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Old 11-30-2012, 08:12 PM   #21
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Congrats on the news!

I had a coupe for the first three years after my daughter was born. When she was smaller and the car seat snapped into the base that stays in the car, it was easy to reach her into the back. It got harder when she moved up to the forward-facing car seats because I would have to climb in the back to buckle her in. That got old really fast. I don't think you have to run out and buy a sedan just yet, but it can't hurt to start looking.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:45 PM   #22
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I was confused for a second. I thought your wife bought the onesie for you. Assume you had some weird fetish!

Relieved to see that's not quite the case. Either way, congrats mate!
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:27 PM   #23
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I've got a child seat in the back of my E46 Coupe...but at least the lil' fella is old enough to get in and out by himself now. He is 3 years old. But back when he was too young to go in himself, I just about broke my back bending in whilst carrying him to put him in the seat! Yes, 2 doors is impractical for a family, but I wasn't gonna give up my 2 doors for anything!

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Old 12-01-2012, 11:20 AM   #24
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I was confused for a second. I thought your wife bought the onesie for you. Assume you had some weird fetish!

Relieved to see that's not quite the case. Either way, congrats mate!
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:49 PM   #25
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Congratulations! I'd get a nice ZHP sedan. IMO a sedan with an M-tech II looks better than a coupe.

Or maybe get something like a 5-series if you plan on keeping the car for a while. Your kid will appreciate it after growing a bit
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:08 PM   #26
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:30 PM   #28
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the e46 coupe is easier to install a car seat into than my e39 wagon, but that's only due to the location of the latches :-)

When our son was born, my wife and I both had 318ti's. She now has the wagon and I have the e46 coupe and our son is 4. If you can endure the rear facing seat in the back of the coupe, the front facing ones are no big deal.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:50 PM   #29
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I have a sedan, but just wedged the car seat into the sunroof...with baby facing down. They're really pretty stupid at that age...don't know anything is wrong...and it strengthens their neck muscles.

And, you guys know me, I hope, well enough, to know that I did it the right way. That seat was not blowing off or dropping it. It was really secure!
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:32 PM   #30
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:55 PM   #31
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When I wore a younger man's clothes, they only made forward-facing car seats. My kids lived to tell the story, and one of them is making a grandbaby as we speak.

I had a carseat in the back of an '89 Accord LXi, coupe. My suggestion is, put the carseat in and never ever take it out. Putting the kids in and taking them out is easy stuff, but moving the hardware around is a pain in the a$$. Get two carseats, one for your BMW coupe, and one for everything else.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:56 PM   #32
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Wedged the carseat in through the sunroof?

All of the way in, or just part way so you got to avoid the New Baby Smell?
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:31 PM   #33
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I have had car seats in all of my BMW's....lol. An e36 325is and 325i...obviously the 325i was easier but the room in the rear seemed identical. Now in my e46 330ci I have had a rear facing one that come with the bottom pop in out bracket thing and I had to use it without that adapter piece. It was way too high, big and bulky with that, it fit better without it but when I would return the front seat to the seated position after puttin the baby in it would lift up the car seat off the seat slightly since I am 6'3" and drive with the seat adjusted all the way back on the floor rolling adjustment and just had to drive in a slightly more upright angle than before which happens to be better for my back anyway. Recently switched to the toddler forward facing upright seated type of booster style car seat and it fits much better and the baby has waaaay more room. Not sure yet how it will be when she grows more and her legs get longer.

Basically anyway just wanted to say it is do-able and not entirely impossible.

Just remember when browsing stores look for smaller more compact style ones. The rear facing one I had was pretty much the smallest one I could find and was made by Maxi Cosi an Italian company and the model was a Mico.

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Old 12-01-2012, 07:43 PM   #34
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:29 AM   #35
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:23 AM   #36
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I have a sedan, but just wedged the car seat into the sunroof...with baby facing down. They're really pretty stupid at that age...don't know anything is wrong...and it strengthens their neck muscles.

And, you guys know me, I hope, well enough, to know that I did it the right way. That seat was not blowing off or dropping it. It was really secure!
You adapted a DIY from Mitt Romney: Roof mounted dog carrier.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:41 AM   #37
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Congratulations!

Among the many things you will do in preparation for the arrival of your newborn is select and install a proper seat for the ride home. Learn how to install it properly: an overwhelming majority of seats are not installed or used properly, even with the LATCH system. In many seats, it is not easy to get them snug. In my part of the country, the fire stations hold regular "child safety seat fairs" where they will check your installation and, if it could be better, show you how to do it.

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My suggestion is, put the carseat in and never ever take it out. Putting the kids in and taking them out is easy stuff, but moving the hardware around is a pain in the a$$.
x100. While it is an additional expense, a seat in each vehicle makes the aggravation factor so much lower. You never have to worry about which car to take. Or making sure the seat is installed properly each time: when you drive your cars, you know it is always installed properly because you won't be in a rush to get it in so you can dash off somewhere.

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Get two carseats, one for your BMW coupe, and one for everything else.
I suggest 3. One for each car (install properly once and forget it), plus another for grandma or travel (rental cars) etc. When you shop for a seat, take the car in which it will be used and ask the store (never buy a used car seat) if you can try it out. If it doesn't work, exchange for another until you find one that does.

In a coupe, you'll be looking for wide parking spaces as the door will have to be wide open. Stay away from the Transformer kind that you can use from birth to age 95. They are very big and tend to be harder to install. Consider seats designed specifically for each stage (rear-facing, forward-facing "safety seat", booster) as they tend to be smaller and easier to install.

Because the seats in cars are different (contours, angles, padding, whatnot), different cars require different car seats. What was perfectly fine in our Audi wagon didn't work in the back seat of our Celica. What was ideal in the Celica was a PITA on airplanes.

So we needed a smaller design for travel. We flew a lot with our daughter: she was a Gold level frequent flyer by the time she was 3. And most kids are much more comfortable (never mind safer) in a car seat than in a plane seat sized for adults. It goes without saying that this is doubly true compared to sitting on your lap.

This is looking way ahead, of course, but, if you ever rent a car when you travel, it is less expensive to carry your own seat than it is to rent one for $10/day at the other end. Less potential hassle, too. We learned this the hard way. On the very first trip we took, we did the lap baby thing. We reserved a seat for the rental car, but the (big name) agency didn't have an available seat. I had to drive to a store to buy a seat. Let's just say that most airports are not located next door to Wal-Mart. The rental company generously reimbursed me for the seat and even let us keep it "for the inconvenience" (and using the seat on the return was enlightening). But the "detour" put an hour-sized dent into the schedule of what was a short weekend trip.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:49 AM   #38
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Thanks guys. This makes me feel a lot more comfortable about it. I think I will end up just getting two car seats. Seems to be the easiest!
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:25 AM   #39
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Congrats on the new addition. Car seats are easy. Strollers are a different story. Went through 3 strollers trying to find something that will fit right and have room left for other stuff. Avoid bulky strollers. Go with snap-n-go's and you're all good!
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:49 AM   #40
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Never owned a car seat. Back when my kids were of that age the only ones they had simply hooked over the back of the front seat. F**ing tree hugging new age parents............
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