Topic: Flying alone with two kids

Hi folks!

I know I don't post here much, but I was wondering if anyone might send out a few words of advice. I am flying alone with my kiddos and I am trying to figure out what might be the best way to carry all the stuff i need for the trip. Any recommendations for the car seats? I need to take two, my two Britax marathons, but I'm not sure what's the best way.

Thanks
Cina

Cina, Kim, Mark & Jackson

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Pay the extra for the carts, and curb people, and any extra assistance you can get. Check both carseats at the beginning, as well as most of your luggage. Leave yourself with only a backpack so that carrying it is hands free.
Don't be afraid of screen time, snacks, whatever will keep your sanity.

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Thanks! All those are on my list already. I usually cant stand those carts, but will have to bite the bullet.

Cina, Kim, Mark & Jackson

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How old is Mark now? Can you bring a booster seat instead of the Britax Marathon...those things are enormous. When we travel we use the booster seat for Jack now when we need a car seat option on the other end of our trip. Also, if you have travel bags for your carseats I would recommend it. The straps can dangle and get damaged by the handlers and/or luggage belts.

The good news is, they usually have "family" lines for security and they get you through to the front. Some airlines still board families first (though this is happening less and less) so that you don't have to worry about stepping on toes and backing up the line....

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We recently flew with E and found that even if they don't say they are boarding families with small children at the beginning, if you go up and ask they'll generally let you go on first

Also, having a tight arrival plan is essential becUse you'll be so tired by then. Will someone pick you up? Do you have to get a rental car?

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Mark is only 4 and though tall for his age, I wouldn't feel comfortable with him in just a booster. Especially traveling in NYC. The car seat I use for Mark at home is a Britax Frontier.

Cina, Kim, Mark & Jackson

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I was thinking along the same lines as Jen.  Check the price of checking the car seats versus buying 2 inexpensive ones.  Although ... given the drivers in NY ... I'd prolly want my own there!  As for travel on the plane, is J getting a seat or just a lap ticket?  It would be easier to handle M if you can put J down at times but probably not crucial.  If I were traveling with Shiloh, I'd bring small (silent) toys like animals or cars, books/coloring books/crayons, and her Leapad.  She can watch little shows (Dora, Diego, Nature films) on it.  If you don't have one or something similar, a tiny DVD player can be a life saver.

As for baby J, you're on your own.  I recommend Baccardi or a glass of wine for you!

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We will be doing this next year with a 2.5yr old and a 6 month old to NYC. Both of us are traveling with them but I am terrified!!! I'm glad you posted so I can start taking notes.

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I guess I'm the strange one that I don't use car seats in taxis in NYC..
Also, we have NEVER paid to check a car seat. It shouldn't cost anything. Call and ask, but it really should be free. It always has been for us.

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We've never paid to check a car seat either.  We've done it at check in and at the gate.

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They have a wheel attachment you can get to clip the carseat to. The you can strap the kids in and pull them along. Beats carrying the carseats! I personally wouldn't check them, I'd carry them right on board for the kids to sit in. I made the mistake of gate checking the carseat last time we flew and it was broken when I got it back. You never know how much force they're using when they toss the carseats around which could simulate an accident and break something internally. Probably a bit overboard but carseat stuff is really important to me.

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I have never paid for a car seat either. I would do that with the car seats, but I am renting a car and I couldn't purchase anything without having to drive there first. I am not flying to FL where Mom, brother could pick me up.

We don't go on any long trip without mark's ipad. SO that is a definite.

Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I lucked out that a friend in my choir is flying the same flight as me and if Mark or I have to use the restroom she will hold the baby. I have flown with Mark on my own and he is a big helper nowadays. Hopefully this will ring true during the flight. I am flying mid day to avoid early morning & late night. It should be around Jackson's first nap, so maybe I can get him to sleep for most of the flight. We shall see!

Thanks again!
(This post will delete itself in T-12 hours) KIDDING!!

Cina, Kim, Mark & Jackson

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We will not use carseats in the taxi's. I will use a carseat on the plane though, just to keep Bronx constrained. He usually naps in his car seat, so hopefully that will happen. Ha!

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We flew several times when Mark was Bronx age and I definitely recommend the car seat in the plane. He was just too squirmy. Now at 4 he is much better, but I wouldn't mind that FAA approved seat belt harness thingy. Jackson has already been on a plane twice in the year he was born. The first time I wore him. The second I mostly wore him. It was much more comfortable for both of us for sure. He slept and I was able to use my hands. I will like wear my Baby Bjorn or Beco. Probably the Bjorn as he is able to face out.

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We haven't taken Es carseat on the plane. I find the britax especially to just be too big. She napped alright on us this last time we flew. She always did when she was a lap infant too. I think at some point it just works either way

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I tried to take our Britax on our last flight and it DIDN'T FIT in the seat! I had to check it at the gate. It IS easier to have at least one car seat for the baby as they are used to the seat and can more easily fall asleep in it, toss a blanket over it and it's all good. Some planes are smaller than others, but I'm assuming that your plane to NYC is one of the 747's and if that's the case they will likely fit. Though I can't imagine you getting two carseats through the plane to your seats along with two little ones...how on earth will that occur?

I have the wheels that attach to the seat...it's called GoGoBabyz or something like that....I don't recommend them unless you've used them before and have someone else with you...I can do mine really fast now, but when you need the carseat for the car, you have to take them off, so it's a lot of "on again off again" and it takes TIME to do it, and practice to do it fast. They are awesome for flying through the airport especially when you have connecting flights...

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The advice here is great! Don't worry so much wink I flew to Texas a few years ago by myself with three little ones. It all went fine. We brought lots of stuff for distraction but the twins entertained themselves and M slept.

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I've found that an umbrella stroller is a must (otherwise, what do you do with the baby when you have to go pee?). Right before it's time to board I transfer the baby from the stroller to a carrier (so that I can be hands-free while boarding), and then I just collapse my stroller at the base of the ramp. I don't travel with carseats often (because they're too darned expensive for me to let the airlines destroy them), but when I do, I check them with my luggage (free of charge).

I flew from Florida to California (and back) with an 8 month old and a 3 year old. Neither of which slept for more than about 20 minutes. To be sure, it wasn't the time of my life, but I lived to tell, and no one gave us dirty looks as we de-planed.
I'm sure you'll be just fine!!

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