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Tips on getting the infant bassinet when you fly

 
Flying overseas with a baby or toddler under 2 years old? Infant bassinets offer the perfect solution! Although infant bassinets are not necessarily guaranteed on each flight, it's something worth investigating before you leave to help make your flight a little more bearable.

Flying with small children overseas this year?

Check out our useful tips on how to secure an infant bassinet when you're flying with babies and toddlers.


Using infant bassinets when you fly


Infant bassinets offer the perfect solution for babies and toddlers under 2 years old.

Kids under 2 years old can usually fly free of charge if they sit on your lap. However it's not always ideal when you’re flying long haul.

Even if you don’t think your little one will sleep in a bassinet, it’s still good to request one. You can use it for extra storage space or somewhere for them to play.

Infant bassinets are not necessarily guaranteed on each flight, but it's something worth investigating to help make your flight a little more bearable.
 

1. Types of bassinets

 
  • Every airline offers a different kind of bassinet, which can also vary from aircraft to aircraft, so it pays to check before you book your flight and ask friends about their experiences and preferred airlines.
 
  • Some airlines offer a Moses basket for smaller babies and/or a car seat style bassinet for older babies.
 
  • Check the weight and height of your baby to see if they would be suitable for your chosen airline’s bassinet.


2. Bulkhead bassinet seats

 
  • Try to book the bulkhead bassinet seat(s) when you book your flights.
 
  • Phone your airline a week in advance to check that you have your bassinet seats confirmed.
 
  • Be aware though that even if you have booked the bulkhead seats, airlines carry limited bassinets on board which are often assigned to the youngest infants first.
 

3. At check-in

 
  • Leave yourself at least 2 hours to check-in at the airport (longer if possible) and reconfirm your bassinet seat at the desk. Unfortunately though this still doesn’t mean the uphill battle is over!
 
  • Ask how many babies will be on the plane and how many bassinets are available. This will help you gauge in advance the likelihood of getting a bassinet.
 

4. At the gate

 
  • It doesn’t hurt to keep asking! When you get to the gate, reconfirm whether there will be a bassinet available.


5. On board the plane

 
  • Hopefully your persistence pays off and you are allocated a bassinet for your little one!
 
  • Once you are sitting down, ask a member of the cabin crew to bring the bassinet as soon as you are up in the air. When the fasten seatbelt sign is switched off, they will set it up for you.
 
  • The rules vary from airline to airline as to whether you need to remove your baby if the captain turns the fasten seatbelt sign on during the flight, but the cabin crew will advise you.


6. Handy tip

 
  • Pack a black pashmina in your hand luggage. They often don’t dim the lights for the first few hours of a flight and a black pashmina drapped over the bassinet will help create darkness and make it easier for you baby or toddler to sleep.
 

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