Originally Posted by Eclipsepearl
Please never have your baby in a carrier for take-off and landing. There is only a lap belt on the plane and your body weighs more than your baby's. On forward impact, the baby wouldn't stand a chance.
Even if a F/A doesn't see you, you are still putting your baby at great risk by doing this. You don't even have to remove the baby from the carrier. Just somehow detach it from yourself. I used to unhook carriers from behind passenger's backs before take-off and landing. The baby could stay in the carrier-as long as it wasn't attached to the parents' body. This is why "belly belts" are banned on U.S. and Canadian companies.
During the "cruise portion" of your flight, you can wear your carrier as you wish since there is no risk of forward impact and turbulence is the threat. At the point, the baby is safer in the carrier.
I wasn't trying to suggest being sneaky. I've only flown with my daughter for 4 trips (8 times) in the past year. Flight attendants have seen her in the wrap and no one has told me she shouldn't be in there.
My thoughts on safety were this: If there was a crash or impact I doubt there would be much chance of survival of a lap baby (no wrap) either (i'm thinking the speed of a plane taking off or landing is much faster than a car and a baby just help in a car would have little chance of survival from a front impact). I figured since the statistics say that most injuries on a plane occur due to turbulence that really the scary part would be mid air. If I brought a carseat with me on the plane I'd probably have her out of it in mid air because my DD howls bloody murder in carseats. I was just kinda trusting in the low incidences of plane accidents, as opposed to bus accidents (which we use regularly with 0 seat belts, because there are none)
Eclipse, it sounds like you've done a lot of research on the subject. Can you direct me to the studies, or websites, or whatnot that I need to be reading? I'm happy to be schooled in this. TYVMIA!
Oh also the flight attendants said they had to put me next to an empty seat because there had to be an oxygen mask available for the baby.Not sure if this an airline rule or not but it happened each time I was seated somewhere else.