posted about how we were thinking
of getting a car, and specifically that we were thinking of having
three kids in car seats across the back of a hatchback, several people
told me they wouldn't fit. This is a common enough view that there's
an econ paper about it:
Seats as Contraception (which I
disagreed with). When we decided to
share a 2013 Honda Fit I was pretty
confident it would work since I knew how wide the seats were, how wide
the space was, and I had done something similar with a different
collection of car seats. But I hadn't actually tried our particular
seats in this particular car.
With the baby getting closer, about a month out, I put the seats in
for practice. I tried two different ways:
The version with the baby in the middle fits the easiest, with enough
room to use the wide booster. On the other hand, that requires getting
the baby plus carrier farther in, which could be awkward? The
version with the baby on the side does work, but you do need to use
quite a narrow booster seat in the middle.
These three car seats are ones we chose for being narrow, but there
are still many options at this size. This is a 17" infant seat, 17"
convertible, and either a 17" booster (baby in the middle) or 13"
booster (booster in the middle).