Post # 1
We are due in September and I recently had a rather frusterating discovery about my jeep wrangler.
A friend and her 6 month old were visiting town last week and I was driving them around, getting the car seat base etc transfered over and buckled in was easy enough but getting the actual seat with baby in and out over multipul trips was a pain in the neck! I have a 2 door jeep wrangler which I love and has fit my needs perfectly for hiking/camping/hauling firewood and lumber etc but Im starting to think it may not work once the little one arrives.
Any parents with 2 door cars have tips for car seats that will work better or should I start saving for a 4 door upgrade?
thank you lovely bees!
Post # 3
@globalmargaret: I am posting this on behalf of my brother. He is telling me what you need to hear.
When they got pregnant it was a big surprise he was just finishing his bachelors degree, she did not have a job and they were not planning a baby at all….
They agreed to get married buy a house and have the baby. It all worked out perfectly. My brother paid for the wedding the house the ring the baby…..But with all the expenses he could not affort to change his car. He had just bought the car and it was just impossible. It was a two door sports car so not only it was two doors but it was tight and low.
It worked out perfectly fine for him. He says that the first thing to know is that the car seat stays in the car. No moving the car seat to get groceries no putting it on the stroller. If you leave it there then you will be perfectly fine with your car. Babies should not be in car seats anyway unless you are driving because it is bad for their back. So just invest in a nice stroller that is newborn friendly.
He also tells me that once that the baby is face forward you wont even notice you have two doors. Hope this helps
Post # 4
@bbfyso: Thank you so much! and please thank your brother for me. I knew there must be a way to make it work without dislocating your shoulder to get that thing in and out every day. We were just debating between getting a really great stroler to take on the trails and getting one of the kind that the car seat clips in to with a carrier to take elseware. Your brothers advice should solve our debate and the carseat issue. Newborn friendly stroler with big wheels it is. the quest begins, thank you so much!
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@globalmargaret: I agree with PP, if you’re totally committed to the 2 door then you need to hook up the carseat and leave it. Trying to maneuver a carseat in and out of the backseat of a 2 door is a PITA.
Post # 6
I would skip the bucket seat altogether and just not worry about the in/out. All of our future kids will go in our (almost) 2 year olds Combi Coccoro (it has a 7 year life span & can get us rf until ~2 before having to upgrade). Skipping the bucket seat will also free up $$ to get a seat that will last as long as you need rear facing (2-4 years)…. it’s nice not having to buy more seats and constantly “upgrade”.
CSFTL has a great recommedation list (along with other vital child passenger safety info) and car-seat.org is a good place to scour for what others have done in your specific vehicle! 🙂
Post # 7
@globalmargaret: I had a VW beetle when I had my daughter and I did just fine getting the seat in and out. I had a chicco key fit and it just clicked right into the base. it was a little bit of a pain getting it in and out at first but you quickly learn the best way! I had that car until she was one and then we moved to NYC and got rid of the car. I did stop taking it in and out when she was around 6 months old because it was easier to just pop her in it.
Post # 8
@runsyellowlites: Carseat.org I didn’t even know that existed but was very helpful, I like the idea of a convertable seat so I don’t have to get multipuls, they are so expensive I might try to put the Radian on the baby registry and at least use the completion discount if It doesn’t appear at a shower.
Post # 9
I would def get the convertible if you aren’t planning on taking it out! I didn’t know they existed until after I had the baby, and I was mad because I would have just gone straight to that! My baby hated the car seat, so I couldn’t just snap her into the stoller and go anyway! And with anything to do with babies, there are almost no must haves, just stuff that makes life a bit easier. Having no fenced yard because we live in a condo and having to walk our dog in the freezing cold with the baby everyday is inconvenient, but probably overall still more convenient than what we would have to cut out doing while we paid way more for a house mortgage!
Post # 10
I had a 2010 Mustang when my daughter was born. She went in and out just fine. We left the base strapped in and lifted the seat in and out every time. I did find that sliding the front seat all the way forward before moving her was the easiest. I have a 2013 Mustang now and she climbs in by herself (almost 2 1/2 years old) and we still have no space issues. I am 6’1″ and ride in the front with her in the back when my husband drives.
My husband had a four door when she was born. Sure, it was easier, but as you can probably guess, I wasn’t giving up my Pony over it.
Post # 11
I had a 2002 Honda Civic (2 door) and for the first year od DD’s life, I used the bucket seat.
The winters here are just to harsh to be constantly taking a baby in and out of a car seat…and there were many times I was NOT waking her up if I didn’t have to. Also, she always came with me to grocery shop…and I have no idea where I’d put a tiny baby …I wasn’t carrying her around in one arm while push a cart with another (and using a carrier is another one of those annoying things I don’t want to be bothered with when coming in and out of stores).
It was challenging at times, as she got heavier, but it worked fine. I’m a small girl too, but I could still maneuver the seat in and out of the car. It was just a PITA…but something I had to deal with until we could afford a 4 door vehicle.
It can be done. I personally perfer a bucket seat that I can remove, but of course, you always have the option of taknig baby out of the seat every time. It just comes down to what is most practical for you!
Post # 12
@globalmargaret: Start saving and get a new car. I had a 2-door coupe. When I had my son, and a few months of the in/out routine, I got another car. Babies are supposed to sit rear-facing as long as possible. That includes convertible car seats after they grow out of the infant seat, so you’re looking at about 2-3 years of rear-facing.