What are the recommended car seat positions for one toddler and one newborn?

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We have a 17 month old toddler and are expecting our second baby in early November. We have a forward facing car seat for our toddler and a rear facing car seat for our newborn. At present our toddler is positioned behind the passenger seat as this has been recommended as the safest place in the car should we have a collision. When our newborn arrives should we move our toddler to behind the driver and put the newborn behind the passenger seat? Or should we keep our toddler where he is and put the newborn behind the driver? Are there any guidelines/recommendations on this?

Any advise would be really great! Thanks!

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Crystal - posted on 02/10/2011

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if you can put the newborn in the middle thats what i did i had my older one on the passenger side and the baby in the middle now i have my oldest on thedrivers side and my 18month old is rear faceing on the passengerside in her convertible seat

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Lindzy - posted on 09/29/2010

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its pretty much the same for both, just see which the best install in which place. technically your infant will be the most protected since they are rearfacing so i personally would put them passenger side and the toddler driver side since they are ffing.
as for the touching of the seats that the previous poster mentioned that is going to depend on your vehicle and car seat used. Some seats like my sunshine kids radian does allow for whats called bracing. check your manual for the seat and for your vehicle to find out.

Jodi - posted on 09/24/2010

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Actually, the middle of the back seat is the safest seating position. However, with two seats, the best way to place them depends on your personal needs, car size and car seat size. One important thing to remember is that the rear facing car seat should not rub or get hooked on the seat in front of it. If you have a smaller car and your husband drives it, he may need to slide the seat forward to an uncomfortable position for him in order to avoid the seats touching. Try each seat in both outer positions and see which configuration works and make sure that also works for your lifestyle. It's a 50/50 as to which position is "safer."

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