Car seats for a small car?

Kathleen - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm about to switch from our infant carrier car seat to the next size up but we're strugling to find one that will fit in our VW Jetta (we have to move the front passenger seat all the way forward with most car seats). does anyone have any suggestions for a next size up car seat that works well in more compact cars? thanks!

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Donnah - posted on 02/01/2009

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Not sure what car yours is, however we bought a Safe'n'Sound compaq that is designed for smaller cars/multiple car seats.  It fits in my Hyundai elantra with 2 boosters (one on either side).

Wendy - posted on 02/01/2009

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Older babies don't have to have the convertible seat reclined to the 45 degree angle. That should make it easier to fit a rear-facing convertible in. We had a Britax Boulevard fr in a Camry before we got our minivan, but I think the camry's backseat is quite a bit bigger, Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 01/31/2009

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Quoting Mary:

Hey there! As a carseat tech, I am gonna try to give you as much advise as I can on this! Britax carseats are very large. (and very expensive!) You will not be able to fit one of these rear-facing in your backseat without the person sitting up front being on the dash! Evenflo makes a carseat, its called the tribute, it is a convertiable carseat, which goes from 5-30 pounds rear-facing and 20-40 pounds forward facing. This is about the smallest carseat that you will be able to find. Safety wise...all carseats are the same in safeness. This was the seat that we had my now almost 4 year old daughter in when we were in our rollover accident when she was 1. Our truck rolled 3 times! Also, the Graco ComfortSport is a smaller carseat that would also work in a smaller car. It to has the same weight for rear-facing and forward facing as the Evenflo! I hope this helped! And I would be happy to answer anymore questions you may have about this!



We have the Evenflo and love it.  In fact I have 2 in my car one for my 2 year old and one rear facing for my 6 month old and I also have a very small car

Andrea - posted on 01/31/2009

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I have a smaller car, the Chevy Aveo.  I use the Graco Comfortsport...it's about the only thing that would fit.  The Britax and Eddie Bauer didn't. 

Mary - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hey there! As a carseat tech, I am gonna try to give you as much advise as I can on this! Britax carseats are very large. (and very expensive!) You will not be able to fit one of these rear-facing in your backseat without the person sitting up front being on the dash! Evenflo makes a carseat, its called the tribute, it is a convertiable carseat, which goes from 5-30 pounds rear-facing and 20-40 pounds forward facing. This is about the smallest carseat that you will be able to find. Safety wise...all carseats are the same in safeness. This was the seat that we had my now almost 4 year old daughter in when we were in our rollover accident when she was 1. Our truck rolled 3 times! Also, the Graco ComfortSport is a smaller carseat that would also work in a smaller car. It to has the same weight for rear-facing and forward facing as the Evenflo! I hope this helped! And I would be happy to answer anymore questions you may have about this!

Shelby - posted on 01/30/2009

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I have spoken to many friends and done some research, and Britax brand carseats are highly recommended. They have a line of them for compact cars. There is the roundabout and the diplomat has side and head impact support. They are cheaper on Amazon. I am buying the diplomat in about two months when she has outgrown the infant one.

Shelly - posted on 01/26/2009

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We had the same problem! We just bought one from First Years that has a removable headrest. The headrest has to be put on at 22 pounds, so when our little girl gets there, we'll have to have the seat all the way forward, but until then, someone can sit comfortably in the front seat. Another few pounds, though, and we'll be stuck with only one seat position for the front seat passenger (we drive a Passat, so a slightly roomier car doesn't help much either!) I'd love to hear if anyone has a solution for this!

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