Ok....I just got home from a 11 hour flight last night with my five month old. ouch.
I highly recommend bringing the car seat, snugride, on the plane if you can....find out if they will do a discounted seat. I know that Southwest does this.
I vowed to myself that I would never fly with my son again without his own seat for several reasons....
one...You will really appreciate having somewhere to sit your babe, even just for a second
two...safety. I couldn't help but think if there was an emergency...god forbide, I would be at a serious disadvantage to help myself and my precious boy. With a squirmy baby in your lap in those narrow seats it's really tricky to manouver...I can't imagine being in some sort of emergency...like maybe a change in pressure and needing to do oxygen masks.
three....it's nice to have the extra space to yourself with a squirmy baby
That said, I can't imagine that airlines would be so flexible to let parents fly with lap childs if the risk of injury by turbulance was that high. I have never seen anything about this in the news so if anyone can post articles about this I would appreciate it.
Have a nice flight.....