Child Seats on Airplane and DME
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What are your thoughts-my sister is coming with us next year, my niece will be 20 mths--she is flying jetblue-does my niece need her own seat and should they bring the car seat. Also, on the DME do they have car seats of do you have to bring your own? When I used the DME 10 yrs ago, my little one sat on my lap and on the plane too.
Any suggestions would help!!
If the child is under 2, then you do not need to purchase a seat for the child. On their second birthday, a seat must be purchased.
However, a child in his or her own seat is much safer than flying as a lap child. As a lap child they cannot be restrained by a seat belt so if you hit turbulance the child will be bounced around. I have been on a plane when a child has been injured when we hit turbulance. Purchasing a seat and using an FAA approved carseat is the safest and most comfortable way for a child to fly.
When using DME car seats are not allowed. They will store the car seat under the bus until you arrive at your resort.
I second the vote for buying the child a seat. My kids all flew with their own seats. More than once saw parents lose their grip on their children and the child be injured in bad turbulence, while my baby slept peacefully on. The peace of mind that I had was priceless - well, not really, because I knew exactly how much I paid for it, but it was certainly worth it.
Also, she'll get more luggage allowance. Jet-Blue only allows one checked bag at no charge - your sister will end up paying more if she packs more than 1 suitcase (and with a baby/toddler, I'd be surprised if she didn't). Plus, she'll get the extra benefit of being able to carry on more than the 'one carry-on and one personal bag'. With two seats, the child will also be allowed 2 bags, so she can pack a little more leniently.
I am also in the group that says spend the money and buy the toddler a seat on the plane!! You have to look on the bottom of the car seat to make sure it says it is FAA approved to use on the plane or they will not allow your child to sit in it. If her seat is not FAA approved and she does not want to buy a new car seat she could look into buying a CARES Harness for the flight and stowing her carseat. A 20 month old can become awfully heavy and hard to control if they start to melt down, or geez just fall asleep on your arm for a few hours!
I agree with the rest and say buy the seat. We have always purchased a seat for our kids. Its going to cost more but I beleive the child is safer and your flight is a little more pleasant by not having to hold the child the entire flight.
We held both our kids during the flight to WDW when they were 20 months old and 17 months old. We never considered buying a seat for them, neither of them would have stayed in it.On DME we held our kids also as well as on Disney transportation. Lugging around a car seat along with luggage and a stroller is just to much for us. It's a personal choice, and we feel comfortable with our kids in our arms. My son is 2 now and we had to purchase a seat. We know he'll be in one of our laps the entire flight.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
For the parents who choose to take their children on the plane and hold them in your lap: This is your choice, and I in no way mean to upset your or demean your choice. I am (just for those of you who do not know) a trauma nurse and I SEE first hand the devastation of impact injuries on children. PLEASE do not think that because you are holding your child on a plane it is any safer than letting your child sit unrestrained in a passenger car, or in the back of a pick up truck moving down a small dirt road at 5mph!! Injuries happen! It's called Physics! It is NOT personal! This message is not meant as a personal attack to those who choose not to purchase a seat for their child, but as an eye opener. Do what you think is best for your family, but remember, at 55 miles per hour, a 20-pound object hits with 1,000 pounds of force -- so powerful that a suitcase can literally seer the arm of a crash test dummy. How fast do planes fly? What is the average weight of a 1 year old child? Ok getting off my soap box now.