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Should You Book An Airplane Seat For Your Infant?
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Should You Book An Airplane Seat for Your Infant?

Are you getting ready to take your infant on that first airplane trip? Should you book an airplane seat for your infant? In this article we will give you some points, the pros and cons to getting a seat for your infant.

If you fly with a child under the age of two you are not required to buy them a seat. You can usually get your infant on board for 10% of the ticket price if they fly as a ”lap child” which mean they do not have access to their own airplane seat. Lots of times the airline crew will do their best to put you next to an empty seat but if the plane is busy that is not a guarantee unless you purchase a seat for your infant.

So why should you book an airplane seat for your infant?

The main reason why you would want a seat for your infant is safety. If you have a seat booked you can bring your FAA, Federal Aviation Association, approved car seat on board and have your baby in. This is absolutely the safest place for your infant during take off, landing and turbulence.

The car seat is also a familiar place for your infant and if she usually sleeps well in it she will probably do so during the flight as well.

If you book a seat for your child make sure you tell your airline when you book the tickets that you will bring on board your car seat so that they can seat you accordingly. There are rules and regulations to where in the airplane the car seats should be seated.

Another good reason to book a seat for your infant is that you can put your baby down, it can get uncomfortable for both you and your child if it is a longer flight and you have to have her in your lap the whole trip.

What if you do not want to book an airplane seat for your infant? First check with your airline so that they do not charge for a car seat, then bring your FAA approved car seat along. At check in see if they can help you get an available seat next to you for your baby. If not check your car seat as oversized hand luggage when you get to the airplane.

Should you book an airplane seat for your infant? This has been a very heated discussion online, you as a parent are the one that has to make the final decission. Other questions you might have could be how to deal with sleep on the airplane for your baby? What to pack for your baby? What about baby food?

Happy travels,


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