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Old 03-23-2013, 05:13 PM   #16
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Thank you guys i appreciate all the advice, i think we are going to purchase a seat just so we having it and for piece of mind. I just wish i knew what my LO temperment would be at 10 months. Right now she is a very very happy baby (doesnt sleep at night) but a happy happy baby so hopefully that continues.
I think you are making the right decision. We always bought seats for our kids when they were under two, and we treated their carseats on the plane just like we did in a car. Unless the flight is more than a couple of hours, there's no need for the child to get up (except for the obvious diaper change!).

We flew once with a lap baby seated in front of us who spent the entire flight drooling over the back of the seat onto DD's tray. Every time the parents would try to get him to sit down, he would scream. The landing was not pleasant! If they had placed the kid into a car seat when boarding, I bet he would have been fine.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:16 PM   #17
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Oh and also, we learned that it worked best to have DH take the car seat onto the plane to install it, and then for the rest of us to wait until later in the boarding process to board. That's especially true if your DD is mobile at that point and can run off some energy.

Beyond that, it's all about the snacks. Bring her favorites as well as new snacks. And a sippy cup and any loveys (blanket, etc).
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:20 PM   #18
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any suggestions since we are purchasing a seat as to where on the aircraft is best. Front middle back. Im leaning towards the back even as much as the last row so that i have my own little corner with noone behind us and being able to see everyone in front of us. puts us close to bathrooms in case of diaper change. i dont know only downfall is last off which could bad if it was a bad flight.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:05 PM   #19
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any suggestions since we are purchasing a seat as to where on the aircraft is best. Front middle back. Im leaning towards the back even as much as the last row so that i have my own little corner with noone behind us and being able to see everyone in front of us. puts us close to bathrooms in case of diaper change. i dont know only downfall is last off which could bad if it was a bad flight.
It all depends on the aircraft. Check out http://seatguru.com and you can look at seating charts for the airline you are flying and the type of aircraft you will be in. It will give you advise as tto what are good and bad seats on a plane. A lot of time the back row seats do not or have limited recline and are usually located near the bathrooms so people can tend to congregate there. Not sure if they still do, but some aircraft I've flown have had a fold down "bassinet" that allows you to change a baby right in front of you.

In a couple weeks we are flying JetBlue with our 3yo and opted for the "even more" perk they offer. We get expideted security, early boarding, and more space, in terms of leg room. Those seats are located up near the front of the aircraft. We felt it was worth the extra money.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:52 AM   #20
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any suggestions since we are purchasing a seat as to where on the aircraft is best. Front middle back. Im leaning towards the back even as much as the last row so that i have my own little corner with noone behind us and being able to see everyone in front of us. puts us close to bathrooms in case of diaper change. i dont know only downfall is last off which could bad if it was a bad flight.
I always stay away from the very back because it's pretty noisy if that is where the bathrooms and work areas for the stewards are located.

Also keep in mind that your DD will need to be in the window seat since she'll be in a car seat.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:12 PM   #21
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I've flown with both my son and daughter. My son, who is now 4.5 years old has always flown in a seat and in his carseat until he was 3 (he outgrew it and was big enough for the seatbelt). He always did great. My daughter has flown twice as a lap child. The first time was not by choice. We were taking her for medical treatment in Chicago and the tickets were donated to us. She was 4 months old and did great. The second time she was 13 months old and it was AWFUL! She did not want to sit still and she cried at times. We are flying at the end of the week with her in a seat in her carseat. Hoping it will be better. FAA rules state that children cannot be seated in the emergency exit row (can't remember age cutoff) and you can't use a carseat in the row immediately in front of or behind the emergency exit row (I found that out yesterday and had to change our seats via customer service on one of our flights). I would try not to be over the wings as they tend to get the noise from the engines. If possible you may want to be toward the front, but honestly it won't matter that much because I've noticed it generally takes longer to get off the plane when you have a carseat to move so you might as well wait. The exception may be if you have a very short layover. By the way, make sure your carseat has a sticker on it that says it is FAA approved or they will not let you use it (we've had ours carseats checked by airlines before boarding).
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:32 PM   #22
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FAA rules state that children cannot be seated in the emergency exit row (can't remember age cutoff)
The minimum age is 15. See http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-201...sec121-585.pdf.

