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<p>I've never flown with my son before and we'll be making our first trip right around his 1 yr birthday. It'll be a 3.5 hr trip on Southwest, and I'll be by myself with him.</p>
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<p>I'm trying to decide whether I want to pay the $200+ for an extra seat for him and mess with carrying the carseat around, when I'm not sure he'll sit in it. The flight is in the afternoon, so I'm hopeful that he'll sleep through some of it, but I doubt he'll sleep 3.5 hrs.</p>
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<p>We're definitely bringing the carseat bc we'll need it at our destination...I'm just trying to decide if it'll be worth it to get the extra seat and use it on the flight. (We are not getting an extra seat on the way home - I won't be by myself so we'll play pass the baby)</p>
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<p>Any thoughts? We have a Britax Roundabout, so it's pretty big. Any rec's on car seat bags that would help carry it in the airport and/or protect it if we check it? It has a backpack option, I think, but I was planning on wearing DS on my front in the Ergo and have a backpack as a diaperbag/carryon.</p>
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<p>DS is a pretty active little guy...I expect him to be walking by then. I don't know how excited he'll be to stay on my lap the whole time if he's awake...but then again he's not a fan of hanging out in his carseat for long periods of time while he's awake too.</p>
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<p>Thanks for the feedback and tips!</p>
 

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<p>I'm of the school of buying a seat if at all financially possible - the stories of unexpected turbulence and the warnings about dangers to lap babies really freak me out.  But I also have a kid who snoozes pretty happily in his car seat (the loud engine noise is some sort of magic white noise for him).  Whether you decide to buy the seat or not, definitely bring the carseat with you to the gate and gate check it - if there are extra seats available, they will almost always let you bring it on for your little guy.</p>
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<p>Regarding hauling your seat around, I got a bag used with backpack straps to keep it clean - but you might try this if your shoulders are full.  <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FGo-Go-Babyz-GoGo-Kidz-Travelmate%2Fdp%2FB002RXWZSS%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1295385896%26sr%3D8-2" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Go-Go-Babyz-GoGo-Kidz-Travelmate/dp/B002RXWZSS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1295385896&sr=8-2</a> I've definitely seen them way cheaper than this on ebay.  We also have lots of neighbors who have them available to borrow - you might ask around.</p>
 

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<p>I just flew Southwest with my 1 year old (11 months, actually) and it would have been ridiculous to buy a seat for her this time. She HATES her carseat and literally screams in it. I had her in my arms nursing the whole time. You know your kid the best. If you have the money, you might want to get the seat bc it is MUCH safer. I actually tried to buy a seat but they were sold out. SOuthwest offers infant seat rates at a discount. Also, you might want to double check that you can gate check a car seat if you don't have a seat for your infant.. THey told me it would be 50 dollars to check it with my luggage (if I had two peices of luggage already) and I could not gate check it unless I had a reserved seat.</p>
 

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<p>I bought the extra seat but my lo (16 months) didn't want to have anything to do with it and sat in my lap nursing the whole time.  It was kind of nice to have the empty seat though.  It was a long flight and at lest I didn't have to be sandwiched between two strangers the whole time.  </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lauren31</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1292341/flying-alone-with-a-1-yr-old-buy-an-extra-seat-and-bring-his-carseat#post_16196037"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I just flew Southwest with my 1 year old (11 months, actually) and it would have been ridiculous to buy a seat for her this time. She HATES her carseat and literally screams in it. I had her in my arms nursing the whole time. You know your kid the best. If you have the money, you might want to get the seat bc it is MUCH safer. I actually tried to buy a seat but they were sold out. SOuthwest offers infant seat rates at a discount. Also, you might want to double check that you can gate check a car seat if you don't have a seat for your infant.. THey told me it would be 50 dollars to check it with my luggage (if I had two peices of luggage already) and I could not gate check it unless I had a reserved seat.</p>
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That's crazy! The last time I flew SW they were more than happy to let me gate check the seat. Personally, I am of the mindset that if you just go for it, they'll oblige.</p>
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<p>My daughter also was a carseat hater at the time of our last flight, so I knew that I wouldn't be putting her in her carseat for the flight. We did some pass-the-baby but for the most part I wore her-- I strapped my seatbelt around my hips (which is what you're supposed to do anyway!) just below her. Even when we hit turbulence that seemed pretty safe, since she was strapped to me and I was strapped to the seat.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Cecilia's Mama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1292341/flying-alone-with-a-1-yr-old-buy-an-extra-seat-and-bring-his-carseat#post_16197483"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lauren31</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1292341/flying-alone-with-a-1-yr-old-buy-an-extra-seat-and-bring-his-carseat#post_16196037"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I just flew Southwest with my 1 year old (11 months, actually) and it would have been ridiculous to buy a seat for her this time. She HATES her carseat and literally screams in it. I had her in my arms nursing the whole time. You know your kid the best. If you have the money, you might want to get the seat bc it is MUCH safer. I actually tried to buy a seat but they were sold out. SOuthwest offers infant seat rates at a discount. Also, you might want to double check that you can gate check a car seat if you don't have a seat for your infant.. THey told me it would be 50 dollars to check it with my luggage (if I had two peices of luggage already) and I could not gate check it unless I had a reserved seat.</p>
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That's crazy! The last time I flew SW they were more than happy to let me gate check the seat. Personally, I am of the mindset that if you just go for it, they'll oblige.</p>
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<p>My daughter also was a carseat hater at the time of our last flight, so I knew that I wouldn't be putting her in her carseat for the flight. We did some pass-the-baby but for the most part I wore her-- I strapped my seatbelt around my hips (which is what you're supposed to do anyway!) just below her. Even when we hit turbulence that seemed pretty safe, since she was strapped to me and I was strapped to the seat.<br>
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<p>did you have a travel system or a convertabile?</p>
 

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<p>I had the base and bucket for the travel system, connected together so nothing got lost.</p>
 

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DS is one Friday and has flown 6 trips. SWA is the best. They don't charge you to gate check the stroller and the carseat. I would get a bag for your carseat or bring a black plastic garbage bag for it. That way if thebflight isn't sold out you have it with you. We have done it all--bought a seat, not bought one and hoped for best, pass the baby, etc. I have to say that DS doesn't always stay in his carseat very long anymore but he does like to stand in it Something not allowed at home!<br><br>
I would suggest bringing a large pack of wipes and when you get on and child is still in ergo wipe down EVERY surface bc it's really hard on that long of flight to them from chewing on it all. I even wipe down everything on the whole row in case we don't have a neighbor .<br><br>
And don't forget passport or copy of birth certificate. Have to have that for your baby to fly.<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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