Post # 1
Darling Husband are not ttc for a little while but are looking at getting a new vehicle before the end of the year. We are thinking ahead and want to get a vehicle that will be good for a baby. We need something that will take the place of his truck, in the hauling capacity, and will also have room for our two dogs, a corgi and a blue heeler, plus a baby, plus all the baby things we will need when we go out of town which is at least once a month. So my question is, for those bees that have a baby and dogs, and also tend to travel a bit, what do you drive?
Post # 3
No kids yet, but I have a 110lb dog. We just bought a Honda CR-V just so that he’d fit in the back. Our other car is a coupe, and I had a sedan that just wasn’t working for him. My SIL has a baby girl and 2 a 110 and 125 lb dogs and has a Nissan Xterra.
Post # 4
I drive a 7 seater ford territory SVU i love it! the back 2 seats are mostly folded down when i drive it day to day, i only have the back 2 seats up if i have my step daughter with us or kids friends (we have 3 kids at home full time)
Post # 5
@MrsDibs: I drive BMW suv and i love it I have 2 kids and a furbaby and i honestly wouldnt change any vehicle for it!
Post # 6
We bought a Subaru Forrester for these same reasons. Not TTC yet, but soon. If has a ton of cargo storage space. Easy access to the back and back seats.
My Darling Husband who is 6’9″ can drive this car and have space above his head AND someone can actually fit behind him in the seat. We have never been able to find a car that does that that isnt a Tahoe.
Everyone who climbs in is surprised how much space is in it and how well it drives. Plus it has a great history for high quality and a car that can go 200K miles. MPG is also good.
Post # 7
I have 3 boys and an English Mastiff .. LOVE my Dodge Durango with 3rd row seating.
Post # 8
I have a nissan rogue & a 110lb akita (((:
Post # 9
I have a baby and 3 small dogs. I drive a Saturn Vue.
We went on our first overnight trip just last week, definitely needed the space! I think soon we’ll buy a slighter bigger dog crate and make 2 of the dogs share, 3 dog crates take up lot of space!
Post # 10
We bought a CR-V as we were not planning on kids for 2 years or so… well it’s definitely too small now for 2 dogs (55lbs and 85lbs) and a baby. Sure, they can go in the back, but where does all the baby stuff go and the dog crates we have to haul?
Darling Husband is planning to buy a 4 door truck next. This way all the stuff can go in the bed. It’s that or a Sequia that are on our list, but Darling Husband really wants a truck.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I’m a station wagon Momma. I started with a VW Passat wagon, which I drove for 8 years. Plenty of room for the kiddo, his gear and our pets. LOVED that car. Now I drive a Toyota Venza, which I also love. And my next car will be a Volvo XC70, even though teen LK will have flown the nest by that point. I love me a station wagon. Such an old lady. haha
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
It’s really important with the baby that you have a way to restrain the dogs or in an accident they become a major safety hazard as a projectile in the car.
We have one dog and the baby comes in January. Our car is small, but because it has a hatch, we can trap the dog in the trunk space and keep baby and supplies in the back seat. We will have to be careful with packing. Our car is a Honda Insight.
If we could get whatever we wanted for a new car, I’d either get a Honda Odyssey or a Volvo or Suburu stationwagon.
Post # 13
@mrsSonthebeach: We always have the dogs restrained in some way, either kennel or seat belt harnesses. But that should have been part of my original question, so thanks!
Thanks all for the replies so far! Keep ’em coming! For bees who restrain their dogs how does that work with a baby and packing stuff in the car? I can see seat belt restraints working well with a car seat but a kennel take up a bunch of room.
Post # 14
I have a red heeler! Love my baby girl! She rides in the passengar back seat of my Tahoe. I have a cover over it to protect it from her. We are putting the car seat in the other back passengar seat. I have the two bucket seats in the second row so that if I need for people to ride in the 3rd row they can go through the center asile vs having to fold down a bench seat. Which with a carseat in the 2nd row is a chore. Something to thing about. My brother and his wife have 2 dogs and a 1 year old. They too have a Tahoe.
We all do a bit of traveling and have always taken the dogs along. But I will say this we both have started leaving the dogs at home more because when we get to our family vacation homes it’s getting harder to keep up with dogs and babies.