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Hi all I need 3 car seats to fit in the rear of my car as we have a 3rd baby on the way. I've been looking for ages, visited Mothercare, Toys r us and even Halfords but still have not found a so… Read More
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6m, 4d agoPosted 6 months, 4 days ago
Hi all

I need 3 car seats to fit in the rear of my car as we have a 3rd baby on the way.

I've been looking for ages, visited Mothercare, Toys r us and even Halfords but still have not found a solution as all the stock they have in store seem to be the wider seats.

The baby will be in a Cybex Aton with isofix base (44cm width).

I need a Group 2, 3 for my 4 year old and a Group 1, 2, 3 for my 2 year old. Ideally both need to be as close to 40cm as possible.

For group 2, 3; I've found the Joie Trillo online which on the Mothercare and Mama and Papa's website claims to be 38.5cm in width... however, on the Argos website it claims to be 48cm in width so it's confused me.

For group 1, 2, 3 I really can't find anything. There are blogs about seats in the US but nothing helpful for the UK.

Any help would be very much appreciated (unless it's telling me to go to mumsnet :D).

For reference; it's an Audi A7 with 3 proper seat belts so the Group 2, 3 will be in the middle as I trust my 4 year old to not attack the new baby.
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6m, 4d agoPosted 6 months, 4 days ago
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There's a really good Facebook page called car seat advice for mummies and daddies where you can get some really good advice. You might need to search for it as its a secret group for some reason.

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#1
The only time I have been in this situation was with my sister and our three sons aged three two and one. Three year old and two year old at either side, one year old in rear facing in the front and me squeezed in the middle of the back seat. That was in a passat. It was not enjoyable. Good luck!
#2
psychobitchfromhell
The only time I have been in this situation was with my sister and our three sons aged three two and one. Three year old and two year old at either side, one year old in rear facing in the front and me squeezed in the middle of the back seat. That was in a passat. It was not enjoyable. Good luck!

I used to have a passat, the rear seats were nowhere near as wide as what I have now so hoping I can find a solution otherwise we'll have to do this too! Pretty sure the two younger ones will love their mother in the back as much as the older one will love to sit next to me in the front :D
#3
The_IMF
psychobitchfromhell
The only time I have been in this situation was with my sister and our three sons aged three two and one. Three year old and two year old at either side, one year old in rear facing in the front and me squeezed in the middle of the back seat. That was in a passat. It was not enjoyable. Good luck!
I used to have a passat, the rear seats were nowhere near as wide as what I have now so hoping I can find a solution otherwise we'll have to do this too! Pretty sure the two younger ones will love their mother in the back as much as the older one will love to sit next to me in the front :D
When I was a kid the answer was to get an estate and bung the excess kids in the baggage area. We thought it was a treat. Then again there were only sixteen cars in the whole of the UK when I was that age. Chances of a collision were low.
#4
If all three anchor points are isofix, maybe it would be possible to get three isofix seats?
#5
psychobitchfromhell
If all three anchor points are isofix, maybe it would be possible to get three isofix seats?


Got isofix on the side seats and the front passenger. The middle seat is wider than a normal middle seat, it's more of a 4/5ths than your usual 3/4ths. I did manage to squeeze in 2 45cm seats at Mothercare but they were too snug for my liking, I think you need a gap between the seats and if I can get two seats closer to 40cm, I'd get that room. Just a matter of finding them!
#6
psychobitchfromhell
The_IMF
psychobitchfromhell
The only time I have been in this situation was with my sister and our three sons aged three two and one. Three year old and two year old at either side, one year old in rear facing in the front and me squeezed in the middle of the back seat. That was in a passat. It was not enjoyable. Good luck!
I used to have a passat, the rear seats were nowhere near as wide as what I have now so hoping I can find a solution otherwise we'll have to do this too! Pretty sure the two younger ones will love their mother in the back as much as the older one will love to sit next to me in the front :D
When I was a kid the answer was to get an estate and bung the excess kids in the baggage area. We thought it was a treat. Then again there were only sixteen cars in the whole of the UK when I was that age. Chances of a collision were low.


