Car Seats & Air Travel

Car Seat Travel Bag

This was the site at the Calgary Airport in January 2010. I was waiting for my luggage to arrive from our trip to Hawaii and noticed this poor car seat going by on the belt.

The airlines offer plastic bags to protect your car seats in transit but how much protection does that really provide?

On one mom’s first trip with her 4 week old daughter from Edmonton to Las Vegas she decided to travel with her Peg Perego Primo Viaggio infant car seat. This top of the line car seat is the one she brought her daughter home from the hospital in. She decided to check it in with Air Canada and was shocked to find that it didn’t make it home with her.

At 3am with a new-born baby in her arms she stood at the Edmonton International Airport waiting for her baby’s car seat to arrive. It did arrive….2 days later. The airline offered her a replacement seat to get home with but she was a bit nervous about putting her new baby in a convertible car seat (the only ones the airline had to loan her).

Here are some recommendations for Car Seat Bags if you choose to travel with yours:

GoGo Kidz Car Seat Travel Bag

JL Childress Car Seat Bag

Looking to rent a car seat in Edmonton or Las Vegas?

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Vacationing with Wildlife

My family and I just got back from a vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii.

I didn’t expect to see as much wildlife as we did but every day there were whales to watch playing in the Bay, Sea Turtles exploring at the beach and birds of all different colors.

Being Canadian my children and I are priveledged to be close to all sorts of wildlife. A trip to Banff National Park (just 1.5 hours away) regularly includes herds of Elk, mountain goats and the occasional Grizzly Bear sighting.

In Hawaii, the kids were enamoured with all the new animal sightings. I was surprised that I had to remind them that animals in the wild are not meant to be disturbed. We came across this guy

Sea Turtle in Hawaiisunning himself on the beach. We had seen so many Sea Turtles that week that the kids walked right up to him and were having a closer look.

Later I saw this sign on a Black Sand beach we visited:

When the kids asked if they could touch the Sea Turtles we were seeing on the beaches and in the water it was a great time to remind them that tourists that visit our part of Canada are asked not to get too close to the wild animals (even in the National Parks) and likewise, we needed to respect the Hawaiian wild animals and their homes.

Hawaii’s abundance of wildlife was a great addition to our beach vacation. We picked up a children’s book about Hawaiian animals for the kids to take back to their classroom to share with the other students!

Flying and Food

I recently flew with my 2 Five Year Olds under the new Security Restrictions for carry-on baggage. I was a little nervous about flying without our usual carry-on bags filled with lots of snacks and entertainment devices.

Our flights took us from Calgary to San Fransisco and then on to Kona, Hawaii.

I should have known when our flight was hours late leaving Calgary that things were not going to go according to plan. The kids had eaten a good breakfast but it wasn’t really time for lunch. I assumed we get something for them in San Fransisco before boarding the second leg of our trip. I’d packed a few snacks to keep them busy but nothing too elaborate.

When we were told to get off our United Airlines flight in San Fransisco and literally sprint to the next gate to catch our connection I knew we were in trouble.

Two hungry 5 year olds and a mom who has run out of snacks in her small carry-on bag. I was a bit panicked that the inflight meal service (snacks for purchase) would not come in time. Within about an hour and a half into the flight, the cart finally made it to my aisle. We were all starving.

Trying to make a meal out of an onboard menu designed for adults isn’t easy. The kids ended up eating chips and cookies for dinner. Thank goodness that seemed to tide them over.

Moral of my story: when travelling with kids food is #1 priority. When they are fed they are happy. All the Dvd’s and IPOD’s don’t compare to a belly full of good healthy food.

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With the rental of any Car Seat our customers will receive a sample of Headz Up infant head and neck support.

These custom inserts fit right inside the car seat and provide extra support to baby’s head and neck. See the video here:

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