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to travel, as the pressure felt in the ears increases when congested. Seat for baby. It is true that children younger than two years old can be “lap babies” on airplanes for free, but if you have a long flight you may want to purchase their own seat and have the car seat rear facing just as you would in your car. Having baby in her own seat allows you to spread out in your own seat—hands fully free while baby sleeps. If you do not want the expense of the extra seat, consider asking for a bulkhead seat for extra room, and/or a bassinet. Bassinets are assigned on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability at time of flight departure. For safety reasons, bassinets can be used only for infants weighing less than 12 kg (25 lb) who are unable to sit upright. Book flights with as few connections as possible. If you do need to book a flight with a layover, choose one with a layover that is not so short you have to run through the airport with your child and all your baby gear. Keep your stroller with you until you board. Manoeuvring through a crowded airport loaded with bags and your little one is tough enough, so bring your stroller and use it to hold everything, just as you would on any outing with baby. Airlines will allow you to gate check your stroller, so you will have it up to until you depart and immediately upon landing. Board last/deplane last. I have found that, although travelers with babies are invited to board first, it is not pleasant to be cooped up in the stuffy airplane cabin to wait while everyone else boards. If you feel like you need the extra time to get to your seat, by all means go ahead. It is fairly easy to maneuver the stroller right up to the door of the plane and grab a carry-on bag to board. Once landed, you might want to get off the flight if your baby is uncomfortable and crying. However, with all of baby’s toys, snacks and necessities, you do not want to risk leaving something behind. Use the time to gather all of your belongings. There will be more room to make it off the plane quickly and easily with baby. Above all, safe travels and enjoy your holiday season!

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