Haha. I do recall 6 of us kids getting in the back of a Porsche 924 that my dad's boss owned! That car had 2 seats in the back! My dad had a datsun cherry and 3 of us fit perfectly in the back... Whether that was sat down or stood up X)
#7
Might need to think about a different car (larger MPV/SUV?)
My Sister bought a new Xsara Picasso back in 2003 due to the very fact it had 3 individual full size rear seats. never had any problem getting child seats in/out.
#8
There's a really good Facebook page called car seat advice for mummies and daddies where you can get some really good advice. You might need to search for it as its a secret group for some reason.
#9
Think your going to need a reasonableb gap between them, if you put three in close proximity along the back seats you'll have WW3 before you've gone a couple of miles. I did see a clip of a dad who solved this by putting large sheets of cardboard between 1+2 and 2+3, almost like a set of blinkers - worked a treat. Maybe time for a 7 seater? Good luck, and congrats by the way. ;)

Edited By: booky on Jan 16, 2017 10:27: Clarity
#10
We had a baby a 5 year old and a 6 year old, had to put the 6 year old in the middle seat with no booster. Apparently it's ok to do this as you can't fit a seat in the middle so u just have to make do. Was never too happy about it, luckily she's tall, she's 8 now and sits in the middle with no booster and I'm fine with it. We have a c-max. We spent ages looking at seats and sizes and eventually gave up.
#12
Alternatively we bought some of Halfords own high backed booster seats which are narrow. In fact they need to take coats off to sit back.
#13
I recently got a geoby child car seat from Morrisons because it seems to be narrower then the other seats i have.
#14
The basic britax high back booster is pretty narrow - we use one in the middle seat of a scenic
#15
Or if you want to go posh have a look at the multimac system - looks excellent but super expensive!
#16
http://incarsafetycentre.co.uk/ I've heard good things about these centres if there is one near you i'm sure they would be the best to help.
#17
Get yourself an S-Max.
#18
similar situation. I have 2 that require high back boosters and a 10 month who is looking to move up to the next stage car seat as we too had the cybex infant carrier.
I normally sit in the back (squashed)whilst one of the older boys sit in the front as I'm struggling to get three accross the back ( I have a VW passatt cc )
I've heard recaro are quite narrow(if you buy recaros) along with joie trillo also (the isofix version).
If you contact the car manufacturer some do tell you which 3 you can get accross the back.
I've worked for M&P and Mothercare and I'm still struggling to figure which 3 I can use.
good luck...I feel your struggle!
#20
Thanks for all the replies!!

Re those telling me to get another car, I can't right now as have another 2 years of finance left on this one before I can trade it back or potentially lose out on thousands. If I could, it'd be for an Audi Q7 which is a 7 seater but I appreciate the hat tips to the other cars.

kirstinleighton
There's a really good Facebook page called car seat advice for mummies and daddies where you can get some really good advice. You might need to search for it as its a secret group for some reason.

Thanks!! I'll go and search that out.

sherbolton
Alternatively we bought some of Halfords own high backed booster seats which are narrow. In fact they need to take coats off to sit back.

Interesting... when I went in my local store they had some really huge ones and that was it!

OnPoint
http://incarsafetycentre.co.uk/ I've heard good things about these centres if there is one near you i'm sure they would be the best to help.

I think I can get to Rayleigh in about 45 mins. Thanks for that - I didn't know they existed through extensive googling!!

niallmoran
Or if you want to go posh have a look at the multimac system - looks excellent but super expensive!

Yeah I saw that one already - got really excited as it looks awesome! Then I saw the price and it almost gave me a heart attack!

ladyeesolja
similar situation. I have 2 that require high back boosters and a 10 month who is looking to move up to the next stage car seat as we too had the cybex infant carrier.
I normally sit in the back (squashed)whilst one of the older boys sit in the front as I'm struggling to get three accross the back ( I have a VW passatt cc )
I've heard recaro are quite narrow(if you buy recaros) along with joie trillo also (the isofix version).
If you contact the car manufacturer some do tell you which 3 you can get accross the back.
I've worked for M&P and Mothercare and I'm still struggling to figure which 3 I can use.
good luck...I feel your struggle!

The A7 is 4-5cm wider than the Passat CC so I may have just a little bit more hope than you (except for when it comes to width restrictions, or managing to fit the car in a parking bay - then I have no hope :D).

The cybex is the slimmest baby carrier available so no point changing that but I am already thinking about the future, I have been told by a friend (who actually has your car!!) that he managed to fit 3 seats in when his 3 kids needed 2 Group 2's and one Group 1. He said he had the middle seat facing backwards and I think the other two they had was a Graco. I remember checking the Which review for the Graco which gave it 20% and recommended never to buy it though.

