January 03, 2007
I know a lot of families may have been putting off travel for a while because they can't imagine doing so with small children, but not us! This year we took our 3yr old and 2 month old back to Texas for the holidays, and the travel went really really well, I think. We decided to forgo the stroller this time but the baby seat was essential, as nearly every destination within the Houston area is at LEAST a 30 minute drive from my parents' place. They checked the car seat at the gate but I made sure to remove any of the loose items (head positioners, toys, etc). We decided that if we needed to do shopping then we could just carry baby in a Baby Bjorn or Ergo, or even the sling. Sarah asks another question though, as she needs to take a stroller AND a car seat:
Hi there I have a question about travelling these days. I called the airline and was only able to speak with someone in another country who had to put me on hold more than once to determine whether or not I could bring a sandwich or fruit and had no idea about the concept of gate checking a stroller (after more than 10 minutes on hold all we had established was that I could check it with checked baggage when I got to the ticket counter, not my question!). So I thought I would use the incredible resource of knowledge that Urbanmamas is...I have a stroller that I have gate checked in the past so I know that works, what I'm wondering is can one also gate check an infant carseat? Technically they don't fit together but I know some people use those, do they gatecheck the whole business?
I remember when my 3 yr old was a wee one and I didn't know about baby wearing, I believe I did check the stroller at the check-in and the car seat at the gate. I have also checked a stroller only at the gate and not the car seat. I don't think they'd mind checking both at the gate though. It may even depend on the airline. Has anyone ever checked 2 items at the gate. Or worse, tried and been told you couldn't?
By the way, Sarah, the TSA didn't get the joke when they asked me to remove baby milk containers and I started to disrobe. My husband quickly reminded me that they don't usually have the same sense of humor I do ;)