Jump to content

Car seats for -6 mnth old in taxis
NYC and Chcago


  • Please log in to reply
19 replies to this topic

#1 minidiamond

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:20 AM

Anyone had experience of taking cabs in the US with a LO?
We'll be in NYC and chicago and in the past always used cabs as they're much more convenient and comfy in the cold -but not sure what to do about a car seat. DS will only be 5 months, we are thinking we'll buy one there for times on the holiday where we have a rental car- but we won't have a car in the cities.
I'm wondering about time/hassle of installing an infant seat

#2 belindarama

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:06 AM

I don't know about Chicago but we lived in NY and I can't see many cab drivers there being enthusiastic about picking you with an infant and a car seat.

Why wouldn't you take the subway, when are you going?

We hardly ever took cabs. The subway is cheap and pretty convenient. There are stations everywhere, the trains are frequent and is quite safe.




#3 Drowninginferal

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:22 AM

OP said they want to catch cabs because of the cold. If they are going in winter, that's a fair enough reason. NYC and Chicago are freezing in winter. Literally.

#4 minidiamond

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:24 AM

TSM is right - we've been to NYC many times and I lived in the north east, so used the subway alot - but would really prefer not to have to potentially slosh through snow or have bubs in and out of freezing weather. It's  our first time with bubs so a whole new world ! So really not sure what to do...

But you're right belindadrama the hassle/impatience issue is our concern ! Also the JFK trip to consider - public transport is great but add suitcases a baby a stroller a carseat etc and it becomes less convenient !

Edited by Liltuss, 14 November 2012 - 08:26 AM.


#5 Madnesscraves

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:29 AM

I would just not bother with the car seat to be honest. Use a baby carrier as much as possible and get the quicksmart stroller so it's not bulky and can be used as carry on luggage. when you're using a rental car, I am sure the car rental places will let you rent a seat they'll have in stock.


#6 minidiamond

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:43 AM

QUOTE (Madnesscraves @ 14/11/2012, 09:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would just not bother with the car seat to be honest. Use a baby carrier as much as possible and get the quicksmart stroller so it's not bulky and can be used as carry on luggage. when you're using a rental car, I am sure the car rental places will let you rent a seat they'll have in stock.

The car rental seats are $25 p/day or more so with 2 weeks car rental, I was trying to save ourselves a bit of money.  Much more economical to buy one (we have an address that we can have one waiting at our first destination).

The other thing is just the safety factor but I suppose I'll have to weigh up all those issues ....

#7 Ice Queen

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:26 AM

Flame me down but when travelling and carseats are just too hard I just leave bubs in the Ergo, sit in the backseat and hold him tight.

#8 baddmammajamma

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:45 AM

We used to live in NYC, and the public transport is great.

If you are really keen to have some car seat options, though, including the long ride back to the airport at the end of your trip or for any ventures outside the city:

Go to amazon.com:

Buy a Graco Snug Ride or similar capsure (you will find that many capsules in the U.S. can be secured via seatbelt only if need be). Buy a "universal stroller base" and voila -- you have a lightweight pram.

http://www.amazon.com/Graco-SnugRide-Infan...graco+snug+ride






There are other brands out there (e.g. Jeep, Kolcraft -- just search "universal stroller base" on amazon or other U.S. based stores), including combos that are less expensive than Graco.





This is light enough to use on the subway as well. The great thing about this set up is that if you are, say, out at dinner and your baby falls asleep, you can leave him sleeping in his capsule. Plus, the storage underneath is fab!

We used our Graco capsule + Kolcraft base so, so much when our daughter was young -- both in NYC & then when we moved to Singapore.

Have a great trip!

Edited by baddmammajamma, 14 November 2012 - 09:51 AM.


#9 rob6712col

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:51 AM

Another one here who would not bother with a car seat in taxi's. Actually in NYC it is legal to hold a child on your lap up the the age of 7 in taxi's.  We just got back from NYC and were there during Hurricane Sandy so there was no subway for a few days and had to use taxi's with kids. No prob at all.


#10 IsolaBella

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:52 AM

DO NOT WEAR A SLING WITH BUBS or Hold Them.

http://www.thecarseatlady.com/taxis/using_taxis_3.html



#11 baddmammajamma

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:53 AM

QUOTE (rob6712col @ 14/11/2012, 10:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Actually in NYC it is legal to hold a child on your lap up the the age of 7 in taxi's.


Legal doesn't equal safe. I love NYC, but there is no way I would get into a cab with a young infant in my arms. There are some very aggressive city drivers there -- accidents happen all of the time.

#12 baddmammajamma

Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:53 AM

Weird double post thing.

But since I'm here again, please read IsolaBella's link.

Hope you have a wonderful & safe trip!

