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I read the other thread about flying with older children, however, my DD is is only 13 months old. Probably will be about 17 months old when we fly. She can still ride in my lap, but for the purposes of take off/landing and turbulence, I would like for her to be in a seat.<br><br>
So my question is this: if you do use a seat, especially with a child who hates a seat, do you take them out of it when you are safely cruising (seat belt sign off, etc)?<br><br>
There is absolutely no way she would sit in a seat for two, 4 hour flights. But if I could put her in it during take off and turbulence, but let her sit in my lap the rest of the time, that would probably work.<br><br>
So if you do use a seat for children who could still ride in your lap, do you allow them out of the seat at all, or do they have to stay in it the whole time?
 

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I have taken dd out of her seat on most flights she's been on. Mostly because she tends to get hysterical (the noise at take off really freaks her out)<br><br>
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I have flown many times with DS. I never buy a seat, but if there is enough room then I am able to bring my carseat on instead of gate check it. I never keep him in carseat during take off or landing because I nurse him during this time, which helps with the pressure in their ears. The only time he goe sin the carseat is if he falls asleep. Other times it is a handy place to stash my stuff and ensure that no one will want to sit in our row (since we fly southwest - they don't assign seats).
 

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He follows the same rules as we do. If the seat belt light is off, he can get out, if it's on he stays in his carseat.
 

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DD is 2 and I would have let her out if she'd asked, but she was happy to stay in it. Never know, they might surprise you!
 

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We just flew for the first time with DS, 15 mos. We decided that since he knows that in the car, you sit in your car seat all the time, we'd try that approach with the plane too. Once he was strapped in to his carseat, he never once asked to get out. This was 2 2-1/2 hour flights each way.
 

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I'm flying from South Florida to Canada. It's a long day, with two flights at about 4 hours each. She has never been strapped in her seat that long, so I don't think it will go well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">He follows the same rules as we do. If the seat belt light is off, he can get out, if it's on he stays in his carseat.</div>
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Buy a seat, and if the seatbelt light is on, she stays in it. Otherwise, let her out if she wants to.
 

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I only insist that she be buckled when the seat-belt light is on.<br><br>
For us though, most of our flights are short (we fly the same 1.5 hour flight almost monthly) that I leave her in so we don't have a struggle when it's time to belt back up. On a longer flight, I'd let her out, on my lap and to stretch her legs when the plane is cruising.
 

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I flew with my son shortly before his 2 yr birthday and did not bring a carseat on the plane. We got up and walked around once we were safely cruising. If it were a little bumpy we would sit.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What about taking them out to nurse during take off and landing, which is so highly suggested?</div>
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Suggested by whom? I mean that seriously...I see people post it all the time, but I've never seen a real verifiable professional recommendation for it.<br><br>
I guess for me, I never have any problems with my ears on airplanes and so I don't think about it much, and my daughter has never so much as flinched, not when she was 5 weeks and not now at 20 months.<br><br>
If I had a baby that cried during takeoff and I thought her ears were bothering her, I'd probably let her suck on my thumb (or a paci if she takes one, mine does but doesn't use it on the plane) for the few minutes it takes to get to cruising altitude. The general conscientious seems to be that the sucking helps clear the ears, like chewing gum (which I don't do, either.)
 

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My DD absolutely despises being in her carseat. She's screamed pretty much from day 1 when she's in that thing. But we took it on our cross country flight when she was 11 months (I know that's a lot younger, but still...she was walking and playing, mobile and independent enough to make being in her carseat worse than ever <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ). Anyway, she actually stayed in the seat most of the time. She sat on our laps here and there during the longer flights, but she actually did surprisingly well in her carseat (never once got upset!!), so we left her there as long as she'd stay since it was easier on all of us than having to buckle her in, get her out, buckler her in, get her out, etc...<br><br>
As for nursing during takeoff, I just nursed her in her seat...of course she was sitting RF'ing though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have flown many times with DS. I never buy a seat, but if there is enough room then I am able to bring my carseat on instead of gate check it. I never keep him in carseat during take off or landing because I nurse him during this time, which helps with the pressure in their ears. The only time he goe sin the carseat is if he falls asleep. Other times it is a handy place to stash my stuff and ensure that no one will want to sit in our row (since we fly southwest - they don't assign seats).</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I have flown quite a bit with ds-his first flight was at 3 mos. and it is either to Rochester/Buffalo, NY or Boston. I always kept him on my lap at take off, and quite often he falls asleep before we even take off (due to the vibrations of the plane). I never buy a seat for him, and I think there was only 1 or 2x that I couldnt' bring the seat on with me.<br><br>
The other thing that always helps me when I fly with ds (and it's usually just me & ds) is that I try to schedule the flight around his naptime, or if I can't get it for that time then I purposely keep him awake so that he'll sleep most of the flight(s).
 
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