(Closed) Car seat arrangements for 2 kids (toddler and newborn/infan)?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
213 posts
Helper bee

I don’t have children yet.  However I’ve been around and cared for many children.  FI and I live in a city, so we would put the infant behind the passenger seat so that it was easiest to reach the infant when utilizing street parking.  Presumably, once a toddler is forward facing they should be fairly proficient in getting out of their own seat and all you need to do is reach over and clip/un clip them.  This arrangement would be the same for me regardless of whose car we were in.

Post # 3
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

agreed. we put the infant behind the passenger seat and the toddler in the middle in the back.

Post # 4
11735 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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karmalkween:  My sister has her infant seat behind the driver and her toddler behind the passenger.  She had it reveresed initially, but she got a huge SUV and it was too difficult to reach back with the infant behind the passenger side.

Post # 5
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

When I was babysitting my niece and nephew when they were younger, I put the infant carrier on the passenger side and the toddler seat behind the driver.  I did it that way because I could push the front passenger seat farther up to accomodate the infant carrier.

Post # 6
1647 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

Depending on how they fit, I might put my daughter in the middle, and keep my son behind the passenger side because it’s safer.   If they dont’ fit too well,  I’ll put her infant bucket on the passenger side, and his FF harness seat on the driver’s side.


Post # 7
2836 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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karmalkween:  Right now, DS’s front facing seat is behind passenger.  Infant seat will either go behind passenger or driver sit.  Not putting one i the middle because there isn’t proper room- and because there is only LATCH on the two sides- and you shouldn’t attach two seats to one anchor.


I don’t know if it will matter if our infact is in the passenger side- his infant seat is deeper, so it’s not like I’ll actually be able to reach back there and do much if I’m driving.  

Also- we don’t have a garage, and we live in a very snowy state.  My six year old can easily get it on the street side and crawl through to his seat.  He can *usually* buckle his himself with no problems. I don’t want to have to walk through 2 feet of snow to put the infant seat in and out each time- so there’s another reason to have infant seat behind driver for us.  

When DS needed assistance when he was younger- I’d always make sure his seat was on the street side in the winter.

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