Traveling With Children: What To Do About Infant And Toddler Seats

Posted on: 18 April 2016

If you've ever tried to travel with small children, you know how difficult it can be to carry around infant car seats and toddler boosters. Knowing your available options for traveling with children can make it easier to keep your little ones safe without having to lug heavy car seats to and from each flight. Here are just a few options you can use when you travel to and from the airport.

Child-Friendly Taxi Services

While taxi drivers are exempt from car seat laws in places such as Ontario, you may be hesitant to put your little ones in a vehicle without a car seat. You can choose a child-friendly taxi service that offers car seats in its taxis and limousines. You may need to call ahead to arrange this type of transportation, so check with the taxi companies in the area you are traveling to verify the ability of car seats for your children. If you check your car seats as baggage and they somehow become lost in transit, your airline may also be able to help secure a child-friendly taxi service for your family.

Car Seat Travel Carts

Car seat travel carts make it easier to take your car seats on a plane and place them in a taxi. These carts are sized to fit convertible car seats, and they attach to the seat for added security. Some models are built so your child can be seated in the car seat, which offers an added advantage of acting as a stroller while you wait at the airport taxi stand or walk to your gate.

Booster Seats

For older children requiring just a booster seat for car safety, choose a backless booster that is more easy to transport. These seats can be secured in the taxi, and they can also be used on the plane to keep your child seated securely. You can also purchase inflatable booster seats, which take up minimal space in your luggage and can be set up quickly for use in any taxi cab. These seats deflate and fold flat, and the streamlined design fits neatly into airplane seats, so your child won't crowd the other passengers in the row.

Your airport taxi driver should be able to help you secure your car seats in the vehicle before you head to your destination. Be sure to know how each car seat works so you can quickly secure them, and your children, in the vehicle for a safe journey to your home, hotel or the airport.