However, your child will not stay in this Graco until their 2nd birthday; they will move into a convertible seat typically by 9-18 months of age. A convertible seat is a seat that starts out rear-facing and then later converts to forward facing. When you are getting ready to buy the convertible seat, email us and we’ll have a phone consultation to discuss which convertible will be best and then meet to install it together.
If you will be traveling outside the US, make sure the airline allows the use of a car seat–and a car seat that faces the direction that is appropriate for your child’s age & weight–BEFORE you buy your tickets. Many foreign carriers unfortunately do not permit the use of car seats on board the airplane.
If you have bought the child a ticket and are traveling on a US based airline, the child is entitled to use their car seat during all parts of the flight – whenever you can be in your seat, the child can be in their seat.
The child must sit next to the window as they can not block an adult’s exit toward the aisle. Some airlines allow the car seat to be placed in the center of the center row of seats (a configuration typically found on very large aircraft for long-haul flights). Always check with the airline before choosing your seats.
To install the Graco on the plane (see video above) the lap belt goes through the lap belt guides, you’ll buckle the seat belt on top of the child’s leg area and pull the tail of the seat belt to get the seat belt tight. The Pipa always goes rear-facing – in a car, on a stroller, on a plane. The installation on a plane is super easy – it shouldn’t take you more than 5 seconds. If your baby figures out how to unbuckle the seat belt, flip the buckle upside down and you’ll have stumped the baby!
Note the “FAA sticker” on the side of the car seat that states, in red, that “this car seat is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.” The flight crew may ask to see this label to make sure the car seat is approved.