Flying with a 3 year old?

mlohry

New member
A friend of mine is flying to Canada this fall with her 3.5 and 5.5 year old. They both normally ride harnessed in GNs. I think she thought she was not going to bring any seats for them on the plane, but I told her, she for sure needs one for the 3 yr old. The 5 year old is probably ok. She is going to start booster training her in the other car. She thinks family in Canada have seats they can use while there. She is going to check to make sure, but I told her, they are different there. I offered up my Scenera if she wants it for the 3 year old. He's little, 30 lbs now and not very tall. Opinions??
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
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Well, while they may be different, they're not THAT different. They have the Nautilus, for instance. She should ask what they have available, and go from there.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
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Hmm. Since he weighs 30 lbs., probably he needs SOMETHING. But, she could always rent a CARES (or borrow one.) A rental can be less than $20 and it's soooo much easier than a big car seat to carry, so if she has a reliable car seat on the other end, that's something I'd consider. (That's what my 3 year old is using on the plane in a couple of weeks, and she weighs significantly more, but not quite 40.)
 

KaiLing

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A 3 year old's behavior should come into the picture, too: the CARES harness is somewhat out-wittable, a Nauti less so. If you're flying with two kids the last thing you need is to have to hold a screaming toddler down into his seat while the plane's landing.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
That totally depends on the 3 year old. Would I have flown without a seat with my second when she was 3? nope. In fact I'm a bit fearful because I'm about to do it when she's 5! But, my third child, or my oldest when she was 3? Absolutely. I don't know the kid's character in question, but if the mom thinks he'll stay seated, he probably will. :twocents:
 

mlohry

New member
I will tell her to take into account his personality. I think he is really easy going, but maybe not for a 2 hour flight. G ma will be there to help too, so that could make a difference. I think if she goes the take a seat on the plane route, I will just let her use out Scenera. Sister will not be in a seat on the plane, so he might sit better if he knows she will have to sit nice too. No question in my mind that she will behave.
 

rxmommy

New member
Will the Nauti even fit on an airplane seat? I love the seat, we have 2, but it's a beast! I wouldn't want to be carrying it through an airport.
 

InternationalMama

New member
Isn't the official recommendation to use a seat on the plane until 40 lbs? If you're happy lending her your Scenera and he fits that sounds like a good idea. She can always use something else on the ground if they have something she likes better.
 

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