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    Car Seats for traveling

    We are going to be traveling and need to buy a new carseat. I do not want to use the ones that I have installed in my car as we are going to have to gate check the ones we are using.

    I already have a Evenflo
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Evenflo-Ti...unlap/19414721

    Which I can use for my 3.5 year old who is 33lbs and on the shorter side. I also have a 4 month old who is 13-14 pounds that could use it.

    What would be better use it for the 3.5 year old or for the 4 month old? And if you have an opinion on that what other seat then should I buy? I would like to keep it under $100 since we are just using these for travel.

    I also have a short 5.5 year old who I will be buying a high back booster for. Any suggestions there too that wont break the bank for a travel seat?


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    Re: Car Seats for traveling

    Hi!

    Even though he's short, the 3 year old could be close to outgrowing that seat because it is so short. If he is forward facing, I'd suggest an Evenflo Maestro as a travel seat that will last a while. (If rear facing, let me know and I can make alternate suggestions.)

    For the five year old, look at the Harmony Folding Travel Booster since she's short. It is designed to fit in an overhead bin (so it won't be lost or damaged.) Otherwise you could get a Graco TurboBooster, pack the back in your luggage, and carry on the bottom (so if the back gets lost or damaged at least you have the bottom.)
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    Re: Car Seats for traveling

    I'd agree with the harmony folding booster or a TurboBooster for the 5.5yo.

    For any children 40 lbs and under, the FAA recommends that they be harnessed in either their carseat or a CARES harness on all flights. If you will be flying with the 4-month-old as a lap infant and the flights are not completely full, you can ask your gate agent whether he or she would be willing to reseat you next to an empty seat -- many airlines will allow you to install a carseat there for your baby.

    If you have purchased a ticket for the baby or if it would not be prohibitively expensive for you to do so, I'd recommend doing that -- it's much safer, would eliminate you having to buy travel seats (except for the booster) and would ensure that you would not have to gate check any carseat at all.

    If you're interested, here is the link for the FAA information about flying with children: http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/

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    Re: Car Seats for traveling

    Quote Originally Posted by ketchupqueen View Post
    Hi!

    Even though he's short, the 3 year old could be close to outgrowing that seat because it is so short. If he is forward facing, I'd suggest an Evenflo Maestro as a travel seat that will last a while. (If rear facing, let me know and I can make alternate suggestions.)

    For the five year old, look at the Harmony Folding Travel Booster since she's short. It is designed to fit in an overhead bin (so it won't be lost or damaged.) Otherwise you could get a Graco TurboBooster, pack the back in your luggage, and carry on the bottom (so if the back gets lost or damaged at least you have the bottom.)

    Thanks...we still rear face the 3.5 year old. But for the few weeks we travel a yes not sure that is the defining requirement. Would you buy the 3.5 yo the evenflo maestro or use the Titan for her and buy the 4 month old a different seat.

    It is cost prohibitive for use to buy the baby an airplane seat at this point.

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    Re: Car Seats for traveling

    I would buy a Maestro for the 3.5yo and use the Titan for the baby RFg. I would purchase a Harmony LBB for the 5.5yo. You have enough seats to carry, the 5.5yo can carry their own LBB.
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