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    Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    I am wanting to get my daughter a spare car seat to have on hand for when something happens to her normal seat. We are also flying in December so I would like something lightweight and cheaper so if it gets damaged it's not a huge deal. I am NOT buying her a seat on the plane as she will not even be 1 yet so I will be gate checking the seat. I know it's not ideal but I don't have the money to buy her a seat when she's free. Was just thinking a Scenera but am concerned with ease of install as we will be renting a car so being able to get a good solid install easily is important. How is the Cosco Scenera NEXT compared to the regular Scenera? Any other recommendations?

    My daughter is currently 10 months, 19 lbs, and 27.75"

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    BUMP this thread to Moderators and Ambassadors. To OP, there are many pros and cons to buying another airplane seat for baby, and from what I've seen on this blog is that lap-sitting is a big con, please consider buying a second seat and bringing a Cosco Scenera Next for that seat, so you don't have a constantly fussy/squirmy/wiggly 10month old on your lap for the whole flight. It will be worth the investment.

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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    I don't have personal experience, but I know that the Scenara Next is considered much easier to install than the original Scenara. Sounds like a good option in this situation.


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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    The Scenera NEXT is great!

    I'm going to come out as a non-ticket purchaser for infants. My babies have all flown in my lap, and been very happy there. I've never done very long flights, but I think a lap infant feels less crowded than the average adult in coach.

    The biggest worry is that there be a car seat available on the other end that hasn't been mishandled. I arrange to have one at the other end. The first time, I made the mistake of letting my MIL be in charge of grabbing one (with what I thought were clear instructions), only to discover that she had gotten a FF only seat for my 8 month old. So my advice is:

    1) Try to avoid hauling the car seat with you, but be really sure you've got something good at your destination.
    2) if that's not an option, gate check the car seat in its box.

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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    Quote Originally Posted by lgenne View Post
    The Scenera NEXT is great!

    I'm going to come out as a non-ticket purchaser for infants. My babies have all flown in my lap, and been very happy there. I've never done very long flights, but I think a lap infant feels less crowded than the average adult in coach.

    The biggest worry is that there be a car seat available on the other end that hasn't been mishandled. I arrange to have one at the other end. The first time, I made the mistake of letting my MIL be in charge of grabbing one (with what I thought were clear instructions), only to discover that she had gotten a FF only seat for my 8 month old. So my advice is:

    1) Try to avoid hauling the car seat with you, but be really sure you've got something good at your destination.
    2) if that's not an option, gate check the car seat in its box.

    Gate checking is the way I'm going to have to go. I am definitely not relying on a rental car agency to have a proper seat of her and I won't have someone meeting me at the airport as I'm renting a car there.

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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    Quote Originally Posted by Bebe View Post
    BUMP this thread to Moderators and Ambassadors. To OP, there are many pros and cons to buying another airplane seat for baby, and from what I've seen on this blog is that lap-sitting is a big con, please consider buying a second seat and bringing a Cosco Scenera Next for that seat, so you don't have a constantly fussy/squirmy/wiggly 10month old on your lap for the whole flight. It will be worth the investment.

    I completely understand how it is a lot safer for her to have her own seat and trust me I am dreading having to wear her the entire flight because I know she will get squirmy but we are flying before Christmas at a very busy and expensive time and I do not have an extra $500+ laying around to buy her a seat. That's just not feasible for some.

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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    What do you all think about the Safety First Onside Air? I know it's just a padded Scenera but it has a lot taller top slots than the NEXT and so would last us longer. Also I want her to be nice a comfy during the trip as she is used to a very padded and comfy Diono Rainer!

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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    The Onside Air will last longer forward facing, but the Scenera NEXT lasts longer rear facing. It's also much easier to install rear facing, takes up less front to back space, etc. I wish there were a more cushy version of the NEXT rather than the Comfy Convertible (nicer Apt just introduced at ABC Kids).

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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    What about an APT 50? It'll last longer than the Scenera and the Scenera NEXT and it's still super cheap, lightweight, and easy to install rear facing. I also really like the new bright colors it comes in.


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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    Why not just take your Bsafe?
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    Guide 65? But is kinda a pain to install rf....
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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    OP, your stated plan to babywear the entire flight isn't compatible with flight regulations, either, because babywearing isn't allowed during takeoff, landing, and any other times except at cruising altitude.
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    Re: Lightweight spare seat & gate checking

    Quote Originally Posted by lgenne View Post
    The Onside Air will last longer forward facing, but the Scenera NEXT lasts longer rear facing. It's also much easier to install rear facing, takes up less front to back space, etc. I wish there were a more cushy version of the NEXT rather than the Comfy Convertible (nicer Apt just introduced at ABC Kids).
    I just wanted to add, for others like me searching about the Onside Air, that it has the same RF limits as the Next, 40" or 40lbs. The original Scenera is lower at 35lbs and 36" or 37".
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