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Old 03-03-2009, 12:21 PM   #21
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Another idea... if you will be taking the kid around mostly during the week by yourself, why not just move the front seat all the way forward and then take the Highlander on the weekends when you're all together???

If you need the truck and the full family together, have the wife ride behind you if she's too uncomfortable in the front passenger seat.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:35 PM   #22
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I have a 16 month old boy, and we have a big graco car seat. Right now everything fits pretty well with the car seat in the middle of the back seat. I can see a day when his legs get longer we may have some problems. His feet are hitting the back of the front seats. Will have to wait and see.
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Just curious if any owners out there have a baby or kid they cart around in their Taco. I have a baby on the way and was trying to figure out how in the heck I am going to fit stuff in my Taco, even with the Double Cab. The stroller is a no-go, the wife bought a Graco Quattro Tour which is like a SUV sized stroller. Its just huge. That will have to go in the bed when I get my cover on eventually. My bigger issue is the car seat. Its a Graco Safe Seat and when its setup in the back seat, the passenger seat has to be almost all the way forward for it to fit correctly I am 6'2" and my wife is 5'10". I see this as being quite uncomfortable no matter if she sits in the passenger seat or behind me next to the baby. Once the kid is big enough for the booster seat it shouldnt be an issue as far as fitting the kid. We can get around the stroller with a little foldup one, but the wife hates those and I am not thrilled with them either. I dont mind just tossing the big one in the bed once I get the cover.

My wife drives a Toy Highlander and the seat fits OK in there (still have to move the seat way up). The problem is, I telecommute from home and she works 40 mins away so I will be the stay-at-home dad. I need to be able to take the kid with me during the day if I have to run out anywhere.
You have to put the car seat in the middle. My daughter is almost 5 months and that's the only way it will fit, unless a midget is driving/riding in the front. Here it is behind the drivers seat and, as you can see, I can't even get it into the base:



I hear you on the stroller. I just bought a bed cover a month ago for that very reason. You might want to add some D rings to hold it down or one good bump and that thing could rip right through the cover.
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One of the things that made my wife and I's life much,much easier when our first daughter was born was a car seat stroller frame.What it does is allows you to adapt your infants car seat to a stroller.It's a fold-up unit,and you simply disengage the car seat from it's base and attach it to this wheeled frame.What it eliminates is you having to move your baby from the seat into a stroller,and it is light and compact.At the time we had a Civic and lugging the big honkin' stroller was inconvienient and disruptive to the baby.Until you get your tonneau cover on,these things fold up really small and will probably sit right on the floor.I did a quick search and found one specifically designed for the Graco safeseat but I imagine there are all kinds out there.


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Put the wife in the back seat with the kid.

Kids car seat behide you, the driver. And put the passanger seat all the way up for momma.
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What I don't get is how people try to stuff car seats in the back of access cabs (XRunners) our infant seat was huge and I can't figure out how people do it without taking out the passenger seat.
i have an access cab and a 4 month old and a rear facing seat does fit reasonably well, albeit with the front seat moved up a bit and fairly upright, but it's still useable for short drives. looking at wilsonthedog's picture, though, i'm surprised at how little room there is in the back of a dc. i don't think it's much more than the ac (but the dc seats, obviously, are way better). i think we actually have a car seat advantage because the back seat folds flat so the seat isn't tilted toward the rear.

anyway, frvrngn, if it doesn't work in the middle, i'd do what 06dak suggested and get a second seat base, one in each car. during the week when you don't have anyone in the passenger seat anyway, just move it up. heck, flip it forward and use the seat back as changing table! and congrats on having a baby! it's awesome!
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Old 03-03-2009, 04:43 PM   #27
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... the car seat would fit fine but with only an inch or two for his legs... so he'll probably be kickings us more than now.
at least it's only a few inches...no room to wind up and really hit it!
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Well if your wife isnt gonna be their just shove the seat up?
I got my daughter in her Graco seat...
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If you put it in the middle rear with most seats you then cant use the "latch" system.... at least with my britax and now my evenflow the latches wont spread that far.... and latches are the safest way to go as far as a restraint on the childs' seat.
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I can use the middle seat with the latch system, and I have the Graeco Alpha Omega. Works fine in the middle
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Another idea... if you will be taking the kid around mostly during the week by yourself, why not just move the front seat all the way forward and then take the Highlander on the weekends when you're all together???

If you need the truck and the full family together, have the wife ride behind you if she's too uncomfortable in the front passenger seat.
I would recommend this too. You get the Taco, since wifey is not riding, she is not cramped, the car seat fits. On the weekends, drive the Highlander. In about a year, you will have a different car seat that will fit much better - unless your kid is small like my daughter.
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If you put it in the middle rear with most seats you then cant use the "latch" system.... at least with my britax and now my evenflow the latches wont spread that far.... and latches are the safest way to go as far as a restraint on the childs' seat.
tacomas have 3 latches... for each spot in the car...
i know i demolished them...
really not much holding them on...
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