Is It Safe for Baby to Sit on Your Lap on the Plane?

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Is It Safe for Baby to Sit on Your Lap on the Plane?
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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 11:52am

It’s a common dilemma: Do I buy a baby his own seat on the plane, or not? Some moms would rather pay the extra money and have peace of mind that baby would be strapped into her car seat in a crash landing. Others say the small risk just isn’t worth the expense.

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Mon, 12-20-2010 - 9:37am
We travelled a lot when our kids were small, and if we flew, I usually paid for the extra seat. We were going to need the carseat anyway when we got where we were going, and my kids were used to, and comfortable in their own seats, and particularly with the second child, having a place to "put" the baby meant I could inteact more with the older one, go to th bathroom, or doze off on long flights. The one time I had a toddler and no carseat was a nightmare for all concerned.
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Mon, 12-20-2010 - 6:31am

i think it's a catch 22, i see the benefits of having that extra seat because the quarters are so, so close but then again, i see the cost senseless esp if you hold the baby the entire time.

 

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Fri, 12-17-2010 - 12:49pm
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You know the last time I flew with a nursing baby, several years ago, they wouldn't let me do that (nurse him on take-off.) I was all set to do it, then the flight attendant came by and told me he had to be buckled into his seat. I was perplexed, b/c, first of all, What if I didn't have a seat, and second, I was really planning on doing that to ease whatever pain he might have. I can't remember what I ended up doing - I think maybe I nursed him before we took off, then he fell asleep and it didn't matter anyway. Still, I'm still not sure what prompted them asking me to do that, apparently they don't always let you.

You know, I wonder if it was just because he had a seat.

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Fri, 12-17-2010 - 12:43pm
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Thu, 12-16-2010 - 8:01am

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Thu, 12-16-2010 - 7:02am
I think you are right. For really small babies, who are nursing and probably will be held the whole time anyway, it doesn't make much sense to spring for the extra seat. When we flew with DD at 4 mos., all I took on the plane with me was her, my purse and a baby bjorn. I didn't have a ton of other stuff, and she nursed off and on the whole time. On the other hand, there was a kid about 18mos. who was on a mom's lap. At that point, I probably would have sprung for the extra seat.
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Thu, 12-16-2010 - 4:58am

Not only is it safer to buy the extra seat, it makes more sense because babies come with extra travel gear and the extra seat gets you more carry on space.

Plus it's, imo,

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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 1:23pm
You know the last time I flew with a nursing baby, several years ago, they wouldn't let me do that (nurse him on take-off.) I was all set to do it, then the flight attendant came by and told me he had to be buckled into his seat. I was perplexed, b/c, first of all, What if I didn't have a seat, and second, I was really planning on doing that to ease whatever pain he might have. I can't remember what I ended up doing - I think maybe I nursed him before we took off, then he fell asleep and it didn't matter anyway. Still, I'm still not sure what prompted them asking me to do that, apparently they don't always let you.
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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 12:51pm

Of course it is going to be safer for the baby to be strapped into a seat than to be loose sitting on mom's lap.

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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 12:46pm

No, I don't think it's as safe as an FAA-approved seat. How can it be? If you're holding your baby and experience the kind of turbulence I recently had on a flight, you could very easily lose your grip on the baby and s/he could roll under the seat or worse.

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