Kimberly - posted on 11/26/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )
I have a 15 month old daughter and live in the UK (where my husband is from) but I'm from the USA. We're going to visit my family in the states for Christmas in a couple weeks. Our problem is that the airline will only allow us one suitcase per person, but we can only take a car seat OR our stroller...if we want to take both then we have to take away one of our suitcases. So that would leave us with only two suitcases for the 3 of us and normally that wouldn't be such a big deal, but it's Christmas and we'll be taking a lot of gifts back with us so we need the space! My mom has offered to buy us a small stroller to use while we're out there, but we have a 5 hour layover in Houston, before we carry on to our destination and I think 5 hours without somewhere to put my little girl will drive us both mad! So that leaves the car seat...my best friend has two small nieces that she cares for quite a lot so she bought two very inexpensive car seats she could use while she has them and she's offered us one of her car seats while we're out there. I'm very grateful to my friend for her offer, but I'm concerned about the car seats she has. They're Cosco brand and she said she paid $50 each for them, now I don't want to sound like a snob or anything, but $50 just seems so inexpensive for a car seat! I don't know the American brands or how good/bad they are because I've only shopped for baby things in the UK and they don't have that brand, so I don't know what they're like. Using her car seat would really help us out and make travelling so much easier for us, but I don't want to risk my child's life in a car seat I don't trust!
What would you do? Take only 2 suitcases, stroller and our car seat, OR take the 3 suitcases we'll need, stroller, and borrow the car seat? Also, if anyone uses a Cosco I'd love to hear what you think of them...