Lightest, Smallest, Best Car Seat for Air Travel

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Registered: 04-18-2012
Lightest, Smallest, Best Car Seat for Air Travel
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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 3:38pm

This summer we're taking a 12 hour flight with all of our kids, including a 13 month old infant.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 04-18-2012 - 8:48pm
The smallest and lightest seat I can think of is the Cosco Scenera. But it may not be the best, because for some people it can be difficult to install.

On that note, is your 13mon old RFing(rearfacing) or FF (forward facing)? Which one he is would change my recommendation a little.

But if he's RFing, I'd look at the Scenera. It lasts the average child to 2yrs RFing and 3 or 4 FFing. My son, who had it as a back-up seat, outgrew it Rfing at 33 inches tall and about 30lbs (at about 16months). He has almost outgrown it FFing now, by height, at about 39-40inches tall and almost 38lbs (he's just over 2.5).

So that's one seat you can look at, to maybe give you a starting point at the least. I'd have other rec's for you if you weren't specifically asking for small and lightweight, if you want those anyways, let me know and I'll get them for you.
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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 9:44pm
keeyamah wrote:
The smallest and lightest seat I can think of is the Cosco Scenera. But it may not be the best, because for some people it can be difficult to install.

On that note, is your 13mon old RFing(rearfacing) or FF (forward facing)? Which one he is would change my recommendation a little.

But if he's RFing, I'd look at the Scenera. It lasts the average child to 2yrs RFing and 3 or 4 FFing. My son, who had it as a back-up seat, outgrew it Rfing at 33 inches tall and about 30lbs (at about 16months). He has almost outgrown it FFing now, by height, at about 39-40inches tall and almost 38lbs (he's just over 2.5).

So that's one seat you can look at, to maybe give you a starting point at the least. I'd have other rec's for you if you weren't specifically asking for small and lightweight, if you want those anyways, let me know and I'll get them for you.

Thanks so much for the response!

To clarify:

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 04-19-2012 - 9:08am
No prob, a couple of other suggestions, is when you go to install the seat on the plane, ask for belt extender. That can make it easier getting them back out at the end of the flight.

Also, I plan on getting one or two of these the next time we fly somewhere:
http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=533888&parentCategoryId=85184&categoryId=86218
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