family travel Ask Shelly: Best seats when flying Air Canada with a baby… to Munich? by Shelly Rivoli April 3, 2014 written by Shelly Rivoli April 3, 2014 Air Travel Shelly Rivoli previous post Ten Reasons Traveling with an Infant May Be Easier than You Think… (an excerpt) next post The Kindle edition of Travels with Baby has landed at Amazon.com! You may also like... Celebrating Chinese New Year in Taipei, Taiwan Eleven Years of Travels with Baby Tips &... Four Reasons You Should Know About Family Travel... Pack This! The KneeGuard for Long Car Trips... Ask Shelly: Car seat for three days in... Five Things You Should Know Before Planning a... Dozens of Great Family Travel Ideas for 2017 Five Great Gifts for Traveling Families 3 comments Leti April 4, 2014 - 12:17 pm Hi Shelly, Thanks so much for posting this! I have realized one thing however- I don’t plan on taking my infant car seat with me (Munich is fantastic for transit and that’s what we’ll be using – even when departing the airport). So I won’t have it on the plane. should I reconsider just for the seat option? I’d still have to take the actual stroller seat with me too as I should mention that baby isn’t a big fan of her carseat… Reply Robin April 6, 2014 - 8:08 am Honestly, you should still look for seats in the back. As Shelly said, she can’t occupy the seat without a car seat, but you can still put up the arm rests and use the room to spread out and have room for all your stuff. At 10.5 months she’s much more likely to sleep on you in an Ergo or other type carrier than in a bassinet in the front. (and likely sitting up on her own which makes the bassinet dangerous). Just remember you can’t use the carrier during take off or landing. But we do red eyes all the time with the kids and found this the best way to travel. Kids sleep and everyone thinks I have well behaved children! Good luck and enjoy your trip! Reply Shelly Rivoli April 8, 2014 - 12:25 pm Hi Leti! Robin beat me to your response and makes good points – be sure to read! Yes, even if you can have the extra space without using the car seat that could be very helpful (especially while you are eating…), though you will need to hold her on your lap during takeoff and landing. At this moment I can’t remember if Air Canada provides infant safety belts for lap-held babies, but if not, it is always a good idea to use a Baby Bair flight safety vest to help protect against turbulence. More on this page if you aren’t familiar with it: http://www.travelswithbaby.com/gear/car_seats_alternatives.htm Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.