Traveling with toddler (22mos.) should we bring carseat?
We are taking an Eastern Caribbean cruise with our 22month old daughter. She will be riding in my lap on the plane. I was told I don't need a carseat for the bus transfer to/ from the airport. I would feel better if she were in one. What do people usually do?
Your question is kind of a sticky wicket, for a couple of reasons. First off you can bring a carseat on the bus, but unless it has a lap and a should belt it will be difficult to properly secure it using a lap belt only with out additional equipment, if the bus even has just a lap belt. There is one product I know of and I have used. It is called Sit n' Stroll. Its a carseat/flightseat/stroller. It can be used with lapbelt only, rear and foreward facing up to 40 pounds. It is FAA approved as a flightseat. When you need a stroller you pull up the handle. Push down a lever and the wheels pop out of the bottom and it becomes a stroller and it comes with a sun shade. It is pricey, but you can sometimes find them at a good price on ebay. I still have the one we used for our kids, and someday I'll probably list it to sell on ebay. But I can tell you, it was nice to have especially when travelling in other countries, where the safety standards don't require shoulder belts and few of the cars have them.
If you decide to bring a car seat, you can check it at the gate, or possibly if the plane is not full, you would be allowed to bring it on and secure it in a seat. Check the fine print in the children's policies sections of your particular airline.
Another option for a travel car seat is a Tote-N-Go First Portable car seat. You can use it in taxi or bus during shore trips too. That it is, IF the vehicle has safety belts and you have the time to figure out how to get it installed. Your toddler needs to be between 25 and 40 pounds. This seat however, is not FAA approved for use on the plane.
not to get preachy but your precious infant should be in a car seat on the airplane. The information of what can happen to infants who are not restrained in a seat on an airplane is horrible.
As the others have told you most of the buses do not have seatbelts.