My dd and I have flown many many times but all before the age of 2 and she was a lap baby. Now that I have ds too and I have to buy her a seat should I take her carseat? Is it worth the hassle ( I understand the safety issues) I will have 2 kids 2 1/2 and 6 months plus a carryon and probably a stroller by myself. There is one layover so if I brought the seat I would have to carry it through one airline and then through customs when we land.
The seats we have are Britax Marathon and Roundabout. Does the Marathon even fit in the airplane? I would want to install it rearfacing if possible so that I could put ds down in it if he naps then Shiah and I could read books etc. Shiah's still rearfacing in the car so this won't be an issue with her I'm just worried about space on the plane.
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I take the seat so I know we have one for the airport transport (shuttle to the airport) and any rental car or pickup ride we end up in along the way. It's a very clear message to a kidlet when they see *their* seat in a car.
Schlepping it in the airport is a pain, unless you have a big strong hand to one-hand it (I don't). You might look into some sort of strap that would let you sling it over your shoulder (pull the strap thru the seat belt spot), or a folding luggage cart so you can wheel it--or throw it in the stroller! I've done that, but only with one kid in tow.
Britax seats do not have to be tethered rear facing in the car, it is just an extra feature. Whenever you are travelling, by air or car and then seat is not tethered it is important to make sure all metal parts of the tether are securely in the tether bag.
Fianlly, the base of the Marathon is only 1.5" bigger then the Roundabout. It should not be a problem to use the Marathon but in the interest of ease of carrying I would take the Roundabout.
trishshack-thanks I wasn't so worried about the footprint of the seat so much. I'm more worried about the height, has anyone installed in rearfacing on an airplane will it fit and a good angle or is it too tall kwim?
Moooommy-thats the other option I'm kicking around I could just take the roundabout both kids fit in that seat as well seems like that would be easier. Shiah is closer to outgrowing the limits on it rearfacing though height wise, guess I'll stick her in it and see how close she is.
thanks everyone for their replies
Good luck on your flight