Car Seats Outside The Car: The Inside Scoop

Car Seats Outside The Car: The Inside Scoop


Every parent knows car seats are an essential piece of hitting the road with the kids but what about all of the other places your kids are “in motion” – planes, trains, and, taxicabs are all tricky. You might sigh with relief with one less thing to worry about or you might wonder – how safe is this – really? So what’s the scoop? And when do you need – or demand – your kids be buckled in?


You aren’t required to use a car seat on an airplane. Children under two years old can snuggle on your lap for the duration of the flight. If you buy an extra seat, some airlines require they’re also in a car seat – though many family flyers we’ve spoken with stated it was never insisted on by the flight crew, just requested on the website.

Here’s the airline scoop, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents use FAA-approved restraints for any child on any flight. Turbulence could send little travelers flying, out of regular seats or from mom or dad’s arms.

Most standard car seats will fit on plane seats, but be sure to contact your airline to confirm widths and look into any other considerations. Some airlines, for example, won’t allow car seats in aisle or window seats, while others mandate how many rows away from an exit they need to be. Having this info upfront will help your family plan, especially if you’re traveling with multiple kids. The good news? Some airlines offered lower-cost tickets to kids under two, if you opt to purchase a seat for them.


Public buses don’t typically have seat belts or lower-latch anchors which means even if you lug a car seat onboard there’s no way to strap it in properly. While not ideal, most experts say your best bet is keeping babies and infants in a front-pack carrier such as a BabyBjorn, Ergo, wrap or other sturdy carrier.

Many long-distance buses also don’t have adult seat belts or latches – however, some do. Contact your bus company to confirm whether you’ll be able to strap a car seat in.


Most trains don’t have seat belts or restraints, making it impossible to secure a car seat. The good news? Because trains are big, solid, heavy, and traveling on their own tracks, the likelihood of being involved in a crash or other accidents are fairly slim. However, accidents happen, and it’s important to keep your kids as secure as possible – in other words, keep them out of aisles, bathrooms and areas between cars. A jolt or sudden stop could send them flying.

Like some airlines, Amtrak offers 50% discounts for young passengers, so be sure to investigate before booking your next trip. Families are also invited to board first, so it’s easy to find enough seats together for your crew.


This one boggles the minds of countless city parents. Why would a child need a car seat in a car, but not in a yellow cab – which, let’s face it, is just a regular old car? In most states car seats aren’t required in taxi cabs. This oversight seems unsafe and purely anchored in ease – in other words, it’s easier for parents to leave car seats at home and simply hop in a cab with their kids.

Some states, though, are moving to increase safety surrounding kids and cabs. California, for examples, mandates car seats for all kids until they’re six years old or weigh more than 60 pounds. That said, there’s no reason you can’t voluntarily bring a car seat into a taxi. While your regular car seat may be a little too cumbersome to lug around town, there are plenty of portable options on the market that can easily be popped into a stroller or, even, a diaper or handbag. Then, when you have to jump in a cab, you’ll have something at the ready to secure your child until you’re safely at home.

Happy Trails!!

Ditch The Blanket: How To Keep Baby Warmer And Safer In The Car Seat

Ditch The Blanket: How To Keep Baby Warmer And Safer In The Car Seat

We’ve all been there…

It’s freezing outside (and inside the car). You wrestle to get their dangerous, puffy winter coat off, pull the car seat straps on, then proceed to layer-and-tuck piles of blankets, quilts and makeshift wraps, while the crying and shrieking ramp up.

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Sound familiar?

Once you’ve gotten through all the taking off of the coat you wonder if they will even stay under that pile of blankets for the entire ride. Most likely they won’t, and if the worst were to happen and the car rolls over those life saving blankets will be tossed out of reach and useless in keeping your little one warm while you wait for help to arrive.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tanja Fransen warns families that if an accident strands you far from help, those blankets won’t do much good.

“If you roll your car,” Fransen said, “the cellphone is gone and its a stroke of luck if it’s within reach when you’re hanging upside down.” That “blanket or (backwards) coat that’s meant to keep a child warm while driving,” writes The Washington Post, “isn’t going to do much good after the car has rolled” or if temperatures drop below freezing.

Tanya cites numerous cases in and around her home turf — rural Montana — where drivers were stranded for hours and, even, days, with temperatures dropping and blankets being out of reach or, simply, ineffective. It’s scary, but it’s a reality for many families run off the road in out of the way places.

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The solution?

Ditch the blankets – and the dangerous, traditional, puffy coats. Buckle Me Baby Coats go on in the house, then stay on in the car – easy. Simply pop your child into the car seat and secure the harness like you always do. Because of the ingenious design MADE for the car seat, your child will be strapped in safely, warmer, and  _bonus_ you’re in the car and on your way in a blink. 

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Check out our complete collection of car seat friendly coats HERE.