Car Seat Guide for Twins

Our car seat guide will cover things to consider specifically for twins. A child's car seat is a crucial piece of protective equipment. You must have one to travel in an automobile. As a matter of fact, many hospitals require proof of your car seat (or two car seats for parents of twins) before you can take your new baby/babies home. And with strict government standards (especially in the U.S.) you can start to understand how vital this piece of gear is.

So, where do you start? Well, you should first decide if you are going to use a travel system (a stroller compatible with two infant car seats). "Infant" car seats are always used with travel systems. They are smaller than convertible car seats, usually lock into a "base" which is already strapped into the car, and have a carrying handle for transporting babies to and fro. They will generally work for the first year or until your child is around 22 lbs. Many parents with twins will want to go this route out of sheer convenience, despite the fact that they will need to switch to a convertible or age appropriate car seat after the first year.

However, some parents of twins still prefer the convertible car seats and double stroller as separate pieces. This can be a benefit as you won’t have to find a stroller or seats that fit together...Lot’s more options! You will not need to get the additional car seats after the first year either which can be more budget friendly.

Car Seats for Smaller Cars

I finally found a great option for the dilemma of fitting three car seats across (for twins and another sibling) the back seat of an average sized car. I didn'’t think it would be possible and figured we would have to get an SUV or a van. I really like driving a smaller car, so after some research I found a manufacturer that produces very narrow car seats to help with this issue. Their seat is called Sunshine Kids Radian Convertible Car Seat. You can actually fit three across the back seat of a Toyota Prius! But I found that two of them along with my older daughter'’s Eddie Bauer (it’s huge) fit perfectly across the back seat of my BMW 530xi. In the photo shown here is the Eddie Bauer seat in the middle of my two Sunshine Kids Radian seats.

The other feature, and probably the most fabulous one, is that these particular car seats fit children from 5 to 80 lbs! They can be rear or forward facing, have five point harnesses, and come in some nice color options. Technically, it is the only car seat you would ever need.

At the time that I originally wrote this section back in 2008, these car seats could be found readily at retailers like Walmart, Target, etc. I recommend doing a search for "Sunshine Kids Radian Car Seat" on the web for help in finding where to buy.

Whichever type of car seat you decide on, I would definitely recommend a five point harness opposed to a three point, as it provides a more secure ride.

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