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Old Nov 6, 17, 2:37 pm #1
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freaking out about upcoming flight with baby and toddler alone

I have already cried like 3 times. I can't figure out best way to do this.

I'm flying with an almost 2 year old and a 10 month old. I planned to pull them through the airport in carseats on 2 britax luggage carts and carry diapers/stuff in a backpack. The 10 month old is a lap child and I'm hoping that if there is an extra seat, I can bring the second car seat on plane. But now I'm freaking out that car seat will be too big, too heavy. How am I going to install car seats on plane while watching my kids? I flew with them in August with a friend and no car seats (although I did purchase a seat for my toddler) and it was a nightmare. My toddler screamed A LOT, tantrum on the floor, nothing would calm her down. Then my baby cried a little because she couldn't get comfortable to sleep with me holding her. I should have purchased 3 seats but it's too cost prohibitive now. Is car seat on the luggage cart best option?
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Old Nov 6, 17, 5:38 pm #2

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I have already cried like 3 times. I can't figure out best way to do this.

I'm flying with an almost 2 year old and a 10 month old. I planned to pull them through the airport in carseats on 2 britax luggage carts and carry diapers/stuff in a backpack. The 10 month old is a lap child and I'm hoping that if there is an extra seat, I can bring the second car seat on plane. But now I'm freaking out that car seat will be too big, too heavy. How am I going to install car seats on plane while watching my kids? I flew with them in August with a friend and no car seats (although I did purchase a seat for my toddler) and it was a nightmare. My toddler screamed A LOT, tantrum on the floor, nothing would calm her down. Then my baby cried a little because she couldn't get comfortable to sleep with me holding her. I should have purchased 3 seats but it's too cost prohibitive now. Is car seat on the luggage cart best option?
In limited circumstances you can get a pass for an adult to escort you & kids through security to the gate. I would suggest you contact the airline and inquire about that. The pass is issued at the ticket counter at the airport, not from the TSA.
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Old Nov 6, 17, 5:51 pm #3
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Sounds like a challenge. Id arrive a bit early. Have plenty of snacks and some sort of toys/amusement for the older child.

Get a good nights sleep, have everything packed the night before, so youre not rushed.

How far are you flying?
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Old Nov 6, 17, 7:21 pm #4
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Sounds like a challenge. Id arrive a bit early. Have plenty of snacks and some sort of toys/amusement for the older child.

Get a good nights sleep, have everything packed the night before, so youre not rushed.

How far are you flying?
it's 4 hours nonstop so not too bad. It's mostly just the getting on and off plane that I'm worried about. And all the time on the plane too
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I have already cried like 3 times. I can't figure out best way to do this.

I'm flying with an almost 2 year old and a 10 month old. I planned to pull them through the airport in carseats on 2 britax luggage carts and carry diapers/stuff in a backpack. The 10 month old is a lap child and I'm hoping that if there is an extra seat, I can bring the second car seat on plane. But now I'm freaking out that car seat will be too big, too heavy. How am I going to install car seats on plane while watching my kids? I flew with them in August with a friend and no car seats (although I did purchase a seat for my toddler) and it was a nightmare. My toddler screamed A LOT, tantrum on the floor, nothing would calm her down. Then my baby cried a little because she couldn't get comfortable to sleep with me holding her. I should have purchased 3 seats but it's too cost prohibitive now. Is car seat on the luggage cart best option?
It'll all work-out. You'll likely be offered help from other pax and/or FAs if you need it.

Airline? Car seat model(s)?

Southwest is pretty easy/good with the empty seat being used by your lap infant's 2nd carseat.

I've learned how to install and uninstall the Cosco Scenera Next carseat with my son buckled-in...this has proven help when transferring to/from the luggage cart while he remains asleep. But, it also means less wrangling.

Could you put the 10-month old in a carrier with the 2 y.o. in the carseat on the cart?

Another thought - We've used this carrier backpack (and it will generally fit underneath the seat in front of the carseat on the plane) - https://amazon.com/dp/B005F5LYQO...5F5LYQO5252599
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Old Nov 7, 17, 5:04 am #6
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We are flying Avianca and I have 2 chicco nextfits. My 10 month old still uses the keyfit but it doesn't hook to the luggage cart. I was also worried about depending on a stroller because last year I flew to Italy and had the keyfit on board in a seat and had gatechecked the stroller it clicks into. When I got off the plane, they told me I had to pick it up in baggage claim after passport control. It was a looooong walk carrying an 11 month old plus I had at least 2 bags.

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It'll all work-out. You'll likely be offered help from other pax and/or FAs if you need it.

Airline? Car seat model(s)?

Southwest is pretty easy/good with the empty seat being used by your lap infant's 2nd carseat.

I've learned how to install and uninstall the Cosco Scenera Next carseat with my son buckled-in...this has proven help when transferring to/from the luggage cart while he remains asleep. But, it also means less wrangling.

Could you put the 10-month old in a carrier with the 2 y.o. in the carseat on the cart?

Another thought - We've used this carrier backpack (and it will generally fit underneath the seat in front of the carseat on the plane) - https://amazon.com/dp/B005F5LYQO...5F5LYQO5252599
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Old Nov 7, 17, 5:19 am #7
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Buen suerte!

Some airports have assistance for families, but not so common in the US. At least you should get to board early. Id certainly check with the airport if they offer any assistance.

Ive found latin american airlines are often extra helpful when you have small kids.
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From personal experience
1. there are stroller steps that you can atttach to the stroller, thus reducing the need to carry.
2. pack light, or use backpacks to have your hands as free as possible, at 2 your eldest should be able to walk alone from checkin counter to the plane. What we did with ours is treat it like an adventure, and he now loves going on a plane with his small backpack on his back
3. car seats for the infant only, or one that can fit either. We don't use them anymore as it's anoter pain to carry
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