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post #21 of 30
Can someone with some experience talk about the infant straps they have that you're supposed to use to attach a lap baby to you/your seatbelt? I thought I'd read something about that in a different thread. maybe I imagined it though? Thanks
post #22 of 30
Here's my suggestion...

Take the Snugride w/out the base (check that in a bag; or use the carseat without the base for the time you are away, it sounds like it won't be a long trip) and see if there is room for your carseat as you are boarding. Usually, they will try to accomodate you. If they don't have room for her carseat, you can simply gate check it. If there is room, perfect.

I am sorry for your loss....

And OT; Southwest sounds like such a great airline for traveling with kids!

Also, when you read the CPS training stuff or online info, you can learn more about the possible dangers of flying with a babe in arms. There are real risks, but nothing better or worse than the rest of life's risks...

I do agree with a PP, that putting a 2 mo old in a seat would depend on the kid. My dd loved her seat; my ds never did like being in the bucket and would have made a whole plane full of people very, very uncomfortable. But no doubt about it, if you put absolute safety very first, children are safer fastened in.

HTH! Meg
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by OllieMama View Post
Can someone with some experience talk about the infant straps they have that you're supposed to use to attach a lap baby to you/your seatbelt? I thought I'd read something about that in a different thread. maybe I imagined it though? Thanks
There is no such device for domestic flights in the US. Some international carriers have them.

-Angela
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by Gavin'smom View Post

That said, I can't imagine that airlines would be so flexible to let parents fly with lap childs if the risk of injury by turbulance was that high. I have never seen anything about this in the news so if anyone can post articles about this I would appreciate it.
Have a nice flight.....
http://youtube.com/watch?v=rC4Q3ofz7SI
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by ThreeBeans View Post
If you have your child 'tied' to you in turbulence, all that will happen is that his body will become your airbag. So take your body weight and multiply it by the speed of the turbulence and you'll have the force with which you'll crush the life out of your baby.


The laws of physics, interestingly enough are no different in the air than they are in an automobile.
except air travel is statistically safer than automobile travel.
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by vbactivist View Post
except air travel is statistically safer than automobile travel.
Exactly...the statistical probability that my lap child will be injured on a plane is likely much less than if I were to cross a busy intersection. I've flown over 10 times with my son since he was born and I personally feel safe flying with him as a lap child (or a crawl/play on the floor child as he was in the last flight). However I do put him in the sling for takeoff/landing sometimes if the flight attendant doesn't notice or care. I feel that he's safer that way.

And realistically few of us can actually afford to book an extra ticket for baby when flying domestic; international would be out of the question.
post #27 of 30
Are you sure you even need to take the base at all? When we took our son on a trip with us when he was 8 months and still in his snugride, we left the base at home and the seat stayed secured in the car we were using the whole time. Unless you see yourself needing to transport him in his seat but outside of car use, I wouldn't bother. It's one more thing to check as baggage and worry about.

As for the original question, I'd definitely take the snugride, for sure. Much much easier for transporting around in airports and in the plane, assuming you can get him a seat. Plus, he's going to fit better in it than the Britax and will therefore, be much safer in any situation.
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by Decca View Post
Look, flying stand-by does sound like a huge pain, and of course it would be better if she could take a carseat on the plane, but remember, the OP is going to a funeral and probably doesn't have a whole lot of options. She's doing the best she can!
That's what I was thinking...some people may not like it, but the OP wasn't asking whether she should fly standby or not anyway.
post #29 of 30
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone.. we made it to TX, and we took the snugride. It has been super easy so far, and we haven't needed the base. We'll be trying to get back tomorrow, but it's been fine so far.. so much easier than I thought it would be, and he got lots of complements from the other passegers how well behaved (like he can help it) on the plane.
post #30 of 30
Good for you!!
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