(Closed) Newborn on Airplane: aisle or window seat?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
  • poll: In a 3-seat row scenario on an airplane what would you/have you done?
    Book the aisle and middle seat, this way you can walk up the aisle as needed, use the bathroom etc. : (34 votes)
    37 %
    Book the middle and window seat, breastfeed privately, no 3rd party trapped inside row. : (21 votes)
    23 %
    Front of plane : (17 votes)
    19 %
    Middle of plane : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Back of plane : (15 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 16
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    flossy.lou:  you bring the baby’s car seat and belt it into the plane chair.

    you wouldn’t dream of driving around with baby not in her car seat. Plane goes 450-600 mph. 

    Post # 17
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Foreverblonde345:  Check with your car seat manufacturer if you put the car seat in the belly of the airplane. Some (most) car seats say that you need a new car seat if  you check the car seat because there is no guarantee that the seat is still structually sound after bouncing around the hull. 

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee

    KoiKove:  We don’t check our carseat, we always bring it on the plane but thanks!  I’m a big safety follower which has ended up in being a baby gear junkie.  I have a car seat and stroller obsession which is just unfortunate for my garage storage!

    Post # 20
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Foreverblonde345:  Ugh, I’m so scared I’m going to turn into that LOL I was really happy when friend was going to give me her car seat. But it’s expired now…so once we get BFP again, I’ll have to start my research which I know will lead to the crazies!

     

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee

    Foreverblonde345:  “

    Take your infant car seat (check the car seat base) with you to the gate even if you don’t have a ticketed seat in the event that they have an empty seat on the plane, they will let you use it for the car seaat and baby because they prefer the baby be in a car seat for safety.”

     

    Thats not necessarily true. as it turns out its very rare that it happens that way. OP if you want the extra security gurenteed book a seat for the baby.

    Post # 22
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Don’t count on there being an extra seat on the plane. If there is, don’t count on other people moving to accommodate you, nor on the airline giving you the seat in the first place. If you want the seat, book it. Also OP don’t book aisle-middle and insert a stranger in the middle. While they will likely be glad to switch for your aisle or middle, if they don’t, then it is just awkward and rude to have conversations across them. If you’re traveling together, get seats together,

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

    Aisle seat and front of plane: can get out/stand up to calm baby, take it to the toilet to change, and front of plane to get off more quickly when you land- many babies’ ears pop during landing due to changing preseure which often makes them cry.

    Post # 24
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I never flew with a newborn, but we flew across country when Dear Daughter was 10 months old. We had two flights, the first was about 2 hours and the second was about 4 hours. The seats weren’t assigned (Southwest), but we sat in the middle (my mom) and me and Dear Daughter at the window. I felt more comfortable breastfeeding next to the window. Dear Daughter slept for practically the whole first flight. During the second flight, we headed to the back of the plane because that’s where most of the other people with kids were. We luckily got a whole row to ourselves since there was some extra room on the plane. The flight attendant actually told people heading toward the back that it was families back there and kind of had it blocked off. I would still have chosen the wimdow seat due to breastfeeding and keeping a mobile child out of the aisle. Plus, just because you’re not on the aisle that doesn’t mean you’re trapped. You might annoy the person on the aisle, but they’ll probably be annoyed that they’re sitting near a baby anyway. Such is life. I would probably book the back of the plane since that’s where the most families seem to be.

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m planning to fly with my baby at about 10 weeks and I’m thinking we’ll get aisle and middle seats. I care less about modesty and more about convenience. There’s a good chance you’ll need to change a diaper and many babies are soothed by walking, so it seems like being able to easily get out of the seat would be important. And I’d pick frton of the plane so that you can get off quickly after landing. Personally, I think it’s safe to have a baby on the lap, even during take off/landing and turbulence. I fly a lot and I’ve never had turbulence so bad that I wouldn’t be able to hold onto a baby. But, everyone has different reactions to risk, so I can understand people who prefer to buy a seat for the baby, it’s just not worth the cost, to me. 

    Post # 26
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We’re flying with our daughter in October (she’ll be 6 months), and we’re buying a 3rd seat for her.  I just don’t feel comfortable checking our carseat (I don’t trust that it would still be safe to use after being handled by the baggage carriers – I’ve seen what they do with luggage – and we’ll need it at our destination), and everything I’ve read says that the safest way for a baby to fly is strapped into an approved safety seat.  The only reason we have the infant in arms option is because enough people complained about the cost of buying a separate seat for a baby.  It’s not actually safe in an emergency situation.  To me, the potential cost of my child’s safety (and possibly even life) in case of an emergency is much greater than the cost of an extra seat.

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Lulah:  I’m guessing it’s you and your SO plus baby? Honestly I’d go for the back of the plane and try to book a window and aisle seat. Most people won’t take a middle seat so there is a good chance that space will stay empty. That way you can have the asile to get up and walk around and the back is still pretty private because they are close to the rest rooms and no one wants them haha.

    If someone does happen to book the middle seat I’m sure they would be more than happy to switch with you if you decide you want middle and asile or middle and window instead.

    Post # 28
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    The FAA “strongly urges” putting children in certified car-seats in their own seats on the airplane. The only reason they don’t require it is because flying is still safer than driving and they don’t want to force people to drive due to their being unable to afford the seat for the child.  

    http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/

     

    Post # 30
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I have flown many times with Dear Daughter from when she was an infant to now (almost 14 months). We have yet to purchase a seat for her because why would we when she can sit in my lap fine. I understand it is the safest to put them in a carseat but to be totally honest if you have ever flown alone with a baby you know how hard it is. Add carrying a carseat onto the airplane, installing/uninstalling while trying to hold your baby and clear the aisle for other people is VERY difficult. I voted aisle and middle because believe me if you need to get up (And you WILL) you are gonna wanna be in the aisle. Just bring a nursing cover and you will be all set. People are not interested in you nursing they’re more interested in their movie or sleeping. I have never had issues. I will say though the best airline to fly with children is southwest, one of the only airlines that has a changing table in the bathroom! And you get to do family board which is between groups A & B no matter your boarding position. Unless of course you’re already in A.

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