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Lisa75 03-26-2012 11:43 AM

Britax Chaperone on a Southwest Seat
 
Hi. Any good/bad experience with this? I plan on using it in June on SW.

Wondering about the size. Also, will I need the seat extender? And has anyone front faced it? The instructions for use without the base are for rear facing, but that would not be necessary on the plane and I don't wanna take up more space than we need to.

I appreciate any tips.

Lisa

GrnMtnMan 03-26-2012 11:54 AM

You need to check if the base is FAA approved for use on an aircraft....most baby-bucket bases are not. Therefore, I think your only option is to install it rear facing (without a base).

Lisa75 03-26-2012 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by GrnMtnMan (Post 44429104)
You need to check if the base is FAA approved for use on an aircraft....most baby-bucket bases are not. Therefore, I think your only option is to install it rear facing (without a base).

Oh I don't wanna use the base. I get what you are saying now, that without the base it only rear faces? I didn't realize this at home we use Boulevards which don't have a separate base.

I had heard that rear facing imposes on the ability of the person in front to recline back. It'll just be me and the baby so it will be someone not with us in that seat. But we will just make do! Thanks.

GrnMtnMan 03-26-2012 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Lisa75 (Post 44429862)
I had heard that rear facing imposes on the ability of the person in front to recline back.

It might limit the recline, but having a child safely secured in a familiar seat will hopefully make the flight more pleasant for everyone. I'd take limed recline and a quiet kid over full recline and a screaming one.

ryleigh'smom2004 03-27-2012 09:46 AM

that seat only rearfaces. It should never be forward facing. Here are some links to flying with that seat.
http://www.jetwithkids.com/blog/faa-...considerations
http://www.travelswithbaby.com/gear/..._chaperone.htm

lost*in*cyberspace 03-27-2012 10:05 AM

The Britax Chaperone is 18.3 inches wide. Southwest's seats are 17 inches wide. Do you have a smaller car seat?

DisneyMomma81 03-27-2012 10:40 AM

You use Blvds at home, do you not have a Chaperone? I wouldn't buy one just for your flights. DD's spent many car trips in Britax seats *Roundabout, Marathon and currently a Frontier. Her travel seat from 2-4 and a 1/2 was a Cosco Scenera *light, cheap, easy to use - good from 5 lbs, rear faces and forward faces. Available at Walmart, Target, KMart, Babies R Us.

Lisa75 03-27-2012 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by lost*in*cyberspace (Post 44437353)
The Britax Chaperone is 18.3 inches wide. Southwest's seats are 17 inches wide. Do you have a smaller car seat?

Thanks for the numbers!! Would I be permitted to just raise the armrest that is between him and me?

[QUOTE=DisneyMomma81;44437654]You use Blvds at home, do you not have a Chaperone?

Hi DisneyMomma! I do own the Chaperone. DS is 11 weeks. In the beginning I wasn't doing great with our Vista stroller. My DH who is 6'5 loves it though! So, I needed a smaller, simpler stroller. I got on Albee Baby and got the Chaperone stroller/carseat combo travel system at a steal. It was on clearance as it is a discontinued fabric. I bought both for less than the carseat itself would have been.

Since it's just me on this trip I liked the idea of the seat that attaches to the stroller to make things a little easier.

This has been very helpful though. I would still love to use the one planned, but I have to think for sure.

Thanks!

Lisa

Lisa75 03-27-2012 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by ryleigh'smom2004 (Post 44437145)
that seat only rearfaces. It should never be forward facing. Here are some links to flying with that seat.
http://www.jetwithkids.com/blog/faa-...considerations
http://www.travelswithbaby.com/gear/..._chaperone.htm

Thank you! :)

lost*in*cyberspace 03-28-2012 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Lisa75 (Post 44439833)
Thanks for the numbers!! Would I be permitted to just raise the armrest that is between him and me?

Armrests must be down for take-off and landing. This is not always enforced if the FAs don't notice.

seashoreCM 03-29-2012 06:32 PM

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Originally Posted by lost*in*cyberspace (Post 44437353)
The Britax Chaperone is 18.3 inches wide. Southwest's seats are 17 inches wide. Do you have a smaller car seat?

Is it just the upper rim that is 18.3 wide or is that the width of the main or bucket portion?

PrincessLiz 09-21-2012 08:00 PM

Were you able to get the carseat to fit properly? I am trying to decide whether to take the Chaperone ( which would be easier to carry because of the stroller) or a convertible that I have previously used rear facing on a plane. Thanks for any update.

lost*in*cyberspace 09-22-2012 11:25 AM

As stated previously in this thread, WN's seats are 17 inches wide. If your car seat is wider than this, and it is, it won't fit. You will need a smaller seat.

PrincessLiz 09-22-2012 04:58 PM

Thank you for responding. I understand your logic, but it doesn't take the design of car seats into consideration.

My carseat has a handle bar, which protrudes from the main body of the carseat by over an inch on both sides, which would make the width of the carseat body under 17 inches. I believe, but am not certain, that the handle bar portion would be above the arm rests and thus the carseat would fit safely into the plane seat, which is why I asked if the OP had indeed tried it.

Otherwise, I will use my Boulevard, which I have used rear and forward facing on different flights.

Lisa75 09-22-2012 09:36 PM

Sorry just saw this! Seat fitted just fine with room to spare and installed quickly.


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