S.G. asks from San Francisco, CA on May 09, 2010
I Have Twins One Weighs 20 Lbs & the Other 18 Lbs the Snug Rides Are Too Small
What is next & what do I use instead of the snap & go to go through the airport. I have a double stroller. but how do I get the car seats through the airport. I am a single mom with twins. Do they let you check car seats when you check your bags?
I know everyone keeps saying about until a certain weight but we can not close it she is too big. She is in the 75% for height & weight. And even my other baby who only weighs 17 it is tight on her. The straps are at the longest they could be.
H.C. answers from Sacramento on May 10, 2010
Yes, they will let you check carseats when you check your bags. Good luck!
T.B. answers from Chicago on May 09, 2010
Yep, time to switch to a convertible carseat. We have a zippered bag on wheels that holds the carseat, so we can get through the airport faster. Car seats, by the way, do NOT count for one of your pieces of luggage. You might want to look at getting a couple of these- http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId.... They might be helpful. Are you traveling alone with them, or with your husband/ partner? I hope you have some help- airports with even one kid can be very challenging.
Good luck to you!
M.F. answers from Salinas on May 10, 2010
You can totally check the carseats with the bags, and they are free (at least on united) to check.
T.H. answers from Kansas City on May 09, 2010
Well, that is going to be tricky, but it can be done! Most snug rides should be safe up until the child is 22lbs, so if this is really stressing you out I would check that out...there's a label right on the carrier part of the seat. If they don't fit in the carriers, you'll need to get convertibles, like the other poster mentioned. THey are obviously bulkier. I would suggest putting the kids in the double stroller and then getting a cart for your luggage and car seats. Push the cart with all your stuff and then pull the stroller behind you with the other hand. The stroller will be a lot more managable and will probably be easier than the cart. You can either gate check or regular check the car seats or you can take them on the plane. If you didn't buy the kids a ticket, ask when you check in if there are extra seats...if there are then take at least one car seat on and strap it in the seat next to you just like in the car and then you can alternate the kids between it. Good luck!
R.S. answers from Redding on May 10, 2010
They will check car seats at the airport-- no charge. Good luck!!
E.R. answers from San Francisco on May 10, 2010
Also, in terms of air travel, if you're in a position to have carseats waiting for you on the other side (renting them with a car rental company or whatever) you can buy harnesses to make them safer on the airplane. We used the CARES harness (http://www.kidsflysafe.com/) for our daughter when we needed her to stop kicking the seat in front of her. It was much lighter than a carseat (or 2) and worked very well.
H.H. answers from Killeen on May 09, 2010
Are the too tall for the snug riders? They are still within the lbs for the infant seats. There is really no way to get the stroller, babies and car seats on the plane by yourself if you don't use the infant seats. You can get the convertible car seat for the heavier twin and check it and then just hold that twin on your lap in the plane. You could use the infant seat for the lighter twin and just carry it on the plane. It will be nice to have the extra seat open and without a car seat anyway in case you need a diaper change or something, I don't think the 3 of you could manage in the airplane bathroom!
H.F. answers from San Francisco on May 10, 2010
I didn't fly alone with twins but I did with a 3 month old and 21 month old. This was 7 years ago so rules may have changed. First I was able to get discount seays for both that way we had room to ourselves. I put one in a front pack and one in a backpack and then used the stroller to cart our carry-on and carseats through the airport. The hardest part was security, they made me take off both kids and the packs to go through security. To make the car seats stay in the stroller I strapped the car seat straps thorugh the stroller straps. When I got to the gate I reminded them I needed to preboard and it all went well. On every flight, (4 total) a business traveller sho was missing his kids would come and offer to help me iwth my carseats. They also offered to stand there and hold and coo at the baby while I strapped in the carseats. You can check carseats when you check your baggage, but having travelled with two little ones, I personally think I was much happier with the car seats on the plane.