Traveling with a baby

Posted by Alina on Wednesday Oct 1, 2008 Under baby safety, useful tips

By plane:
It is not necessary to buy a plane ticket for a child until they are two years old, however, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends that parents of children younger than two years buy a ticket and use a car seat on the plane. Some airlines offer discounts for children younger than two, so make sure to notify them if you are buying such a ticket. If you don’t buy a ticket, you have to hold them on your lap or you may be able to get a bassinet, but you must ask for it well in advance. One piece of advice given to me was to purchase the aisle and window seats, because a single middle seat is the least attractive option for someone flying alone. Bring the baby in the car seat all the way to the gate, and when getting on the plane ask if there are any unfilled seats on the plane. If there is an empty seat, the flight attendant may be able to help you arrange to have a seat for your baby’s car seat. If all seats are filled, you can check your car seat at the gate.

By bus in NYC:
You must carry your baby and collapse the stroller while on the bus.
My personal experience with the bus was not extremely pleasant. It was heavy to have to drag the diaper bag, the stroller (in collapsed position) and my son in a carrier. Having to sit at the front of the bus with all the stuff, I felt like I was in the way of people getting on and off. Also, as the bus moved and swayed, I found it a bit difficult to hold on to the stroller while holding the baby and the bag so that nothing would fall. I think traveling without the stroller, with the baby in a carrier, would have made for a much better experience.

By car:
In NYC your baby must be in a rear facing car seat until 1 year of age and 20 lbs. After that he/she must still be in a car seat, but may face forward until he/ she is 40 lbs. Until the child is 65 lbs, he/ she must be in either an appropriate car seat or booster seat (facing forward).
**When traveling in a taxi in NYC, the car seat law does not apply, thus the baby does not have to be in one, although for his/her safety, it is wiser to use one.

By Subway:
In NYC, you can bring the stroller on the subway and do not have to collapse it. I would advise against traveling in rush hour with a stroller if possible, due to overcrowding. The greatest challenge is getting in and out of the subway, because many stations do not have elevators, and some that are marked on the subway map as “handicapped accessible” have elevators that will bring you to a platform of the train traveling in only one direction, not both. I have foundĀ  people on the subway to be very helpful with carrying a stroller for a mom who has a baby in her arms, you may just have to wait by the staircase for a few minutes.

By train (Amtrak/ LIRR):


According to; “Children under 2 years of age traveling free may occupy a vacant seat only if it is not yet needed for a paying passenger. If a child under 2 years of age does occupy a seat without paying a fare, the conductor has the right to request the child be removed for a fare- paying passenger, or the passenger has the option of purchasing a ticket to allow the child to continue to occupy the seat.”

A stroller may be checked in as a “special item” for a fee of $5.00.

My husband, 5 month old son and I recently traveled by Amtrak from NYC to Montreal, Canada. We brought the stroller onto the train with us both ways (did not check it) and occupied the handicapped area seats. These seats have extra space in front so the stroller can stand opened, directly in front of you and there will still be decent leg room. It was great to have the stroller with us during this ELEVEN HOUR TRIP, to be able to put our son down so he could play or nap. One thing to keep in mind is that there are “red caps” (guys wearing red caps), who work for Amtrak, and for a tip, can help you bring your stuff and escort you onto the train before everyone else, so that you can get those special seats. You should see the red caps if you look around where tickets are sold or near check in posts.


According to
“Children under 5 years old ride free at all times. Children ages 5-11 travel at half the adult fares. These tickets are sold as an option under “One Way” or “Round Trip” ticket buttons on Ticket Machines.”

One Response to “Traveling with a baby”

  1. raje Says:

    It is really a helpfull article for me .Keep it up.

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