Currently my 4 year old is in a Recaro seat. Except the Recaro Monza seat that we've got is HUGE. About 55cm wide.



Apart from the multimac company and their several thousand pounds worth of seats, I'm surprised no one else has thought of this issue before! You might see me on Dragons Den in a few years I guess. :D
#21
The Multimac is probably c 4 months payment on a Q7......
#22

Yeah Niall mentioned that. It's comforting to know that the widest one available will fit my car and can fit 4 kids but I'm not sure £1500 works for me :D
#23
why don't u get a booster seat for the older child they aren't that wide
#24
Get a third car for the Nanny?
#25
muddassarsardar
why don't u get a booster seat for the older child they aren't that wide

Thinking more of the safety element. Worst case, if I can't find a slim car seat, I'll move the oldest to the passenger seat and turn that airbag off.
#26
The_IMF
muddassarsardar
why don't u get a booster seat for the older child they aren't that wide

Thinking more of the safety element. Worst case, if I can't find a slim car seat, I'll move the oldest to the passenger seat and turn that airbag off.


the middle will probably be safest place in car anyway I think these manufacturers of car seats just make us extra scared to pay extortionate prices for these car seats. a booster and decent padding on the seat belt should as safe for a 4 going to be 5 child soon. we will never actually know if a car seat makes it safer than without as we don't know what is going to happen around the corner but hope noone needs find out either.
#27
The_IMF
Thanks for all the replies!!

Re those telling me to get another car, I can't right now as have another 2 years of finance left on this one before I can trade it back or potentially lose out on thousands. If I could, it'd be for an Audi Q7 which is a 7 seater but I appreciate the hat tips to the other cars.

kirstinleighton
There's a really good Facebook page called car seat advice for mummies and daddies where you can get some really good advice. You might need to search for it as its a secret group for some reason.

Thanks!! I'll go and search that out.

sherbolton
Alternatively we bought some of Halfords own high backed booster seats which are narrow. In fact they need to take coats off to sit back.

Interesting... when I went in my local store they had some really huge ones and that was it!

OnPoint
http://incarsafetycentre.co.uk/ I've heard good things about these centres if there is one near you i'm sure they would be the best to help.

I think I can get to Rayleigh in about 45 mins. Thanks for that - I didn't know they existed through extensive googling!!

niallmoran
Or if you want to go posh have a look at the multimac system - looks excellent but super expensive!

Yeah I saw that one already - got really excited as it looks awesome! Then I saw the price and it almost gave me a heart attack!

ladyeesolja
similar situation. I have 2 that require high back boosters and a 10 month who is looking to move up to the next stage car seat as we too had the cybex infant carrier.
I normally sit in the back (squashed)whilst one of the older boys sit in the front as I'm struggling to get three accross the back ( I have a VW passatt cc )
I've heard recaro are quite narrow(if you buy recaros) along with joie trillo also (the isofix version).
If you contact the car manufacturer some do tell you which 3 you can get accross the back.
I've worked for M&P and Mothercare and I'm still struggling to figure which 3 I can use.
good luck...I feel your struggle!

The A7 is 4-5cm wider than the Passat CC so I may have just a little bit more hope than you (except for when it comes to width restrictions, or managing to fit the car in a parking bay - then I have no hope :D).

The cybex is the slimmest baby carrier available so no point changing that but I am already thinking about the future, I have been told by a friend (who actually has your car!!) that he managed to fit 3 seats in when his 3 kids needed 2 Group 2's and one Group 1. He said he had the middle seat facing backwards and I think the other two they had was a Graco. I remember checking the Which review for the Graco which gave it 20% and recommended never to buy it though.

Currently my 4 year old is in a Recaro seat. Except the Recaro Monza seat that we've got is HUGE. About 55cm wide.



Apart from the multimac company and their several thousand pounds worth of seats, I'm surprised no one else has thought of this issue before! You might see me on Dragons Den in a few years I guess. :D


Thanks for your reply!
haha I was just thinking exactly the same thing! suprising to know know o e has solved this!
We have another 4 years finance on the car. The only way to solve my situation is for me to drive oO
#28
Watch the video it makes the belt fit the child instead of boosing up the child to fit the belt.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLmlqWxWUSY

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