It’s no easy task traveling with small kids, but it pays to know the rules of the road before you go.
One perk for parents is that they can gate check their strollers, instead of lugging their kids through the airport.
But with strollers getting bigger and bulkier in recent years, the airlines began changing their policy. American Airlines recently stopped allowing gate checking of strollers that are large, non-collapsible or weigh more than 20 pounds.
Your best bet is to travel with a lightweight umbrella stroller. Or, better yet, an FAA-approved car seat that converts into a stroller, so you’re covered for all types of transportation.
And if you insist on holding your infant in your lap, which I don’t recommend, you can keep your hands free by wearing a sling, baby carrier, or vest that secures the baby to your seat belt.
But remember, you can’t use any of these items during takeoff or landing. My advice: Buy the extra seat and an FAA-approved car seat. The peace of mind and the safety is worth the price.
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