I know I cant use the car seat in the plane as it is rear-facing. DS is 4-months, I am hoping that BA will supply a safe seat for him.
I know I can take the buggy, folded, up to the plane and then pop it under. My Graco has a car seat that fits in the top to make the buggy baby friendly and DS is still using this adaption. Can I take this too, as it will mean BA staff have to put 2 parts instead of 1 under the plane?
yes you can take both at no extra cost, have done it many times. Be sure to get them both tagged at check in and have some other way of carring baby at the other end as you usually get it all back on the luggage carousal. (I take a sling)
Most airlines let you take a buggy free of charge and you can take it right up to the gate. If your car seat fits on the buggy then presumably you can take that right up to the gate too but some airlines charge extra to take car seats.
Your DS will be on your lap, not in a seat for the journey. You dont have a seat for an infant. You sound unclear on this in your op.
Yes can take both as other posters have said. I took my ds at 4 mths to spain with a graco 3 wheeler and a car seat. mine laid flat so was fine to put baby in without carseat. I had to check car seat with other luggage.
Thank you. I realised yesterday (we don't own a car) that I will have to take the car seat attachment too otherwise we won't be able to take a cab from the airport!
We have booked a seat for an infant and paid £19. for it. That doesn't sound like enough to me (British Airways). Do I need to telephone and book a bassinet too? The advice on the website says get to the airport early and ask at check-in. They also say 'first come first serve' which seems a little callous considering we are talking about young babies!
Thanks for the advice to take the Baby Bjorn. DS loves it and now he is strong enough to face outwards I am sure Dad will spend a good hour in the viewing gallery discussing planes (while Mum goes shopping hopefully).
An infant fare is not for a seat, it's just the fee that the airlines charge. Bassinets are very much first come first served as there are only limited seats on the planes that can have a bassinet installed in front of them. It depends on the type of plane you are flying on as to how many bassinet points there are.
Airlines' policies on allocation of the bassinets vary a lot. We flew to Singapore with 13mo ds2 and didn't get a bassinet, even though he fitted the criteria, as Singapore Air prioritise younger babies first and there were loads of babies on the flight. Get there as early as you can and hopefully you'll be lucky and get one.
The only downside of the bassinets is that they aren't put up until after takeoff,taken down as you begin the final descent and if there is any turbulance or the seatbelt light comes on them you have to take them out and strap them on your lap again. On a short flight they may be more hassle than they're worth, tbh.
Thanks, I hadn't realised this wasn't some sort of safer seat for take off and landing. I don't mind holding him for the flight, given that he will probably scream if I put him in a seat anyway - he requires constant entertainment when awake.