Fitting 3 Car Seats in a Corolla?

aept

New member
Yes, Radians are convertible from rear facing to forward facing.
I used to have a 2003 corolla and I used our Radians in it.
I would probably try two year old RF in a Radian behind the driver (with angle adjuster)
4 year old FF center in a Radian
Baby on passenger side in the infant seat.

I personally like having the ff child center (for their enhanced safety) and I also found it easy for them to load from the side where the infant seat is (before you pop it into place.) Or they can crawl under or over the rf radian. My boys never seemed to mind doing that.
In a smaller car like the corolla I can twist around in my seat (driver or front passenger) and help the child in the ff seat in the center get buckled up.

Another bonus of this arrangement is the presumably more trustworthy oldest child is the only one close to the baby. Big sibling can help put the pacifier back in the baby's mouth, sing songs to the baby, etc. The two year old will be safely apart from the baby. ;)

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Olga

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I feel like my 2 year old is getting uncomfortable rear facing as her feet touch the back seat causing her to bend her knees? Is it best to keep her rear facing until she reaches a certain height?

I'm not a tech but I was planning to turn my (tall-ish) 3 year old forward facing when the new baby came. But after watching some crash test videos of what happens in a collision for both rear and forward facing kids I'm working on getting a setup that keeps her rear facing. It's a dramatic difference.

Also, the few times we've put her forward facing (when travelling) she doesn't know what to do with her feet. She ended up kicking stuff in front of her a lot and most of the time would settle with her feet squashed onto the carseat beside her bum anyway. I think it's like when you sit on a bar stool - if there's nowhere for you to rest your feet it gets uncomfortable really fast.
 

safeinthecar

Moderator - CPS Technician
I feel like my 2 year old is getting uncomfortable rear facing as her feet touch the back seat causing her to bend her knees? Is it best to keep her rear facing until she reaches a certain height?
Also if we keep the 2 year old rear facing, who should sit where in the back seat?

I'm 37. My knees bend because my feet touch the floor, even when I'm driving. I'm perfectly comfortable. I can't actually think of a single scenario where, as an adult, I don't sit with my knees bent. (in fact, I'm currantly sitting at my computer desk with my knee folded in suich a way that I'm siting on one foot) Even in my Lazy E boy recliner at home watching TV, my knees are bent.
 
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kay_sera2

Guest
Hi All,
I've read through these Corolla hacks and I'm just too sleep-deprived to put the pieces together independently. Could someone help me fit three across in an '06 Corolla? I've got long-torsoed kids ages 1 - 24lbs, 5 - 50lbs and 7 - 70lbs. I currently own lots of backless boosters, a Diono Solana 2, a Britax Allegiance, and a Graco Nautilus. This is just a spare, so it doesn't have to be pretty.
Thanks so much!
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
Hi All,
I've read through these Corolla hacks and I'm just too sleep-deprived to put the pieces together independently. Could someone help me fit three across in an '06 Corolla? I've got long-torsoed kids ages 1 - 24lbs, 5 - 50lbs and 7 - 70lbs. I currently own lots of backless boosters, a Diono Solana 2, a Britax Allegiance, and a Graco Nautilus. This is just a spare, so it doesn't have to be pretty.
Thanks so much!
Hi! The thread you are posting on is really old and seats have changed since then.
Do you have any budget for new seats? Is the 5 year old ready for a booster in the secondary vehicle? What boosters do you have?
It's not going to work with the Solana, Nautilus, and Allegiance, but depending on your answers to the above questions you should be able to make something work.
 

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