My 3yo, (ok, almost-- she will be in Dec.) my DH and I are flying a short 2 hour trip on Jetblue in a week. I'm a ball of nerves. I don't like flying much but when I do, I have been VERY happy with Jetblue and wont go on any other plane! Luckily, I get to use them again.
We weren't going to bring her carseat on the plane but now have decided we'd better do so. I've read it's safer and it will even be a comfort for the child in that they are in the seat they are used to sitting in. Our seats are assigned but our toddlers' is not, I was hoping to be able to sit her on my lap-- no such luck because of her age. But I was told the flight attendants/airport would easily get our seats all together and to not worry.
So long story short-- I told her I'd be nursing her on the plane. And now, I can nurse yes, but only after takeoff landing from what I'm reading. She has to be buckled in the seat. I'm a bit worried as to the logistics to that. She is not the happiest child in a car and does NOT and I mean NEVER falls asleep or naps in her seat. She will hold out till I can nurse/rock her-- she's always been this way. Do I have husband get the carseat on board and then board with her a the latest possible time? Since I can't nurse, I've bought some snacks she loves and yes, you guessed it: lollipops/jellybeans. I don't like using sugar but by golly, it works in these kinds of situations.
Ladies can you help me get a clear picture? How does boarding work? How to easily lug around the darn carseat, should I buy a luggage cart? Should I also get the toddler her own little carry-on or just do a backpack? Do I need to alert the check out desk that we NEED all seats together and will even upgrade if necessary?
I will be bringing my ring sling, new toys I bought at Target and snacks, a copy of her birth cert. Thanks in advance!