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hypothetical question - car vs. airplane lap baby

post #1 of 72
Thread Starter 
Okay- this is a hypothetical. I volunteer with an organization for which I need to travel once or twice a year. For a lot of reasons, the family is a package deal and we all go.

That said, prices of airfare are skyrocketing. And we don't live close to any of the places we need to go.

SO- if you were going on the trip, no matter what, and your choices were driving (let's say 15-18 hours in the car) or flying with a lap baby, what would you choose and why?

Statistically, I realize that flying with a seat for everyone is safest. Statistically, NEXT safest would be flying with a lap baby. Then driving (with everyone properly restrained of course) would be the least safe.

All other factors aside.... (the hassle of a long car-trip with kids etc)

JUST safety-wise- which would you choose? Long car trip? Or infant/toddler lap child on an airplane?

-Angela
post #2 of 72
Well considering my dd is not a fan of the car and I'd rather do just about anything other than take a long drive with her, I'd go for the plane with the lap baby.
post #3 of 72
Lap baby
post #4 of 72
Lap baby.
post #5 of 72
lap baby
post #6 of 72
Lap baby. 15-18 hours sounds torturous with 2 kids! As long as the total time involved in airline travel wasn't close to that, I'd do the airplane.

Unless, it was an easy ride to make a bunch of stops and we could afford to do it the over 2 days and do some sight-seeing on the way to break up the ride.
post #7 of 72
lap baby!
post #8 of 72
Lap baby, as much as it makes me cringe to type that.
post #9 of 72
Would driving 18 hours each way even be any cheaper than the airfare? I can't imagine it would be particularly safe to spend a long time driving with unhappy (driver-distracting) kids in the back.
post #10 of 72
I would do the lap baby as well.

Not that I know the statistics but I'd guess that a short flight (w/out a car seat) is less risky than a long drive (w/car seats, of course).
post #11 of 72
Lap baby.

Been there, done that both ways and flying would be my preference.
post #12 of 72
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
Lap baby, as much as it makes me cringe to type that.
I was hoping you'd weigh in... I hope it doesn't come to that... for baby and money reasons we've not been in what will be 2 years by the next time... and of course this year is the most expensive site to GET to. Sigh. Here's hoping for great airfare deals.

-Angela
post #13 of 72
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Ruthla View Post
Would driving 18 hours each way even be any cheaper than the airfare? I can't imagine it would be particularly safe to spend a long time driving with unhappy (driver-distracting) kids in the back.
WAY cheaper than the airfare Airfare for 4. Right now the best flights are $500+ a head.

-Angela
post #14 of 72
We're flying with DS as a lap child on Wednesday. DP's parents bought us seats with frequent flyer miles, and a separate seat for DS was just not in the cards. It worked out well for them since it's a week before his 2nd birthday.

I know it's not ideal. But there's no way we're going to drive from Toronto to Oklahoma. DP's parents have a Nautilus for us to use while we're there, and I've got a CARES harness for DS should a spare seat happen to be open on the flight.

Really, even though we all know that flying with a lap child isn't the safest option, I think that there are many worse choices people could make as parents.
post #15 of 72
I would drive. I haven't been on an airplane trip when my and DD's flights were on time. Granted, I never had any help and it was just me and her. It was such a hassle. I flew about 6 times from when she was 8 months to 20 months. One time I got stranded at the Denver airport until 3 in the morning. Not fun.

I like the control of driving, but I love road trips. I plan out stops to include parks or fun things for DD to do along the way. She is super good in the car, so it is and easy choice for me.

I probably won't fly again for who knows how long. She is almost 3, no more lap baby. I really can't afford a ticket for me, much less for both of us. Plus the hassle and stress.
post #16 of 72
Thread Starter 
Right now I'm really just analyzing the safety aspect. Flying is faster, but has its own hassles. Driving is cheaper, but has its own hassles.

Just looking at safety....

-Angela
post #17 of 72
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Just looking at safety....
Really and for the most part, it's unlikely that you would get into either a car or a plane accident on your trip. If you get into a car accident, might you get hurt even with everyone restrained - yep. In the case of a plane crash/accident, might your child get hurt as a lap child - yep. In the case of a plane crash/accident, might your child get hurt even with everyone restrained - yep.

You know the stats. Would I fly with a lap child? Not if I could avoid it. But I've done it once before and I'm going to do it again.
post #18 of 72
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
Lap baby, as much as it makes me cringe to type that.
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post #19 of 72
Lap baby. I couldn't even imagine making my kids sit in car seats for 12 hours when they were small.
post #20 of 72
Lap baby. Though I'd try anything I could to get the babe his/her own seat. But if not possible, statistically I'd feel more comfy with a lab baby vs. 15 hours in a car (properly restrained the entire way).
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