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    Great! Thanks Andrea!

    We are flying Jet Blue and have pretty much decided to take the collapsable umbrella stroller. It's just so much lighter and portable and we sprung for the more cushy version so Dylan will be nice and comfy cruising around the island. He did great in it in Boston over the weekend.
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    We have been going to Aruba for about 10 years and we took our 5 month old to Aruba in October last year. We took him in the stroller that was part of the travel system. I'm glad we did...It became his high chair, play pen and a great way to carry other things to the beach. We thought about bringing the umbrella stroller but it doesn't lay flat for naps. This year we researched about 15 light weight strollers and looked at things like weight, ease of folding, sun shade, venting, ability to lay flat, and after all that we decided to use the same stroller as last year. We also fly Jetblue every year and I found that the flight crew is very accomodating. You can bring a car seat and a stroller right up to the jetway and they are gate checked for free (these items fall in to the medically necessay department and do not count toward baggage). Make sure your child get's his/her first set of pilots wings from the flight attendant - again, they were very helpful on the flight. I would absolutely rent a car. I have had the best luck with Econo. They are right at the airport and I have never had a problem with their service. Since you are bringing a car seat you will not need to rent one but in the future it is only $1 per day for the car seat. http://www.econoaruba.com/home.do their cars start at $145 per week and up. There are taxes and an airport service fee but you will pay those with any company located directly at the airport. The rules of the road in Aruba are very similar to ours although the signage is a little different but easy to get used to. http://www.visitaruba.com/getting-ar...les-and-signs/ Gas is roughly $5.26 per gallon but it is sold in liters. It is still better to have your own freedom than being bound by a bus or taxi schedule. Good Luck and have fun

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    This is the stroller we are thinking of taking...

    http://www.chiccousa.com/gear/stroll...eway-surf.aspx

    It does fully recline, thankfully, and while it didn't fit under our seats at Fenway Park, it did fit fine on the ground in front of us.

    Thank you so much NUMBAH1DAD for your advice!! Especially regarding Jet Blue and getting the baby's wings! So cute! That eases my mind about how the crew reacts/treats children on the flight. Plus, I was wondering how much it did cost to rent a car seat...I had no CLUE it was so cheap. My husband said that the car seat can be used without the base and attaches via the seat belt so we dont' have to travel with that. Is that what you did?

    I think if Dylan was the age he is now or even younger when we go, I would definately take the travel system, but it will be SUPER hard for me to even think about picking him up in the carrier at that point as it's already hard for me to carry him at 7 months and probably over 16lbs. I really appreciate your advice and am thankful you shared your experiences.
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    That is exactly what we did the first year. We attached the infant carrier to the stroller through the airport and then used the infant carrier as his car seat in the rental in Aruba. We leave in 38 days and he will be 18 months by then but is already 27 pounds now. His infant carrier has been in the attic for a few months now. I saw a Toddler Car Seat sytem that attaches a Toddler Car Seat to your rolling luggage to get him, the car seat and your rolling carry on through the airport. http://www.amazon.com/Traveling-Todd...4208045&sr=8-1

    Not sure if i'm going to try it. I've seen them used in airports but my little porker might weigh too much. Good luck and have a blast. Let me know if you find anything for kids to do. I.E. Parks, Playgrounds, Etc.. We are trying to find day trips that our son can enjoy.

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    That looks like it may work well. I am sure your son will love it too! He'll feel like a big boy riding with the suitcases.

    Going to a place like Aruba with a child never entered into our minds until we got pregnant last year. Now our vision of the island has changed. We talk about how the way we usually do things such as late night dinners and happy hour will be affected. But then I try to real my husband back in and talk about swimming with our son and playing on the beach and just showing him our favorite place to be. I am sure you guys will have a great time, it will have it's challenges, but the memories will be priceless!

    Let us know how it goes and if I think of anything fun for you guys to do, I will CERTAINLY pass it along.
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    FYI - When my now 3-year old was 10 months old, we brought the big stroller (the one that the car seat snaps into) and it was such a pain in the neck during security checks. The wheelbase was too wide to fit through the x-ray machine so a security person needed to manually check the stroller each time we went through screening. We got wiser in the following years. I bought an inexpensive Cosco stroller at Walmart that has a small underneath space as well as a small canopy. DD still using it and it makes security screening alot less stressful. JMHO

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    Lewny1, thank you for your input!

    I personally used the umbrella stroller for the first time this weekend, my husband had been the one to open & close and haul into the trunk before, and it was SO much easier than the travel system stroller. Right now, my son hates to be strapped into anything since he is crawling everywhere and doesn't like to be restricted. I sure hope that passes!!!
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    We have been traveling to Aruba with our two kids for a while now and have always used the Chicco stroller that you have. It's perfect for the trip. It's light, folds well, has the shade cover. Does it have a strap? I sometimes would throw it over my shoulder too when boarding so I wouldn't have to deal with taking the kids out of it at the plane's entrance. When the kids were younger, I would have my husband board first with the car seat to get it all set up and bags put away and then I would board with the kids at the very end so that they weren't couped up in their seats while everyone else was boarding, etc. The less time on the plane, the better. JetBlue is perfect to fly with the kids because of the tv screens in the seats. Enjoy your trip!

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    Yes, it does have the strap. I think it was worth the money.

    That is a really good idea to have my husband board first to get things set up, I hadn't thought of that! The only bad thing about the tv's is that you do lose it about an hour into the trip, it doesn't pick up the satelite so I am going to make damn sure I have a portable DVD play and PRAY we can use it during flight!

    I love hearing everyones experiences and advice... I sure am learning as I go!
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