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Old 09-13-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Those of you with 2 door JK's and kids/newborns

Hey guys,

I'm in a bit of a dilemna.

I'm 26 and my wife is 28. We would like to have a kid within the next year or two. My concern, however, is the fact that we both have 2 door cars.

I have a 2010 2 door JK and she has a 2013 Dodge Challenger (with a Hemi in it no less! mmm..)

I very much love both vehicles and would hate to have to trade one of them, especially for the fact that we are upside down on both trades big time.

So, my question is..

Do any of you guys/gals only have 2 door JK's/vehicles and youngin's? Preferably those of you with rear facing baby seats for the new borns?

If so, how difficult is it. Should I just suck it up and trade in one of our rides in the near future or tough it out?

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Never owned a 2door but just by looking at them I would say it will be a pain in th azz... Will be folding your front seats and putting a baby back there will suck plus no storage room behind the rear seat for stroller,toys, clothes, diaper bag. Etc....

Would highly recommend biting the bullet and trade it in for a 4door.

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Never owned a 2door but just by looking at them I would say it will be a pain in th azz... Will be folding your front seats and putting a baby back there will suck plus no storage room behind the rear seat for stroller,toys, clothes, diaper bag. Etc....

Would highly recommend biting the bullet and trade it in for a 4door.
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Or keep both and get a 3rd vehicle on the cheap.
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Having two gremlins in car seats I would highly suggest trading either one in on something bigger. My four door even seems crammed with two car seats in it, I couldn't imagine flipping the seat up every time in a two door to put a car seat in there. Trade whichever vehicle the little one will be in the most.

Another thing to think about is not only the back seat but extra storage needed that comes with little ones. My wife drives a Navigator and when we go somewhere for the day she manages to have that thing packed to the brim with the third seat down.
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^Yup, that is the issue..

The kid in the car seat isn't the problem. It is all the crud that comes along with the kid. The pack'n'play or the rock'n'play...the stroller....the diaper bag with the roll out changing pad and 5 changes of clothes for both the kid and mom.....
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Didn't own a jeep when they were newborns so I'm not a full on expert, but have a 2 door and the kids are 5 and 2. It's fine for them. If anything it's a minor inconvenience having to roll the seat back, but come on, in reality it takes 10 seconds to accomplish. Half the time I'm sliding them through the window that's never there anyways.

Would a four door be better? or a different vehicle be better? Maybe? I guess convenience wise it's a slight improvement, but a baby is going to be way more inconvenience than worrying about the doors on your jeep. If they are paid off, roll with it. Have the baby first, then decide which way you want to go. But seriously, two doors isn't going to be a big deal at all. Especially with only one child.
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I have found it to be a complete pain in the ass to get a booster seat in for a 4 year old. I can't imagine a baby's car seat going in.
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:52 PM   #11
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Look, if you are seriously doing a bunch of trails that require that short wheelbase, then ok - maybe try to make it work. But otherwise ... you gotta be kidding me, trying to have a baby and a 2 door JK.
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You can easily just get in through the back and lift the kid over the seat and put the kid in that way. It might actually be easier.

Either way, this is a first-world problem and you can cope if you have a 2 door and find it inconvenient - trust me, your life will still be good.
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My kid is turning a year old tomorrow and is still rear facing. We have had our 2 door JK for a month and a half now (had a 2010 2 door when he was a newborn but traded it in). We have no problems getting him in and out of the jeep. We have the carseat with a snap in base that stays in the jeep. We have the carseat behind the passenger seat so if you don't mind walking around the jeep to get him/her out then that's my recommendation. My wife wants a wrangler and wants hers to be 4 door because she likes the way they look and I really like my 2 door. But as far as getting rid of my 2 door for a 4 door, probably will only happen if we have another kid. Couldn't imagine 2 kids in carseats in a 2 door.
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You can do it, I did. One kid is fine with the rear facing seat in the middle of the bench. It isn't as pain as people make it out to be. Granted I don't have the Jeep anymore but I had it for most of her first year.

