Family Travel Question:
Q | Do taxis in Mexico have seatbelts?
We are traveling to Mexico next week with 6 month old and need to take taxis to travel. What should we do about a car seat? I have read many taxis don't have proper seatbelts. Help! -Arika, CA
A | Car seats in taxi cabs in Mexico
You don’t specify where in Mexico you are going, but in recent years I’ve been to both the Riviera Maya and Zihuatanejo and all the (licensed) taxis are new(ish) with working seat belts in the back seat. Local laws don’t actually require you to use a car seat in the back of a cab, but if you’ve driven in Mexico, you know you want that seat!
If your baby is only six months, chances are you are still using the infant carrier car seat, or as I call them, buckets. This is a very convenient way to travel with baby as you need only bring along a snap & go or your stroller frame if you have an adapter and hopefully baby is happy to stay put.
When we traveled to Mexico with our daughter, she was in the larger convertible car seat by that point. As we were just doing day trips, we had our resort staff hook us up with an English speaking driver, who picked us up, dropped us off, and then picked us up again at a specified time and place. This allowed us to enjoy wandering around without lugging the seat with us.
Make sure your infant carrier car seat can be installed without the base, and bring along a baby carrier to give baby a break from the seat and a change of scenery when you’re walking around.
Have a great trip!