right, then

So we may have left it a tad late to discover whether we can fit three kids car seats across the back of our car. 

We drive a smallish car, a Prius, which is probably, what? 40cms across at the back? Maybe not that narrow but I did keep glancing back there over the last couple of months wondering exactly how we were going to do this. Hmm.

I called a professional baby carseat fitter, who sounded dubious, and Tilly and I optimistically bounded in on Friday, took the old car seats out and let the lovely lady attempt to fit two new most-narrow-on-the-market kids seats and one baby capsule into our beloved shoebox.

No, they don't really fit.

Well they fit, but you have to shunt everyone across when shutting each door and when the last door is shut it creates an unholy vacuum and we risk the windows blowing out with the internal pressure. 

Also, the seatbelt clasp bit, the crucial bit you have to stick the belt into, is conveniently located underneath the baby capsule (in the middle.) Both sides. The fitting lady sagely advised to leave a fair bit of time to go anywhere, getting the kids in and out may take some time, dear


Because it's really a bit far to walk. 

Which means we have everybody-in-and-out-of-the-car at school drop off and pick up every day. Right, then. 

Tilly and I, with windows warping, drove straight to my friend Lucy's place (who sensibly has one child and a large car), and she made me two strong cups of tea in a row. 

And on Saturday, because he's just excellent, Adam suggested we get some seatbelt extensions so at least we don't have to lift the baby capsule to get at the clasps. And so we did and they work pretty well. Henry even did his own seatbelt up this afternoon. High fives all round. 

And we're thinking about the future of the Prius. 

It's either that or give away one of the children and we quite like the two we've already met and we're guessing the third will be at least as endearing. 

Wee buggers. 


12 Comments on “right, then

June 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Hate to be a bother but just pointing out that you might need that new car kinda soon! baby countdown… 16 days (give or take a week) LOL

green ink
June 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Mumbus, here you come πŸ™‚ xx

June 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I think it’s hard to be eco-friendly with 3 kids. Our car’s a nasty petrol-guzzling 4wd and though at first felt a bit like a truck to drive, it’s really practical (though not very environment friendly). I try to walk when I can. When we first got the 3rd seat fitted I looked back and laughed – my goodness, wall to wall kids! How did I end up here! You’ll work the whole car thing out πŸ™‚

June 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Oh no! Having kids is eco-friendly! You don’t need a huge car right away (although I admit that by the time I got to 6 kids — we have 7 — we got a Suburban, but that’s more eco-friendly than TWO cars)…

…just maybe something bigger than a Prius.

And think about all the re-using of STUFF extra kids help you do. And think of how much more efficient about everything you have to be — no more meals out on the spur of the moment — enjoying just being HOME, which is the most eco-friendly place!

And think of all the sharing! Nothing better for our world than that!

Exciting anticipation! Many blessings await!

June 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

can henry sit in the front?

June 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm

We fit three child restraints across the back of my Mazda astina (and old version of the Mazda 3) which I imagine is even smaller.

I’d ditch the capsule. Get one of the special narrow (and short) reversible car seats for the baby and yes seat belt extenders.

You’ll probably end up having more trouble fitting them in when you are trying to get 3 forward facing seats/boosters across the back because the head wings even on the narrow versions of those are a killer.

That was when we gave up and bought a tarago…. mind you that still isn’t fabulous when it comes to figuring out the best way to get in four car seats/boosters and I so miss my little red mazda!

June 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

when you say ‘kids seats’ do yuo mean booster seats?
surely the older two are just in booster seats now?

June 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm

not legally… needs to be in a booster, also not s’posed to put little kids in front seats due to risk of airbag killing them in a collision. According to Tilly, however, Henry can sit in the front seat because she, Tilly, should (obviously) be sitting in the driver’s seat, driving. I have it all wrong.

June 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

yep, they’re in boosters (with backs). This car is pretty damn narrow. I managed to jam Henry’s hand between the booster and the door this afternoon after school. Mother of the Year.

Mel Linardon
June 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Thats what happened to us when we had brody. When we fitted the baby seat and capsule rear facing in the middle in our mazda 3 the driver and the passenger had to sit with knee’s against the dashboard. Hence we purchased a new Honda CRV 4 days before i had brody not too big no too small. Dave picked it up when i was in hospital 2 days after having Brody. That was cutting it close.

June 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

πŸ™‚ yep, I vote for keeping the third child even though you’re not quite sure yet what they’ll be like and ditching the prius. πŸ™‚

Or you could upgrade to a bike with a massive trailer and cram them all in there!

Alex Nolan
June 18, 2010 at 3:53 am

Not sure what the legal rules are in Aus, but in the UK, kids can sit in the front if they are properly restrained (ie. with a child seat appropriate to their size). As long as it is not a rear facing infant carrier, the airbag is not thought to kill children. Do you have a passenger airbag – and could you disable it?


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