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Flying with young children (Part 1)

 

There are lots of blogs and advice guides out there giving fantastic hints and tips for parents travelling or flying with young children. Many of them mention to take a child car seat, but it isn’t always as easy and straightforward as that.

What do you need to know to help you decide if you are going to take a car seat with you for the plane? That is what we are going to explore in this 3 part 'Flying with young children' mini blog series.

For a long time while in planes young children have travelled on their parents lap and babies in bassinets.  Yet more and more parents are concerned and want their child in a proper restraint. Using a car seat on the plane gives you a safe and secure place to secure your baby should you hit turbulence.



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See the full story here!

Car seats also give little ones a properly secured place for take off and landing - the most dangerous parts of the flight! They can also protect the child in an emergency landing, as this story shows:



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Slings and carriers are not deemed safe for take off and landing and you will be requested to remove little one and hold them on your lap.

 

What you need to know about taking a car seat on board!

 

1. You will have to buy your baby/child their own seat on the plane


Some airlines will allow you to take a seat on board without having booked the child their own seat - yet this is not guaranteed to keep the family together and there may not be any spare seats left when it comes to boarding.  The airline may also refuse even if there is space. It is advisable to start off with paying for the plane seat for the child.

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Before paying out for a separate seat for your child (unless you were opting to regardless of using a child seat!) make sure your airline will allow the use of the child seat.

 

2. It must be a TUV approved child car seat


There are some UK child seats that are TUV approved for use on aircraft.  Having a TUV approved seat does not guarantee that you will be allowed to use it - the decision resides with the airline.  It also does not mean that you can’t use a different seat that is not TUV approved.  If the seat is not TUV approved you must remember that airplanes only have lap belts and the child restraint must be certified to be fitted with a lap belt.

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TUV approved means that the seat has been tested and approved by TUV Rheinland to be suitable for use on an aircraft.

 

3. Confirm that the make and model of your seat is allowed


When you confirm with the airline that you can take your own child seat on the plane, also confirm with them if the make and model of your seat is allowed, and what child seats they accept; you need to ensure this whether your seat is approved or not. You don’t want to get to check-in to be told that you cannot take your seat on board.  If you can, get confirmation from the airline that you can use the child seat in writing and take this with you to show the airline staff if needed.  If the child seat that your child normally uses is not approved or allowed then you will need to buy a new one.

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Children over the age of 2 must have their own plane seat purchased - always check your airline’s policy.


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It is also worth checking to see if your airline supplies child seats. Virgin Atlantic states that it can supply child restraints on international flights, so long as they are pre-booked.

 

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Inflatable car seat

Imagine how lovely it would be not to have a big, bulky car seat in the car.  But instead have an inflatable car seat that is easy to transport, doesn’t take up much room, keeps your child even safer by having them rear facing… and you can pack their car seat up in a little back pack when not in use!

 

Introducing a new concept from Volvo!

 

 

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This incredible concept is a rear facing inflatable car seat that is easily inflated or deflated in just 40 seconds!  It can pack up into a small backpack and weighs just 11 lbs - no more hulking around heavy car seats!  As it is a rear facing seat it even provides far greater protection to children than front facing seats!



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The possibilities of this seat are endless - it will be perfect as a spare seat for taking friends' children in the car, or you can pack it up and send your little one to nursery with it if they are getting picked up by someone else.  It is great for families who don’t have a car but want their child to have a car seat in a taxi.  It is also brilliant for holidays, hire cars or for family members vehicles, who perhaps don’t take the little one out enough to warrant their own seat - but enough to make transferring your seat a pain!


This seat is a concept in the US, Volvo UK do not know if it will be available for the UK market when and if it goes into production - but if this seat is just as safe as other rear facing seats, wouldn’t it be a great option!





Parents will naturally have a few concerns about a car seat that inflates.  The material will have to be puncture proof, and the button to inflate/deflate will need to be child proofed.  As well as it passing all the tests.

How would this make your life easier? Would you want to see this in the UK?  Comment below!



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I'm excited! We already have the 'bubblebum' so I'm very interested in following this if or when it goes into trials. ... Read More
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Guest — Sofia
We just got a new car so that it would be safer when the baby comes. Now we have to fine the perfect seat! Do all seats fit in all... Read More
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Guest — Good Egg Safety
Hi Sofia, see yesterday's blog post which touches on this question http://www.goodeggcarsafety.com/blog/do-child-car-seats-fit-in-... Read More
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