Travelling with infant/baby
Posted 09 November 2009 - 05:59 PM
From what we understand, the baby has to be in the parents lap during the flights (if a seat wasn't purchased) and this is the case here. But what about during the shuttle from the airport to the resort? Is a car seat allowed? Since we are flying into Punta Cana then taking ground transportation from the airport to La Romana, I am concerned with this. Does anyone know?
Any advice for travelling with babies will be helpful and that's from advice for on the plane and once you're at the resort.
Posted 09 November 2009 - 06:19 PM
As for the ground transportation, I would carry-on a car seat on the plane. They do not count it towards your carry-on and they simply check it at the door like a stroller (which I also would recommend bringing) and then you get it back when you land. Or you can check it with your luggage. I would use a car seat in the Van if it were me.
Extra tip, if you haven't flown with an infant, you will need to bring a bottle, or something for him/her to suck on during take off to avoid build up of presure in their ears. They will cry like mad if you don't!
Hope this helps.
Posted 09 November 2009 - 06:29 PM
Posted 09 November 2009 - 07:23 PM
Also, depending who your transport is with from the airport to the hotel, you may also want to contact them ahead of time and let them know you are travelling with an infant in a car seat. I don't know for sure, but my concern is that if you didn't book your baby a seat on the plane, then they may not include the baby in their overall count on the bus... which would mean driving from the airport to your resort in La Romana with the baby and/or the car seat on your lap. And I don't think that would be terribly comfortable for you or safe for either of you.
Also, for your flight if you're able to pre-book your seats then sometimes requesting one window seat and one aisle seat can help you secure the middle seat for the baby. And if you end up with a fully booked flight and someone in the seat between you and FI then I'm sure that person would be more than willing to switch with one of you so that you can sit together and aren't passing baby back and forth the entire flight
If you need any more clarification about what allowances you have for the baby then you can contact your airline specifically to double check.
And remember that DR probably has very different rules about infants and car seats so make sure that you do whatever makes you feel safe for you and your baby.
Posted 10 November 2009 - 01:22 AM
Great tip to "check" the car seat when we get on the plane! I don't even know who will be providing transportation from the airport for me to contact them directly and when I asked the agent, all she said was that "I'm sure if the shuttle isn't full, people won't mind a car seat - but usually they are full". As a TA, shouldn't she find out I might just email Air Canada directly once we are paid for in full. She has not been any help in this planning since the beginning. Anyway....
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