Originally Posted by Cecilia's Mama
The guy at security looked at him in awe and said, totally seriously (he'd clearly never seen a Boppy before), "that's the biggest neck pillow I've ever seen!"
Okay, now that
As for travel tips:
We called the airline in advance and booked the very front row; there's way more room and it's easier to get on and off the plane (plus it's close to the toilet for dipe changes). You can also book a bassinet for baby sleep. There was so much room on the floor in front of the seats, that we could put down our little quilt and let the baby "crawl" and play on the floor. Really helped kill some time. It was also nice to have our floor quilt at our hotel apartment and we even brought it to dinner (at the hotel, not in a public restaurant) and sat in a corner and were able to spread it out so DS could play on the floor while we ate.
We checked our car seat with the luggage, free of charge. It was used in the taxi from our house to and from the airport, as well as in our rental car. We used the baby carrier in the airport ~one of the women working security actually asked me which one it was as she wasn't satisfied with the one she was using with her baby and was looking for a new one!
Also, DS got his own suitcase and I definitely needed it ~I still ended up doing laundry in the hotel sink, but I wanted to make sure to have enough of everything, plus all his sleep and diapering gear (baby monitor, changing pad, etc) We were flying within Europe, but even though DS didn't get his own seat, we were allowed to bring an extra suitcase for him.
Which reminds me, the only disadvantage of booking a separate seat for your baby and then using the car seat is that by law the baby then has to be in the seat at take-off and landing and that will probably hurt his/her ears. It helps a lot to be nursing at take-off and landing to avoid that (the sucking helps). DS did have a very brief crying spell (maybe 15 seconds) on the way down on the flight home, I think due to the pressure in his ears, but I just kept encouraging him to suck and it helped. Can't do that if your baby's in the seat next to you! They did give me a little seat belt to strap him to my seat belt, but the car seat in its own seat is definitely safer!