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