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    3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy? Updated... your thoughts?

    Hi I just discovered this site, and wish I had found it sooner. I know similar questions have been asked but I thought that I would try again.

    I have a 4 yr old currently in an Eddie Bauer 3in1 and an 20 month old in an Evenflo triumph. (both huge seats I know). I am also expecting #3 in April. I'm desperately trying to find a way to keep my car. So any number of new car seats would be okay as long as they are available in Canada. My kids are quite huge and always hit the 20 lb mark at about 4-5 months so I don't need a carrier (would like one but can do without if need be), but do need a seat that can rear face to 30lbs.

    I know this sounds quick harsh and a bit impersonal but my "mom mobile" is on the chopping block and fairly soon, and I'm panicked at the thought of loosing her!

    Thanks for your help
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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    Well, if you are in the market for new seats, the Radian makes a great and very narrow seat. It would allow your 4yo to stay harnessed, which I am guessing is either already not possible in the EB, or will very soon be impossible? It is a great seat for fitting 3 kids across, and if you had the older two in Radians, you would have loads of room for either a third Radian for the new babe, or a bucket if you like. The Radian (especially with the padded insert on the Premier) makes a pretty decent infant seat, but at the same time, is still roomy enough for bigger kids. It is a great seat all around imo...and would definately make it more than possible to get all 3 across. Only word of caution, it is a bit of a pita to get the install right, but usually do-able with a bit of patience.

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    And sorry, but I just have to ask about the 3in1 - is your DS still harnessed, or are you using it in booster mode? The 3in1 is a tricky seat, in that the topmost harness position is actually not a harness position, it is a position to raise the headrest for booster use (which unfortunately is not clearly marked at all). I had that seat for my DS, and I know I had no idea!

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    Radians for the older 2 and Radian or safeseat for the baby. If possible (not sure of exact size of backseat) maybe the new Graco Nautilus when it comes out for your 4 yr old and Radians for the 2 younger ones.
    How big are you kiddos exactly? Height and weights?

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    mommy to K, 5 years, 41.5 lbs, 44 inches, harnessed in a Britax Frontier CT


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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    My 4 year old is no longer harnessed, (I'm obviously missing something) He had been complaining for sometime about the harness as he is quite tall but we pushed it until he hit the 40 lb mark. Fill me in, am I doing something wrong? The manual was not the clearest, at best.

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    The oldest is about 42lbs and about 42" and the younger is 30lbs and 33" (ish) last time I checked their heights was November (bad mama)
    Last edited by Corynn; 01-17-2008 at 10:19 PM. Reason: edited to add this mama can't even get the heights right sheesh.

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    No not at all - if you are using it as a booster, then what I said about the harness is not an issue On the other hand, if you are interested in keeping your 4 year old harnessed (and there is a lot of good research to indicate that children of that age and size fare much better in a 5pt harness than a booster) then the Radian is still a great seat for you. We got it for our DS when he was about the same size as your DS, and he still LOVES it!




    Rf and FF Radians in a montana - bit roomier, but still you get the idea of how 3 across would be no prob!

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    4 yrs is the minimum we like to see in a booster and the 3 in 1s don't make a very good booster. Most 4 yr olds can't sit properly the entire ride in a booster. I would suggest getting a Radian for him and getting him back in a harnessed seat. Perhaps just get that one for now, keep your 2 yr old in his seat (if he still fits properly) until the Nautilus comes out than put your oldest in that seat, your 2 yr old in the Radian and than either the Radian or the safeseat for the baby. This is assuming all will fit in your vehicle.
    My other suggestion is Radians for all 3. 2 of the forward facing for your 2 older ones and the other rear facing for the baby

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    oops!!double posted!

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    we originally got the safeseat for my youngest son, but had to return it it would not rear face, which is why we ended up with the triumph. Are the radians larger than the triumph rf?

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    The Radians are really tall so they do take up alot of space RFing. What was the problem you had with the safeseat exactly? Where in canada are you, perhaps we can find a tech to help you.

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    Hmmmm If by larger you mean takes up more room front to back so that the front passenger has less room, then I would have to make an educated guess that the Radian is a larger rf seat than a triumph by length - the Radian is a pretty 'tall/long' seat as a rf seat (but you can rf tether it, so that's a bonus). On the other hand it is a very narrow seat, so if that is what you are interested in, it is smaller than the triumph in width.

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    Has anyone had any luck trying before buying so to speak? I suppose that would be a moot point if you can return the seats. What would be the absolute smallest dimension that three radians can fit across (side by side), (I'm going to measure the car).

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    I can almost fit 3 Radians across in my 08 Civic. That is FF outboard and RF center. If my seats were more flat than I probably wouldn't have any trouble at all.

    April
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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    No need to measure--you have over 52" of hip room per edmunds.com.. That's the same as my mid-sized SUVs were... You can fit two Radians and another seat (anything, I'd imagine) across.. Likely you can fit one Radian, and two other seats (anything, again, I'd imagine) across, but that may require a bit more work.

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    The front passenger seat was "unsitable" (is that a word?) with the safe seat. The triumph seemed to be a taller seat so the point at which it made contact with the front seat, made it doable not comfortable but doable. I'm in Toronto. I'd love help!

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    I just wanted to add that I'm pretty much on a deadline to see if it's workable all the way up the stages. If not I have to put her up for sale so that she can be replaces before baby comes in April. (No trade ins here unfortunately, we've got to buy and sell privately)

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    I have a 3 hr layover in toronto on feb 17 if you wanted to meet at the airport and I could help you than. Might be able to find someone sooner though that already lives in Toronto

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    Hey Nicole, (aren't you on another board???)
    I'm lost, edmunds.com?
    Corynn

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    Re: Hello & 3 kids in a 2006 Subaru Legacy?

    Can it really be that simple? There are only 2 latch points and there is a "hump" in the middle. Will this be a problem? (I'm starting to get excited here...) And if baby #3 is finally a girl I can get the cute little pink one right?

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