(cross posted in life with a babe)
I've never flown with my son before and we'll be making our first trip right around his 1 yr birthday. It'll be a 3.5 hr trip on Southwest, and I'll be by myself with him.
I'm trying to decide whether I want to pay the $200+ for an extra seat for him and mess with carrying the carseat around, when I'm not sure he'll sit in it. The flight is in the afternoon, so I'm hopeful that he'll sleep through some of it, but I doubt he'll sleep 3.5 hrs.
We're definitely bringing the carseat bc we'll need it at our destination...I'm just trying to decide if it'll be worth it to get the extra seat and use it on the flight. (We are not getting an extra seat on the way home - I won't be by myself so we'll play pass the baby)
Any thoughts? We have a Britax Roundabout, so it's pretty big. Any rec's on car seat bags that would help carry it in the airport and/or protect it if we check it? It has a backpack option, I think, but I was planning on wearing DS on my front in the Ergo and have a backpack as a diaperbag/carryon.
DS is a pretty active little guy...I expect him to be walking by then. I don't know how excited he'll be to stay on my lap the whole time if he's awake...but then again he's not a fan of hanging out in his carseat for long periods of time while he's awake too.
Thanks for the feedback and tips!