Baby Travel Tip – Flying With An Infant

Each time we fly with Baby B, we learn something new. As you might have read in our first post on 5 tips for flying with an infant, there are some things you can do to make your trip more enjoyable. On our most recent 6 hour flight (Baby’s longest so far) we have learned another simple airline baby travel tip.

Book an aisle and window seat at the back of the plane

Most airlines we have flown only have one change table, and it’s always in the restroom located at the back of the plane. We watched countless families try to get around food carts or have to wait until the food service was done because they were unable to get around. If you’re already in the back, the restroom is easily accessible and you don’t have to stand in line with an uncomfortable baby.

The most likely seat on a plane where you can get the entire row (without paying for all the seats) is the very last row. This is because they don’t fully recline so airlines are hesitant to give them out unless it’s necessary. On two separate flights, we were put there after requesting to put a block on our middle seat. The plane was not full so at check-in they suggested we take those seats. We were happy to have the extra space, even if the seats didn’t fully recline.


This post is a part of Travel Tips Tuesday at Suitcases and Sippycups and Walkingon Travels.

10 Responses to “Baby Travel Tip – Flying With An Infant”

  • Fingers crossed that I get the same results when we head to Europe in October. I’ll have one on my lap and the other in a seat. An extra seat would be VERY welcome.

  • This is exactly the kind of information I needed eight years ago when we took our baby on her first flight. I was so worried about it. Fortunately, we were flying Southwest so our seats were not assigned, and a gate attendant gave me similar advice.

  • I love the back also because it’s noisier back there. Not only because it usually lulls my kids to sleep, but if they’re fussy, typically no one else can really hear them very well. 😉

  • All I can say is that, wherever you’re sitting, thank you for taking the baby to the bathroom to change them. I’ve seen far too many people just lay the baby across a couple of seats and change them there. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s not the most pleasant part of the flight either.

  • That is such a great tip! I love being at the back of the plane with kids.

  • Oh how well I know where that changing table is on a plane. And even sometimes the lack there of. On larger, international flights I’ve seen them in the middle, but there are never enough and someone is always in there not realizing that you have been waiting forever for just that one spot, when all the others are empty.
    Great tip on grabbing the back row. I’ve never heard of asking for a block on a seat either. Wish I had when we were just a family of 3 traveling. Will remember when the little guy needs a seat of his own. Maybe we can just take over the entire back row!
    Thanks for linking up to Travel Tips Tuesday today!

    • Were heading to Europe next month, so maybe the change tables will be in the middle next time. It makes more sense if they are.

      We always ask that if the planes not full to block the seat. We also always pay to reserve the window and aisle so it’s likely that it will be open.

      It’s worked everytime so far!

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