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traveling with a baby car seat needed?

Old Jun 27th, 2006, 07:08 PM
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traveling with a baby car seat needed?

My daughter will be traveling in London with her 5 month old baby. She wonders if she needs to bring a car seat. Are they required in taxis?
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 09:22 PM
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My question to you would be-if you use a car seat in the states everytime you transport "precious cargo" then why would you ever travel overseas without one?
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 12:14 AM
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Good Question. Are they required in taxis? If so which countries? It may a rule/law similar to the non-requirement of seat belts in busses.
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 01:41 AM
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You just put the stroller in the taxi, no need to even fold it. I used to have a car seat with a separate frame with wheels (from make Maxi Cosi); very handy if you prefer to fasten the car seat with the seatbelt instead of leaving the baby in the buggy. For short rides in taxis in London I always left babies in the stroller. So much easier not to have to pick them up when they have fallen asleep.

If your daughter has a separate seat for the baby on the plane, the car seat would be good for baby to sleep in.
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 02:05 AM
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Doesn't she have the stoller with built in carseat/baby carrier? If not, she should go get one. They may not be required but why go without?
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 03:56 AM
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I just bought two of the Safety 1st Tote n Go Car Seats. They are very light, and can fit in a large backback or duffle. Perfect for travel and taxis. It takes a few practice installs to get it to fit properly but once you know what you're doing, you can do it in 2 minutes.

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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 03:57 AM
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Ah wait, just noticed the baby is only 5 months old. This seat won't be good - it's only for 25-40 pounds.
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 04:07 AM
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the rules in the UK are changing come sept 2006. even under the new laws, a child seat is not required in taxis(assuming it is not provided) no matter the child's age.

after sept, a car seat must be used in a non-taxi car for a child under 3 years. before sept 2006, a baby need not be in a car seat (rear seat only) if there is no such seat in the car.

hope this helps.
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 07:52 AM
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Not only for automobile/taxi travel, but for use on aircraft as well...make sure the baby seat is certified for use on planes.

Most London taxis are equipped with a built-in child booster seat, however this is for children who are large enough to use the regular seat belts (with a boost).
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 08:04 AM
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I don't think the Tote n'Go would work, but it is definitely great for when the child is bigger.

At 5 mos. old, the baby should still fit in the infant seat, so she should just use that and a snap n' go. If the baby is too big for the infant car seat, get one with a higher weight and height limit. Assuming you are from the US (which may not be the case), Britax and Combi both have infant seats with higher than average limits.
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