby gets here?
Post # 3
@totheislnds: Did it and hated it! It was awful on my back! Even a sedan is really hard on your back. Those baby carriers are heavier than you think. It doesn’t get any easier once the baby is out of the carrier either. Can’t tell you how many times I hit the babies head on the top of the car because I didn’t bend down low enough!
I think my oldest was 6 months old before we finally got the mini van.
Post # 4
I used to have a 2 door car. During that time I babysat my brothers kids for a week when he went on vacation.
Trust me, you are going to want 4 doors!
Post # 5
Another person here saying you’ll want the 4 door. You’ll actually be out more than you think with your baby–a million doctor visits in the first few months, plus all the diaper/wipe/food trips.
Especially when you’re still healing, there’s no way that you’ll want to crouch in the backseat messing with the infant carrier. Just thank your husband profusely for wanting you to have it easier, and drive the 4 door.
Post # 6
My sister had a two door when she had her first son. She hated it. She dealt with it for the first 6 months or so, then they bought a Volvo station wagon. So I would say it’s do-able, but not fun.
Post # 7
Definately going to want 4 doors. Getting a baby in & out of the car seat or taking the car seat with you is going to be a pain doing a 2 door.
Post # 8
I think you’ll definitely want a four door! I don’t have a baby yet, but I’ve watched plenty of kids and it is such a pain getting the car seat in & out. A lot of friends have also switched cars after having a baby because the two door was just too annoying. And you’ll be out doing way more errands that you think!
Post # 9
I had a 2-door Honda Accord when we had Dirty Delete…it was doable but miserable on my back! I traded it for a 4-door VW Jetta and the Jetta is perfect. Can fit carseat #2 in there too, easily.
Post # 10
@totheislnds: You will probably WANT but not NEED a different car. I mean, my mom raised my sister and I driving a Chevette and all 3 of us survived.
Post # 11
getting a carrier in a 4 door can be a pita. I’m pregnant (first trimester) and baby sit a 3 month old and some times just getting the kid in the car is hard. For sure take your hubby up on the 4 door deal. couldn’t imagine doing it in a 2.
Post # 12
My daughter was a surprise and we both had 2 door cars. My SO bought a 4 door and then got into an accident so we were left with my 2 door car. It’s definitely more of a pain but it’s definitely do able. Now that she’s older and walking and in a forward facing seat it’s much easier. getting her in and out with a carrier was a pain but it definitely wasn’t enough to push us to getting another car. My car is paid off and great on gas.
I have an ’06 honda civic to give you an idea.
Post # 13
I have a 2-door car and I love it. my daughter is 4.5 now and it is so easy.
When she was still in the infant carrier, I had the base installed directly behind the driver seat, and could easily swing her into place. Getting her out was a little more challenging, but she was secure in the carrier so I was not too concerned if it was bumped a little on the door frame etc. My daughter’s father had an SUV and it was a royal pain to lift the carrier up into the car, also to secure her later on in a forward facing buckle seat (not too hard with the 5-point harness).
Once she was walking and in a forward facing seat, it was much easier. I would get in the car crouched in front of her seat with my butt kinda sitting on top of the back of the driver seat (which of course was tilted forward), then lift her into the car and secure her in her seat. With a 4-door car I found a lot more twisting/stretching of my body to maneuver her into the car, which was not ideal for me.
Also, I am only 5’2, which I think contributes to my difficulty with my ex’s SUV.
Post # 14
I had always read that the safest spot for an infant carrier is the middle, not the end, so something else for the OP to think about.
I’m in a cold weather state, so having to maneuver to the middle with the infant carrier was a PITA. Even in nice weather it’s not easy.
Post # 15
The safest place in the vehicle for a child is in the rear middle seat. Unfortunately, some vehicles have odd shaped middle seats creating a hump that makes stabilizing a car seat there impossible (which is that case in my car). No matter how much you tighten the strap, it would still wiggle. Some vehicles do not have a middle seat at all. The second safest spot is behind the driver, which is where I chose to place my daughter’s seat.
OP and all other parents: I srongly urge you and your Darling Husband to go to your local police or fire station to have your car seats installed professionally.
Post # 16
Since you will be staying home, and not needing to go out every day, could you take your husbands car the days you know you will be out, and then the other days, you would have your car available, if you needed to use it, so he could still drive his car?
Just a thought!