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Lap seat flying for nearly two year old

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Misty9 Tue 23-Jun-15 21:12:54

We're currently planning a road trip to California for next spring (yey!) and need to decide whether to squeeze it in before dd turns two in mid April so that we can avoid full fare on flights for her seat.

Is it feasible to fly long haul with an almost two year old as a lap passenger? We will also have ds, 4.5, so they can share that seat during the flight for some of the time.

And relatedly, are we better off doing the trip in April/May for better weather etc anyway? There's about £500 saving if we travel before dd is two...

Magicalmrmistofeles Tue 23-Jun-15 21:15:33

It'll be horrendous, I would book the seat.

Anaffaquine Tue 23-Jun-15 21:19:32

We just did a short haul flight - 2 hrs with dd1(4) in a seat and dd2(1) on my lap. There isn't much room at all for them to share a seat. It would be awful on a long haul flight, I'd think.
I would book a seat.

lexb14 Tue 23-Jun-15 21:20:56

I did a 3 leg trip to Australia with an 18month old on my lap - horrendous - wish I'd booked a seat!!

chocomochi Tue 23-Jun-15 21:21:28

I'd book a seat too. It will be difficult when drinks/meals are served with DC on your lap.

Only1scoop Tue 23-Jun-15 21:22:49

I've always booked a seat even when dc was tiny to put her carrier in for flight. I wouldn't fancy it myself.

AttilaTheMeerkat Tue 23-Jun-15 21:42:21

I would book a seat for your youngest child in any case and particularly for the return journey (which is an overnight flight arriving into the UK the following lunchtime/afternoon).

Hassled Tue 23-Jun-15 21:44:48

Book the seat. I didn't book the seat with a 22 month old on a flight to Hong Kong - it was a very bad move. Unless that £500 is going to cripple you, book the seat.

HermioneWeasley Tue 23-Jun-15 21:49:37

Agree with the seat bookers! Did a short haul flight with an 18 month old and vowed never again

QueefOfTheSporned Tue 23-Jun-15 21:51:21

DD was a week off her 2nd birthday when I did just a 3hr flight with her on my lap and I wished I'd booked a seat for her. Horrendous with a wriggly toddler and uncomfortable for everyone.

I did fly long haul with her at 16 months when she had no seat but it was a night flight and she slept for most of it in a Sky Cot (BA flight) and the wonderful BA had given us the bulkhead seats and not assigned the middle one of 3 so we had the row to ourselves.

tocmrpouce Tue 23-Jun-15 21:55:04

I'd just go for it knowing that it will probably be awful but that you'll survive it and have £500 extra spending money for your holiday!

I have travelled long haul alone with my 1 year old on my knee and it's always been ok. And in one instance United even gave her a seat anyway as the flight wasn't full so that may also happen for you!

tellmemore1982 Tue 23-Jun-15 21:59:23


Just no.

Alanna1 Tue 23-Jun-15 22:01:14

I've done it with a 1 y.o. (to the caribbean), an 18m (to India) and a nearly 2 y.o. (to NYC). I thought it was fine.

FuckitFay Tue 23-Jun-15 22:06:28

We did it to New York with nearly 5 yr old and almost 2 yr old - it was horrendous. Day flight ok ish but sleeping on lap - no. Kicked the person in front constantly and very little I could do about it.

Artandco Tue 23-Jun-15 22:07:25

No. I only fly with small babies on laps only, who just feed and sleep. Otherwise book a seat. Actually usually longhaul I bought seat from tiny as they went in car seat then when sleeping so we can sleep and eat hands free

Laquila Tue 23-Jun-15 22:07:35

We did a 4-hr flight and return with a 20-month old - it was OK (mainly because we were well-prepared) but I remember telling myself I wouldn't do it again past that age!

justaweeone Tue 23-Jun-15 22:09:51

I wouldn't, we follow to Goa with Dd 18 mths over 15 years ago( got funny looks as at that stage know one seemed to take kids there). All was fine, had an isle seat so passed her between us so the other got a proper break.
Imagine if you booked an extra seat and she wouldn't sit on it? - skin Flint

justaweeone Tue 23-Jun-15 22:11:44

Sorry I would, we went
Trying to multitask

Waggamamma Tue 23-Jun-15 22:14:59

book a seat! we did 4hrs with DS one week after his second birthday, it would have been horrendous with him on our laps. I couldn't imagine doing it long haul shock .

YonicScrewdriver Tue 23-Jun-15 22:15:00

I would look into booking a flight with BA where you could take the first leg before she turned two (possibly making this leg an internal flight in the UK) and the rest after. At the very least I'd have the return transatlantic night flight after she turned two.

I wouldn't take a road trip with kids that age though!

Eminado Tue 23-Jun-15 22:16:51

Dont do it! Bookma seat!

Misty9 Tue 23-Jun-15 22:34:15

Okay, maybe we'll book her a seat grin

We've got a lap flight to majorca in september when she will be 17 months, so will see how that goes! Might need to book us flights before then though... i know screwdriver , we're mad aren't we?! Not sure what you mean about booking flight legs etc with ba though??

YonicScrewdriver Wed 24-Jun-15 07:28:05

If you start a flight with BA before your child is 2 but have further flights on the same ticket after your child is 2, you get the seat for free.

specialsubject Wed 24-Jun-15 17:13:05

I'm also thinking that a road trip is perhaps not the best idea...

Heels99 Thu 25-Jun-15 08:49:59

My kids would have made a road trip rather a challenge at the age of two, it wouldn't have been fun for any of us

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