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    5 Carseats in a 2005 Suburban

    I am posting on behalf of a friend who will need to fit 5 car seats in a 2005 Suburban beginning in August. She needs help figuring out what to put where and will also need to buy at least one or two new seats. I told her if anyone could figure out a solution you guys could , so she gave me permission to post for her.

    She has three girls and is expecting her fourth in August. She also watches her nephew during the day. Here are their current stats:

    -#1 will be 6 in June, 46.5", 44 pounds, rides in a SK Radian, 3rd row drivers side outboard
    -#2 is 4, 42", 39 pounds, rides in a SK Radian, 3rd row passenger side outboard
    -#3 is 26 months, 34.5", 28 pounds, rides FF in a Marathon, second row drivers side outboard
    -Nephew is 14 months, 31", 24 pounds, rides RF in a Marathon, second row middle

    One of the Radians actually belongs to her nephew, but is currently being used FF for one of the girls because of how much room it took up front to back when RF.

    She will be putting 3 seats in the third row, but doesn't want to put a RF seat back there because of how difficult it is to buckle. The original plan was to purchase a third Radian and do three across Radians, but her oldest has maybe 1/2-1" left before she's even with the top harness slots in her Radian so I'm not sure that's the best option for them. I suggested perhaps she might want to look at a high-back booster. So can anyone suggest a narrow high back booster that will fit between two Radians (or to one side of two Radians) in the third row of a 2005 Suburban?

    She will also need a seat for the new baby coming in August as her Graco infant bucket seat was purchased before the 6 year old was born. At this point, she is unsure whether she wants to get another bucket seat or just put the baby into a convertible from birth so suggestions for both would be great. Her babies are typically in the 6.5-7 pound, 18" range at birth.

    I've heard that the Marathon doesn't typically fit newborns well and a rear-facing Radian seems to be out so even if they go with a convertible she'll probably have to buy a new one (one of the Marathons may be expiring soon anyway). I would guess the infant seat will be put second row center with the RF Marathon next to it. The second row passenger outboard seat is not in use to allow access to the third row.

    Oh, and the third row doesn't have LATCH, but she's not sure about top tether anchors.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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