We are buying a 2 door car will it be complicated with the BABY seat?
Question: we are getting this car http://www.themotorreport.com.au/wp-cont... i want a 4 door but it costs like twice the price in this car and we don't want to get a cheaper older car just for 2 extra doors. so to anyone with experience how complicated is it to have a 2door car when having to put baby seats in & out etc... i thought good points would be: No door so the child cant accidentally open it if child locks are forgotten smaller window so if we crash less chance of glass hitting the child if we crash less chance the baby with fly out the window/door (my MIL witnessed a car crash 2months ago and the door opened and the baby was thrown across the road, so terrible) the baby seat will fit, there is leg room to for adults its just leaning over to the back everytime we use the car seat might be awkward or annoying yeh i was thinking about how my seat might have to straight (i HATE when its straight) and i was thinking about when we are driving and i need to turn around to do something for the baby if its more awkward etc... thing is my fiancee is just graduating uni and he deserves a good new car for all his hard work and he loves this car and its in our price range, i dont want to have to ask him to buy a cheaper 4door car as he really deserves to get the one he wants. he would change in a heart beat if i asked him which makes me feel more guilty to ask.
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Having a 4 door car won't make the baby more likely to fly out the window. There are still windows in a 2 door car. That's why you use child seats. It's not just about getting the seat to fit in the back, it's about getting the child in and out of the car as well. For a rear-facing seat it's not just a big deal because you can just put the cradle in and out. That's easy. When the child starts facing forward though it's a different story because the seat stays in the car and you have to strap them in and toddlers can get very wiggly. If they don't want to get in or out of the car, it makes it that much more complicated if it's a 2-door car.
Read your car owner's manual. Some cars have a bit of a hump in the middle and that makes the car-seat move around more. But if the car is normal, then the middle is safest since that gives more of a 'crunch' zone. Ie, if you got hit in the side of your car, your baby is not right against the door but has a whole seat between them and the accident to absorb the impact before the car seat even has to do any work.
Most likely you will have to buy two seats. These seats use the cars seat belt to strap in the seat. Then of course it has the safety belt for your son like an infant seat. If you can't afford to get two car seats what I would do, is if there is room ask the daycare if you can leave his seat there with him, in case one is dropping off and the other is picking up. it would be a hassle, but, if you can't afford to get both then this would be an option to look at. Otherwise if you have any friends with older children that just grew out of that sort of seat, you could possibly get one that way. A few hints about used seats. Please get one from a very reliable source. NEVER use a car seat that was involved in an accident. My personal opinion is to never use one thats over 2-3 years old. Because of the design and safety features that could have changed.
We have an 06 and we used a Graco Travel System - it came with the infant carrier, base, and stroller. It was a very tight fit to get the carrier in and out - we had to turn my daughter completely sideways and squeeze it between the door frame and the back of the front seat to get it in. If the Mustang is your daily driver I would suggest buying each of these - making sure that you understand the stores return policy - and try each of them to see which one works best. Carseats generally work best on flat seats so the bucket seats in a Mustang can make them fit differently - or even so loose that they wouldn't hold the car seat properly - it's important that you get one that can be secured tightly.
Don't do it!! I have a Scion TC 2 door hatchback and it's nearly impossible! It is hard to get her in and out.. when she drops something the car is so small and sporty that I have to crawl in the backseat just to pick it up and it is Not Easy! I am average size.. not big not small framed and It is hard on me! Not to mention the seat that sits in front of her (the passenger seat) does not go back enough to allow room for the person in that seat so it's uncomfortable for everyone around in a 2 door. Not to mention the trunk space which seems to be big enough turns out once you have a child is no longer big enough to bring her stroller AND pick up anything needed such a diapers and wipes.. theres just not enough room! My car appears to have more room than the car you want and it's HORRIBLE only having 2 doors. Seriously don't do it you will regret it! You need the 4 doors.. We are heavily kicking ourselves not buy a smarter car with a child. This is not my exact car but I found a pic of one to show you size of my car http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike_tseng/... Also the carseat fit in my car fine with leg room as well it is the fact of once baby is in the carseat and you don't want the front seat touching it and when someone is sitting in it they can't lay the seat back comfortable it has to sit more straight up.. just trust me on this.. you will regret it. EDIT: It sounds as if your mind is made up about the car.. and that's ok if you two like it then get it.. you can make it work I mean we did. I just hope you don't change your mind once the car is purchased. But don't let someone else tell you you Can't get it) My personal opinion is simply there are a lot better cars out there that would be better suited for someone with a child.
