Babies and Cars
September 16, 2004 2:29 PM Subscribe
We already have a baby, and now we're having another. Two-part question: we need advice on upgrading to a "family vehicle" (what kind of car to buy that suits our needs); and we need to know how to safely transport two babies at once (i.e. two carseats in the backseat logistics). More inside.
posted by Melinika to travel & transportation (27 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We have a 13-month-old son and another baby on the way. We've been making do with my '97 two-door Toyota Tercel even though it's a hassle to haul the baby in and out of the (tiny, hard-to-access) backseat, but the idea of wrestling two babies and two carseats is making me think it's time to start saving money to upgrade to a "family" car.
So the first part of the question is: I've never bought a car before. What kind of car would be family-friendly (i.e. roomier), enviro-friendly (probably not an SUV), gets good gas mileage (important, since we make regular long trips), reliable/doesn't cost a mint to repair, and inexpensive/easy to find used?
We don't really have the money to buy something brand-new, so does it make more sense to get something that just fits the two babies for now and upgrade again in a couple years, or buy something almost-new that'll be big enough for the (very probable) kids that might come along after these two and not get another for the next five years or so?
I'm not too keen on minivans but something that is safe and not too boxy would be okay; I'm not comfortable driving really big or wide cars. I'm thinking a station wagon might be the best option. Or maybe there are cars that are roomier that aren't so-called "family" cars. I'm looking for make/model suggestions here, personal experiences and recommendations.
And the second part: what is the safest way to put two carseats in one backseat?
The safest place is in the middle, so does that mean the littler one sits there and the older baby has to sit on one of the sides - and if so, which side would be safer, behind the driver or the passenger? Is it safe to put those two carseats right up next to each other (one in the middle, one on the side), especially if one will be facing forward and the other backward? Or better to separate them so they aren't touching and put one on each side of the backseat? Is there such a thing as a two-baby carseat that would go in the middle of the backseat?