Geeze Louise. Just when I thought we had it all figured out. I mentioned before that we’d gone ahead and bought a convertible car seat, because Sadie is getting to be too long for her infant carrier. And she fussed A TON almost every time we got in the car this weekend (we are busy little bees on the weekend–one of these days we will resolve to change that), which makes me wonder if perhaps she’s starting to feel uncomfortable in her car seat. We would like to keep Sadie riding rear-facing for as long as possible, and the one we got is rear-facing up to 40 pounds. The thing is, though, in order to fit it that way in the back of either of our cars, the front seat has to be ALL THE WAY forward. Not such a big deal in Trevor’s car, which is where the car seat will start out. But totally a problem in my car, as my car is the “family” car that we all scoot around town in. We tested it out this evening, and Trevor’s knees were totally up against the dashboard. If we’d had a wreck, I’m pretty sure his face would have been busted to bits by the air bag, and his femurs would have been destroyed. Or something gruesome like that. This seat is a no go in my car for rear-facing.
So here’s the question: do I keep looking for a smaller convertible car seat that will allow me to have Sadie rear-facing in my car? Or is my car just too small for there to even be one out there that will do rear-facing for over 30 pounds (that’s what her infant seat is)? Do I just have to go ahead and have her forward-facing when she turns one? Has anybody else with a small-ish car dealt with this successfully??? I drive a Nissan Versa 5-door… not exactly a Miata or anything. But, I guess this is why some families get (ghasp!) minivans even before they have more than one baby.