(Closed) Babies in a 3 door car… Madness?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What do you think?
    Get the 3 door, it'll be fine : (6 votes)
    6 %
    Get the 3 door and upgrade if you manage to procreate : (7 votes)
    7 %
    Get the 5 door now, far more sensible in the longer term : (79 votes)
    84 %
    Other (because it's necessary) : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    575 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I have a full sedan (4 door), and we just installed a car seat in the back, which orginially we thought was roomy. We were shocked about how much room the car seat takes up. I honestly couldn’t picture it in a compact vechicle, but that said I’m sure people have made it work with no issues.

    Post # 4
    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My personal experience is that it’s VERY hard to get an infant car seat in and out of a 3 door. (By 3 door I am assuming you mean a sedan (2 door) and a back hatch).  It’s very hard on your back, and where I live where we have 4 seasons, it’s harder once you have your winter coat and gear on, not to mention trying to get in and out when the ground is icy or wet.

    Once the infant is out of the carrier seat and you have him/her in a convertable seat, it’s difficult to maneuver the baby because they aren’t old enough to get into the car seat by themselves.

    I say spring for the 5 door.

    Post # 6
    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m assuming the 3rd/5th door is the hatch back? In the states, we usually refer to 2/4 door cars, so I’m going to assume you’re talking about the same thing here. I would definitely go with a 4 door car, if possible. It is hard enough driving a compact car with a little one, I would hate to have a 2 door. I had friends with kids who had a 2 door car with LOs, and they made it work, but they complained about it constantly.

    Post # 8
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    That would feel terrible on your back to be climbing in and trying to get a car seat in there. DH drives an average size, 4 door sedan (Audi A4) and with rear facing seat it still sat tightly against the back of the front seats. I think a 3 door car would be a huge pain.

    Post # 9
    343 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My little sister copes fine with a Mini, so I reckon you’ll be OK with an Ibiza. 

    Post # 10
    2195 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I have no idea what a three door car is. You can make almost anything work, however the more room you can get the better. I always hated mini-vans and that sort of vehicle, now I look at them with envy.

    Post # 11
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I don’t even HAVE babies yet and i vote for the 5 door. 

     I have carted my nieces around a TON.  IT SUCKS trying to get them into the carseat?  I never took them as new borns just as toddlers, and you have to kind of toss them into the steat and THEN try to get the belt around the seat while they squirm.  and your out side of the car or sitting on the back of the front seat, as it leans on the steering wheel which is hitting the HORN the whole time.

    Save the three door for when they are out of car seats and can get back there themselves.

    Post # 12
    440 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    SpecialSundae  I was going to mention the UK/US car size thing… US cars are generally bigger anyway….but in UK terms, I really would avoid going for a 3 door, I’m not sure what benefit there is to it.

    It’s the back pain thing, room enough for the car seat, getting a bubba in/out whilst sleeping. Cleaning out the back seat when bubba vomits everywhere. I cannot think of one thing a 3 door has over a 5 door.


    Post # 13
    553 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Could it work…yes it could. Will it be easy not at all. my sister had a 3 door car years ago and it was very difficult getting the car seat in and out (eventually they got another car seat just so they wouldn’t ever have to take it out for whatever reason). it was a real pain trying to squeeze in the back with a wiggling baby as well.

    Post # 15
    9816 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I think anyone can make any car work, but I can tell you that after years of saying “We don’t need a bigger car”… we had to break down and get a bigger car. It’s so much easier to be able to just have access to a door when I need to, whether it’s so pull over real quick for a lost binkie or doll, or handle a throw-up emergency. Glamorous business!

    Post # 16
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Oh, I was thinking you already were having kids/ on the way.  I voted 5 door, but if kids are still down the road, I would get the three door.  I guess it depends how long you plan to have this car?  You also don’t know how long making a baby can take…  But if you plan to have the car for 10 years, then get the 5 door!

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