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#1 beachgurl

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:04 AM

We are getting a capsule installed this morning and wondering what side everyone put the car seat in.

I guess the obvious answer would be the passenger side so easy access from the kerb, but with a toddler seat already in that spot, am wondering whether our 2.5 year old will freak at moving to the other side of the car.

For those with toddlers, did you swap sides or did you just put the new seat behind the driver's side?

writing this down sounds so silly but trying to keep our little lady as happy as possible in light of all the changes she's about to experience.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:13 AM

Jackson's seat was in the middle but we've moved him to passenger side and put capsule on drivers side. Reason for doing this was I drive with them by myself at least 80% of the time so having Jackson on the passenger side I can see him easily and can reach him to give him things etc.
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:24 AM

Same as LSP. Not keen on the thought of DS having to go onto the road to get into the car, especially if he's having one of his days!!

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 07:35 AM


New seat for toddler and new position, behind driver.
Baby seat behind passenger.

And I may have clipped/unclipped the harness road-side, but DD1 always got in & walked across the back to the other side and only ever got out kerb-side.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:05 AM

When you say the passenger kerbside, do you do a lot of city parking? I only ask cause I get into the city about twice a year and generally will take the train for the exp with the kids, but if you are 95% of the time going to be parking at home, friends/families houses, the park, local shops etc, then it's best to do what's easiest for you getting a baby and a toddler into the car.

Pre-Lucas I had Ethan in the middle, then Lucas came along I put him behind the drivers seat and moved Ethan to behind the passenger seat. I did it that way cause I am out with them both alone 95% of the time, generally at the above places and shopping when it's hard enough with a bigger car parking in the middle of the bay. I find it easier this way so I only worry I need to be able to open the doors on one side of the car. I open Lucas's door (behind driver), Ethan climbs in and sits in his seat, I strap Lucas in, get in myself and turned around and buckle Ethan in. It's rather easy. smile.gif

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:19 AM

We have the capsule on the left hand side. I find that most of the time we are parking in car parks so it doesn't much matter which side they are getting in on.

I would go with the left as you can always open the left hand door and get your toddler tp climb through before you put the baby in.
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:00 AM

In our old car the capsule/rear facing seat fitted best behind the passenger - so that is where it went.

That meant Will loved across behind driver. Didn't bother him.

Will was 22 months - so either way I was going to have to lift someone out of the car on the drivers side. Lifting a toddler seems easier to me than lifting a newborn without head control or opening the door wide enough to get the capsule out. If I was really concerned then I could get the capsule out and put on footpath and then Will could crawl across and get out passenger door.

I never actually put Will down on the road when I got him out of the car - I just carried him around to the kerb.



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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:19 AM

Thanks everyone for responding so quickly. We mostly do suburban kerb side parking so makes sense to keep z kerb side. Thanks again.

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:40 AM

For those who said they have the toddlers climb across, how do you do this with capsule bases or rear-facing seats that take up the whole room between the front and back seats?


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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:45 AM

Im a first time mum, but the seat will be going behind the passenger for us. Means that we will both be able to drive the car (being a hatchback and DH being 6FT), but this will probably all change once we have number 2 and we have a new car.
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:50 AM

Haven't read the other responses but I've been putting the toddler on the kerb side. S/he is buckled in first, and upon arrival, removed last.

Can't speak for others but my toddlers have both been absconders. No chance of a baby unbuckling themselves or running towards a road!
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:23 AM

Squeaza, when Jackson crawls across he crawls along the floor laugh.gif as there's no room between capsule and back of drivers seat for him to walk through

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:06 AM

Squeaza- i would just slide the passenger seat at the front firwardand back when passsenger is out of the car or when you are in on your own to allow a bigger space for the toddler to get through, thats what i am planning when we have number 3 as thats what i did when C wad in a capsule
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:27 PM

Something else I hadn't thought of - not a silly question at all! We won't have a choice I don't think. Rear-facing, there was only just enough room for me/husband to slide into the passenger seat with the baby seat behind.

We also mostly park in carparks or driveways so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. T still can't/won't get into his seat on his own though, so I can't see his crawling across rolleyes.gif .

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