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Car seat and airplane travel

Postby Shellbelle4 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:28 pm

What do you do? I've heard a rumor that car rental companies have car seats if you request.

If you bring your own, do you check it as luggage? I don't plan on paying for a seat for Emily - she'll only be 9 months old when we fly from California to Florida.

Your thoughts or advice are appreciated.
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Postby laurab007 » Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:48 pm

Okay, here's what you do: You buy a car seat cover w/wheels so you can easily drag it through the airport. You take it through security, then you gate check it. That way, you don't have to count it as checked luggage. :wink: I wouldn't rent one. You want to use the one you have b/c you know it's safe and you know how to use it.

This is kinda pricey, but you will get lots of use out of it if you travel.

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Postby iamshannon » Thu Sep 25, 2008 5:22 am

We took Noah's car seat on the plane and he sat in it. It was great, actually b/c it kept him still, it was familiar to him, and he could sleep in it. Flying with a 2-yo can be rough but it really helped to have him in his seat.

Oops, I misread and now I see that you're not paying for a seat. Ignore me, hahaha. I think I'd check it, though, instead of renting one. It adds money and you just don't know how safe it is.
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Postby Shellbelle4 » Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:56 am

Thank you both - I'm nervous about the travel but looking forward to it as an adventure!

Another question - I have one of those gigantic Gracco travel system strollers. Do you recommend getting a smaller, cheaper stroller for travel?
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Postby Jentk » Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:23 am

I am actually going to be traveling with my toddler and new born in a month. i was going to get a big bulky double stroller, but am going to get an umbrella type stroller or similar in weight that reclines and has a basket underneath. I am checking my carseat for the newborn. I am lucky and the family I am visiting has a carseat for my toddler! I am glad for that. I also flew with DD when she was just about 15 months and she was so affraid of the flight that she curled up in my arms and fell asleep and slept all the way there and most of the way back. She got used to it after a while. I am actually purchasing a ticket for my newborn when we go, just so we have the extra room, but I am using vouchers, so there is really no additional cost to us. If you can afford it, I would reccomend it. It was ackward on the plane with a stranger next to us and DD fidgeting in our laps (when she was awake). Good luck! I hope you have an easy flight.
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Postby laurab007 » Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:17 pm

Shellbelle4 wrote:Thank you both - I'm nervous about the travel but looking forward to it as an adventure!

Another question - I have one of those gigantic Gracco travel system strollers. Do you recommend getting a smaller, cheaper stroller for travel?


The first time I traveled w/dd, she was 4 months old and I brought the infant seat and stroller travel system (Chicco). It wasn't a big deal, since I gate checked the whole thing. Now that dd is in a regular car seat, we travel w/an umbrella stroller, which I love! I bought a nice one that reclines and has a big sunshade, but that's my main stroller now.

One thing to consider - w/your regular stroller, you'll have a food tray, which is always nice when you're out and about and want to feed the baby or keep her occupied w/some cheerios, lol. An umbrella stroller won't have a food tray. You will also find that the cheaper travel strollers don't recline and a 9 month old will need to sleep and recline.
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Postby jen72 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:13 am

I just booked a flight with southwest. I had to call and tell them I was bringing an infant. The rep told me that as long as there is space available I can bring the car seat on the plane for no extra charge. If the plane is full, then I will have to gate check the seat and hold my baby. But, most importantly, no charge....

yeah, southwest!

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Postby courtneymsp » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:41 am

Jen - actually any airline will do that. Just bring your car seat with you to the gate and ask the gate agent if there is an extra seat. If so, score, if not you will just check it.
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Postby jen72 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:20 pm

oh, all the other airlines said on line that you have to buy a seat for an infant in a car seat. At least Continental and Northwest anyway. I guess if you didn't have a preferance, then that would work out.

thanks for the info!
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Postby Shellbelle4 » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:19 pm

Woo hoo! That sounds SO promising! With the cost of air travel these days, I have to imagine that maybe there will be a spare seat. That will be great for DH who is way too tall for airplanes.
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Postby Tiffaney » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:21 pm

has anyone ever had problems with trying to bring a big stroller on, even if gate checked?
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Postby jen72 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:13 am

my SIL brought her big stroller with no problems. I'm pretty sure she gate checked it.
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Postby LoneStar » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:50 am

I recently flew with DS. I didn't bring my carseat or stroller so I can't answer those questions, but the airline was very accomodating to me. On 3 of the 4 flights they were able to move me to a window seat with no one sitting next to me. They were really nice about it.
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Postby Tiffaney » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:04 am

that is good news! what airline?
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Postby Shellbelle4 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:02 pm

I ended up gate checking my carseat and stroller (travel system stroller). There was no problem whatsoever.
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