Psst…FYI, this is a sponsored blog post for Cars.com.
All my adult life I thought the car seat went in the middle so when I was pregnant that’s where I told B to install Camille’s seat. The infant seat was in the center and the convertible seat too.
Earlier this year I went to The Mother of All Baby Showers and a car seat specialist was a speaker on the panel. One thing she said that stuck with me and I share with all Mamas “the best car seat is the one that fits your car, child and budget the best”.
This really got me thinking of how Camille’s seat was not as secure as I thought it should be. The next day I moved the seat to the passenger side and OMG! The seat has not budged since! It’s easier to install and easier to get her in and out. This was definitely a win-win move and way more safe that our previous arrangement.
Fast forward a few months and I’m looking at SUVs at the International Auto Show in DC. I had my eye on two and expanded my options to two more. Afterwards I realized I didn’t check to see how many LATCH connectors were there and how deep into the seat the were. Four connectors are standard but six would be awesome right? When it’s time to actually test drive and purchase I was planning to take a day off work and go to Carmax so we could take the car seat in and out of the SUVs we’re interested in and see how it fits, where it fits best and how easy it is to reach the LATCH connectors. Guess what?! Cars.com did the legwork for me!!!!!
Cars.com does car seat checks and has a 2017 car seat honor roll. They test the LATCH for infant seats, rear-facing convertible seats, forward-facing convertible seats and booster seats in the 2nd and 3rd rows. Best of all, Cars.com has a list of which cars can fit three car seats!!! Yesssss!!!!! My work is done! All I need to do now is search Cars.com for the SUV we decide on, select a dealer and sign some paperwork.
I’m most interested in the Ford Explorer, the Hyundai Santa Fe is runner up. What y’all think? Let me know in the comments.