This is probably my most dreaded part of the trip. Horror stories from families being escorted off the plane to babies crying non-stop to flights being delayed and all. An aunt also got me cautious about flying with PAL because of the undesirable treatment they had.
To my happiness (and surprise), it was a smooth-flying airplane ride to and from Manila!
The only concern was how to eat with an infant on my lap. Since we didn’t opt to get seats with the bassinet (Z won’t fit, anyway), the husband and I planned to take turns eating. But during the flight to HK, Z slept soundly on my chest after breastfeeding (for the air pressure not to hurt his ears). So, Mr. Bry126 had to feed me like a toddler!
I felt really sad for the baby who was crying all the way from Manila to HK. I guess the only way to prevent it is to be prepared with distractions, food and toys for the baby. And a lot of cuddling, walking and confidence for the parents. Never mind the on-lookers, they wouldn’t be able to calm your baby anyway.
I suggest choosing seats which can be reclined fully (meaning, no seats behind) so you can be comfortable when the baby sleeps. Some choose bulk seats so no one can recline towards them, or so that the baby won’t disturb the people seating in front. In our case, we were seated at the last row during the flight going to HK, which meant that I was fully reclined while Z was sleeping on me. However, going back to Manila was a different story. We were in normal seats (with people in front and behind us) and Z was super awake! Thankfully, Z was well-behaved all throughout the flight and didn’t cause any stir. Except when the flight attendants mush how cute he is! I guess for longer flights, a business class seat is a must… A must save, that is!
I’ve yet to post a picture of Z on the plane!
What are your airplane stories with your little ones? I’m excited to travel again with my baby boy!