Originally Posted by LiLStar
so dd is 36lbs and her marathon RFs to 33. We're flying this weekend, and FFing puts the seat soo close to the seat in front of us, and I think in the past, she kicked the seat in front of her like crazy if I didn't really stay on top of her with holding those wiggly little legs down! The temptation is just irresistible. Is it okay to install her rear facing on the plane if kicking is a problem?
I had the same problem. I begged for a bulkhead seat for this reason and arrived very early to check-in to assure that. And no, the carseat did not fit well rear-facing and the other person could not lean back. We tried it once. Alternatively you could bring a seat cover, like a scuff cover, for the seat in front of you, for her to aim at, hoping that would reduce pressure on the seat if it (the seat scuff cover) is loosely installed. you know? Like, feet kick the scuff cover, but do not quite reach the seat, but baby is satisfied knowing she is kicking the scuff cover?
As someone who flies frequently, or at least, used to until the last six months, I have never heard a baby or toddler screaming during takeoff or landing. It usually happened at a different time. I think that is just a myth and I would not be concerned. You could always use a binky or chew toy at that time to help.
A carseat with a five-point harness is the safest place and good for you for buying the seat.
Even for a child that doesn't like the seat, at least to be in there for takeoff and landing is ideal. Then the child can sit on the lap or whatever.