M.S. asks from Albany, CA on June 13, 2009
Strollers in the Airport
I have a two year old and a seven month old and we are trying to figure out the easiest way to carry two young children, both of their car seats and any carry-on through the airport. We have a double stroller, but it will be too big to fit in the vehicle once we arrive at our destination. We have three options we are considering. 1. Taking a single stroller that our baby's infant carrier will fit into and deal with carrying our son and his car seat, storing what we can in the basket underneath. 2. We have a bicycle trailer with a jogging attachment so it operates like a stroller. It is a little larger, but folds almost flat and holds both children and our carry-on bags. I have just never seen one in an airport! Had anyone tried this? 3. Forget the stroller and carry it all!
Any suggestions? THANK YOU!
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K. answers from Denver on June 14, 2009
I liked the "sit 'n' stroll" which is a combination car seat, stroller and FAA approved airline seat.
D.D. answers from Denver on June 14, 2009
I see that you already have a lot of responses, but I just wanted to throw in my two cents. First of all, the Go-Go Babyz attachement for the strollers is unweildy, time consuming, and does NOT fit through the x-ray machines when attached to our Brittax car seat. I assume it would be the same for other brands of seats. Also, the couple of times I used mine, my son was miserable being at ground level going through the airport. The last time I tried it, I ended up carrying my boy, pushing the Go-Go AND carrying my diaperbag and purse. UGH!!! Besides, they are WAY too expensive. That said, I'm with the folks who suggest a couple of cheap umbrella strollers. Most car seats will pop right into the seat and be secure enough to get through the airport. It is easy to get the seat out and fold down the stroller for security x-ray. That way, both children have a place to sit (and be contained!) through the airport. I do this with my son, and he is happy as a clam. Hope you have a swell vacation! Good luck. Oh, BTW, be sure to take advantage of the "Family" lines through security at Denver. It makes it SO much easier, because the folks in that line are all in the same boat!
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K.M. answers from Denver on June 15, 2009
I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old and airports are a HUGE struggle. Here is what we have found that helps us:
1. Have someone take you to the airport and drop you off right in front - no parking, shuttles etc.
2. Immediately get one of those carts to put luggage on.
3. Use a double stroller.
4. Check bags and car seats outside with the bag check people, if possible.
Definitely use a stroller. If you can buy a cheap double umbrella stroller, all the better. Try Craigslist. Good luck!
A.S. answers from Salt Lake City on June 14, 2009
When I fly a stroller is a must. I only have traveled by myself with my two children 2 and 8 months and will take the double stroller. Since your husband is coming that will be helpful. I would at least take the stroller that goes with your daughters car seat. It will carry your daughter, her car seat, and some of the luggage. Then you only will have to worry about carrying your son and his car seat. My two year old didn't want to be in a stroller, he wanted to walk. So I used his seat for the carry-ons that I was planning on carrying in the airport. Good luck in finding what will work best for you and your family.
A.J. answers from Salt Lake City on June 14, 2009
We fly with our 2 kids quite often. Here's what we do. Take the single stroller, but CARRY your baby. Put as much luggage as you can possible fit on it until you check your bags. After that you should be able to fit most of your carry ons underneath and be able to put the baby in the stroller. If you have any small bags with wheels, your 2 year old might like to pull it for you. I think my daughter was almost 3 before we did that, but it would be worth a try. I've never seen a bike trailer at the airport, and this is probably why: when you are trying to board the plane with 2 kids, and carryons, and there are people waiting behind you to board, you want something that fold down easily, and those trailers just aren't as quick and easy as a stroller.
J.J. answers from Colorado Springs on June 14, 2009
If you're travelling with your husband, too, you'll have it made! I took my daughters at 4 and 10 months to Seattle solo and here's what we did: 10 month old in the ergo carrier on Mama's belly, backpack crammed with on plane essentials on Mama's back. Four-year old with small backpack on her back. One carseat strapped onto huge rolling suitcase, the other's straps looped over my arm so that I could still hold hand of 4-year old. It was quite a scene! I've never been so glad to check bags in my life! The hardest part was figuring out what to do with the baby once we arrived at our rental car, and I had to install car seats. My 4 year old solved it with this suggestion: strap little one into booster seat, install her carseat, then transfer her. Frankly, a stroller would have just complicated matters considerably for us! My only regret is that we didn't get a picture of the three of us navigating our way through the airport!
P.S. Great tip for keeping little ears from popping on the plane: lollipops for the big kid, breastfeeding for the little one.
By the way, I had never felt so empowered as I did travelling with my kids in this manner! Fast-forward 3 years, we just went on an "All-Girl Road Trip" 1200 miles and four days. We had a blast!
H.R. answers from Colorado Springs on June 14, 2009
I travel a lot, and I understand that there are tight spaces once you get to where you are going. My best advice? Go to Walmart and get a couple of cheap umbrella strollers. They will do the job and fold down really small. The second thing I wanted to mention is that you need to make sure your car seats are FAA approved (turn them over it will say somewhere underneath) or they wont let you take them on the aircraft, even if you have purchased seats for the kids. I learned that lesson the hard way. Oh, and I just made a trip last week, and many airlines are charging for each item you check, even the first one. Check with your airline and see what the policy is. I had to fork out $$ to check a bag last week that I wasnt expecting to pay.
C.J. answers from Colorado Springs on June 13, 2009
Sounds like you will have your hands full! We only have one child, but did end up taking the car seat and stroller when we travelled with her and gate checking them. I have seen two "carriers" for car seats that might help you out, last I saw both were available through www.onestepahead.com or probably also at Babies r Us or someplace similar. One is a strap that goes around the car seat to make it a backpack to leave your hands free, the other is a base with wheels and a pull bar (kind of similar to a luggage cart?) that you attach the car seat to and basically turn it into a stroller to pull through the airport. I'm not sure if either of those items will work for you or not. As far as the jogging stroller you were talking about, as long as you can get it through security, I don't know what the issue would be. Especially if it folds almost flat, I don't know why you wouldn't be able to gate check it. Maybe call the airline to find out if they have any certain guidelines on that? Good luck with your trip!
M.N. answers from Pocatello on June 14, 2009
I just flew alone with my 5 month old and 4 year old. Here is what I did. I came to visit family, so I am using car seats!I didn't have to pack them and worry about checking or hauling them. It is so nice. I am borrowing them from my sister and sister in law, so I cam comfortable using them. They were loaded in the car, so I just put the kids in and i'm done.
I took my bigger stroller, the one my car seat fits in and put my baby in it. bags underneath. When my 4 year old was tired walking, I put her on top of the stroller! Maybe not the best option, but I did what I did. I sat her on the part near the handle where the drinks go. She is old enough to hold on and her legs stradled the stroller.
Good luck! Remember, you have the security to get through too. At least you will have 2 adults.