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
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1

    Help with drive & fly trip with 3yo

    My DD is 3.5 years old, but weighs 42lb and is 41" tall. We will be driving for 12 hours to our destination, spend the week there, then fly home. I'm trying to figure out which of our car seats to take on the trip.

    She is currently using a Britax Marathon daily, and loves the seat - very comfy for her. I also have a Graco Nautilus in our second car, but she doesn't like it much because she doesn't sleep well in it.

    Since we will be driving for a large amount of time, I want to take the Marathon. But it's so large I don't want to carry it on the plane (aside from that, we will each be carrying on a carry-on bag, and my elderly mother will be with us, so I'm going to have to help her carry things too). So would it be okay to check it? and how should I pack it - or just use their bags they provide? Or is there a better seat I should consider buying? I would hate for her Marathon to get damaged while it's being checked, cause it's our main seat for her.

    We will be flying on AirTran.
    Thanks for your ideas.

  2. # ADS
    Sponsored Ads

  3. #2
    Senior Community Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Re: Help with drive & fly trip with 3yo

    Strap it to a stroller or a luggage cart or a "Traveling Toddler" and use it on the plane for her.
    "If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it." Severn Suzuki, age 12

  4. #3
    CPS Technician mommycat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    NS, Canada

    Re: Help with drive & fly trip with 3yo

    Here are some other threads which discuss traveling with seats, most of which have pictures! - 2 seats puzzled on luggage cart - Boulevard on the luggage cart - using luggage cart with car seat - travelling toddler attachment video - seat in double umbrella stroller + luggage cart - travelling toddler and tote-a-tot - travel with seat experience (EFTA)
    Cat in Canada
    DS1 7 yo - 47 lbs (47"/??"t/??"top of head) - boostered in SKMonterey/2TBs/2CowmooPWSG/2HarmonyNBBs
    DS2 4 yo - 34.5 lbs (40"/15"t/??"top of head) - FF in CowmooMA/TrueFit/2Radians/2Nautiluses/HarmonyV7
    Also in possession of: Graco SafeSeat1 and MyRide (loaned out) + 1 demo seat: SnugRide.

  5. #4
    Carseat Crazy
    Join Date
    Apr 2005

    Re: Help with drive & fly trip with 3yo

    Use it on the plane, use anything - straps, stroller, cheap luggage cart, rental cart, to get it to the gate, and then ask the flight attendants for assistance to board - one of them can walk with your mom OR one can carry the seat, or take advantage of the early boarding to let your mom take her time walking down w/o a rush of people around her.
    Lisa, mama to L (6 yrs, 44#, 50" Regent/Parkway SG), E (4 yrs, 35#, 43" FF in a Radian/Como), and R (4 mo, 18#, 26" riding in a Wizard/Blvd)

Similar Threads

  1. Tell me what you drive
    By Kleine hexe in forum Car and Vehicle Safety
    Replies: 163
    Last Post: 11-22-2013, 10:35 AM
  2. Help Me Drive A Stick
    By Defrost in forum Car and Vehicle Safety
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 01-14-2009, 12:31 PM
  3. Replies: 15
    Last Post: 12-17-2008, 09:35 PM

Tags for this Thread



Posting Permissions

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