While traveling with your baby may seem like a hard feat, traveling by the baby’s car seat may make it seem a whole lot worse than it really is, especially when flying. Despite the size of the car seat, they will bring much-needed safety when flying that you won’t be able to give the baby while holding them on your lap for the duration of the flight. You can see a list of the recommended travel seats here.

There are many things you should know before taking a flight with your baby but below are some handy tips for easing your air travel when you choose to fly with a baby car seat.

Bringing a baby car seat on a flight

Bringing a travel car seat on a flight with you is the safest approach to keeping your baby safe due to many factors such as turbulence and more. When traveling on a car seat you want to makes sure that it is a reliable car seat that meets all of the general safety guidelines for traveling in an aircraft. There are many major airlines that will accommodate you bringing a car seat and will treat the car seat as a carry-on or extra bag.

The best way to know the rules for bringing a car seat on a flight is to contact your airline to find out what rules apply and if there are any additional fees attached with bringing a car seat. Car seats are an option that shouldn’t be debated especially when it comes to your baby’s safety.

Knowing if your car seat is safe for the flight

Baby car seats come with FAA(Federal Aviation Administration) approved stickers if they are good for flying. Also in the manual, you will find FAA rules in the instruction manual. If the car seat model you have has an FAA- approved sticker, the car seat has passed an inversion test to be deemed safe for use on an airplane as well as in an automobile.

Getting a car seat that will properly fit

Despite having an FAA sticker of approval, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your baby’s car seat model will fit on the airplane with the airline you choose. With that being said it is best to check the measurements/dimensions of the car seat and compare them with the measurements and dimensions of the airline seats. Car seats generally vary in width and are usually 16-22 inches.

You can check on your car seat manual box or many different websites catered to information about car seats. If you know the measurements you should be able to get seats with a comfortable fit for the car seat and not have to worry about the baby in the seat the duration of the flight.

Traveling rights and to do’s with a baby car seat

First of all, you have to make sure that the car seat is properly installed and whether or not the car seat has rear or front facing guidelines on an airplane. Also, it is best to recline the seat back a bit to safely put the belt buckle through the car seat. With airline seats, it can be almost as if you are sitting up but feel like your going forward. It will be easier to tighten and raise the seat back to properly fit the car seat.

Also, note that you are not allowed to bring booster seats on a flight because these seats are shoulderless seats with no chance for safely strapping the shoulders of the baby while in the airline seat. Airlines don’t have shoulder belts so a full car seat is recommended and only allowed on flights.

Although baby car seats are not mandatory, there are a lot of factors to look at and why you should bring a car seat with you on an airplane. Before traveling on a car seat you have to make sure the car seat is FAA(Federal Aviation Administration) approved.

The right car seat will protect your baby in more ways than one and size the right car seat is crucial to the comfort and security for the baby. Make sure to know your rights and read information about child seats and flights so that you lessen your stress flying with a car seat, especially read the FAA’s circular on Use of Child Restraint Systems on Aircraft so that you are fully knowledgeable about how to fly with car seats.