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3 Baby Seats across the back row?

Well, originally we were having twins but after our second ultrasound today they found another little guy hiding back there. Holy crap! So needless to say we now need to think about 3 car seats. Have any of you tried this? Do you know if it will work? Thanks for any help!
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Definitely will NOT work!

The center seat is really only a "half" seat, there's no LATCH anchors there, and even the seatbelt setup is all funky. There's just not going to be room. Think you're going to be best off with a minivan! Sorry buddy! LOL Good luck!

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I think you *might* be able to make it work as follows: latch for the two outboard seats and seatbelt for the center. Despite the truly crappy design of the off-center ceiling-mounted center seatbelt (there must be a place in hell for the jerkoff who engineered that crap), you can get some carseats to work in the center - I had good luck getting a Sunshine Kids radian convertible rear-facing in the center... I was, however, never able to get my infant carrier base (Graco snugride) to work in the center.

I hate to say it, but I really think you may want to consider a car with a better rear seat. Some of the American/larger SUVs can accommodate 3 seats across in the rear. Ugh... Congrats!
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Congrats on the tree little ones. Man that will change your life.

I'm doubtful you'll be able to squeeze all of them in the back and yet they fit in moms belly just fine
Anyway I think it time to upgrade and hey you can get it in AWD.

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One of our friends has 3 young kids and is able to put all three seats in the second row of her KIA RONDO, but she says that she bought special narrow child seats.

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One of our friends has 3 young kids and is able to put all three seats in the second row of her KIA RONDO, but she says that she bought special narrow child seats.
I am willing to bet that the Kia has a better seatbelt/latch arrangement - almost every other car on the planet does. The Sunshine Kids Radian is plenty narrow to physically get the 3 across - it is more a matter of properly securing them.
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I have the Sunshine Kids Radian XT - it won't fit. The latches aren't wide enough to accomodate two car seats on a single latch. The best you can do is 2 across the back. Sorry!
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No Latch so it's not recommended. Time for a Sienna or a sequoia.

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I have the Sunshine Kids Radian XT - it won't fit. The latches aren't wide enough to accomodate two car seats on a single latch. The best you can do is 2 across the back. Sorry!
You can NEVER share lower tethers between seats - no matter how wide they are. Latch "sharing" is prohibited and unsafe in any car.
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