B, at eight months old, was incredibly curious, wiggly and wanted to crawl everywhere. How would I keep him entertained for the 4 hour flight?!?
To ease my nerves (a bit) we purchased a seat for B, and am SO GLAD we did. The flight would have been miserable if I didn't have the extra space. Here is why:
- The flight was completely full. Jam PACKED. Even on JetBlue - a plane with slightly more leg room - nobody wants an extra person in their row, no matter how small he may be.
- B is very active - he jumps, bounces, crawls and plays. Luckily I had packed an arsenal of toys, books, and teethers that I stored in a tote under the seat. Had he been on my lap, I wouldn't have been able to reach the bag without repeatedly invading my neighbor's space in a really awkward manner.
- B has started eating solids and is a messy eater. Had he been on my lap, he would have likely managed to fling food at a neighbor. I don't know how he does it, but I find bits of food in the farthest, oddest places after he eats!
- You never know who might be sitting near you. For example, we were seated amidst a huge party. Half of our plane was comprised of sales people who had won an incentive trip to PR. Naturally, they started boozing right after take-off. Since B smiles at EVERYONE he became an item of entertainment for the group. Many a drunkard yelled words of affection in his direction...which he LOVED. I, on the other hand, was about to faint from holding him up so he could jump above the seats and smile at his audience. Every jump was received with a cheer from the crowd, a squeal from B, and what felt like a torn shoulder muscle for me. I was so thankful to have a moment when I could put him in his seat, pop in the pacifier, and cover him up with his blanket to give him "quiet-ish" time. I also send major gratitude to the guy next to me who was the only member of said sales team to hold back on the boozing. He even played peek-a-boo with B.
- Speaking of peak-a-boo, one way of entertaining him during the flight was to cover his seat with a blanket and play peak-a-boo. It got him to stop crying several times (he mainly cried because he wanted to crawl).
On the way home Chris traveled with us so we kept B on our lap. It's not so bad when there are two people because you can take turns holding the baby. When he eats, one person serves as a buffer between the baby and row neighbor. B loved the plane and especially liked greeting people as they boarded! Here he is in action: