I'm in my first trimester, but I thought this would be the best place to get input on car seats in a very small car. I know it's really early, but it's something I've been thinking about a lot. We really need to keep our Acura RSX. It's our only car, but it's paid off, reliable, gets great gas mileage, and maneuvers well through very tight city streets. I bought it new when I was grad school 10 years ago, so babies were not on my mind then. We never upgraded because we were told we would probably not be able to conceive without IVF.
The good news is that I know there are car seats that will fit, and my husband and I are not too tall. So, I think we will all be able to fit in the car at the same time. My plan is to buy our car seat from Babies-R-Us, because apparently they let you try it out.
The question is-- convertible or infant seat? It's not so much a matter of cost. It's more about what's easier to get baby in and out of. I really doubt we'll be able to get the infant seat in and out with baby in the seat. But, I thought it might be easier to buckle baby in while I'm sitting in the back seat. I've read this is easier if you have the option of removing the seat from the base.