One benefit to having a child so close in age is that the car seat you purchased for your first is still not expired when the second comes. I know, I was as shocked as you when I found out that car seats are like food, use before they go bad. It’s not like a computer, where it’s obsolete after three years because of technology advances. No, it’s more like the milk in your fridge. It slowly goes bad, and it’s up to you how much past that expiration date you are willing to chance it.
See, car seats are padded with foam. This foam degrades over time leaving it less able to provide the cushion required to keep the baby safe in an accident. I don’t know firsthand how much it degrades, I don’t know if we should trust an industry that would love us to buy more car seats to accurately give us that range of safe dates, and I don’t know how long past the expirations I would be willing to go. I don’t have to worry about it though, luckily.
Eva has graduated to the bigger car seat. Still sitting back facing (until those legs get too long), she continues to be taxied around by mom and dad alone in the back. Alone, but not for very long.
Mom installed the boy’s car seats over the past week. In her car, they each occupy a side as the back seats are bucket seats.
The problem with rear facing car seats behind front seats is that you have to drive with your knees in your chest.
Luckily, in the CRV we have a bit more space and with a flat backseat can place the car seat in the middle. That way Eva can mess with the boy on the ride to the store (….wait, is this is good or bad idea?)