Flying With Carseats

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I Need help with car seats and airplanes. We will be flying this summer and I am not sure the best seats to bring on the plane. My daughter will be 6 yrs 4 months when we go (currently in a 5 point harness) and my son will be a couple weeks shy of his 4th birthday (currently rear facing but at that point I would feel comfortable switching him). We have a britax pioneer, 2 britax marathon g3, a Graco headwise, and a britax advocate click tight. They are all pretty heavy so I am thinking about whether I need to look into new seats. If I use what we have I am thinking taking 2 marathons as long as my daughter doesn't exceed the height limit or one marathon and the pioneer are my best options, but I am concerned about them fitting well on the plane as they are pretty wide seats Has anyone taken these on a plane? Should I consider a booster for my daughter (for use when we arrive not on the plane), by concern with this is we will probably be on a red eye and she may sleep better in a car seat??? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
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MelodyoftheForest

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I would probably want a car seat for the older one to sleep in, too. Is there another adult flying with the 3 of you? Most seats have armrests that fold up and make installing a seat easier, especially if one adult is next to each child. You may want to look into a couple Cosco Finales. They are lightweight forward-facing only seats that should accommodate your kids at those ages unless they are unusually heavy or tall.
 
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Thanks. My daughter is currently 48 pounds and 45 inches so I think she would be ok in a finale unless she had a major growth spurt in the next 6 months. I was just looking at them online today as I wondered if that was my best bet. I will have another adult with me, however if the planes have 3 across seats we Will probably want to put carseat, carseat, adult all in one row if possible.
 

MelodyoftheForest

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At that size, she should be big enough to use the plane's seat belt. If you think you can find a way for her to sleep with just a lap belt, you might be able to just bring a backless booster for her and a Finale for the younger child. Since you have some time to work on sitting in a booster safely, that would be an option I would consider if she has the maturity to sit still for the amount of time you will be in a car.
 

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