Tuesday, September 19, 2017

three across / our favorite car seat

The question I get asked most now that I have three kids to tow around is, "what car seats do you  use to get three across?" When I was pregnant with Jackson I only had my Mercedes ml 350 for a year. It was my dream car and I was determined to make it work. I tried at least, but more about that later. I searched high and low for car seats that would fit three across. My top three must have features were,  saftey, comfort and style. I was able to find all three with Clek Foonf's! Jason and I were sold when we came across all it's safety features (see them all here) especially the extended rear facing instillation. We like to rear face our kids for as long as possible so that was a big plus. We had also never had a carseat with an anti-rebound bar or steel and magnesium sub-structure. When we saw these seats in person we were impressed at how strong and sturdy they were. It also has a 50lb weight max for rear facing and a 65lb max for forward facing, this was another big selling feature. Our girls are small so we knew we would get great use out of the seats. Another big plus was the sleek, modern look of the seat and all the color options available. We decided to do convertible car seats for all three kids including our newborn, all we had to do was add the infant thingy to his seat. (you can read more about our decision to take that route here)

*headrests were removed for the photo only*

I was able to work closely with Julie, from Clek and learned so much on not only three across but carseat safety in general. Here are some very important tips you should know when going the three across route: 

1. Each car seat should be installed independently tight (meaning that when one seat is removed from the three across the other two are still tightly installed without it in place), with less than an inch of movement side-to-side and front to back at the belt path. 

2. Place forward-facing seat in a seating position with a tether anchor. 

3. Booster seats need more space on the buckle side to allow the child to buckle and unbuckle.

4. Educate booster riders about making sure they are unbuckling their seat belt each time, and not accidentally unbuckling a harnessed seat installed next to them.

5. Contact a local Child Passenger Technician for assistance when having trouble.

Here are some more helpful car seat reminders:

For reference Julianne is 4, weighs 34 lbs and is just under 40 inches. Kourtney is 2, weighs 25lbs and is 34 inches. Jackson is 3 months, 15lbs and around 24 inches.

I'm not going to lie, I was shocked at how perfectly they fit in my Mercedes. I was just a little nervous since my back seat seemed so small. Jules and Kourtney were happy to sit together and hold hands and Jules was super excited to get to sit next to her baby brother and help mommy! My goal to keep my car lasted about two weeks after Jackson was born. I quickly realized my teeny tiny trunk area was not going to cut it with my boat of a stroller, the diaper bag, the kids toys, the extra clothes, all the extra baby stuff. I know you mommies know what I'm talking about. We ended tup rading in my Mercedes, what I thought was my dream car, for a Honda Odyssey, the dreamiest car ever! Yes, I became that mom and I love it! We still do three across the middle seat because it's so convenient. I love that I'm able to slide the doors open (guys, sliding doors) and let the girls get in on their own. Jules still doesn't know how to fully buckle herself so I am able to just turn from the front seat to tighten her straps. She is seriously such a great help with both Kourtney and Jackson. When the baby cries, she is able to reach over and give him his paci and she loves keeping Kourt entertained on long rides. We love this seat and will eventually transition Jules into their booster seat once that time comes. For now we will continue to enjoy our seats knowing our precious cargo is safe.

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