B.L. asks from Salem, NH on October 04, 2008
Car Seats in Mexico....I Have a Feeling This Might Be a Problem
Hello everyone. We will be travelling to Cancun, Mexico with a one year old in November and are hearing mixed reviews regarding airport transportation and safety for our little one. We were told to absolutely bring our child's carseat with us (which means we would have to purchase another seat on the plane at a full fare) but then we were also told to not bring the car seat because taxis and shuttles in Mexico don't even have seat belts so the car seat would be useless. Does anyone have any personal experience travelling to mexico with an infant? If so, what did you do?
D.R. answers from Boston on October 06, 2008
J.D. answers from Boston on October 05, 2008
I've traveled with 2 young children (not to Mexico). You don't have to buy your child a ticket for a seat on the plane to bring the car seat with you - you can check it as a piece of luggage. They'll tag it and it will come off of the belt just like all the other suitcases. This will count as one of your pieces of luggage though - keep this in mind as most of the airlines are charging now for extra luggage. We've checked in car seats a few times now and it's worked out just fine. I've been to Mexico a few times before we had children so I didn't really notice the car seat situation. My guess is that the transfer buses won't have seat belts - they don't have them in the USA why would they have them in Mexico? The taxis probably don't have them either. We went to Disney recently and used their Magical Express Transfers. They don't have seat belts - we just held our 2 year old on our lap. You'll probably just have to do the same on your vacation. I hope it all works out.
E.C. answers from Boston on October 05, 2008
Hi B.! I have three kids under the age of three and we have travled with all of them on planes more than once. Take your carseat with you, just the seat not the base. Don't check the seat as luggage, take it with you while getting on board. If there is a seat open next to you, you can strap her in with the seat. If not you can hold her and they will simply "gate check" the carseat as they do wheelchairs. Don't buy an extra seat by any means. I have never been to Mexico with them, but I would still put her in the seat while in cabs because God forbid there should be an accident that is all the more protection she'll have from impact or run the risk of flying out of your arms. The handle bar can act as a "roll bar" if you will should she somehow get out of the car. Hope that wasn't to graffic, I didn't mean to scare you! All the "what ifs" are going through my head! Have a good time!
R.H. answers from Boston on October 05, 2008
I've seen many families travel with children that had car seats that they checked in with their bags. That way, your daughter can sit on your lap & you will save the cost of an additional ticket. Depending on the airline you fly, they may charge you a feel for the extra piece of luggage ($15 I think), but that's much cheaper than a plane ticket!
A.D. answers from Boston on October 05, 2008
I have not travelled to Mexico, however travelling to Florida, I know that you can check in your car seat so that you do not have to pay for an additional seat. You can also bring the stroller right up to the entrance of the plane which makes things a lot more convenient. Have a noce vacation