The car seat sunshade attachment suggested by another user could easily mess up with how a car seat is supposed to function in a crash. Don't get it. He needs a rear facing convertible car seat. Here's your best bets, and some tips. Remember these rules: 1)the BEST seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car, and will be used correctly 100% of the time. (This is why convenience features DO make a difference and ARE worth the money! If its easy to use, you're more likely to use it correctly. 2)children need to stay rear facing as long as possible. Turning kids forward at 20lbs/1year is an outdated practice that could cost you your child's life! A)A forward-facing child under 2 years old is 5 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash than a rear-facing child of the same age. B)A child's vertabrae do not fully fuse until 3-6 years old, before then, she is at great risk for internal decapitation. The spinal column can stretch up to 2 inches in a crash BUT the spinal cord can only stretch up to 1/4 inch before it snaps and baby is gone. C)Current research suggests that children under the age of two years are 75 percent less likely to die or be seriously injured when they are riding rear facing. D)In a recent article from Injury Prevention, it was found that the odds of severe injury to forward facing children age 12-23 months old was 5.32 times higher than a rear facing child. (Car Safety Seats For Children: Rear Facing For Best Protection; Injury Prevention 2007; 13:398-402.) 3)Once you do turn them forward facing, they need to stay in a 5 point harness as long as possible. 4 years/40lbs is the minimum for riding in a booster, and most 4 year olds have no business using one yet. If they can't sit upright for an entire trip, they need the harness of a car seat still. And, even if they do sit properly, a 5 point harness is safer, so you want to keep them in one as long as possible. This is important to consider b/c most car seats only forward face to 40lbs. My son just turned 3, and is in the 95th% for height and weight - 40" tall and weighs 41lbs. He outgrew the 40lbs seats shortly after his 2nd birthday. It was a total waste of money. He now has a Britax Marathon, which goes to 65lbs, and will be able to fit it for some time yet. If I'd have bought it when he was born, I could have had one car seat this whole time instead of the 3 I wasted money on. They are more expensive for many reasons, this is one. So...knowing all that, here's some about specific seats. Please don't get a Graco Comfort Sport. Car seat techs call it the 'crappysport'. LOL Its a crappy seat that won't last your child very long b/c it has a really short shell. The straps twist all the time, and if they're twisted they won't support your child in a wreck properly. They're hard to install. There's nothing good about these seats except perhaps they're cheap sometimes. Ditto the Safety1st 3-in-1/Cosco Alpha Omega/Eddie Bauer 3-in1 seats. These are all the same company - same seat, just different covers. They stink. Hard to install, b/c of narrow belt paths. Ever tried to wash a skinny cup by hand? Now imagine that skinny cup with pointy edges. That's what putting your hand through these to install them is like. AND they have too short a shell to really go to 40lbs. And that's another misleading thing the box says - 5-100lbs. What the box fails to mention (you don't find out until reading the manual!) is that the harness only goes to 40lbs, NOT 100lbs! After 40lbs it must be used as a booster.And they do not make good boosters. Also, most kids have to use boosters until they're at least 8 years old. Car seats expire 6 years after the date of manufacture, so no matter what they say it is NOT the last seat you'll ever need to buy. The Britax Marathon/Boulevard/Decathalon (These 3 are the same seat, just different variances of luxury additions, with the Marathon being the cheapest base model) can be found for regular price of $269, and on sale at Albee Baby online for $209-$219. The Marathon a wide open easy to route belt path, which makes using it correctly a lot easier, as do the built in lockoffs, which mean you never again have to use a locking clip. I can get it into 4 different vehicles in under 2 minutes. Because of the way the base is