A - posted on 09/14/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
I'm flying this weekend with my son who is 15 months old. We're taking the car seat either way, but I'm trying to decide whether or not to check it or put it in his seat (which we've already paid for).
Usually I don't put convenience over safety, but I'm very tempted this time. From the research I've found, unrestrained babies are at 9.6 times higher risk of serious injury in a crash versus a restrained adult. Didn't find any data on unrestrained versus restrained infants.
However, I think having the extra room for my son to climb up and down on the seat would do good for the trip. He hates being in his car seat, and is very mobile. Keeping him entertained is going to be hard. Plus lugging it around through 3 airports will be a pain. But, if we were to run in to turbulence or be in a crash....I would regret not taking it on board. Its going to be a long day with three flights- 11 hours total, 8 hours flying.
I need advice and opinions and any other options I haven't thought of. Maybe bringing it and if there's another open seat moving it if he gets fussy...?