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Old 09-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #15
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13 month old rides in the outback. She's still riding rear facing which we have done once. PITA. Once she grows into a forward facing it would be much easier.
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Raised two boys and never had a 4 door vehicle. During their early years we had 2 different Chevy Cavaliers. It's certainly isn't painless but you get use to it. I will add though that we only had to deal with forward facing seats as the rear facing seat had not come out yet.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:53 PM   #17
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If you guys can afford it then bite the bullet and trade in the 2 dr for a 4dr JKU or suck it up and deal with what you have with a smile.
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If you truly are thinking about 1 or 2 years down the road, then you should be able to "break even" on at least one of the vehicles. If not, then it sounds like you aren't buying right and you might consider trading BOTH vehicles in on something decent for the wife & kids... and something "cheap" for yourself, regardless of size or condition. Kids aren't cheap, and I can't imagine trying to raise one with my current vehicle situation. Financially it just doesn't fly.
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I would push the Challenger over a hill and tell the insurance company "oops" and hope they total it. Once totaled, buy it back off of them and take the HEMI out, throw rest of car away. Put that HEMI in the Jeep, then go buy a 4 door crossover SUV.
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I have a 1 month old. Not a problem just a learning curve. But I'd you can afford it get a 4 door
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:07 PM   #21
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I've got a 4 month old and a 3 year old and a 2 door JK is our only vehicle at the moment. Yes, it's a pain in the ass.

We bought the JK right after we were stationed in the UK, with the expectation that the wife's Nissan Versa was going to be shipped over soon. That turned into a nightmare, and when it was finally straightened out I was Med Boarded. Seeing as we're heading back to the States in a few months now we're not willing to ship her Versa and then pay to ship it back, so we manage. The worst part really is the infant, the three year old hops into his seat himself and we just lean back and buckle him in.

Realistically, it all depends on what you want, but when we got pregnant we had a 2 seat Nissan Frontier and a Mitsubishi Eclipse, so we sold the Eclipse.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:35 PM   #22
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You can easily just get in through the back and lift the kid over the seat and put the kid in that way. It might actually be easier.

Either way, this is a first-world problem and you can cope if you have a 2 door and find it inconvenient - trust me, your life will still be good.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:33 PM   #23
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Forget all this talk about getting rid of your cool vehicles. Wait a few more years before having a kid! Then you're not upside down in payments. You'll definitely want at least 1 4 door in the family when it's time.
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My 2013 JK rubi is birth control in itself.

We call it the pull out method.

Whenever we think about having a kid.. we pull the rubi out.
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I didnt have a jeep when mine were young. But I had a customized mini truck that had a shell and back seat in it. It was cramped back there but it was tolerable. I had 3 kids back there. 2 in car seats. It all comes down to how much u like the vehicle ur in now.
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Once a family, you will grow into a 4DR anyways. Everybody talks about the little ones. Heck climb into the back seat yourself a time or two. See what you think. It is funny though. I have the 4DR. The missus has a 2DR JK and the kid now has her own TJ. Mine is the main wheelin' rig. If it is a family favorite, we take all 3. I like the 4DR. I have enough recovery gear and tools in the back to get everyone out of the woods.

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You can easily just get in through the back and lift the kid over the seat and put the kid in that way. It might actually be easier.

Either way, this is a first-world problem and you can cope if you have a 2 door and find it inconvenient - trust me, your life will still be good.
Everything on this forum is a first-world problem!!! E.g., threads like:

Rubi vs. Sahara? Can I fit 33's with spacers and no lift? Does the Pentastar get better mileage than the 3.8? Will the 2014 have an 8-speed transmission?

I mean come on. When I start seeing threads like:

Which kid should I feed? How to get land mines out of back yard? Ethnic cleansing made easy!!!! Poll: Best materials for roof thatching.

then I guess some of us can feel whiny about posting first-world problems
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I'm trading my jk for jku. I bought the jk in April 2012, and it was our third vehicle. Just a fun vehicle for wife and I to enjoy. Now down to two vehicles. I realize I can no longer get groceries and have my kid in the back seat. I can't take my dog to the vet without having to take my kid's seat out and roll the seat forward.
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My 2013 JK rubi is birth control in itself.

We call it the pull out method.

Whenever we think about having a kid.. we pull the rubi out.

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When my daughter was born I only had a 2-door car and it worked out fine. It does take a little longer to get them in/out but it is doable. When my son was born I still had 2-door cars but bought my wife a 4-door that was sold as soon as he was in a booster.

It's not that tough, just a slight bit more time/effort with a 2-door.

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