1. You can purchase a seat for your baby to give your family a little extra space, avoid being squashed next to an unpleasant neighbor, and ensure that your child has the safest possible journey.
2. You can take advantage of the fact that almost all airlines allow little ones under 2 to ride on a parent's lap for FREE.
We only have flown once since our baby made her grand entrance into the world and we decided on the latter option. Essentially, we hoped and prayed for uncrowded flights and pleasant seatmates - and, fortunately, we made out quite well in both categories.
Our daughter was 6 months old at the time and quite pleasant to travel with - sweet and sleepy and smiley. Now that she's an active, curious, and somewhat squirmy (but still sweet and smiley) toddler, I think we'd probably look into getting her a seat of her own.
AND we'd use CARES, the only FAA-approved harness type child safety device created for air travel. "Just carry a CARES in your pocket or purse, install it on the airplane seat in one minute, and turn any airplane seat into a safe airplane seat for your child!" I think the CARES device is genius because not only is it important for safety reasons, it is also a nice way to "contain" your toddler. What I mean by that is that if my daughter is strapped in, I'm sure she'd be more likely to view the flight as similar to a car ride rather than a free-for-all opportunity to explore the cabin. The best thing about this device is that it is A LOT easier to carry on to the plane than a bulky booster seat (I really don't know how people manage to carry that AND their toddler).
CARES devices can be purchased online or at a limited number of brick-and-mortar stores for approximately $75.
YOUR TURN: When you fly with your under 2 baby, do you choose option 1 or 2 (see above)? What do you like most about the CARES device and would you consider using it? Why or why not?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a CARES safety device. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Sunday, July 13 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #22 Noreen. Congratulations!