Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-05-2013, 07:11 PM   #11
andrea020611's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 226
We are expecting our second in April and also considering a minivan. We drive a Toyota matrix right now which is ok, but not much front to back room for rear facing carseats. We also travel frequently to visit family and I think a van would be more comfortable on the highway.

I'm glad to hear people say its a good vehicle for a family of 4 since we are not sure if we will have more kids after this one.


Mom to Anna born Feb 2011 and a new addition coming in April 2013!
andrea020611 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 07:18 PM   #12
Registered Users
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,186
Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?

We waited until we had 3 kids and the youngest was nearly 2 to get a minivan. We never did, but figured we could rent one if we needed something bigger. But, we never have visitors that we drive around, so it was a non issue. We took a couple trips a year, and just packed on the roof. A $700 roof system was cheaper than a minivan . So, for us, it was a good choice to wait and hopefully this will be the only minivan we have, as the kids will be leaving the house when it dies!

But, we don't have a dog or drive other people. I think it makes a lot of sense if you're having daily problems moving the dog and a stroller around to get something that works for you and your family. I am sure if we had that situation we would have had a minivan much earlier.
Mom to 3 wonderful kids.

Earn gift cards or paypal at Swagbucks! Click Here to join the fun!
KrisM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 07:22 PM   #13
umphreysmommy's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: boston, ma
Posts: 5,069
We are 4 and have a minivan. Want to know a secret? I bought the minivan before I ever even had kids in mind. They drive nice, plenty roomy, better gas mileage than I got with my SUV and was a great road trip vehicle with friends.

As for family life. It is awesome. I have the stow and go seats so I put one middle seat down. My 9 month old is RFing in the other middle seat and my 3 year old on the back bench. I still have the cargo trunk area in the back for stroller and other stuff but put my groceries on the floor behind me. It has electronic doors that are easy open from my key, middle windows open and lots of storage. I adore it and would never get a different type of car.
Mommy to Fiona 12/09 and new baby Layla 3/12 a HBAC!
umphreysmommy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 07:26 PM   #14
Registered Users
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 7,367
We also have 2 kids and a large dog... It would be strange for me personally, but I've never really cared for minivans, except I'm always jealous of the sliding doors. I wouldn't think twice about someone else with our same circumstances having one, and it sounds like it would make sense for your family.
sisu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 07:31 PM   #15
BoyCrazy's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: May 2010
Location: midwest
Posts: 3,190
Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?

I think you will love having a minivan. I know I do, heck my mom still has one and she and my dad are empty nesters (they did have a hundred pound dog too though). When we got ours right before baby #3 arrived, we took out one of the bucket seats in the middle (the one next to the power door) and that space was so nice for helping our older two kids buckle their seatbelts in the back, and for loading groceries and stuff, or for my parents' dog. I loved having that big open area but we had to put the seat back in for baby #4.
Come to think of it we had one when I was growing up and my parents just had my sister and I. We didn't get along so it was nice not having to sit really close in the car.
Erin, SAHM of 4 adorable, smart, silly, exhausting, delightful, active boys: G 7/04, O 8/06, S 3/09, C 10/11. Married to my best friend since 4/03. Cloth diapering and loving it since May 2010!
Proud to offer beautiful, practical Lilla Rose hair accessories. Sick of the plastic claw? Try a Flexi clip instead!
BoyCrazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 07:36 PM   #16
sojomisa's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: MD
Posts: 5,466
Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?

Came back to add - it's awesome to never have to worry about space. Extra kid over for playdate? No problem! Someone needs a ride home? No problem! Something came up and you need me to bring your child home from school/preschool? No problem!

Or as they get older and add in sports equipment, lawn chairs for games, it all fits.
Kim, a doing what works for us mama to S (06/01), J (03/03), M (12/07) and S (01/11)

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. - Vivian Greene
sojomisa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 07:52 PM   #17
Registered Users
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,700
My Mood:
Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?

We got our mini van when dd our first child was less than a month old. We currently have two los and are ttcing for #3. We like to take road trips and normally take our small dog with us it is best for us to drive as our children do no do well on long trips.(we would probably be kicked off a flight if we flew with them).
Anna0623 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 07:56 PM   #18
Brooke789's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: SC
Posts: 4,180
Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?

Seems to me that a van is expected with two kids! Everyone was joking before my twins were born how long we'd make it before buying a van (we have a small suv).
Brooke789 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 08:03 PM   #19
craigwick's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: saskatchewan, canada
Posts: 886
Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?

We got our mini van before we had kids too...we had gotten a dog (St. Bernard) and were sick of stuffing him in the back of a 2 door car! Plus, we knew we planned on having kids soon. Now with 2 kids it is so easy to travel and not have to plan packing carefully because we can fit anything in (ours is an extended version, we fit a full size couch in the back with the seats out).
__________________ to three silly girls, 7, 5 and brand new!!!
Plus two dogs, and oh yeah, DH!
craigwick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2013, 08:05 PM   #20
ambieone's Avatar
Registered Users
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 10,613
My Mood:
Re: Family of 4 and a minivan-too much space?

minivan here too! We have 2 kids and 2 dogs, we bought our first minivan when dd was 6 months old. With all the "baby" stuff and two dogs we had no room when traveling and we knew we would have another child. We have lots of room now. We drove our van with the kids and dogs down to FL from MD for Christmas, we had plenty of room for 5 days worth of clothes for each person, Christmas presents, dog food, snacks, ect.......and the in car dvd player is a life saver!!
I've earned over $2000 in agc's and paypal w/ swagbucks and you can too!!!
Ebates get cash back for shopping online!!!
Get a $10gc when you make your first purchase of $25 or more through ebates.
ambieone is online now   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.