made, it fits in most cars. And, it is worth the money, b/c it lasts usually twice as long as most other car seats (all car seats expire 6 years after the date of manufacture) lasting a baby till they are 5-6 years old, where most at Walmart will only last till 2-4 years old. Rear faces to 33lbs, then forward to 65lbs. and top slots 17inches tall, lasts most kids to ages 5-6 years old. The Evenflo Triumph Advance (not the original Triumph, make sure it says Advance) is a great seat. $150 version at Babies R Us has padding similar to Britax seats, top slots of 17", harnesses to 35lbs rear facing, and 50lbs forward facing. $120 Walmart version just has little less plush padding. Wide open belt path, easy to install, though it doesn't have built in lockoffs. The harness adjusts at the front of the car seat, you don't have to take the car seat out of the car just to raise/lower the straps. It's one of only 2 seats that does this (The Britax Boulevard is the other, I believE), and it has infinite harness adjustment so the harness always fits perfectly until its outgrown. No more tugging straps to tighten them either. You tighten and loosen the harness using knobs on the side of the seat. As a major bonus, it can be used in a recline position even in forward facing mode. Awesome for kids who still sleep in the car. I LOVE THIS SEAT! LOL My son, who is too big for every other car seat at Walmart has the same amount of room in this as the Britax Marathon. The Compass Tue Fit, also sold as The First Years True Fit, is a great choice, too. Here's a thread talking all about it: http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t... Has 16.5 inch top harness slots, half inch shorter than the Britax Marathon and Evenflo Triumph Advance. Rear faces to 35lbs, forward faces to 65lbs, has built-in lockoffs, and you never have to rethread the harness to change harness height. The headrest is removable to fit better in smaller cars. $179 for the one cover Walmart offers it in, check Babies R Us and other stores for different covers at a little more expensive price. If you like this one, MOVE FAST! Currently you can get one for half off, making it only $99!! Use this coupon code: SD419 here: http://shop.learningcurve.com/wps/myport... Great seat for an awesome price. The Fisher Price Safe Voyage Deluxe Convertible seat is great, it is made by Britax, without all the frills. It's the same shell as a Marathon, but for less than half the price. $130 at Albee Baby online with free shipping, or at their eBay name, babysurplus. Rear faces to 33lbs, forward to 55lbs. Easy to use, fits in most cars. A small word of warning about these seats: they are now officially not making them anymore, so the date of manufacture is getting older and older, with many being delivered that are 6+ months old already. Since car seats expire 6 years after the date of manufacture, this could make a difference to you, especially since its possible your child could fit in the seat for the next 5-6 years. These are the best you can buy that will give you the most bang for your buck. As a single parent I'm always watching the budget - I have no money to speak of, and these are what I would buy. (My son has a marathon and is soon getting a Britax Regent). They will last the longest. I only wish someone would've told me all this before I had him, I coulda saved some money for the extra seats I started out with! All seats in the US must meet the same safety criteria to sell, so technically they all are safe, however, if its hard to install, then it won't be used correctly and that makes it unsafe. Also, they only must meet the guidelines, some seats barely pass, some exceed them. Britax exceeds the guidelines and is easy to use. Now, as for the sun, your best bet is to get your windows tinted to the legal limit, and/or use static cling shades for the side and rear windows. NEVER use window shades that have anything hard on them: so none of the roll up ones or ones with suction cups. The static cling ones are perfect. They come in a small size but can be used together for rear windows or cut to fit a smaller window. First Years makes some sold at Target and Walmart. Wherever window shades are for kids, you should be able to find them.
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