Tanyaluvs2fly From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 351 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
I will be making my first travel arrangement this Jan with my 19 month old daughter.. I was wondering what airlines provide the best service to accommodate for infant/toddler traveling.. I will be going by myself with my daughter... I usually fly Delta or Us Air... Also, does a small umbrella stroller classify as a carry on seems it can fold and fit in over head storage ( i believe it can fit lol )
Voodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
They'll probably make you fold/give in the stroller at the aircraft entrance and put it in the hold for you. You'll then get it back at the luggage carousel. So you may not want too much other carry-on stuff to take from the aircraft to the luggage reclaim when you land if you have to carry your daughter as well.
PiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1935 times:
US will gate check the stroller for you. In other words, they will take it plane side and you will get it back plane side. So, you can roll your baby right down the loading bridge in the stroller and right back up when you get there. This is standard practice at US for both baby strollers and for wheelchairs.
As for what airlines are best for babies: They're all about alike. No one of them is going to provide diapers, bottles, toys, and so on.
Also, as for your baby being a screamer: If her little ears plug inflight, she will become a screamer. Babies don't know how to yawn or swallow to clear their ears, so make sure she has something to suck on from time to time. If she has even the tiniest bit of cold in her head, she will suffer horribly.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1919 times:
I'll second PiedmontGirl, they can get the fold-up stroller from you at the end of the jetway, just before you walk on the aircraft. That said, I've also seen some airlines that will let you fold it up and take it onboard for storage in an overhead bin. If it's a full flight, expect the former, versus the latter.
Two other factors to consider...
1/ Ask the agents if you can pre-board. Nearly every airline allows families traveling with small children to go down the jetway in advance of the overall passenger group, and you'll be much less stressed getting her out of the stroller, seated, and your stuff stowed if you're not looking up and seeing all those folks behind you. (They'll still be up in the gate area).
2/ Consider a seat towards the front of the aircraft. When it comes to aircraft with wing-mounted engines (737, Airbus), any seat -aft- of the wing is going to have more ambient noise than one forward of the wing, and that noise sometimes startles or scares small kids, especially on landing when reverse thrust is used. Aircraft with tail-mounted engines (DC-9, MD-80, regional jets) are not much of a problem in this regard, unless you're in the very last row or two of the aircraft.
One of the other things I found helpful with my kids at that age was to be ready to point out stuff out the window. If they started looking fretful and appeared to be about to "lose it", I'd immediately point to the window and get them to notice another airplane, a funny-looking cloud, or -anything- to divert their attention, since fear often self-induced.
Tanyaluvs2fly From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1910 times:
Thanks... I'm all set about her ears plugging and stuff... just didnt know if people had better experiance with one airline than another in service with young kids.... at her age i was flying from bos to muc all the time maybe she will be a travel bug also
Jmc777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1886 times:
Enjoy your flight, I am sure you will have a great time.
As crew, a few things I have found useful over the years......
1. Try not to pack too much carry on baggage. Remember how heavy kids get after a couple of hours, especially when you are trying to carry your bags as well.
2. Take a few of her favourite toys with you, to keep her occupied.
3. You may have difficulty taking the stroller umbrella onboard, since 9-11, here in the UK, umbrellas are often refused carriage in the cabin.
4. Try to get a window seat. Are you flying long haul or short haul? If long haul, many airlines have seat allocations for infants at bulkheads in the middle of the aircraft where you have a bit more room.
5. Whoever you are flying with, try to get a look at the configuration of the aircraft from the website, it may give you an idea as to which seats you ask for.
6. If travelling with your partner, why not stagger your meal time? That way, one of you can entertain your daughter whilst the other has a break with a drink and dinner, then swap over.
7. Take a change of clothes for her........and a spare shirt for yourselves, just in case the unthinkable happens.
8. Don't be afraid to leave your seat and walk up and down with her, change of scenery often does the trick.
If all else fails...............a large stiff drink often helps ! hehe
Seriously, have a great trip and I hope all goes well.
Jeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1873 times:
Just don't put your child in a car seat and then put the car seat, with child in it, in the overhead bin ha ha ha LOL. As far as what PiedmontGirl said, she is right about preasure bothering your child's ears. I have heard some people say that things like cookies can help too.
ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1778 times:
I flew SEA-MSP-YQT on NWA last year with my 23 month old nephew. He did just great! He smiled at all the people around him and seemed to enjoy himself. I had been worried, but he did very, very well.
Do get an extra seat and take your daughter's car seat. Make sure it's FAA approved. Get her some new toys so if she starts to fuss you can bring out something new to distract her. If you are travelling with someone else, have them preboard with all the stuff and you and your daughter board at the last minute so she is cooped up as little as possible. Definitely do not overpack your carry-on luggage. We packed very light and I still had to walk most of MSP with a car seat strapped to my backpack and it was heavy.
Definitely I agree with JMC777 about walking around with her. My nephew was fascinated with the curtains closing off the galley and that kept him quiet for about an hour.
AMM744 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 211 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1762 times:
There are some very rude people in Europe who have no understanding of traveling with young children.
Anyway we've done long haul twice with our son when he was just 8 months old (LHR-LAX) and again the following year when he was 20 months.
Both times he was just fine, drinking from a bottle or cup helped with the ear-popping and he was more than entertained by all the activity on the flight, plus the Virgin crew were fantastic with young children.
We took plenty of smallish toys, some with suckers that attached to the tray in front, he happlily bashed away at this and the rest of the time was very happy with his pop-up books.
We had no problem with the umbrella fold stroller, it simply came on board with him in it.
Have a great trip
KI911, I've known adults to be more irritating than toddlers on many flights !!!