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Do I have to use a car seat on a plane

We are flying again in a couple months. At that time, Connor will be over 2 years old. Even though we have to purchase him a seat, we would do it anyways (even if he was 23 months old). We will also be bringing our car seat on the plane again.

My son is two and a half. we will be flying to Florida in May. He will be two months short of 3. I dont think he will weigh 40 lbs yet. I have read both suggestions about bringing a car seat on the plane for him. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is it a good idea or a bad idea? His car seat is so clunky and big I cannot imagine dragging it on a plane with my . (it will be only the two of us).

Should I take a car seat on airplane

  • Luggage. International travel (as of now) allows each person purchasing a seat one piece of checked luggage.  Many airlines will let you check booster/car seats free of charge.  Even though everyone is allowed one piece, our family of four tries to do it in three.  The reason for this is that you must claim all your luggage and carry it through customs.  Plus, you will probably take some form of public transportation from the airport to your final destination.  Your young children will not be any help hauling luggage through a crowded airport when they are exhausted.
  • Borrow or buy at your destination.  Unless you are going to a very diverse or remote country, buy as much as you can when you get there.  We stay with family, so we have them buy diapers, baby food, wipes, even sometimes formula and it is all there waiting for us when we arrive.  Just make sure you convert pounds into kilograms for diaper sizing.  Purchasing at your destination allows more space for other items in packed luggage.  We also borrowed a crib, high chair, and car seat while we were there.  My only caution about borrowing a car seat is that if you get stuck at another location during a layover, you will not have a safe means to transport your child.  We now check a booster or car seat or bring the car seat on the plane (for ages 2-3).  It is usually more comfortable for a child to sleep in a  car seat at those ages.

FAQ: Traveling with Car Seats on Airplanes | Parenting

A lot of the time, parents traveling with lap children still bring car seats onto the plane in hopes of getting placed next to an empty seat. When our children were under 2, my husband and I often asked the ticket agent to seat us next to an open seat–and our request was typically honored.

We are flying again in a couple months. At that time, Connor will be over 2 years old. Even though we have to purchase him a seat, we would do it anyways (even if he was 23 months old). We will also be bringing our car seat on the plane again.