Fitting 5 carseats in a minivan caused quite a bit of stress a year ago. I suppose, in most cases, a family of 5 kids wouldn't have 5 in carseats, but we do. And it was quite a stretch to get them all to fit just right.
Three infant carriers across the middle row with Zoe and Ty in the back. Since the carriers come in and out, the seats can still fold forward so Zoe and Ty can get in the back.
But here's the issue now...they're too big for the infant carriers. How do you get 3 "next stage" carseats and 2 boosters in a minivan and still be able to get INTO the back seat?
First...you gather all the carseats you own, take them apart and wash the covers.
Then you shuffle seats in and out of the car in various configurations until you get something that works.
Poor Ava, the only one still facing backward. She's got another 4 pounds until she gets to see what's coming her way. Yes, we can fit Zoe and Ty's boosters in the backseat with Eli's carseat, but Zoe has to squat to buckle...then put her seat down...and then she can sit!
Only two more years to go until Zoe can get rid of her booster...