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#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.


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



#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!

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