Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Near Pittsburgh PA
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We flew from PA to CA with ds over Christmas (26months at the time) and we ended up checking the carseat during our layover. For the first leg of the trip, he fell asleep nursing and there was barely enough room for him to stretch out because that *darn* carseat was taking up precious space. And we didn't have to cart the thing around the airport to catch our next flight, etc. It was sooo much nicer to have that empty seat space for him during the next leg of our journey.
As for nursing: We flew United and nobody batted an eyelash. I think they thought he was a "lap baby" and had just fallen asleep and mama was holding him. He nursed lots during the flight, but not always during take-off and landing, and didn't have any problems with his ears. Maybe have a sippy on hand if he doesn't want to nurse during those times.
Definitly get one of those luggage carts for the carseat! You can use it as a makeshift "stroller" if you get the carseat attached securely enough.
Good luck traveling alone with a toddler. I'm sure others will have some good advise for you as well.
One sleepy mama to ds #1 (5) and ds #2...my VBAC baby (2) and expecting #3 sometime in 2/2012!!