As above, what are everyone's thoughts on where the car seat should be placed in the car?
Everything I read seems different and has different reasons to justify why it should be placed just so.
So - does it go in the centre? Does it go behind the drivers seat or behind the passenger seat? Where is yours and why?
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06-05-2013 10:56 #1
Where should the car seat/capsule go?
06-05-2013 11:00 #2
It does matter what car you have, as some back seats lay down. But as a general rule, if you only have one child, I would put it behind the passenger's seat so that when you are getting bubs out of the car you are not doing so on the road. That's where we've put DS's seat.
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06-05-2013 11:01 #3
I had a discussion with a police officer once who said that he chose personally to put the child seat behind the drivers seat. This was because in an accident your automatic response is to protect yourself and you are likely to steer away from your side of the car. I've also heard this from many other people.
We normally have our seat in the centre as I feel comfortable with DD being on the centre of the car. Just for protection as I feel it's the safest place.
When she was a newborn it was on the passenger side as my back was playing up and I couldn't get her out of the seat in the middle. It's on the passenger side at the moment just because we needed the space in the back seat.
06-05-2013 11:04 #4Senior Member
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I always was told centre as the car seat doesnt take a direct hit from any side if in accident. And this is where dd is
06-05-2013 11:28 #5
I was told behind drivers seat too.
I was told in the middle is bad as if something was to fly through the windscreen it could go straight back into the car seat (same as to why the middle seat shouldn't be sat in)
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06-05-2013 11:35 #6Senior Member
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I attended a Child road safety event once and they said the middle is the safest for the reason stated above, the middle doesn't get a direct hit.
The second safest is the passenger side, as that side is always away from the road when getting the baby/child out of the car
06-05-2013 12:03 #7Senior Member
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I was just thinking about this recently as I have #2 on the way and not sure which kid to put where. I currently have DS behind passenger seat. That way it's easier to check on him when I'm stopped at the lights (I've tried the mirrors and they always fall off). Also when he was rear facing he wouldn't have fit behind the driver's seat when my husband was in the car (he needs the seat all the way back). So for this reason I'll be moving the toddler seat behind the driver and putting the newborn behind the passenger. We actually have 2 large-ish cars (Toyota Camry and Holden Commodore sportswagon) but I don't think either of them would fit a rear facing seat/capsule with the driver's seat all the way back. I might have to start using the kiddie lock on the back seat door if DS works out how to open the door as I'm a bit worried about him getting out on the driver's side. I might actually get the baby out of the passenger side first and then undo DS's clips and get him to climb out on the passenger side too when required.
06-05-2013 12:45 #8
I have the carseat in the middle, I have two older children so this works for us as one gets to sit on either side.
It's just me and the kids most of the time so one sits in the front and the other sits in the rear passenger to make the school drop offs easier and, of course, safer
06-05-2013 13:00 #9
Mine will be in the center. Partially because that's where my anchor point is but also because until a few months after bubs is born I will still be in a 2 door car and well, I need to be able to get in and get her Once I get my 4 door I will probably put her in the middle again anyway because then no matter which side gets hit she's not right against a door so I'd feel more comfortable.
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