Just wondering other Mom's opinions about car seats....

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I see a lot of Mom's at my Daycare that have thier toddlers on the side of the back seat (near the door) instead of the middle. These kids are ages 2-4. I was wondering what you Mom's think about were is a better place to put the car seat? In the middle? On the side?
My daughter will be 2 in April. she currently sits in the middle facing forward. I am not having any more children any time soon. But when we are in the car with my niece, who is 3, my daughter loves being near the window. She yells out colors of cars, counts the birds, and knows the difference btwn cars, trucks and motorcycles.
I guess I am just wondering where other Mom's have their car seats. Thanks you guys. Sarah

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Sarah - posted on 01/30/2009

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Wow, I cannot believe the response from everyone. You guys are great. Thank you so much. I know where to direct all my questions from now on.

Vickie - posted on 01/28/2009

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My DD is 21 months and has always been in the middle - rear facing up until 15 months and then forward facing after that.

Kalinda - posted on 01/27/2009

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My daughter has always been by the door so muh easier to get her in and out of the car

Tara - posted on 01/27/2009

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I have two children: 3 and 18 months and they both are by each window. They love looking out the windows, and in my case, it keeps them from grabbing each others things.

Katrina - posted on 01/26/2009

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i alway had the seat on the side b/c the seat did not fit in the middle of my car. The middle is safer.

Tara - posted on 01/26/2009

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I don't think the latch was meant to be used for two different carseats. I'd have to ask my carseat tech friend on Wednesday! We have a van. The third row is a bench seat. It only has two sets of latch systems. Also, the back part of the latch system doesn't have a place to attach behind the bench seat in the middle, which leads me to believe that it isn't meant to be used with the latch. Now, I could just use the seatbelt (lap) with either a forward or rear facing carseat, so I could use that. We also have a middle row of seats - those are two captain's chairs. Both of them are set up with the latch. We have opted to have one of the captain's chairs down, and have two all the way in the rear.



I don't know what kind of car ya'll have but my cars LATCH system is close enough to use the center/middle and use the outside hooks. I've got shoulder straps on the outside seats and a lap belt on the middle seat but the hooks are still close enough to where I can hook any one of the seats in the middle which I have to do anyway.



I would definitely ask a carseat tech and/or consult your vehicle's manual. I don't think those metal latches were meant to hold two hooks a piece. The middle seat is probably only meant to be used with the seatbelt only (regardless of whether you have a shoulder or lapbelt there.) Our top hook goes behind the seat, and latches to the bottom of the seats. In my husband's car (Saturn Ion) the top hook goes on what is known as the package tray (it is that shelf like thing under the rear window.



 

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2009

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when we had a car my daughter was in the middle when we got our minivan she has always been by the door, but if we still had the car i would have her on the side, because it is easier to get her in and out of the car

Nicole - posted on 01/26/2009

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I had my daughter in the middle as it is the safest place but wthen I had my son I had to move them to the sides.

I think keep her in the middle she can still see out the front screen and if an accedent does ever accour she will be in a safe place and not next to the side doors.

Emily - posted on 01/25/2009

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I always had my daughter in the middle until our son was born.  Of course it is probalby more safe in the middle, but there is only one middle so they both can't be there!  Now both carseats are on either side of the backseat.  It can't be helped...  If she likes looking out the window that much it might be fun for her (and nice for you) to let her start sitting by the window!  Remember to do the child lock on the door!

Adf0905 - posted on 01/25/2009

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Well we tried to get her carseat in to the middle today, but the handbook for our outback specifically says it doesn't recommend installing rear facing carseats in the middle seat, so she's staying behind the passenger's seat.

Jenn - posted on 01/25/2009

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i have my youngest(1) in the middle, and my oldest(3) at the side, but yet my mom has it the opposite. i would assume the middle is safest, but u cant always make that work. i dont like my oldest by the door but dont have much choice in the matter.

Adf0905 - posted on 01/24/2009

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We have a 2002 Chevy Malibu. Her car seat can't be installed correctly in the middle using the latch system. You can't get it tight enough. We had car seat technicians try and they couldn't do it. We just bought a 2009 Subaru Outback and haven't tried to put it in the middle yet. That's actually on our to do list for tomorrow!

Crystal - posted on 01/24/2009

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Safety speaking middle is safest. I have am a single car household with a 2 door sports car, 2 kids in booster seats AND a baby due in March. I don't know what kind of car ya'll have but my cars LATCH system is close enough to use the center/middle and use the outside hooks. I've got shoulder straps on the outside seats and a lap belt on the middle seat but the hooks are still close enough to where I can hook any one of the seats in the middle which I have to do anyway. Thats why the straps are adjustable in the first place.

Adf0905 - posted on 01/24/2009

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My daughter sits behind the passenger, rear facing. Her carseat has side impact protection and we have side impact airbags. Plus I can reach her a little better if she's on the side rather than in the middle. The LATCH system is also only on the sides, and I prefer to use it that just a seatbelt.

Jody - posted on 01/24/2009

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always by the door (safety locked) it help them keep amused and play games while promoting education in things like colour finding and animal names etc

Tara - posted on 01/22/2009

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I have three kids all in carseats, and because I have a van, none are in the middle! Technically, the center seat is the safest, but it really depends on the fit of the seat. Also, in my van the back row only has the two outboard seats with the latch system. The middle seat is just a lapbelt, so it doesn't even have the shoulder belt. Anyway, wherever you can get the best fit is the safest, and if that is equal across the back, then the middle is the safest.

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2009

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Tori has always been on the side. I always thought is was nice that she could see out of the window. Now she is in a booster seat, and I put it in the middle...mostly because it is easiest for me to buckle that way, but I do feel that it is more safe...I don't know why I didn't put her car seat in the middle....any how, since she is in the booster she can see what is going on around her anyway...plus she likes being in the middle so she can tell me when the light turns red or green....silly girl!

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