Edited by baddmammajamma, 14 November 2012 - 09:55 AM.


#13 Pop-to-the-shops

Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:03 AM

A lot of us capsules and seats are designed to be used with just a seat belt, so as BMj says they are pretty Versatile and easy to install.

#14 Ice Queen

Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:27 AM

OP, another option for the longer airport trips is a private car to pick you up with a car seat booked.  There are plenty of car companies in NYC (when I worked as a PA in London I booked private cars for my bosses NYC trips all the time) and I am sure you can find one by googling.  They will obviously be more expensive than a cab but probably worth it for a longer trip.  Also bubs could have a sleep if grumpy!

#15 minidiamond

Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

Thanks I figured there would be varied opinions !! There's an airport service - $130 for JFK ! Doesn't really solve our yellow cab dilemma but Ill check out the graco

#16 Ice Queen

Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:45 PM

QUOTE (Liltuss @ 14/11/2012, 12:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks I figured there would be varied opinions !! There's an airport service - $130 for JFK ! Doesn't really solve our yellow cab dilemma but Ill check out the graco


I know it only solves the airport issue but that is the longest trip at the highest speed.  You may not even need to catch cabs within the city or only 1 or 2.  NYC being the city that never sleeps, if you find that you cant cope without a seat well you can pick one up pretty easily within a day or 2 of getting there.  You could kind of play that bit by ear.  Do the reasearch online now to work out an easy one at a good pricepoint and where to buy it and then stop worrying about it until you get there and find out if it is an issue.

PS I am very jealous, I LOVE NYC!  Have fun and do lots of shopping for me.

#17 Gembac8019

Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:59 PM

I'd just buy one over there. much much cheaper than hiring one.

#18 minidiamond

Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:34 PM

We are planning to buy one and pick it up when we first land, have been researching that and then the NY thing came into my head (we're renting a car before we get to NYC for 10 days through other parts of our itinerary but dumping it in Manhattan).  So we'll have a seat anyway, it's about trying to get it sorted in a cab for any trips in Manhattan.  I'm thinking now if we get our hotel to call us a cab for the city-JFK trip, they'll be a bit more willing/happy to strap in the car seat.



#19 hunter4

Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:55 AM

If you want to take the carseat capsule in the taxi generally that is fine - but just be aware that 1.  you will need to install it - they will not do it for you so make sure you know what you're doing (if you've had it for 10 days before hand you should have plently of time to figure it out).  and 2. they will have the meter running whilst you're installing the seat so it will cost you a bit more.

But otherwise you shouldn't have too many problems installing the seat with a standard seat belt (if the car doesn't have the latch attachments).  Good luck - have fun

#20 Jeyamoo

Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:07 AM

Just agreeing with PP's who have already said that it is very dangerous to have a baby unsecured on your lap in a taxi but even MORE dangerous to have them strapped to you in a carrier.

Take a capsule and pram combo as PP suggested. I have used a maxi cosi cabriofix overseas (European model) which secures with just a seatbelt. If you practice lots you can get it in very quickly even with the Meter running, plus it's great for when baby falls asleep no need to wake them as you hop in and out of taxis. Many also come with rain covers and snugs so baby will feel nice and protected on their first big adventure into the wider world!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN a $500 Visa debit card

Are you a parent? Simply take our survey for your chance to win a $500 pre-paid VISA debit card.

Breastfeeding doesn't make you a better mum - feeding your baby does

Given my immense dislike of Hopkins and her opinions, I was genuinely shocked to discover that last week she actually said something that I agreed with.

'Toni, another baby has died': the anguish of watching governments fail our babies

It has been six years since whooping cough claimed the life of four-week-old Dana McCaffery. Her parents are angry that lessons learnt weren't enough to save other babies.

Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

A study of 3500 infants has found that babies who are breastfed grow up to be more intelligent and wealthy.

The 2015 flu vaccine: what's new, who should get it

For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death. A vaccination can be lifesaving.

Dealing with a nappy escape artist

I hear about the tots that have a penchant for ripping their nappies off and the odd one that even smears the brown stuff on the walls and fine home furnishings, and I shudder.

Hospital apologises for 'traumatising' baby mix-up

St Vincent's Hospital has apologised "unreservedly" for a baby mix-up that left one new mum traumatised.

Tips for flying with a baby

Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

How to stay calm in an emergency

I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.

Grieving families give warnings after toddler deaths

Two Queensland families are grieving the loss of their toddler sons after the boys drowned in separate incidents last week.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy kicks

'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.

How to babyproof your job interview

Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

The most dangerous toddler food trends

Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.

Infection killed new mum of twins

Modern medicine could not save 19-year-old Sophie Burgess who died 48 hours after giving birth to twins in the UK.

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Sign up now!

30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.