C.T. asks from Oceanside, CA on June 03, 2010
Pack and Play on a Plane
Ok, so I wanna take a trip in a few months with my then 5 month old to see my mom in seattle. now we would need to bring the pack and play so she has some where to sleep at my moms where we are staying. so i thought we would just drive there but alot of people are saying two days in a car might me hard for the baby so then i thought flying but then i am not sure about how to bring the pack and play and i am afarid the airport will break it or lose it or just damage it. So what are your opinions? Thanks!
J.S. answers from Los Angeles on June 04, 2010
i would see if she can borrow one. Or just buy a cheap one. The airport is charging $25 for each bag or item $100 for over 50lbs.
R.M. answers from Philadelphia on June 03, 2010
We brought our pack n play when we travelled to FL- just checked it in with the rest of the luggage at the airport. However, a simpler solution may be to either to have your mom borrow one or you could rent one. I've used Babysaway.com many times to rent a crib and toys for my little one. They've always been super.
Hope this helps!
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T.H. answers from Portland on June 03, 2010
Maybe you could have your mom pick a used pack n play up off of craigslist. You can get one for about $30 and then you never have to worry about it again. We bought an extra to have at my inlaws house and it was some of the best money we've ever spent.
Regarding the drive it depends on how much your child likes or dislikes being in the car. We drove from CA to OR a few times with our little guy and just left at 3:00 in the morning so by the time he finished his afternoon nap we were ready to stop. It worked well for us.
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J.B. answers from Atlanta on June 03, 2010
Just rent one in Seattle. Google it -there are lots of baby gear rental companies in almost every city and even large towns. I'm sure they have them in Seattle! You can rent high chairs and pack-n-plays, strollers -all sorts of stuff.
S.F. answers from Santa Barbara on June 04, 2010
We were told by the airline that we would pay 50 to 75 extra for our pack n play, so I decided to use Craigslist! I arranged to pick it up from the owner on the phone and for 25.00 we just had to make a small stop to purchase it and we were on our way... We left it at the house we rented which was a big perk for them and much less lugging and money for us...
J.M. answers from San Diego on June 03, 2010
I suggest flying & buying a pack & play on craigslist! It would be cheaper then paying the fee at the airport. I have bought several baby items on craigslist including a pack & play & theese items are like new a lot of the time as they grow out of them so fast. You can shop & have your mom pick up before you arrive, remember to bring your crib sheet.
K.H. answers from Washington DC on June 03, 2010
We checked a pac and play in on an airline and it was fine , they are pretty sturdy. Also I don't think that a 2 day drive will be that bad for the baby , we did a 2 week road trip last summer with 3 kids , the youngest was 11 months at the time , and at the end of this month we are driving from VA to Nova Scotia Canada with them.
A.E. answers from Harrisburg on June 03, 2010
When my son was 10 months old we flew from Pennsylvania to Key West,FL. I was afraid that the airline would damage my pack n play (like they recently did w/my stroller) so I actually sent it UPS a few weeks before we were arriving & then shipped it back. It still ended up costing approx. $40- round trip but, I did purchase the insurance which eased my worries for any damage. We also did not have to worry about lugging a large pack n play through the airport along w/the stroller, baby & luggage.
B.O. answers from Los Angeles on June 04, 2010
Think of all you'll have to bring to the airport-- stroller, carseat, bags, diaper bag, etc. Totally not worth it to bring a Pack n play on an airplane. They will most likely charge you for it as well as an extra bag. My mom borrowed one once when we came to visit and then ended up just buying one on craigslist. I'd have her ask around or see if she can borrow one. Even if you only use it for this trip, she could turn around and sell it again on CL probably for close to what she paid for it. My mom did that one year too, bought a ton of baby stuff on CL and then sold it all again after we left. Good luck!