C.P. asks from Stuarts Draft, VA on July 16, 2008
Travel Using the Go-Go Babyz GoGo Kidz Travelmate
My husband and I will be flying with our almost 11 month old and I have purchased the Go-Go Babyz GoGo Kidz Travelmate to attach to the car seat hoping it will be easier to get around the airport. I was wondering if anyone had used this device before and if it made traveling easier? Were you allowed to store it in the cabin in the over head and if so did it fit? We are flying on Northwest.
I am terrified that we will get stuck in the airport and not have enough diapers/food etc and have a miserable child. Also if you have any suggestions on traveling with a small child I would love to know.
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So What Happened?™
Thank you all for your advice. The first 3 flights went fantastic; she fell asleep as soon as we put her in her car seat. The last flight we didn't have a long enough layover to tire her out so she was awake the entire flight and wasn't happy about it. But everyone was really nice on the plan so we managed. The Go-Go Babyz GoGo Kidz Travelmate made traveling through the airport with the big car sear much easier but was a pain to unscrew it to go through the smaller x-ray machines and into the plan seat.
S. answers from Washington DC on July 17, 2008
My husband and I have traveled A LOT with our daughter and have used the Travelmate the last 3 times we have flown. It made it a lot easier since we did not have to lug around a stroller. Because we purchased a seat for her, we were able to store the Travelmate in the overhead bin in the cabin. It's flat so it stored easily. If you're not purchasing a seat for your daughter, the ground crew will load her seat with the Travelmate attached as you are boarding the plane at the gate, just like if you were travelling with a stroller and unload it at your destination so it will be waiting for you when you deplane. I think it's a worthwhile investment.
N.C. answers from Washington DC on July 17, 2008
HI! I have never used the travelmate you are talking about but I have traveled a lot with my son. We moved form the east coast out west and then back so we have a lot of experience traveling by plane. I would recommend getting a portable DVD player and brining her favorite shows or movies. My son always loved Finding Nemo. Also, if you are still nursing that is a huge help. My husband used to walk my son to the back of the plane to talk to the flight attendants. That helped when he was restless. Take some tylenol for her & hopefully the noise of the plane will put her to sleep.
Don't worry about diapers. You will have enough and if you run out there will be another mom who has some.
J.C. answers from Washington DC on July 17, 2008
We used the Go-Go Babyz Travelmate that you mentioned, and it did provide a nice rolling seat for our toddler to use as we moved through the airports. However, our convertible carseat, the Britax Marathon, proved to be too big to fit comfortably in the airplane seat. Our daughter's feet would have been kicking the person in front of her for the whole flight, and we just could not do that to someone. We ended up just having the flight attendant check the travelmate and car seat for us, and it was waiting at the gate when we arrived at our destination. Because she was under two at the time, she rode in her own seat on the way out and on one of our laps on the way home. She was fine. It was nice to have our own car seat with us at our destination, but I am not sure I would do it again. So, yes, the Travelmate works, but you need to figure out how badly you need your own car seat at your destination.
In addition, I have had to change a diaper on the plane, and it is quite difficult. Both flights we were on were on older planes that did not have changing stations. In fact, I was told by flight crews that only a very small number of new planes were being equipped with these. So, I had to just lay her across the closed toilet lid (on her changing pad, of course) in the tiny bathroom. As fate would have it, I had to change a #2 diaper both coming and going, and the situation was comical only in retrospect. It can be done, though, even with a very tall 20-month-old. Just make sure you bring an extra outift for baby, and maybe even an extra shirt for yourself.
Have a happy trip.
L.S. answers from Washington DC on July 17, 2008
We just got back from a flight to Kansas City and back again with a 2 1/2 year old and a 13 month old. We brought both car seats and dragged one on the plane for the two year old and checked the other one. We just carried the little one around and let her walk during our layovers. We traveled very early and the little one slept most of the way and with her pacifier did not have any problems with her ears. My two year old watched her dvd's with headphones and played with silly putty and colored. She had a problem with her ears when landing and cried quite a bit but fell asleep both times by the time we landed. The flight attendant said there wasn't much we could do because she wouldn't chew gum, open her mouth or yawn for us, she just cried. On the flight home, we checked both car seats, it was too much trouble to carry the one car seat during our layover, but I think that might depend on how active your little one is. We also flew Northwest and they did not charge us to check both car seats. Our two year old is active but will sit for a long time with something to play with. Good Luck.
H.G. answers from New York on July 17, 2008
My best friend uses that, and I am hoping to buy one myself soon. She LOVES it, and uses it all the time when they travel! It can't be brought on board, though. It has to be checked at the gate. She hasn't had any trouble with that, however.
It's so stressful, travelling with a baby for the first time! Just take a deep breath, and try to stay as cheerful as possible. :) My son (6 months) handled our first flight way better than I did! Now I know it's not so bad, and honestly- if he has a tantrum, everyone will survive just fine. Just don't let any of the other passengers make you feel guilty. You're a mommy, and you're allowed to travel too! (But definitely take lots of diapers and food. You'll need more than you think!)
Good luck, and enjoy your trip!
S.C. answers from Washington DC on July 17, 2008
I have the go-go babyz. But I have used it once with a graco or costco carseat and with that one you have to put it on the alternate way which is near impossible. And I used it with our Marathon too and it worked well. I do agree the Marathon is large for the plane but that was with my 3 year old. But she is extremely active. If you didn't but your child a seat don't worry about it and check your carseat at the gate and store the go-go overheard. But the carseat may be big and annoying to get on the plane but if you have an active one it will be worth the annoyance of getting it on there. Just make sure you have figured out how to use the go-go with the carseat prior to the day you leave.
Also, I travel very frequently with my kids and on long flights, but the last 2 on went on, the larger bathroom had a changing station over the potty.
Bring a movie if you can, books, small toys, lots of little snacks, and most of all don't bring too much.
Best of luck!
T.M. answers from Washington DC on July 17, 2008
When I took my son to Brazil (11 hours flight), I used the airline "basket". I believe all have that. The only problem is that you have to sit on the first row and the arms don't lift, but for my baby it was very convenient. They attach a basket to the wall in front of you and it even has a net on top. If I am not wrong it is for up to 25lbs. Don't forget to take something for you baby to drink when taking off and landing to avoid the ear aches. Good luck.
D.S. answers from Norfolk on July 17, 2008
My son's first flight was when he was 3 months old. He is almost 4 now. We fly at least once a year to visit my husband's family. I don't know anything about the Travelmate. We simply strapped my son's car seat to a small luggage carrier. We use this instead of a stoller. When he gets tired of walking or if we are in a hurry into the car seat he goes and we can quickly wheel him through the airport. The carrier folds and fits in an overhead bin.
I would suggest that you take enough supplies to last for two days. My son was 3 months old when we had to spend the night in the airport. The weather was horrible and all the hotels were full. Thankfully I was breastfeeding, so food was not an issue, but we used our last diaper and they don't sell them in the airport. Our most recent trip was just last week and once again due to mechanical problems, we had an overnight stay that we had not anticipated.
In addition to packing a change of clothes for your daughter, make sure you and your husband also have a change of clothes in your carry on.
Happy traveling :-)