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    Default Long haul flights with a 1yo

    I'm considering taking DD to the UK later this year to visit my sister. She'll have just turned 1 and I'd probably be travelling alone - am I crazy for thinking about doing this?! I'm worried about wrangling bub and our luggage especially if I'm by myself.

    Has anyone else done this? Would love to hear your experiences - who did you fly with? Did you book an extra seat for your bub? Love the idea of having her in a car seat next to me but not loving the idea of lugging the seat around with me on/off the plane. I'm assuming that since she'll be 12 months old we'd miss out on a bassinet.

    Am I nuts for even considering it?

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    Go- it'll be a great experience. I did it solo with a 3yr old and 20mth old. It was exhausting but certainly doable. Other passengers were amazing at offering to help out and the airline staff were fantastic.
    I only had 2 seats booked but the airline put me in a row with spare seats so miss 20mths had her own seat.
    However miss 20mths wasn't provided any food except baby food jars as she was on an infant ticket so I had to share mine (not a problem but something to be aware of)

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    We travelled with Singapore airline and Lufthansa. Go with Singapore airline, although baby bassinet seat is first comes, first serves on the booking. If she is under 10kg and certain length, she will fit bassinet. They r very baby friendly. Lufthansa didn't offer us to eat at different time so one of us had to skip the meal....

    As for how easy, I think it depends on the temperament of your baby. I would never fly solo with DS. Even the two of us was exhausting with a 6 months old. On the other hand, a solo mom with a bub same age as DS sitting next to us, had an easy time!! It turned out that a midnight flight was a bad idea for us. So many interruptions during check in, security, gate security etc before departure. DS normally goes to bed at 7pm.....he wasn't happy.

    Our flight from Perth to Singapore was mid day, that worked out so much better.

    I would say go. A lot of nice people to help you out. Ignore those people who are rude. We had one told us off on the plane at take off when DS lost it due to over tired and strapped in the seatbelt for 20 mins (late taking off).

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    Thanks ladies for the vote of confidence! I'm seriously considering it.
    @mint80 which airline did you fly with? Super impressed you did it with two little ones! Thanks for the tip about the food too.
    @bbhope my big boof DD is already over 10kg so I guess the bassinet really wouldn't be an option! But good to know that Singapore airlines is a good airline to go with for kids/babies. DD is a pretty good baby, I'm more worried about keeping her entertained in a confined space! She loves crawling around and exploring and by November, when I'm thinking of going, she'll be walking too. And I decided a couple of years ago that I was over red eye flights and wasn't going to do them anymore...definitely not changing my stance on that with a bub!

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    I've taken my DS to the UK and back 3 times (11 weeks old, 12 months old and 23 months old). He has always travelled well. I second Singapore Airlines, they really are excellent and very helpful. I have flown with them on 2 out of my 3 trips, one of the trips (23 months old) they found DS some suitable food even though I had some with me and he wasn't entitled to any as he didn't have his own seat. I used Emirates for the other trip (when DS was 12 months) and they were terrible, I literally had my DS's "meal" (baby food jars) thrown at me. I'd never fly with them again. I was also meant to be travelling with my father but they seated us 20 rows apart and wouldn't amend it, despite me calling them up the week before the flight to request a change, and asking again at airport checkin. I had to leave my son with a stranger in the next seat while I went to the bathroom as the staff were so unhelpful.
    I find the white noise on the plane helps them sleep. Take plenty of toys to keep her entertained, a change of clothes or two on the plane for her (and you!) and I'm sure you will have a great trip

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    I took ds to the uk when he was 18 months. Went with the attitude expect the worse, but wasn't that bad. We were offered the bassinet seat and took it, his feet were out the bassinet but we were both more rested. Food was baby food, the staff kept my food until I was ready for it. Expect tears mine was overtired but was also curious at his new surroundings so just go with the flow.
    Pack extra clothes for both of you, and lots of snacks and toys. He loved his homemade shape sorter old formula tin with 2 slots cut in the lid, then posted different sized plastic bottle tops through. If you've got a baby/toddler carrier take that as it was so much easier using that.

    I was on my uk passport ds was on Aus one, you can still go through the eu passports as your travelling as a unit, I stood in the other line but got told to move, although saying that I also think they were moving families with little ones through faster.

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    I travelled with Emirates and they were excellent. Some of the airline crew were a bit rude but overall it was a great experience.

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    @besha if you decide to get your DD her own seat you don't need to have her in her car seat. You can buy a product called a CARES flight restraint online. It is CASA approved (so you can use it domestically as well). It is brilliant. It is essentially a harness that uses the lap sash of the plane. Keeps them in their seat when needed, is a lot safer than the lap sash and folds into a small bag - so very easy to put on/off and carry between flights.

    Cannot recommend it highly enough. We've been using it for DS2 since he has had his own seat on a plane and he knows the rules.

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    @besha: If I travel alone, I rarely take red eyes. Everyone tells me that babies sleep so red eyes is good. Oh ya, it was worse. The bassinet seat was right next to the toilet and there was a non stop toilet trip from people. He was so distracted that he couldn't sleep. He was also freaked out about the bassinet so didn't sleep in there. So night flight with a non sleeping baby, go and figure...... he was in our arms most of the time. Baby food wasn't served at Lufthansa flight until we asked for them! Well not that he needed solid food. He was 6 months and hardly ate any solid at the time. Still...it wasn't good service for family. Otherwise, they are ok.

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    If you don't have one already, I'd suggest getting a soft structured carrier like a tula. You have your arms free at the airport and it can also be a lifesaver during the flight too!

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