Almost two years ago, I did something I swore I would never do: buy a minivan. It sucks because this over-sized, unwieldy, un-sexy vehicle is also undeniably convenient when you happen to have small children. At the time, I drove a zippy little Honda CR-V that I absolutely adored,but it was becoming increasingly frustrating for me to fit our Bunch, their double stroller and assorted diaper bags, and my Costco runs into the vehicle, so we caved on the van front. Although our minivan is incredibly spacious and convenient, it is neither zippy nor little. To this day, I experience a twinge of sadness each morning when I watch my husband pull out of the driveway in the CR-V and I revel in doing my weekend errands where I get to "downsize" to the CR-V. Yeah, my life is kinda pathetic like that.
ANYWAY, there are some intrepid souls that are determined to Baby Bunch without the assistance of a minivan and my hat is off to them. We recently got a question from a friend who is looking to purchase "a good city car that will fit 3 car seats." Linda and I were at an absolute loss as to what such a car might be, so we thought we'd throw it out to you, gentle readers. Anyone got any suggestions?
I will say that for a time, we were able to fit 3 car seats across our CR-V (which is built on a Civic chassis) while our youngest was in the infant seat. Once he moved to a convertible, it became impossible for his older brother to access the seat belt for his booster. Linda can kind of sqeeze 3 seats across in her RAV-4, bu she has the same problem of getting everyone in unless two of the seats are boosters. I do know someone who was able to fit 3 across a sedan by changing to Sunshine Radian car seats, which are a little narrower. A bit of research has told us that a Honda Accord and Toyota Camery do a good job of putting all three kids next to each other, but with the way cars changes, we're not 100% if that's still true. All that to say, sometimes "fitting" isn't just about the car, it's also about the seats (which, while not cheap, are cheaper than buying a new car!).
Speak up, city dwelling Baby Bunchers - got any suggestions for our urban mama?