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so i drive a subaru forrester which has a smallish backseat. when my new bub is born in may i will have 3 kids that need to be in a 5 point harness and no room to fit them all in... obviously the baby will be in a rearward facing seat, but what about the other two.. DS1 is almost 3 and about 20kgs, DS2 is 13 months and about 12kgs.. anyone have the same situation?? what about a maxi rider for the older 2???

Blake Mathew 6.12.05 Mason Alexander 14.8.07

Obviously safety is a facter for the older two, so I believe you have to check not just the age and weight advice from manufacturers, but also the height of the kids too so the seatbelts aren't in the wrong positions.
Hi,

Can I suggest you have a look at the Infa Vario Max Booster seat for your oldest child (20kg child). They don't have a five point harness but they are moulded plastic and do anchor down. You use them with a H harness which is also anchored down.

The Infa Vario did better in crash tests than the Maxi Rider for the 14kg - 26kg range - Exceptional crash protection and well above the AS/NZ Standard requirements.

It is also a much slimer seat than the Maxi Rider so it doesn't take up as much room in the back seat. It may give you more room to have the new baby in a rearward facing restraint the middle and your middle child in a child restraint as well.

They are also much cheaper than the Maxi Rider. I got mine for $130 plus $50.00 for the Safe N Sound H harness.

Both of my girls are in Infa Vario Max's because they are tall and the seat has an adjustable head rest that can go up as they grow. They should be able to be in these seats until they are about 7 or 8.

Have a look at the Choice and RAVC website for their child restraint tests/reports.

Goodluck
Bri

Mum to (Olivia 3 Feb 2004) & (Emily 26 Jan 2006)

Maxiriders take up a lot of room so i very much doubt they will fit with the other two. I suggest the safe n sound compaq, mothers choice, or gosafe, zuzu, these are smaller seats for the baby & possibly the1 yr old as well if he has a bigger one.And the 3 yr old is over the weight limit for a car seat so perhaps its time for a booster with a harness, preferably one with a anchor & grows with the child, as already suggested with the infa. I have a HIPOD from target which i love so does my son with a protecta harness to. Check it out there great.

These will be a lot cheaper for you & in my opinion one of the best options for you they should all fit in nicely, of course just a suggestion but totally up to you. At my local shop the maxiriders cost $450 ea. Plus you'd be lucky if you fit 2 of them in the car, there'll be barely no room at all for another car seat as well. And i dont think there as good as there made out to be.
Ive seen the zuzu on sale at big w for $114 x2 is $228. I paid $160 for hipod & $55 for harness. thats $443, less then the price of one maxirider. Or if you want your eldest to be in a car seat for longer then i suggest the babylove toddler rider, its the biggest car seat in seating position ive found. You get it at big w for about $150.

Hope this helps.
I agree with the previous post. the maxi rider is quite wide. we have a rearward facing seat and a maxi rider, and would not even fit a person between them let alone another carseat.

Perhaps go to a baby shop and try the seats in the car before you buy them, that way you will know that they all fit properly

Ben 25/10/06 + Erin 10/9/08

Have you thought about getting a capsule for the new baby? We hired one for our DD as we couldn't decide which car seat at that stage. We hired it for 6 months and the cost was fairly small as compared to buying a whole new car seat, especilly as you may not be too sure which one to get at this stage. The capsule isn't as wide as the car seats, and should get you by for about 6 months by which stage you may have a better idea about what seats your older DS's will fit in to without making a huge financial commitment.
All the best for bub no. 3
we have a nissan pulsar and its gonna be a tight squeeze.
we will have baby in newborn seat then our 2yr old in baby seat too and 3 1/2 yr old in booster, but i need to buy one thats gonna fit our car, cause at the moment with the booster seat they all dont fit.
my son is 3 1/2 and is only 14kg, he is very good in his booster seat and never undoes the belt.

izacc,ethan and mya

Hi Bub#3,
We have a pulsar too, I just have one child at the moment and we have a meridan in the middle. What car seats do you have to be able to fit two in the back, I have no idea how I can fit another let alone another two (your situation)

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we have a nissan pulsar and have two zuzu car seats on either side. There was no way we could fit them next to each other but in a way that is good now because my 19mth old would poke my 5mth old's eyes out.

Dylan 09.04.07, Shaun 11.06.08

Your eldest child shouldnt be in a 5 point safety harness if they are 20kgs. They are only designed and safety tested up to 18kgs... To be in the appropriate seat for weight they would need to be in a booster (preferably with a 'H' harness anchored into the car) or a convertible booster (pref. compatible with 'H' harness). I learnt this after having my child in her 5 point safety harness for about a year after she was 18kgs!! She is now in a maxirider with H harness. Just thought you might like to know.

DD#1- 2004, DD#2 -2006, DD#3 -23/10/08.

Hi sorry to suggest this as really expensive but u mite find it easier to upgrade ur car to one with a 3rd row because its going to be really hard having a newborn facing rewards with two young kids next to it & they just dont understand that they cant poke & prod them. U will also find that it dosent get easier when they more into boosters as they r just as wide as car seats. Our DD was 2 when twins born, we had a toyota parado so she sat up in third row until twins were forward facing, we managed to squeeze a hipod booster, Mothers choice & a Baby love car seat across our back seat, but we have to replace the mothers choice as DS2 to tall for it with another seat & no matter what we tried we could not get them to. We had two options, one put her in 3rd row again or buy a bigger car. So as we had just finished paying off the parado we decided to upgrade to a bigger car, we got a toyota landcruiser, which gives me another 12cm across the back.
We also considered the new laws comming in & decided taht if DD was going to have be in a booster for another 3yrs then our easiest option was to get a new car.
Well that was the solution to our problem anyway, we would have prefered not to have had to buy a new car but we didnt want to have to keep buying different seats all the time to make them fit. Oh & i say a new car, well new to us we got a 2003 Landcruiser so we didnt spend a fortune
Can I suggest you have a look at the Infa Vario Max Booster seat for your oldest child (20kg child). They don't have a five point harness but they are moulded plastic and do anchor down. You use them with a H harness which is also anchored down.

The Infa Vario did better in crash tests than the Maxi Rider for the 14kg - 26kg range - Exceptional crash protection and well above the AS/NZ Standard requirements.

It is also a much slimer seat than the Maxi Rider so it doesn't take up as much room in the back seat. It may give you more room to have the new baby in a rearward facing restraint the middle and your middle child in a child restraint as well.

They are also much cheaper than the Maxi Rider. I got mine for $130 plus $50.00 for the Safe N Sound H harness.

Both of my girls are in Infa Vario Max's because they are tall and the seat has an adjustable head rest that can go up as they grow. They should be able to be in these seats until they are about 7 or 8.

Have a look at the Choice and RAVC website for their child restraint tests/reports.


I brought one of these for DS when I was having #3 and I love it! He was 4 and weighed 14 kgs, it came highly recommended by a baby shop, she recommended them over the maxi riders, they are also a slim design which i designed for larger families, to start with I had the Infa Booster, a safe n sound convertible carseat forward facing and a safe n sound rearward facing, was rather squashy but they fit, once DD1 was a bit bigger I put her in the Infa Vario max as well.
I drive a Nissan patrol which isn';t much wider than a standard car

I love these seats! I will be buying another two if we get another car as we will be keeping our 4wd as well


1plu2littlemonkeys - sorry I have to disagree with upgrading, as long as you can fit the seats in there is no need to spend money on another car that isn't needed, we have a 7seater but didn't want to use the back row, we haven't had an issue, mine were 3.5 and 2 when #3 came along and they were fine, just told not touch
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