Every parent knows that travelling with an infant can be challenging, to say the least. Especially if that travel occurs in the air, where space is limited and you aren’t in control of the transport.
A plane bassinet seat is a small bed for babies which is usually fixed to the bulkhead wall (the wall behind the galley, or toilets or another cabin) and directly in front of a row of seats.
Two Mamamia parents described their experience with the bassinet seat on a plane, and whether they thought it was worth the trouble of requesting it – which you have to do, as they are usually in demand.
Here are their tips:
Lauren, flying with three-month-old daughter, Sydney – Hawaii.
“One tip from my friend absolutely made all the difference,” Lauren said. “She told me to take large bulldog clips so I can create darkness for the baby over the bassinet. My daughter was easily distractible as she was falling asleep, so a cover that could let air through was so helpful.”
Lauren added that the bassinet seat is also often near the galley (kitchen) or bathroom – high traffic areas, and places where the light is often turned on and off – another reason why a cover was so useful.
“Taking bulldog clips with you also means that if the baby is seated next to you, you clip a cover between the seats.”
One thing Lauren said surprised her was that she used the bassinet less than expected.
“I hadn’t thought about how when there’s turbulence, you need to hold the baby when the seatbelt sign is on because there’s no restraint in the bassinet.”
But Lauren said that it was absolutely worth requesting, because the extra space (due to the location on the plane), and place to put baby-related gear, was a luxury in such a tight space.
“It was nice to be able to be hands-free during meals, too,” she added.
Emilie, travelling with four-month-old twins, Sydney – Abu Dhabi.
“I was travelling with twins, so we needed two bassinets,” Emilie said. “The main problem was the turbulence, because every time we hit a bad patch, we had to take the babies out of the bassinets, even if they were sleeping. The airline enforces that quite strictly, even if the baby is asleep, and you’re asleep. They had to wake us up.”
Emilie also found the cabin was not dark enough, and thought that the idea some of her friends have have since to fashion a ‘tent’ over the bassinet is the best way to do it.