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    Mar 2013

    What should a 4 year old sit in on a plane?

    So far, we've always had our 4 year old (42 inches, 42 lbs) in his car seat on flights, but he was very cramped on the last flight he took. At what age/size do you stop using car seats on planes? What do you use instead to keep them safely in their seats? A booster? Just the seat belt? Or something else entirely? Thanks!

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    Senior Community Member krasota's Avatar
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    Feb 2010
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    Re: What should a 4 year old sit in on a plane?

    At 4y, my kids need a harnessed seat on the other end, so I schlep the carseat. You can't use a belt positioning booster on the plane. If I had a trusted carseat at my destination, I would probably be fine with just the lapbelt on the plane at 4y.

    The CARES harness is another option on the plane.
    Ronan (04/07) five steps!
    Aenea (03/12) FF RXT

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    Senior Community Member T4K's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Louisville, KY
    It depends if I need a harnessed seat on the other side of my trip. If I'm flying to my parents (who have a seat for me) then at 4, I may consider just the airplane belt if it was a short flight. For longer flights or if I'll need a harnessed seat on the other end, I may as well being it on the plane. :-)
    Mama to Baby Girl N - two years old
    Loving Stepmother of wonderful girls, H-9 and S-5

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    Carseat Crazy
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    Apr 2010

    Re: What should a 4 year old sit in on a plane?

    I'm curious about this too. What if you expect the child to sleep on the plane? Will they be ok in just the seat belt?
    Megan, mama to Genevieve (7/09) booster, Kristoffer (2/12, 37lbs, 45") ffing Nextfit, and Theodore (9/14, 27lbs, 36") rfing Marathon CT. Expecting #4 6/30, will be riding in a Snugride30.

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