My dh thinks we should buy dd her own seat rather than sit on my lap because she will be safer that way. Maybe this is true. I'm not really sure. It seems like every toddler I've ever seen on a plane was in a lap. And my thinking is that if anything happens those lap belts aren't going to be much help anyway...
I am trying to imagine getting dd down to the gate in a stroller with me also carrying her car seat and diaper bag. How have other momma's handled this? I called the airline and they were no help!
A friend of mine told me that they tried to bring their baby's car seat onto a plane and it didn't fit in the seat. So even though they had paid for their daughter to have a seat, she ended up in a lap.
Thoughts? Ideas? Experiences?
I strongly enourage you to get a seat for your child.
Mom to two boys, 7 and 10. Expecting 3rd boy any day now with DH (his first).
last time we flew the lady in front of us was flying alone with two small toddlers. I felt really bad for her.
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My experience has been that there is always someone willing to help you with bags, getting settled, whatever. Most travelers, contrary to popular belief, can empathize with your situation and will offer to help. But I do agree that sky caps and bellmen are key and you should have tips in your pocket just in case. That being said, travel light light LIGHT! I check everything I can and take the minimum on the plane. Being a very frequent traveler before DS came along, checking baggage was the hardest thing to come to terms with. But it is absolutely necessary. I travel with a laptop, in addition to the baby stuff, so I a rolling laptop/overnight case for all of it. Get some toys that she's never seen before (that won't hurt others when they are thrown : ) to surprise her with on the plane. And, if it's a long flight, be prepared to get up and walk around. Larger planes are good for that, too, because they usually have large galleys (with lots of interested flight attendants ) to hang out in.
And speaking of light - I never travel with the stroller. I always carry DS in his Baby Bjorn, sling, or a light backpack. It's great at the airport and handy at the destination. I figure if the stroller becomes necessary, I can buy the cheapie ones at Target when I get to the destination. It hasn't yet, and for me, it just adds unnecesary bulk.
Well, this is longer than I intended, but just thought I would share my experiences. I've had some flights that went so smoothly you would have thought that I had drugged DS. Then, there have been one or two flights from hell. In the end, it's the luck of the draw. Whatever happens, just know that all flights will eventually end and you'll have a great time once you get to where you're going!
Get an extra seat, and make sure that your car seat is FAA approved.
See if you can strap your car seat to your stroller. I was able to get my Alpha-Omega (without the base) secured on my umbrella stroller!! I practiced and was able to do it quickly and with one tie-down!!
Bring a small empty bag. I had everything crammed into the diaper bag, and it was hard to get it packed back up when we landed, so I pulled out an empty plastic grocery bag to stash the remaining stuff in.
Many airplanes do not have diaper changing areas. Bring a pad, some disposable gloves, and some plastic bags for messy diapers. Try to fly with a fresh diaper, and change in the airport.
Bring lots of snacks, board books, and a magnadoodle. And be prepared to not have much down time to read a book or anything. I used to love flying because I could read novels but not anymore!!