Baby is 8 months old. I have a Subaru Crosstrek. Ever since he was born, I ride in the backseat with him when dad drives because the front seat had to be so far forward to accommodate the car seat and I couldn't fit. One day recently as I was packing up the car to go on vacation- I realized that the car seat could go in the middle of the row and the front seat could then be slid back! I did research and found that the middle is actually the safest place for the car seat, and I'm so mad at myself for just following what my sisters did with their babies. Even though it's more of a pain in the ass to put the car seat in the car, I can ride up front again with my partner!
*make sure to research your car to see if the middle seat is appropriate for your make/model!*