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and you can't use a carseat in the row immediately in front of or behind the emergency exit row
This may depend on the airline. FAA guidance indicates that car seats are prohibited in neighboring rows if an airline's emergency procedures would have the overwing exit hatch discarded in the row in front of or behind the exit row. See http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/m...%20120-87B.pdf. But some aircraft - such as certain models of the 757 - have exit rows with doors instead of overwing hatches, and some aircraft also have overwing hatches that have hinges. So presumably an airline would not need to prohibit car seats in neighboring rows for those aircraft (but might do so any way, to avoid confusion).
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:16 PM   #23
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Buy her a seat, strap her into the carseat, she will sleep. If the cost of 1 seat will make or break your vacation...you can't afford a vacation. Safety first IMO.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:20 PM   #24
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any suggestions since we are purchasing a seat as to where on the aircraft is best. Front middle back. Im leaning towards the back even as much as the last row so that i have my own little corner with noone behind us and being able to see everyone in front of us. puts us close to bathrooms in case of diaper change. i dont know only downfall is last off which could bad if it was a bad flight.

I have flown with an infant numerous times and only encountered a changing table in the forward lav - and of course my kids ALWAYS blowout on the plane.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:28 PM   #25
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This was the best thing I did and didn't know how AWSOME it was until the thought of not having it crossed my mind. I had borrowed a baby Bjorne. So easy to walk on plane and carry my purse and carryon. Also I used a stroller thru the park with my 11 mo. And when we got in line she went into the Baby Bjorne. She could face either way. And on the plane I'd have her facing me. Most baby's will be quite content to be that close to their parent. Even if you choose to purchase a seat the Baby Bjorne will still be a great benefit.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:19 PM   #26
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This was the best thing I did and didn't know how AWSOME it was until the thought of not having it crossed my mind. I had borrowed a baby Bjorne. So easy to walk on plane and carry my purse and carryon. Also I used a stroller thru the park with my 11 mo. And when we got in line she went into the Baby Bjorne. She could face either way. And on the plane I'd have her facing me. Most baby's will be quite content to be that close to their parent. Even if you choose to purchase a seat the Baby Bjorne will still be a great benefit.
Be aware some carriers are not certified for air travel use.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:01 AM   #27
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Be aware some carriers are not certified for air travel use.
As far as I know, no baby carriers (like Baby Bjorn) have any type of FAA certification. You cannot hold your baby in them during take-off or landing; you can use them during the flight.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:48 AM   #28
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This was the best thing I did and didn't know how AWSOME it was until the thought of not having it crossed my mind. I had borrowed a baby Bjorne. So easy to walk on plane and carry my purse and carryon. Also I used a stroller thru the park with my 11 mo. And when we got in line she went into the Baby Bjorne. She could face either way. And on the plane I'd have her facing me. Most baby's will be quite content to be that close to their parent. Even if you choose to purchase a seat the Baby Bjorne will still be a great benefit.
Warning re bjorn/slings/wraps and aircraft - all airlines prohibit them for takeoff and landing and many airlines ban them entirely. The individual airlines website has the details in the traveling with baby section where they address carseats etc.

Otherwise Yes it is a lifesaver for a baby at Disney, especially in lines and pavilions where you ca't take a stroller !
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We're giving a Disney vacation as a gift to kids/grandkids, who are joining us for a week at Bay Lake Tower. This will be the first time the grandchildren have ever flown. Both mom and dad are seasoned business travellers, but have no experience with flying as a family. We'll be in Florida for an extra week before they join us, so won't be there to help at the airport or on the plane.

I have a slight variation to the question that's being discussed here. How does the equation change when there are two kids? Older child will be nearly 3 for the trip, so will have her own seat. Debating a seat for the 11 month old. Cost isn't necessarily a consideration, I'm just trying to book what's most convenient. They initially told us they'd lap-hold both children, and didn't need tickets for either. We now understand the rules better, and know the 3 y/o needs her own seat. Is it better to lab hold the little one so all four can sit together in a 3-seat grouping, or spit them up across the aisle and have both kids with their own seats? We're flying Southwest and we will purchase the automatic check-in for them so they're guaranteed to board with the A group.

Flying from Virginia, which is a two-hour direct flight to Orlando. Flight time is 1:00 pm, which is nap time for both kids. I think they're hoping both kids will zonk out for at least part of the trip.
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in a 3-seat grouping, or spit them up across the aisle and have both kids with their own seats? We're flying Southwest and we will purchase the automatic check-in for them so they're guaranteed to board with the A group.
It's even better to have two directly in front of the other two, on the same side of the plane. It sounds like they're flying Southwest; the rows aren't directly opposite each other. And, um, it's always safest for each child to a seat.
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