Making kids safer, one question at a time.  Welcome to the Car-Seat.Org community!   Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 cause of fatal injury for children and adults, age groups 1 to 34.   Selecting a safe car, minivan or SUV, plus correctly using child restraints and seatbelts may be the most important things you can do to protect your family.   Need help installing an infant, convertible or booster seat?   Looking for carseat reviews or compatibility advice? Need help buying the best and safest car seats for your baby, toddler or older kid?   No question is a bad one, so please click here to ask our experts a question and then join our friendly community of moms, dads, caregivers and advocates in the USA and Canada.   Thank you for visiting; buckle-up and drive safely!


 

Sponsored Ads

+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 21 to 29 of 29
  1. #21
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    36

    Re: Flying with a 3.5 year old

    Thanks. But we already have 2 good seats for our cars so that's why I am hoping we won't need to purchase a 3rd. Fingers crossed!

    The maestro seems to be the cheapest option I can find at around $70.

  2. # ADS
    Sponsored Ads
    Join Date
    April, 2001
    Posts
    Many
     
     

  3. #22
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    36

    Re: Flying with a 3.5 year old

    OP here again.

    Anyone have any experience with the Evenflo Chase? I saw it at Walmart and it seemed narrow/light. The downside I am seeing is that it can only be used harnessed up to 40 pounds.

    Our vacation may not be in February anymore. It may be pushed to June. So he'll be even less likely to fit in the Scenera by then. He'll be almost 4 years old. He's almost 3 now and only around 33 pounds. I think kids only gain a couple pounds a year at this point (which looking at his records, seems about right for the past year.) So I suspect the 40 pound weight limit with the Evenflo Chase would be okay.

    Thoughts?

    Another one I looked at was the Safety 1st Guide 65 but a lot of people talk about it tipping their child's head forward a bit too much.

  4. #23
    CPST and ketchup snob ketchupqueen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    L.A. area
    Posts
    20,369

    Re: Flying with a 3.5 year old

    Yes, it's likely the Chase would still fit. For a few dollars more though (sometimes less) you could get the Maestro, which is basically the same seat but with a 50 lb limit just in case he fits by height past 40, give you a bit more use.
    CPST and Mom to Emma, 15, Bridget, 13, Maggie, 11, Katie Sue, 6, Jimmy, born May 2019,
    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

  5. Thank You from:


  6. #24
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    36

    Re: Flying with a 3.5 year old

    I had bookmarked that one a while back but I recall reading it was a bit heavier and bulkier.

  7. #25
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    36

    Re: Flying with a 3.5 year old

    Dumb question - if you fly with a 5 year old and do NOT need a car seat at your destination....do you just use the airplane seat belt?

    I ask because after our flight next year...we likely won't fly again until he is 5 or 5 and a half.

    So whatever seat we get really just needs to work for him next year (February, March, or maybe June.) I don't suspect he'll gain 7 pounds in the next year. (He has gained around 3.5 pounds in the last 11 months.)

  8. #26
    CPST and ketchup snob ketchupqueen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    L.A. area
    Posts
    20,369

    Re: Flying with a 3.5 year old

    It really depends on the kid. I had a long and lanky kid who didn't fit the belt on United at 7 1/2. And some kids will sleep in a car seat but not without one. But in many cases that's fine.

    The Maestro is no bulkier and only a couple lbs heavier than the Chase. Really, identical molds.
    CPST and Mom to Emma, 15, Bridget, 13, Maggie, 11, Katie Sue, 6, Jimmy, born May 2019,
    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

  9. #27
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    36

    Re: Flying with a 3.5 year old

    So we were out and about yesterday and stopped into Babies R Us to check out the Maestro. You're right, it wasn't that bulky at all. I felt like it had more padding than the Chase (at least from what I remember....I'll have to look again next time we're at Walmart.)

    I think it's definitely a good option so thanks!

    I brought the old Cosco Scenera up from storage and tried to get my son to sit in it. It just made him angry so it was hard to see where the top of the straps hit it. I think there's still a little room to go so he may fit it in February.

    But now I am wondering if he'll be pickier about comfort this time around now that he's older.

    We'll have 2 flights on each travel day. The longest one is close to 3 hours.

    As for sleeping...he pretty much never falls asleep in his car seat so I don't suspect he'll sleep on the plane.

    (He has developmental delays and doesn't talk so it's hard to say if he found the seat uncomfortable or if he was just annoyed with the concept of sitting in a car seat in the living room.)

  10. #28
    Senior Community Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    587

    Re: Flying with a 3.5 year old

    What car seats are you using in your cars now? It might be easiest to just use one of those.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Andraya-6 Nathaniel-4 Annalee Grace 18mon

    Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter

  11. #29
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    36

    Re: Flying with a 3.5 year old

    Just saw the above post...our home ones are too bulky for travel.

    We ended up getting the Maestro for a good price on Amazon. Though I was disappointed because it had less seat padding than the one at Babies R Us. The seat was more springy/soft on that one. It's thinner on the one we got. Kind of stinks since the padding was a big reason for choosing this one. Oh well.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •