Questions regarding air travel with a toddler....
We are going on a big family vacation on an Alaskan cruise next week and we are taking our 2 yo daughter. We live on the east coast so we have about a 6 hour flight to Seattle. I have flown with my daughter a few times, but only one time with her having her own seat. The last time we flew she had her own seat and we took her Graco MyRide 65 car seat. We were in first class sized seats so the car seat fit with no problem. I am planning to use it again, but I am wondering if it will be in a coach seat. We are 3 in a row and my husband and I will be on either side of her so it will only be us getting cramped, but I am just wondering if it will logistically fit in the space. Has anyone had any experience with this?
Also, we are thinking of getting one of those travel carts for the car seat. We have connection in DC and it is only an hour, so we need to get through the airport as quickly as possible. Does anyone have a good recommendation for one of those carts?
Final question - I am trying to decide if I should take the larger stroller that came with her travel system or if I should take the smaller lightweight stroller. I like the larger stroller b/c it has space for storage underneath and she seems more comfortable in it. It is the Graco brand and actually collapses really easily - I once collapsed it and set it on the security belt all with one hand while holding my toddler in the other arm. The advantages to the lightweight stroller is it is much smaller so it will take up less room travelling from the airport to the hotel/hotel to cruise ship and on a trolley city tour we are doing. Our lightweight stroller doesn't have any storage areas and is of a slightly high quality than a regular umbrella stroller.
Any advice on the above as well as any other advice would be appreciated!