BTDT - Cars?

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BTDT - Cars?
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Wed, 11-25-2009 - 7:28am

Hey mommies!

Question for you regarding cars. Do any of you have a 2-door car? If so, how easy/hard is it to get baby in and out of the back?

I have a 2-door Sunfire. It's only 6 years old, has relatively few km on it (about 70,000), and is in really good working order. DH just bought a new car a month ago, and we'll be buying a house in the spring/summer. So, it would be nice if we didn't have to buy another car right away. But, I could see how having a 2-door could make it difficult.

Any thoughts would be appreciated! TIA!





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Registered: 12-17-2007
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Wed, 11-25-2009 - 8:52am

We have a two-door Toyota Solara. It's fine enough with the infant seat that goes in a base. Though, he outgrew the original one we had by 6 months. (It stops at 22lbs/29", though, he's 99th percentile for height, so this isn't too common.) Now we're using a Snugride 32, but it's getting really hard to carry him in it. However, I don't know how we would get him into a rear-facing convertible carseat in a two-door car. So, I think we may end up putting a convertible in our 4-door car and having the snugride live in the 2-door (now that we don't really want to carry him around in it outside the car).

So, yeah, it is doable. But I do preferentially take him in the 4-door for ease of access.

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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Wed, 11-25-2009 - 11:48am

I know a girl that has a VW bug, she just has to get all the way into the back seat with the baby every time she gets her in and out. It seems like a lot of hassle, but I'm sure you can make it work. You might want to look into how the convertible seat will fit. They're kind of bulky. I'm actually worried about finding one that will fit my 4door corolla, but I haven't really looked yet...

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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Wed, 11-25-2009 - 6:12pm

Congrats on your pregnancy Alyssa.

I've never had a 2 door car, so I can't commit on this one. When DS was born I had a Sentra. OK, I take that back... XH had an old school mustang when DS was born... that was a 2 door... but those doors where huge. My next car was a plymouth breeze, and now I have a PT Cruiser... my version of a family car.

I had a girlfriend that has always had a 2 door and it never seemed to bother her getting her DD in and out of the car. But then different people feel differently about that.

Do you have any friends or family members w/ a bay? Maybe you can borrow the car seat (and baby) and see how it works out for you with your car.

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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Wed, 11-25-2009 - 7:07pm

Thanks for everyone's input so far. It sounds like it isn't ideal, but doable. I'm still on the fence. I would love to get a new car (well, a new car for me - we'd probably get one a few years old). I know we can afford it, but I like the fact that this one is paid off, so we wouldn't have to worry about it.

I guess we have some time to think about it though!





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Registered: 04-13-2008
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Thu, 11-26-2009 - 3:55am

Hi Alyssa, I too have a 4 door car albeit a small one, but I have to say it does help a lot. One of my mum-friends has a 2 door car and she gets on alright, but another who had a 2-door car bought a new car when her baby was there, as she too had an emergency c-section and found it really hard getting the heavy car seat in and out.
So yes it is certainly doable with a 2 door car, but 4 doors are a lot more convenient! maybe if you start looking around now, you'll find a car that you like and won't have too much to pay on top for?

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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 11-28-2009 - 1:43am

It can be difficult to prperly fit a baby seat into a smaller car. It also depends onhow much space there is in the back seat. It will definitely be more difficult than in a 4 door car. and as the baby turns into a toddler it will get even more tight back there. Personally, I think it's worth swapping out for a 4 door now. Definitely see if you can borrow a baby seat to try out in there. If you don't have a baby handy to try in it you can always get a

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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Mon, 11-30-2009 - 2:23pm

Actually Noel a lot of the new baby seats let you leave the handle up, you don't need to fold them down anymore. Do check the manual though to see if yours allows it.

As for a 2 door car and a baby, it is doable, I have done it in a convertible seat, with DS rear-facing a couple of times. It is more work to get him in, but it wasn't too bad. That being said, I won't want to do it every day, on an occasional basis it isn't a huge deal though.




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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Mon, 11-30-2009 - 7:54pm

Thanks again for all the comments! It really sounds like it's doable, but more of a pain than necessary. I think that, since we can afford it, we'll go ahead and get a nice 4-door (I'm thinking either a hatchback or a small SUV - like the RAV4). We'll get one that's a couple years old so we don't have to pay extra just because it's new.

I think it'll just make my life so much easier. A 2-door might be okay with a tiny newborn, but once the baby grows and starts moving a lot more, I could see it becoming difficult. We'll probably wait until the spring or early summer so that we can use my (paid off) car for as long as we can.

Thanks again ladies! Your advice and comments really helped!





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Registered: 12-04-2007
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Tue, 12-01-2009 - 12:45am
I so wish I could get a small SUV or something. Like I said before, it's totally doable, but even with my Corolla it's a huge pain crouching over to get the carseat in and out. I think a slightly larger car would be really nice. Unfortunately DH is not ready for a "family car"... Oh well, some day!
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Tue, 12-01-2009 - 3:39am

Haha that sounds like my DH. He brought up maybe


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