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    Question Which stroller to bring???

    For all you parents that have flown with children...

    we are trying to decide if we should take the stroller that is part of our travel system or just a fold up umbrella stroller. My son will be 1 yr old and we are bringing his car seat because he will have his own seat on the plane, plus we do rent a vehicle for our stay.

    Also, how does that work when checking bags and such?


    Any advice is very much appreciated.
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    they let you bring the stroller right up thru the jetway.
    at that point it is taken from you, you are given a receipt and pick it up at arrival destination.

    i am not sure if it counts as checked luggage or carry on or what.
    i am not sure if the airlines that charge for checked luggage , charge for a stroller.

    we saw a family with one of those large jogging kind of strollers do exactly as i described. they got a receipt for their stroller on the jetway and picked it up in aruba, right there on the jetway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctfirewife-mjn109 View Post
    For all you parents that have flown with children...

    we are trying to decide if we should take the stroller that is part of our travel system or just a fold up umbrella stroller. My son will be 1 yr old and we are bringing his car seat because he will have his own seat on the plane, plus we do rent a vehicle for our stay.

    Also, how does that work when checking bags and such?

    Any advice is very much appreciated.
    I've done that before and I found it easier just to bring an umbrella stroller. The smaller the better imo. (now if you were going to Disney I'd say bring a carriage where the baby can recline, but for Aruba less is better) Andrea is right...you can stroll him right up to the airplane door and they will take the stroller from you, store it and it will be waiting for you in the exact same place when you get to Aruba. It does not count as a carry-on or checked luggage. My youngest is 7 now but if I remember correctly the carseat needs to go next to the window for safety reasons. Good luck!!

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    When my daughter was 11 months, we brought her car seat for the plane and our jogging stroller. It was perfect because you bring the stroller right up to the point where you board the plane, and then when you land, it's waiting for you. It doesn't count as checked baggage. I would suggest bringing a jogging stroller if you have one and here's why--at the time our daughter was still taking 2 naps a day. When it was time for her nap, we would simply walk her up and down the beach. She would easily fall asleep and we would then park the stroller under our palapa and have a good 2 hours to relax each time. It was perfect!

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    If you have a stroller that can go onto the beach (as mentioned above), then bring it. Otherwise stick with the umbrella stroller. We use our Maclaren when we travel. Lightweight, easy to fold and it has a carry strap.
    Looking forward to my Aruba trip:

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    Thank you all so much!!!!

    I think this winter will be a test of which stroller is best suited for the beach as in we have so much snow here we'll see which one can plow through it!

    We do have a jogging type stroller and like it, but it is a bit cumbersome. We are taking our son to Fenway Park in Boston this weekend and will be using the umbrella stroller for the first time so we'll see how it convenient it is or isn't.
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    We do have a jogging type stroller and like it, but it is a bit cumbersome.
    That seems to be the most popular type to bring. Some of the ones I've seen lately are larger than my first apartment and require four trained mechanics to disassemble for storage and reassemble for use.

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    Make sure you get the receipt. AA lost my godson's stroller 4 years ago. He was 11 months old. At that time it was difficult to find a stroller on the island and they were expensive. AA never did find the stroller. A claim was filed when they returned home.

    Will you be at the Friday night Red Sox game? If so, enjoy! I am going back to the states to go to the game. Haven't been to a game in a few years, so looking forward to it. Weather is supposed to be good.

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    Chadd, tell me about it!!!! I once had a bit of a temper tantrum at the mall trying to open the jogging stroller while my son wailed in the back seat. Needless to say, we just went home

    Sugar, Yikes! What a pain in the butt!! That hadn't even crossed my mind yet. I will make sure to get a receipt.


    We actually went to the Futures at Fenway game on Saturday, it was alot of fun. I hope you had a good time on Friday. I can't stay up late enough to watch the games anymore. As soon as the baby is asleep, so am I!
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    American Airlines
    New Requirements for Large or Non-collapsible Strollers
    Effective June 1, 2011, all strollers that are large, non-collapsible or over 20 lbs must be checked at the ticket counter.

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