Everything you ever wanted to know about travel car seats but were afraid to ask*
*(Because the answer is, “Yes, you should bring it.”)
We can all agree that the safest place for a baby on a plane is in their own seat, in their own FAA-approved car seat. We can also all agree that lugging a bulky, heavy car seat through an airport is about the last thing anyone wants to do. Whether you’re purchasing a car seat with the knowledge that you’ll be doing a fair amount of traveling, or you’re deciding to make the investment in a second car seat specifically for travel, here are your best choices based on weight, “lug-a-bility,” and affordability. READ MORE
There are many car seat travel bags on the market, but if you’re going to invest in one, the padding in this car seat travel bag protects the seat from more than just dirt or wear and tear, because we all know that airport baggage handlers aren’t always known for their gentle touch when loading and off-loading our luggage. READ MORE
We know it’s not mandatory. We know it’s expensive. But we also know that the FAA recommends using car seats on planes. So if we bite the bullet and purchase baby their own seat on the airplane, and lug their car seat (or go through the expense of purchasing an additional car seat specifically for travel) what happens when we run into trouble once we’re on board? READ MORE
We always travel with car seats. Always. And for our road trip across Alberta, I was pretty happy to road test the Clek Oobr booster seat, as Bub had just outgrown his trusty Scenera. So I felt pretty good about our trip and the Oobr was great to travel with in spite of its size and weight, so then I wrote about it and the nice folks at Clek posted my review on their Facebook page.
And then I learned that I was doing it wrong. Quite wrong. READ MORE
Clearly it’s preferred to use your infant car seat with the base, but if you’re traveling with baby, it’s much safer to still use your seat without the base than to not use a car seat at all. Do ensure that your seat CAN actually be installed without a base. The Primo Viaggio model we used when my daughter was an infant was an older model and did not have the slots. We couldn’t have used it for travel if we wanted to ut these days, pretty much every infant carrier car seat can be installed without the base. READ MORE