Flying with Child & CarSeat

Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 09:53 AM
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Flying with Child & CarSeat

I am flying to Italy with a toddler. I am not sure if if my Britax convertible carseat will fit into the airliine seat. I checked on AA website and they don't give too much information. According to SeatGuru, my car seat doesn't fit nor any other carseat

What do people bring for a airline seat? If we buy something like CARES seat belt sytem, do you bring another carseat for the car? We plan to take a car service to and from the airport, as well as possible day trips outside the city.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 09:54 AM
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We are using AA
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:22 AM
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Our Britax Marathon fit in the airplane seat when we flew NWA to Italy last summer. I won't be doing that again though. I had imagined she would fall asleep and stay in the seat for the over night trip. However, the plane was a bit too stimulating and different from the car. I ended up having her on my lap, mainly sleeping, for the trip. And we were out the extra space since the car seat was in the way. Since then, we have just checked the seat through when we are renting a car. If we are not getting a car, we just hold her in the cab to the hotel. If I were renting a car for a day here and there I would probably just rent a seat as well. They aren't usually as nice, but it would be a pain to be hauling a seat around when you don't have a car for it.

We also have the CARES seat belt system, but have had little success with it. We fly out of a small airport so we are on planes where you have to block the seat behind you's access to their tray table, which can be a pain. The seats on the plane are also sunken in enough the seat belt system didn't fit well. As soon as we relented and didn't use it on the little plane, it was hard to get her to use it on the bigger planes.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:24 AM
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We use the CARES harness on the plane and check our car seat. It works really well. The only drawback is that if your child is used to falling asleep in the carseat -- it's not as easy with a CARES harness. But, we all just cuddle up and sleep anyway. Have fun!
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I agree with Eastave. I did not enjoy sitting with a 30lb child on my lap for 8hrs while staring at the carseat in the seat I bought for my child.
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