WWYD? Vacation, seats etc.


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We have booked flights for vacation in the Caribbean. Both kids have seats & DD2 will use the KF30 on the plane, in the taxi (really a 12 passenger van) & in any car rental (1 or 2 days if that).

Not sure what I want to do about DD1, so that's what I'm asking for input on. She will wear a CARES on the plane because she fights being in her car seat & does great in the CARES.

For the island, the options I have are:
  1. borrow an RSTV from a close friend who has the same aged/sized kid
  2. bring a NIB RA55 & check it in it's original box - the non-recalled bolt issues are bothering me & I haven't even looked to see if we are affected
  3. bring the XTSL & carry it on if they let us, but not use it in-flight
  4. bring nothing & not rent a car & close my eyes & pray during the taxi/van rides to & from the airport - this makes me nervous

So, what would you do?


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My first thought was RSTV, too, but then the vans/taxi's I've seen in the Caribbean - I would use the term "van" or "taxi" lightly - sometimes you get a real van, sometimes it's like a 15 passenger van with no doors, kinda like a tram or something.... Anyway, I'd be highly concerned that you may not have shoulder belts. In that case, I'd go with #3 to be safe.


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I would do the RSTV, most likely. Do you know that the van will have shoulder belts?
Yes. We've been twice before & all the vans are <5 years old with shoulder belts in ALL seating positions. Last year when I was pregnant with DD2 we took DD1's Avenue & it was easy to install with the ALR seat belts. Unfortunately, the Ave got trashed in our basement flood, so I replaced it with the RA55 during the Wayfair sale. Now I'm second-guessing that choice :(


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Does it change any answers to know that DD1 has never been FF?

I guess I'm a tiny bit nervous that she'll come back from vacation wanting to be FF all the time & I'd like to wait until she's closer to 4 for that.


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Wouldn't change my answer. Just like I'm not worried that letting them eat ice cream every day on vacation will make them want it every day when we get home. Maybe for a week, but they'll get over asking and realize vacation is different from home, and some rules change (like more TV, or jumping on the bed, for example)

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