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Old 12-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #41
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My wife surprised me with a onesie that she got screenprinted. It says "got e46?" Look's like I have to upgrade to a sedan now. Anybody attempted to put a car seat in the back of a coupe..? Ha ha.
Congrats Man! Planned or not, it's awesome and you should be stoked. My boy just turned two - pain in the a$s sometimes, but the best thing in the world!

Plus, look at it this way - a kid is cheaper than BMW Dealer maintenance!

Hey, a few guys like relentlessone and sunsetcoast already mentioned some options, but my advice is to get one of the "travel systems" in the link below. Also get a spare car seat base. They are really easy on the seats (no sharp corners) and the versatility is worth the cash. Some guys have suggested installing the carseat and never taking it out. Bad idea. Infants/Newborns are particularly tricky to maneuver (they have bobble heads and such) so a system where the carrier is modular between the car seat bases and stroller (it just snaps in) is the best idea. The linked model below is one of the most popular, probably already on your wife's shower list.

(another plus: the latches that clip into the harness points in the rear seats are by far the best with the Chicco brand).

As with anything involving kids in cars - if you have any questions about what you're doing, ask a pro. Local fire departments, hospitals and even medical clinics have workshops on propper car seat installation. Some people blow this off, but if you're not sure about something - don't take the chance.

I wish you all the best sir.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:18 AM   #42
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As with anything involving kids in cars - if you have any questions about what you're doing, ask a pro. Local fire departments, hospitals and even medical clinics have workshops on propper car seat installation. Some people blow this off, but if you're not sure about something - don't take the chance.
Excellent advice.

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get one of the "travel systems" in the link below. Also get a spare car seat base. They are really easy on the seats (no sharp corners) and the versatility is worth the cash. Some guys have suggested installing the carseat and never taking it out. Bad idea. Infants/Newborns are particularly tricky to maneuver (they have bobble heads and such) so a system where the carrier is modular between the car seat bases and stroller (it just snaps in) is the best idea.
Without doubt, these systems with a base are very convenient, especially for newborns and infants. In fact, that type was the first one that we bought. It worked well in the wagon. But it didn't come close to working in our Celica. Nor did any of the similar options on the market at the time.

We found that using the door in the coupe that was opposite where the seat was located gave the best access the the seat when it was still in the rear-facing position.

Installing a base permanently is essentially the same strategy as a permanent seat installation. You don't have to fight to install it properly each time you use it. Of course, the seat always has to follow the child. And the seat can be used ONLY with the base. This is not an issue when still an infant, but becomes problematic when the child can no longer spend most of the time in the seat. And the associated strollers tend to be large. With them, it would be quite the challenge to load a week's worth of grocery shopping (including diapers and paper products) in the trunk of an e46. You want to keep potential projectiles out of the interior: In the event of an accident, you don't want a can of beans hitting anybody's head, least of all the softer skulls of children in safety seats.

There are many aspects to consider when purchasing a safety seat. What works well for one set of circumstances, may not work in another. Do your research. "Consumer Reports" tends to run a story on them every couple of years. Get "war stories" from your friends. Determine what fits your lifestyle. When you make your decision, make certain that it will work in each vehicle where it will be used: Grandma won't be happy if she can't drive with that baby!

Oh, if you have side airbags in the rear, don't put a safety seat (or a booster) in the outboard positions. Unless the bags are disabled, it is middle position only, which is safer, anyway.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:36 PM   #43
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Makes me glad my kids are 10 and 14.... no need for me to ever have another carseat- if I do "WE" have problems...
I've done the whole carseat in a sportscar- (Mitubishi Eclipse) and it wasn't too friendly, then again we didn't have several seats.
Good tip with getting 2 to be in the cars and 1 spare......and congrats on having a child- your life will change once the baby arrives.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:35 PM   #44
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Yeah if only it was that easy haha
Worst case, nothing wrong with an e46 sedan.. as long as the sedan is indeed an e46
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:12 PM   #45
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I wish the parents of some of these young posters who think having a nice car compares with having kids, had taken contraception more seriously.

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