(Closed) Car Seat Placement: Center or Side?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Well, my kiddies are grown but they went in the center.  It’s the safest spot.  I would be nervous to have my baby near the door, to be honest.  But it’s sometimes unavoidable, so go with whatever is safest in your car.

Post # 4
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

We have the same car seat, and ours is on the side. Honestly, I have no idea why. My husband did it, and he’s the kind of person who does his research on those things, so I didn’t even question him.

Post # 5
2547 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That’s so funny that you say that. My son is in the center, he always has been. He is now 2, and when we switched over car seats, I went to the fire hall to make sure everything was accurate, as I did the first time, and they ( there were 2) told me the center for sure. Obviously sometimes it is unavoidable, like if you have more than one child. But that is my experience.

Post # 6
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park

Huh. I was advised to use the center seat in the case of a side collision. It seems safest to me…

Post # 8
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I used the center for a long time. Felt safer to me.

Post # 9
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Center is the safest…. in accidents alot of times the front seats themselves will go back and forward again and can injure those sitting behind them. Not to mention if you got hit from the side…

Now that we have DS AND another lo on the way though we’ll probably sit it on one of the sides just for fitting them.

Post # 10
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Interesting that the PD recommended the side seats.. I’m not sure if that’s something specific to those models of cars, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the center rear seat as the safest spot for baby, based on the best evidence. Thats the newest recommendation as of this year, with an addition of keeping baby/child rear facing until 2 if they will tolerate it.

Post # 11
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My husband is a police officer and is certified in safety seat checks.  He always installs his daughter’s car seat in the middle in our cars.

Post # 13
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve never seen a car seat on the side. It just seems like it would be safer in the center just for sake of side impact?

Post # 14
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I totally depends on the car you have I would follow the instructions of the car. I know someone who had twins so ofcourse her car seats were on the sides and her car actually had instructions to put the car seat on the sides anyway.

Post # 15
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Center seat is the safest location for carseats. 

Most cars that have a middle seat do not have middle seat latch (especially lower anchors).  We have a Toyota Camry and use the middle seat.  We installed our base with the seatbelt because of that issue.  Using the latches for the side seats won’t provide the correct set up.

Carseats are hard for sure.  Good Luck.

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