Every couple of months with my son, I have to adjust my game plan. I am constantly reassessing his footwear, nighttime diapers, mode of transportation to the park (stroller, walking or carrier?), whether or not we can eat out with him this week or this month or ever again. This is especially the case when it comes to travel. Every flight we take requires a brand new plan of attack. Harrison and I were heading down to Florida on a three hour flight, alone. Originally, we booked one ticket and he was going to be a lap child. Harrison is 21 months and way to big (and wild) to sit on his mama’s lap. I was able to convince my husband that a seat was necessary and then the real planning began.
I had to get through the airport with a toddler, a convertible car seat, and a carry-on bag full of snacks, toys, diapers, all the basic toddler paraphernalia. I decided the only way this was going to happen is with a car seat travel cart. They are similar to a snap and go for a convertible car seat. I went to my local Buy Buy Baby and they only had one version, which was the Britax Car Seat Travel Cart. We have the Britax Blouvard 70 CS so I took this as a sign that it was meant to be.
How it works:
The Britax Travel Cart uses the car seat latch connectors to secure the car seat to the cart. All you have to do is attach the two lower LATCH connectors and the VERSA tether (the anchor located behind the head rest). There is no assembly required. The cart simply folds open and it’s ready to use. It’s a steal frame which makes it a little heavy but very secure. The handle is telescopic and can be adjusted to two heights. The cart is very small and easily fits in the overhead space or underneath the seat in front of you.
I was SHOCKED at how secure the car seat felt on the cart just by using the two latches. I was worried that my solo mama strength would not be able to tighten the straps enough but I barely had to do a thing. It could not have been easier! It really helped that the frame was steal and sturdy. I am not sure if other car seat brands would fit as well, I suggest giving it a test run first, but our Britax car seat was a great fit! The car seat never felt like it was going to slide off the cart or tip over.
Pushing/pulling the car seat was a little awkward. It runs exactly like a rolling suit case does with two rear wheels. Harrison ended up having to recline a bit, which he seemed a little shocked by at first, but then seemed to enjoy. It also took some effort to get the cart going (25 lb. of Harrison plus the weight of the car seat) but then the ride was very smooth. There are four wheel travel carts, however they are almost twice the cost of the Britax Travel Cart.
Our plane was on the smaller side but the cart fit in the aisle & Harrison was pulled all the way to our seat. I asked to board early so I could install the car seat and they were nice enough to accommodate. When disembarking, it took some maneuvering (and time) to get the car seat back on the cart in the small airplane, but we managed!
I was really happy with how the Britax Travel Cart worked out! It made traveling with Harrison’s convertible seat much easier and smoother. The Britax Travel Cart is very easy to use, sturdy, and my Britax convertible seat fit securely on the cart. It’s not easy to travel with a convertible car seat, but now that Harrison is approaching his second birthday I imagine many more flights with ours. I am extremely happy with our purchase and I know we will be getting a lot of use out of our Britax Travel Cart.