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Thread: B-Safe or CCO?

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    B-Safe or CCO?

    We will be flying from San Diego to Maui at the end of May on Alaska Airlines, a Boeing 737 aircraft. This will be our first flight with DD, who will be 6 months at that time and has her own ticket. Her two seats are a Britax B-Safe and a Combi Coccoro. I know either seat will be okay but would love to get some input as to which one we should use. DS is 6, so I haven't flown with an infant in a very long time, and back then we only ever used his Marathon. I was able to seat DH and DS in front of us on one of the flights but not the other, so recline issues merit some consideration I suppose. We had some very bad experiences with that with DS.

    We do have a B-Nimble, but we are going just to stay with family and I don't anticipate having tons of need for a stroller while we're there. We are also planning a trip to Seattle later this year, which is likely to be on a 737 as well, and we will want a stroller there. Just in case that impacts the recommendation...

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: B-Safe or CCO?

    I just flew (again) with our CCO last night on an MD83. DS is 2yo so we have the option to RF or FF. Unfortunately when I installed RF the buckle made a horrid lump under the seat pad. It's awesome FF on a plane though. On our Keyfit, the lap belt only routing was over the child's legs, which was perfect and easy at 6mo, though it got harder by ~10mo when DS was curious about the buckle and able to undo it.

    So for your trip now, I'd take the bucket (and probably the matching stroller, if only to help with getting through the airport) but leave the base at home. For your trip later, you might consider taking the CCO if you think your LO will unbuckle the seat belt, but otherwise I'd also take the bucket+stroller there.

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    Re: B-Safe or CCO?

    Sorry, one other question about buckets, then. Do I need the towel/noodles for the baseless install on the plane as well, or just for cars?

    Thanks again!

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    Re: B-Safe or CCO?

    Quote Originally Posted by JlynnB View Post
    Sorry, one other question about buckets, then. Do I need the towel/noodles for the baseless install on the plane as well, or just for cars?

    Thanks again!
    Not necessary for airplane. With our Keyfit I never needed a towel/noodle for baseless car install either. Is the bottom of your b-safe flat or curved?

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    Re: B-Safe or CCO?

    Curved.

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    Re: B-Safe or CCO?

    Quote Originally Posted by JlynnB View Post
    Curved.
    I would say no towel/noodle for plane OR car personally. Just make sure to set the angle in a way you're comfortable with and according to mfg directions before/while you tighten the belt through the guides.

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    Re: B-Safe or CCO?

    Thanks so much! I will definitely practice some baseless installs in our cars before the trip, but I won't have much opportunity to practice on any planes...

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    Re: B-Safe or CCO?

    Quote Originally Posted by JlynnB View Post
    Thanks so much! I will definitely practice some baseless installs in our cars before the trip, but I won't have much opportunity to practice on any planes...
    The airplane is really no big deal. Thread belt through guides, buckle, tighten. For the most part the seat is there to prevent injury during turbulence (much more common than a real crash).

    Definitely practice baseless installation, with the understanding that the geometry of each car is a little different. You may want to stand behind the seat and push down/in with your hips while tightening to maintain the proper angle. And if you're renting an SUV, remember to recline the seat during installation and then put it back up when you're done -- nice and snug!

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    Re: B-Safe or CCO?

    You may find this blog post by Kecia really helpful, especially the accompanying video about installing baseless.
    Mom to 2 adults and 2 little kids.
    Tall 8 year old in Incognito; Petite 3 year old RF in CA65

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    Re: B-Safe or CCO?

    Lol. I spend so much time in the forums sometimes I miss the blog posts! Of course, DD was just over a month old at that time so I'm pretty sure I missed everything...

    I hope I can master a baseless install half as well as she has! She makes it look so easy. I get good installs eventually, but they are usually not so effortless.

    Thanks for the link!

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    I am not really good at installing car seats, but I found the baseless install really, really easy. We have a Snugride 30, but I assume it's about the same for all of them. We were away from home for a month when DS was 2-3 months old, so I had lots of practice, but I would say I was a pro after 2-3 installs.

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