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3 Car Seats in a CRV?

Is it possible to have 3 car seats in a Honda CRV? Are there any seats that don't take much width so you can fit 3? I'd love to know if anyone has done it. Otherwise, we'll need to get a bigger car, but I'm trying to avoid that.

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We have a CRV and have used three carseats across the back. You can definitely fit three carseats if one is a booster. If one of them is not a booster, I would ask the dealer or whoever you're buying the CRV from if you can bring the carseats in and try it out.

Yes, you can. On vacation we borrowed my in-laws CRV. We fit a Graco infant seat behind the passenger, a Graco carseat behind the driver and a booster seat in the middle. It was a tight fit and we had to pull the booster out to get the seatbelt snapped and then push it in, but we did it!

Good Luck!

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I just did a lot of research on car seats, as my son was outgrowing his current one. According to all of the research, you should be able to fit 3 Sunshine Radian 80's in a single row. Supposedly, these are the seats that Jon & Kate plus 8 have. We considered getting this seat, however, I was not able to find any stores where you can actually go and look at them. But they are sold on many websites, including babies r us. Good luck!

My mom has a CRV and when she had my kids, it was very difficult to fit all 3 carseats in the back.

It is possible, but it's an extremely tight fit. We have the convertible seat behind the driver and a booster on the passenger side. We have put another booster in the center seat once or twice, but it pretty much needs to be buckled underneath the seat and it's very easy to pinch your fingers.

Good luck!

We have a CRV and have used three carseats across the back. You can definitely fit three carseats if one is a booster. If one of them is not a booster, I would ask the dealer or whoever you're buying the CRV from if you can bring the carseats in and try it out.

I have heard the narrowest seats are the Radian 65 or Radian 80. I don't know if you would want the baby to use one of those, but it does work rearfacing and says it goes from 5-65 lbs. Just be aware that they probably won't work all the way to 65 lbs because your child will outgrow it by height most likely before then.
http://www.elitecarseats.com/Sunshine-Kids-Radian.pro

No advice but just what I have ben looking at as well. I have been watching posts about this issue as well. My daughter is pretty much ready for the next seat and I would prefer to buy one more to get it done with. I keep hearing about the Sunshine Radian seats but when I read up on them you have to be careful because they can be difficult to place and may not fit all cars. I only need one seat but my other kids do have to sit there as well and these new seats take up a LOT of space.

as many mentioned the Radian 65 or 80 are both good options. Also there is the Cosco Scenera that is a small narrow base on it. Those are the narrowest seats you will find.

I also have to urge everyone to keep kids in 5 pt harnesses till they are minimum 40 lbs and four years old. The longer they are in their 5 pts the safer they are.

We purchased a Saturn Outlook to get three seats in a row. We have twins who are in car seats on each side then our daughter is in one of those small boosters in the middle. We purchased several different car seats looking for ones small enough. Wasn't easy...good luck!!!

My friend got a carseat from England to fit 3 across in a Corolla.

Sure! I know someone who does it with a Honda Accord. It's far better to not stretch yourself financially when you have little ones to care for.

I had my 4th and still waited several months before getting a mini van.

Unless money is no object, then make it work.

My mom has a CRV. She has 2 carseats in it now, and since there is a 3rd grandbaby on the way, we were just talking about getting a 3rd. She doesn't think it would fit, or if it does, it will be EXTREMELY tight.

Sunshine Kids...... Radian is the brand name..... they make a very narrow sturdy car seat that would probably work great. I know what you are dealing with because we have five children in booster and carseats. I have not used theese seats but have researched them. They are a little expensive but convertible and can be used until 80lbs. Check it out! I would be a lot cheaper than a new car! Good Luck

Yes - it's possible. We have a CRV and bought two Radian's 65 and have a convertible graco in the middle as our extra. It's tight but it works.

The sunshine kids radian 65. It is sold online only at walmart.com. There is free site to store shipping. It is very slim and does not have armrests. It states right on it you can fit three across. We have a Buick Lesabre and three kids.

Mine are really close in age, too - 6 yrs, 4 yrs, 2 yrs, and 3 mo. But we have a minivan, so it's easier for us to get all the car seats in. Also since my older two are a little older they fit into booster seats instead of convertible car seats. We just added a third car seat to our backroom in our minivan so that we can participate in carpools. We bought 2 Fisher Price Safe Voyage Booster Seats along with our Graco turbobooster carseat. The babies are in the middle row in their convertible and infant car seats. I'm guessing your 2.5 year old is probably too little for a booster, but you could check the measurements to see. I found mine at Albeebaby.com. Good luck to you. I remember how stressful this was for us!

If you go to www.car-seat.org you can post your question (and list the year of your CRV and and the ages/weight/height of all children and you'll get all the info you'll ever need. They are the most helpful folks over there and they will direct you toward the best choices, not always the most expensive seats either, but the one's that will work best for you and your children.

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Please do not as as someone suggested put your oldest in a booster at 3, it is way too early, children are much much safer in a 5pt harness until age 5. I know that using the seatbelts rather than latch allows some extra room, but it will really depend on the seats you get, but again the folks at car-seat.org have got all the info you could need and the expertise in which seat configuration works. You also need to take into consideration things like the fact that your 15 month should remain rearfacing until at least 2 or the weight limits of your seat and the baby will be rearfacing for quite a while which will impact seat positioning in the back seat and may require the front seats to be pushed forward (one of the reasons I love my minivan, lots of space to keep my DS rearfacing, he'll be 3 in March, weighs 30 lbs and will remain rearfacing till he's 33 pounds.)

We have a '98 CRV and two kids. We have had a Graco booster and car seat combination and there is no reasonable way to fit a 3rd in. Currently we have two Graco boosters in the back. I have tried to fit a 3rd backless, booster in the and it is impossible. It is even near impossible for me to sit back there with the two booster seats, and I'm small. I cannot imaging how the other gal was able to squeeze three in, I'm surprised the only injury was pinched fingers. We love our CRV but we have already talked about how a larger car, that could fit two boosters and an additional person, would be nice. It would also be nice to fit a 3rd child in when my kids have playdates instead of always relying on the other parents to drop-off and pick-up their children.

Can't speak to the CRV, but I have a Radian 80 in my MINI Cooper (and room for another one if we're lucky) and I can tell you that it's a narrow, sturdy seat that's pretty easy to put in if you read the instructions. I've got it LATCHed into my car, and my husband has one that he fastens using a shoulder/lap belt in his backseat. Not sure how much room you need, but I know I've seen the Radians three across in Jon & Kate (Plus 8)'s van for the sextuplets, if that's any help. Also, our ped wants the baby rearfacing until 2, and the Radian was the easiest for us to use that way in my extremely small car, which can still seat adults in the front and back with the baby seat installed.

I think any car would be a tight squeeze. It is difficult to have 3 with the minivan mostly it's hard to buckle. It might be easier once your toddler turns 3 and you can get a booster seat. Those takes up less space. I would buy or borrow a baby seat to test it. Good luck.

Yes, you can. On vacation we borrowed my in-laws CRV. We fit a Graco infant seat behind the passenger, a Graco carseat behind the driver and a booster seat in the middle. It was a tight fit and we had to pull the booster out to get the seatbelt snapped and then push it in, but we did it!

Good Luck!

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