In preparation for this trip I invested in a new travel toy: GoGo Kidz Travelmate. This device attaches to your convertible car seat so you can easily roll your child through the airport. I spent some time today practicing the process of attaching the gadget to the car seat.
Why did I choose this?
I chose to buy this gadget because I purchased an airplane seat for Connor to ride in. Our last plane ride didn't go so well with him as a lap infant, screaming for 3 hours on the way home from Chicago. Plus it is significantly safer for a child to be strapped in to their own car seat on a plane ride. Being in his own seat will make him feel more comfortable and in a familiar place. Knowing that I have to lug his car seat on to the plane I needed something to make this easier on me. I decided that my plan was as follows:
1. Buy the Travelmate for the car seat.
2. Check the umbrella stroller with the suitcase at check in, versus using it in the airport.
3. Check one mid-sized suitcase rather than a large (for various reasons).
4. Bring a giant hiking backpack with my carry-ons and diaper changing accessories for the kid!
So I didn't see any other option for getting the car seat on the plane, as anyone with a baby or toddler knows, convertible seats are not light!
**Please don't take my car seat advice as an expert opinion. I did consult with a Certified Car Seat Tech when purchasing both of my seats. Every child/car combination is different.