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Absolutely necessary - SAVED US!!,
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This review is from: J.L. Childress Gate Check Bag for Car Seats
We flew to cancun for my sister-in-laws wedding w/ out 1 year old. There were huge thunderstorms prior to landing and, like many international flights, you get off the plane on the actual runway and take a bus to the terminal.
There were two car seats sitting on the run way - the other baby on our plane had her car seat FACE DOWN IN A PUDDLE, w/ the headrest cover laying next to it. pretty much ruined (jet fuel and oil is not good for babies) - ours was still in the red bag, totally protected and dry!
Without this we would have been totally screwed and would have had to throw away the car seat! (and we would probably have to find a new one at a store while my wife waits at the airport!)
To the people who are leaving reviews saying it doesn't "last long" or "handle breaks easily" - who cares, I'd rather the bag gets damaged then the car seat inside of it! Luggage handlers are not gentle - if they are going to break something, i'd rather it be a $11 bag then a $200 car seat.
Also - EXPLANATION OF GATE CHECKING FOR NEW PARENTS - every airline will allow you to GATE CHECK your stroller- you bring it through security, to the actual gate where you board the plane- Take the car seat and put in the bag BEFORE you give them your ticket to board the plane, they will print an extra baggage tag at the gate, attach it to the car seat bag (and stroller - if you have one like ours that comes in two pieces so the seat can be used in the car) and then an attendant will take the stroller for you right before you get on. This way you have your stroller in the airport while you are waiting for your flight, and you get it back IMMEDIATELY upon departing the plane (they get it before the doors are even opened, on the flight back to the USA it was waiting on the walkway when you get off the plane before you even get into the airport. In cancun it was on the runway at the bottom of the stairs when we got off the plane)
Also for new parents- most airlines allow you additional carry on bags for baby food and clothes to ensure you have EVERYTHING you need in case of delays or lost luggage, they are very nice about it. just remember- the only thing they want less then an upset baby on a plane is a mom who is flipping out because her baby doesn't have what they need. Also- the TSA will let you bring baby formula (above 4 oz) on the plane if it's in sealed bottles, so buy the similac ready-to-feed bottles for the plane and all you need to do is screw on a nipple: https://www.amazon.com/Similac-Advance-Newborn-2-Fluid-Packaging/dp/B000N351WQ/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=securicom07-20&linkCode=w01&creativeASIN=B000N351WQ
and of course, always bring an extra day or two of food, babies don't sleep at well when you travel - and more awake time means extra feeding.
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Initial post: Aug 27, 2014 8:38:02 PM PDT
Trivial Matters says:
Thanks for the info. I'm traveling alone with my baby on a flight and have heard that gate checking is best so there's least amount of damage...however I'm a little curious whether its necessary to gate check both the car seat and the stroller...(I'm trying to imagine taking all of that on my own.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2014 9:49:04 PM PDT
We lucked out and was still using the infant car seat + stroller it snaps into. so the stroller/car seat were basically the same thing.
If i was you, i would check the car seat and then take the stroller to the gate (so you can use it to hold your kid while you are showing them your boarding pass + filling out any other paper work) - you can also use the stroller to carry your bags if you end up holding the baby in your arms.
check with your airline, but you are normally allowed an extra carry-on bag for the baby and gate-checked items don't count against your luggage or cost anything extra.
and don't worry - it's not that bad - NOBODY wants a crying baby on a flight (it's just as stressful to the other passengers as it is for you and your kid), or a hungry baby if you get stuck waiting somewhere.. they are very accommodating with whatever you need to take- oh and baby food and formula does NOT count against fluid restrictions TSA restrictions - but it must still be SEALED, other things (e.g. breast milk) they usually will allow but might insist you taste
another consideration- The airlines might charge you if you check the car seat at the ticket counter, but if you gate-check it will almost certainly be free.
oh and FEED THEM ON TAKEOFF & LANDING - hugely important, they need to be swallowing so their ears pop. Adults can chew gum or just swallow to equalize the pressure, but a baby will often cry because their ears hurt and they don't know how to fix it.
Posted on Sep 30, 2014 11:58:07 AM PDT
Do you think this bag would fit a stroller that folds up into the shorter square shape, not the longer shape of an umbrella stroller (specifically the City Mini)?
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