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We recently traveled to Australia for 4 weeks when our baby daughter was 2 months old. I'm writing a series of posts in the hope that this will help others. The other parts can be found here: Part 0 and Part 1.
On our long flight from Sydney to Vancouver on the way home we had a bulkhead seat with a bassinet. As far as I could tell, there was only 1 place on whole plane for it. We had no idea what it would be like, so I'm documenting it here so hopefully it will help others.
It attached to the wall and had a mesh bottom, vinyl side and a mesh "lid" that that velcroed and clipped across. We didn't get as much use out of it as I thought we would. This was because every time they switched on the seatbelt sign you're supposed to take the baby out and hold them on your lap. The flight was bumpy, so the seatbelt sign was on a lot, and even when it wasn't, we thought twice about putting our daughter into the bassinet because taking her out would wake her. The whole bassinet wasn't very deep, so if the lid was secured it was too close and our daughter wouldn't want to be inside if she was awake.
Even though we didn't use it as much as I thought that we would, I'm glad that we had those seats on the way home because they were "bulkhead" seats with extra legroom. On the way there we just had regular seats so that meant that we had to wake the very understanding woman sitting with us up every time we needed to get up to change our daughter.Posted by jim at March 27, 2012 06:06 PM