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Travel Tip- Infant In Arms

Travel with children can be expensive! I have always tried to save money whenever possible. I discovered that many airlines allow a child under the age of 2 to fly without the purchase of a seat. However, the taxes and fees must still be paid, especially for international travel. This is considered infant-in-arms, and you will be required to keep your child in your lap for the duration of the flight. To help with this, some international airlines offer a seatbelt extension to make the belt big enough for both you and your child. If you can handle having your baby in your lap for the length of the flight, this is a great way to save money.

NOTE:  I have never used this option, but many airlines also offer a bassinet that attaches to the bulk head wall in front. It requires a reservation prior to the flight.

Reality Check:

It is not easy to sit with a child under the age of 2 on your lap for a flight that lasts multiple hours. At some point, they will want to move, and believe me they will if they are not strapped into a seat.

This is what we did on our last international flight to handle the inevitable. Bear with me… We did not purchase a seat for our 1 year old, but did have a seat for our 4 year old, in which we placed the FAA approved Sit N Stroll. During take off and landing, when it was required that we hold the 1 year old, so we strapped our 4 year old into the car seat and held the baby. Once we reached cruising altitude and the captain turned off the seatbelt light, we put the baby in the car seat and held the 4 year old. Entertaining a 4 year old is much easier than a 1 year old, especially since many airlines offer built-in screens on the back of the seat in front of you. Our 4 year happily watched movies for hours. Our last trip was to Europe, and the flight to get there is an overnight flight. We purposefully purchased seats in the middle row and were able to make a pallet for the 4 year old so he could sleep on the floor. I told the flight attendant about our plan and she said it was discouraged but not prohibited (Delta). Of course, checking into the official airline policy is always wise. I personally have never had a problem with this set up.

Links for additional information:

Southwest Airlines
American Airlines
United Airlines

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