I'd been hearing about these for awhile now from other moms. Not only are they known as a particularly "safe" seat (which, frankly, I'm not as concerned with as I probably should be), but - best of all - they are ultra slim, so you can actually fit three in a row in a car!
Since Flora was born, our minivan was basically at capacity. We had the two big kids in the back row, and the two little kids in the middle bucket seats. But now we're able to put three in the back, and take out one of the buckets to free up a big space for groceries, strollers, or whatever else we want to haul around. Plus, it's a very convenient spot to kneel when buckling people in. And if we are blessed with a fifth child in the future, we will not have to worry quite yet about upgrading to a huge 12-passenger van!
Ahh, it's truly a thing of beauty!
|Annoying coffee stain, courtesy of Tom's long-lost travel mug that we discovered under the seat when we removed it|
I've written before about how unfortunate it is that something like "how many kids can we fit in our car" ends up determining ultimate family size for some people. And truly, in this day and age, that can be a very legitimate concern. Very few parts of the country are still built on a "human scale," and most of us are dependent on cars to get around and do our daily activities. While taking public transportation everywhere might be an option in some places for a single person, it's a much different matter if you're trying to haul around four little kids and all their paraphernalia.
But really, how sad is it that a piece of technology that humans didn't have/need for most of their history, has now re-shaped our world so much that it prevents some families from having more children?