(Closed) Car Seat in a Coupe

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

When I had my second son I was driving a Ford ZX2 at the time and it was doable but kinda inconvenient. I would suggest if you’re going with a coupe to get the carseat with the base that stays in the car. It was much easier getting it in and out the backseat when all you have to do is sit it in the cradle and wait for the snap.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

When my nephew was little, 5 years ago, I had to rent a car, a coupe, while mine was in the shop. It was a PAIN in the behind to get the seat in, and once it was in it was nearly impossible to get my nephew in or out. I ended up having to trade the brand new rental car to my sister for her 20 year old 4 door for the weekend. I highly recommend against attempting a coupe with a baby! Its not just the pain of the carseat, but trying to bend over with a baby. I must admit I knocked his poor little head once. Not hard, but it freaked me out to no end!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I would definitely not recommend a 2 door car with kids.  Car seats are very difficult to get in and out and it kills your back  Even with older kids they are difficult because kids always need something and you are trying to reach over the back seat and its just way harder than with a roomier 4 door.

I love the Altima coupes but I really do think you would regret it once you have kids.  I actually traded mine in for a Nissan Rogue before we had our little guy and its great bc it drives just like my Altima just with room for kids and dogs.

Good luck with your decision!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My BIL just bought a new Chevy Camaro. You can’t put a baby seat behind the driver’s seat because he is 6’8″ and needs the seat all the way back and reclined some. They thought they would be able to fit a baby seat behind the passenger seat, but realized after he bought it that he can’t, since if you move the passenger seat foward at all, he can’t see out the passenger side window. They are literally putting off kids for two extra years because of this, and if they have an “oops” they will have to sell/trade it.

Having a coupe just makes it really awkward to be able to access the back seat, and I really wouldn’t want to try and get a baby seat in and out.

If you really want the car, I’d definitely find someone with a baby seat you can borrow, and try getting it in and out of the back seat to see if you want to deal with the hassle day in and day out.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I used to babysit for 1 baby & 1 kid in a booster seat.  I had a 2 door coupe civic.  It was tough.  The car seat could only fit in the middle of the back seat and the booster seat had to sit in the front seat.  She was old/big enough so it was okay but 2 wouldn’t fit together in the rear.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wouldn’t do it personally.  I don’t have kids yet, but just babysitting my nephew with my 2 door is a pain.  I can deal with it since I only watch him once in awhile, but if I had to tote him around every day I would sell my car in a heartbeat so I could get a 4 door!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I wouldn’t do it everyone I know that had kids in car seats got rid of the coupes quick. For what it’s worth I love my Altima Sedan.  I got the SL model with leather and a Bose sound system. Very nice. I don’t have kids yet.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Thankfully I was able to get rid of my coupe a couple of years ago because I had a friends baby in my backseat a couple of times and it was a HUGE pain to get them and their seat in and out of my car.  I personally wouldn’t recommend getting a coupe if you are going to have a baby anytime soon.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Is there a reason you would get a coupe if you are thinking of TTC soon?  I think its probably doable if you already have a 2 door car, but if you are buying a new car, why wouldn’t you go for 4 door? 

Another thing to think about with a 2 door car is all the toys/food/etc that kids can leave behind in a car.  Its REALLY hard to get into the back to clean out the backseat of a 2 door car.  My SIL ended up basically trashing the back seat because she never wanted to crawl all the way in there to clean it out.  At least with a 4 door car you can open the door and easily reach down to the floorboard for anything that may have been dropped. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is there even room in the trunk for a stroller?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Any time we had to use a 2 door when we were using the car seat it was absolute hell. Sure the seat pops forward, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be easy getting the car seat IN the car. Let alone getting in after it to manuever & properly secure the darn thing.

if you plan on leaving it installed 100% of the time & never ever taking it out to use it with a stroller or on a plane then sure go for it, but i wouldn’t.

Also, most infant seats are rear facing, and take up that much MORE room that isn’t available in coupes/smaller vehicles.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse that I bought right out of University, me and Darling Husband are planning to have a baby in the next year or so, and while we will add a second larger vehicle (considering a toyota tacoma crew cab, or 4-door nissan frontier) I will be keeping my Eclipse. I know a few people who have managed to keep their coupes with kids, you just have to try a few different car seats to find the best fit (many good baby stores will have display models that they let you test drive the fit of the seats in your car), and the trunk is surprisingly large, so it will fit an averaged sized stroller (I have fit a couple of my friends strollers in there.

I say if you really want it, go for it!

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