Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored but all thoughts and opinions are mine alone. And yes, that includes all the pondering about minivans and SUVs!
Minivan, SUV, or Station Wagon? That is the question! Well, maybe not the question, since we own two of them and are not looking for any new cars right now (I drive a old Suburban and E drives a Subaru Outback.) And we love not having any car payments!
But, it is on my mind because for the past few days, I have been driving a minivan we borrowed from E’s parents. Since it was out of commission for a couple of days when E was busy replacing the Suburban’s entire front-steering #handyhubby, my in-laws graciously lent me their minivan. And I can’t believe I am saying this but…I LOVED IT!
I have always been a stalwart opponent of the minivan. I will NEVER drive a minivan I have always said. It’s like wearing crocs all the time–comfy but not stylish. What about dealing with snow? And lastly–try to fit a Great Dane (or two…RIP Denali) in the back of one–so not happening. I always told E he could drive a minivan; but, I will drive my Suburban. I don’t care how old it is.
And then, I started realizing how easy the minivan is. It is insanely easy people! The kids can actually get in the car on their own! No hoisting into car seats necessary! I open one door and both kids can get in! (No shuttling kids around different sides of the car!) I could even remotely open the back door and let them get in ahead of me if I had my hands full with groceries (or another baby.) After a few days with the captain seats layout, I am a convert! And the gas mileage? So much better than my truck!
But, I LOVE my truck! I have been driving a Suburban since I was 16, with a short period of time (2 years that I drove a Yukon…pretty much the same thing minus 18 inches!) Since we have always had big dogs and kids, a Suburban has always been necessary. We always knew we wanted a big family and there aren’t many options for two Great Danes and multiple kids. But, now that we only have one Great Dane and with baby #3 due in July, I have been thinking a lot about carseat configurations.
Do you fit three carseats across the second row? Will they even fit? (they do in our Suburban.) Or do you fold one seat down, and put B back in the third row, and the baby and Jack who still need assistance getting into their car seats in the second row? Can my four year old, B get into a car seat on her own if it is in the third row and get it buckled? I don’t know.
All of the following photos are showing how I drive with the carseats in our Subaru–our most gas efficient (and newest car,) which sadly doesn’t have room for Baby #3 🙁
But, what I do know is that after we tried out Maxi-Cosi’s newest line of limited edition carseats with the Sweater Knit, I was sold! B’s current car seat is four years old–it was a convertible that we registered. And well, there have been a lot of improvements in the car seat industry in that amount of time (it is actually 4.5 years old.) When she got into the Maxi-Cosi car seat she immediately told me that this was her new one now that she is four. (A lot of things changed the minute she changed four, she informed me) like: her pajamas suddenly being too small, her current car seat being too small (not yet), and most importantly, she is not little anymore. She is old! The great thing is that the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 will fit her up to 85 lbs.! Umm, that means my 40 lb. child has YEARS left in it! And it has a cupholder in it. I am more excited about this than the kids (is that even possible) no more spilled sippy cups in the car!
(Obviously when she turned four she also decided she won’t smile naturally for photos)
And it fits Jack who also loved the sippy cup holder!
But, what I am even more excited about is the new Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 infant car seat we were generously given from Maxi-Cosi. I mistakenly thought Jack would fit in it, but alas, he is a giant and over the 30 pound weight limit! So I was thrilled to get a new lighter infant car seat that I could actually carry around for Baby #3! Our old one was a hand-me-down Italian car seat which was gorgeous and state-of-the-art the time it came out 7 years ago. But is very heavy, and a lot of technology has come out since then! And add a big baby into the already heavy car seat and mama’s got back problems! YIKES!
Just try to hold one toddler in one arm and then a heavy car seat with a heavy baby in it and you see what I was worried about. Well, the Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 is the lightest premium infant car seat on the market and one of the safest! The sweater material comes with Maxi-Cosi’s usual easy to wash removal. Hello, fellow parents of potty training toddlers or kids that get car sick–this is what you want and need!
And now that we have two of them, I am itching to buy a third (a second Maxi-Cosi Pria 85) so both kids can sit in them, and the baby will match in its infant car seat!
Obviously, they won’t all fit in our Subaru (you can see how two of them fit below–not enough room for the middle seat). But, they do all fit in our Suburban. So tell me mamas, PLEASE, how do you handle three in carseats? Three in a row? Two in one row, the oldest kid in the back? Do you have Maxi-Cosi car seats? If you are in the market, you have to try them out! I am a convert, and now just need to get the Maxi-Cosi attachments for all our strollers for Baby #3!