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How to Ride in a Taxi With a Baby

Updated April 17, 2017

If you're a new parent and are travelling to a big city with your baby, you may find yourself needing to take a taxi. Taxis are a convenient way to travel when you don't have a car, or when you're unfamiliar with the city's streets, or when you don't want to pay to park. If you plan to ride in a cab with your baby you will need a way to secure her. You can always bring her car seat with you, but if it's bulky and heavy you have a few different options.

Call ahead for a taxi and ask for a driver who has a baby's car seat. Some taxi drivers keep car seats in the cab in case a parent needs one. This way, you won't have to bring yours.

Invest in a secure baby sling. These are light in weight, and they keep your baby firmly attached to you. Using a sling is much safer than holding your baby in your lap. A baby sling is always good to keep with you when you're travelling, in case you must take a taxi that doesn't have a car seat.

Invest in a stroller/baby seat combo. These can come in handy. You can roll your baby along in the stroller, and when you need a taxi, you can detach the seat of the stroller to use as a car seat and simply fold up the stroller's base. They're also convenient because you don't have to plan for a cab with a car seat or worry if the cab has a car seat or not.

Bring your car seat with you. When in doubt, your child's safety comes first. If you don't have or can't afford a stroller/car seat combo or a baby sling, you should bring your car seat on the trip.

Warning

Not securing your baby in a taxi could cause injury to the baby.

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Marianne Luke has been writing professionally since 2005. She has experience writing instruction manuals, research, fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and she also reviews Orlando local music for "Orange Ave Lab" magazine. Luke earned a Bachelor of Arts in technical communications and creative writing from the University of Central Florida in 2010.