Checking a Car Seat on an Airplane: Everything You Need to Know

checking a car seat on an airplane

Flying off to an exotic location sounds like the perfect plan to spend your time of leisure.

While packing, your luggage is bound to get heavier by the minute, especially if you are a parent. Packing spare diapers, bottles, clothing, and toys is essential, but have you considered what to do with that cumbersome car seat? Do you baggage claim it or gate check it?

Which one is the best option?

We talked about the most efficient car seat airport carrier's most efficient methods in a previous post if you remember. This detailed guide will list all the necessary information you should know about checking a car seat on an airplane before planning your vacation.

Further, you may want to know everything about flying with the car seat before looking at the details.

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What is the Best Car Seat Airport Carrier for Effortless Transport?

Car Seat Airport Carrier

You read our article on flying with children, realized that it's the best to fly with a car seat, and now it's time to figure out how the heck to transport a car seat to the airplane.

Honestly, you will need to seriously step up your creativity, space management and arm yourself with patience. Once you're stuck at the airport gate with your kids, luggage, and now a car seat on top of everything, oh boy, that will take time.

But hey, all parents are superheroes, right?

Don't worry, Clark Kent, I have your back. By the usual trial and mistake method, I figured out the most efficient car seat airport carrier. Additionally, to help the community, I composed a list of the 5 best ways to transport your car seat to the airplane.

So, make a cup of coffee and figure it all out!

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Uber And Car Seats: All You Need To Know

uber and car seats

Are you amazed just how much you can do on your mobile app nowadays? Popular ridesharing services like Lyft or Uber are widely used in over 800 cities worldwide! All you need is wifi and an Uber app, and you got yourself a car waiting outside your building.

Pretty easy, right? EH! Wrong! Well, at least for parents, though. Things take a wild turn when your two-year-old needs a ride to the kindergarten and your car is in the service. You're thinking, "Oh, just my luck! Now I have to call an Uber when I don't even know if it's kid-friendly!"

Stop right there! Before this scenario ever sees the light of day, I will teach you everything you need to know about Uber and car seats. You will never again have to worry over the safety regulations since now I will educate you on one of the most popular ridesharing services!

Since car seat laws are different from state to state, there is one sure thing that applies to all parts of the country: a child restraining device is a MUST in all vehicle rides. No matter if you plan to take an Uber or a taxi, your kiddo needs to be in a car seat.

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The Ultimate List of Remarkable Free Car Seat in the United States

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Wherever you travel, no matter on a short or a more extended trip or journey, you can't set off without the car seats. Why would this be so vital?

Well, this mainly relates to parents and their children. You know that children of various ages need to sit in their seats; therefore, you, as a parent, must provide the safest car seats for your toddlers and older kids.

However, you may ask how those procedures go as laws may vary from state to state.

Luckily we're here to introduce the official requirements and programs each state in the USA proposes to protect your little ones during the shorter or longer trips and journeys.

So, search no more, and please, read the article thoroughly since we have exposed all we found about the free car seat programs in every U.S. state.

Learn with us!

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Everything You Need To Know About Flying With A Car Seat Safely

flying with a car seat

A kid's wellbeing is the number one priority of every responsible parent. However, transportation of any kind carries a certain degree of risk, which parents are never willing to take.

Regulations and policies concerned with this matter are continuously changing and updating. Sometimes, it is hard to follow the advisable thing when traveling with a child.

In this informative text, you may find all the essential information on the best ways to accommodate a child in a plane safely. If you have done some research yourself, you're probably considering flying with a car seat; and you're going in the right direction. 

While holding a child in your lap is a legitimate form of child accommodation on aircraft, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mandatory restraints of children younger than two years.

To choose the safest option possible for your toddler, keep reading and get familiar with FAA and NTSB regulations, learn how to fly with a car seat safely, and what the other recommended alternatives are.

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Introduction to Becoming a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician

The Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training Program was created in 1998 to establish quality control in child passenger safety course content and instruction. While Washington is fortunate to have more than 400 Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, there is still a significant need in both large and small communities to have more trained people with the interest and the time to help parents, grandparents and other caregivers learn how to keep children safe in cars.

Child Passenger Safety Certification classes are usually 3-4 days. Certification courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on exercises. Each course concludes with a community car seat check-up event where new technicians teach caregivers how to properly install and use car seats and booster seats.

Persons who successfully complete this course receive national certification as a Child Passenger Safety Technician through Safe Kids Worldwide (the certifying body of the program). Child Passenger Safety Certification is recognized everywhere in the United States, its territories and on non-domestic U.S. military installations.

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Car Seat Fitting & Installing Instructions

Car Seat Fitting & Installing

Fit & Installation

Just as every child is a different shape and size, so are vehicles. Certain car seats fit better in some vehicles more than others. What fits your neighbor’s vehicle may not fit yours. This is why we don’t encourage using second-hand seats.

It’s important you select a car seat that will accommodate your child’s growth needs, fits tightly in your vehicle and is easy to use. See the “Car Seats & Boosters” section for help choosing a car seat.

Below are tips on proper fit and installation of a car seat.

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All You Need to Know About Buckling Up in One Place

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Buckling Up Older Kids

Is your child ready for a seat belt?

One of the most common questions parents have is “When can my child ride in the car using just the adult seat belt?” Whether parents ask what is the law or what is safest for their child, our answer is always the same: “When the adult seat belt fits properly." That happens when you can answer YES to all five of these questions:

  • Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
  • Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat without slouching?
  • Does the shoulder belt cross the center of the shoulder and chest?
  • Does the lap belt fit low and snugly across the hips—touching the tops of the thighs—not up over the abdomen?
  • Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?

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