Town & Country - 3 kids (FF, RF, RF)

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Town & Country - 3 kids (FF, RF, RF)
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Sat, 05-08-2010 - 2:45pm

In about two weeks, we'll be adding a newborn to the mix, so I need to shift our seats around. Currently both kids are in the captains chairs.

6 y.o. FF Nautilus, nowhere near weight or height limit
2 y.o. RF Marathon, also has lots of weight/height room left RFing
newborn infant seat

My thought has been to put 6 y.o. in the center back (where the only top tether is located), keep 2 y.o. in Marathon behind driver's seat, and put the infant seat behind the front passenger seat. That way, 6 y.o. can climb in (she is excellent at buckling herself up and always snugs herself up nice and tight), I can snap the infant seat in, and then put the 2 y.o. in her seat before I get in the car.

I'm not sure if that would be better, or if I should fold down the passenger seat captain's chair and put the baby next to the 6 y.o. in the back (if I can get the two seats installed properly next to each other). Any thoughts on that? I suppose we may just have to play around with it and see what works for us, but any BTDT advice would be greatly appreciated.

If I can't get the two to fit next to each other, does the Nautilus *have* to go in the middle of the bench seat, since that is the only location with a top tether? I'm sure I'll eventually have 2 RFing in convertibles so will have to move one of them back there at some point, regardless of what I do now.

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Registered: 09-13-2006
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 9:06am

You can definetely install the Nautilus without a top tether (when using a seat belt install) the Top Tether adds some extra stability but the seat is tested without it. I've installed my Nauti a few times without the TT and it was rock solid (my 3rd row only has one TT too... :oP)


I think Initially putting the 6yo in 3rd center and keeping 2yo where she is and baby on the Pass OB is a good idea. I'm not sure what to do once the newbie is in a convertible...cross that bridge when you get to it? LOL.



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Registered: 12-05-2006
Sun, 05-23-2010 - 9:43am
I've got an odyssey, but I find it convenient to put baby on drivers side captain's chair, other RF-ing on passenger captain's chair, and FF in 3rd row.

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Mon, 05-24-2010 - 8:47am
i didn't have 2 RFers at a time but i've had a van with only one sliding door on passengers side. so i would put the Rfer in that seat (infant & conv seat) & everyone else had to climb under the RFing seat OR go through the front doors to get to theirs. so as long as your 6yo can buckle herself it'll make it easy for ya

                                  

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Fri, 05-28-2010 - 1:23pm
Thanks ladies for your input. Baby Eli is here and so far things seem to be working out okay. Once baby is in a convertible we may have to rearrange but for now it is working just fine with the younger two in the captains chairs and 6 yo in the back. :o)
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