Essential Airline Bassinet Seat Information/Comparison Chart 2020

Updated January 2020

Which airlines have bassinets for infants?

This post will give you essential airline bassinet seat information and answer questions such as ‘How big is a bassinet on a plane?’ What is the weight limit of a bassinet, How to request a bassinet and so much more.

You will find details of over 50 airlines policies plus extra information to help you secure an airplane skycot for your baby.

The majority of long haul flights will have bassinets for babies to sleep in – some even for short haul flights! However, if you are flying with a budget or low cost carrier, then even if it’s a long-haul flight, (eg Norwegian, TUI, etc) bassinets are not provided.

This detailed and comprehensive airplane bassinet guide includes all the most popular airlines which provide bassinets, and a note on the airlines which do not provide.

What does the airline bassinet table include?

The table below, also depicts additional essential airline bassinet seat information including the airline bassinet weight limit restrictions and measurements, plus extra tips and information for over 50 airlines.  All of this is researched and updated regularly to help you make an informed decision before you book your flight. Be aware that airlines do have varying requirements.

If you know all about bassinets but just want to compare between airlines head directly to the quick reference airline bassinet table below. If you have a few questions, read through these FAQ first to help. At the very end of this page are the full details of each airlines bassinet policy.

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What is an airplane bassinet?

An airplane bassinet seat, is a small bed for babies which is usually fixed to the airplane bulkhead wall (the wall behind the galley, or toilets or another cabin). In some premium cabins, they can be built into the seat compartment.

Bassinets are sometimes referred to as skycots, baskets and cots. There are a limited number of these onboard which makes them very popular for families flying with infants.

How do you get a bassinet on a plane?

  • If you need one, you need to request an airplane bassinet seat. via your airline or booking agent. This can sometimes be done online, but often you will need to call. This is a normal passenger seat, which can either have the bassinet fixed to the wall in front of them, or in premium cabins  which have a special compartment built in which is the bassinet. Some airlines are charging extra for these seats, including Turkish Airlines,  as there are at the bulkhead position – a desired place for extra legroom. I have detailed which ones in the comparison chart below.
  • If you are flying with a US or Canadian airline, you are only given the option of a bassinet at the gate. It is very much on a first come, first served basis, so it imperative you check in early and get to the gate as soon as possible to secure one.
  • Some airlines give preference to the youngest babies (eg Qantas) so you will not have your bassinet confirmed until all infants have been checked in for the flight.
  • I always double check and call the airline to check my request has been noted. I also use the airline seat map to check it is correct by using and the airline website.
  • At check in or bag drop, I always again check the status of the bassinet and ask if there is any potential for a spare empty seat.
  • After take- off, a crew member should immediately get the bassinet and install it for you once the seat belt sign has been switched off. If they forget, do ask!
  • Most airlines require you to remove your baby from the bassinet if it bumpy. A bassinet cannot be used for taxi, take-off or landing.

Can my baby stay in an airplane bassinet for the whole flight?

Most airline staff will request you to remove your baby if it is turbulentQantas and Virgin Atlantic  (except Virgin’s B747) are an exception due to their bassinet design. (Thank you both!)

Below is a picture of the Virgin Atlantic baby bassinet harness. This type is not available on the B747

What do airplane bassinets look like? Are they the same on every airline?

Most airlines have wall-mounted bassinets (at a bulkhead position) but a couple have bassinets that go on the floor – (some made out of cardboard and others like plastic sleeping bags.)

The British Airways bassinet has a version like the above photo for smaller babies and a fabric ‘car seat’ style which reclines for older babies which is fitted to a folded down table.

British Airways reclining chair airplane bassinet - photo copyright Carrie Bradley
British Airways reclining bassinet – photo copyright Carrie Bradley

In some business and first class cabins, (eg Virgin Australia) the bassinet is built in and is different to the ones in the economy cabin. All detailed information including the sizes and age allowance is included in the table below.

For photos of different types of bassinets see my bassinet photo album on my Flying With A Baby Facebook Page.

I’m on a codeshare flight, who do I request the airplane bassinet with?

If you are on a codeshare flight, the airplane bassinet sizes, availability, and rules could be completely different from the airline you book your flight with.

The airline you are actually flying with, is the airline responsible for your request. I recommend looking at the airline bassinet seat chart below, before you book your flight and use it to help you choose your airline. 

How do I know where the airplane baby bassinet positions are?

Airline websites usually have seatmaps for the aircraft type. Another useful resource is SeatGuru, where you can see not only the bassinet positions, but where the loos, galley and exits are as well as the exact seat number.

They often look like this and have small holes on the bulkhead positions. Tray tables are usually stowed in the armrest  and TV’s below the seat.

bulkhead bassinet position on Emirates B777-300 ER economy class.

Top Tips Before you Request or Use Your Airline Bassinet

  • Remember to lift your TV out before you or the crew put the bassinet up and baby into sleep, otherwise you may not be able to unlatch it properly and will be left with no in-flight movie to watch…
  • Face your babies legs towards the aisle . A lot more airlines are now enforcing this. ( I believe the reason is to see babies face to check they are ok as they walk past?)

Can I use something to cover the bassinet from the cabin lights?

Some people use a lightweight blanket and some tape to shield their little one. Alternatively, there is a great product, Cozigo – which is not only an airplane bassinet sleep cover but a UV stroller cover too.

CoziGo (affiliate link) retails at AUS $99.95 and can be shipped worldwide or can be bought from (affiliate link) It’s currently not available on the USA or Australia Amazon sites.

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My baby doesn’t fit into the bassinet seat – what now?

If you are travelling with another child and you have already booked your flight, you may prefer to sit in normal seats, where all the arm rests lift up.

This will allow little ones to stretch out an be more comfortable. My article on sleeping on a plane has some really useful tips and information here. If you are flying with a toddler, the sleep gadgets mentioned here may help your little one get some rest in a normal seat.

I need more help!

For more helpful tips and information for flying with a baby and holidaying with kids, please have a look through the menu tabs above- where hopefully you can find out everything you needed to know! If not- please do ask me via the contact page or by a comment at the bottom of this post.

Note: I do fully research and check this data with airlines, but I cannot be held responsible for any bookings based on this table and I do urge you to double check before confirming your ticket.

Further information on flying with a baby

Don’t forget:

  • Have you remembered any items you need to help your baby or toddler sleep on the plane?
  • Would you like a free printable (no sign up) packing checklist? If so see here.
  • Find out which airlines/airports provide courtesy airport strollers here.


AirlineMax weight of baby
Max length of baby
Max Age of baby
Bassinet dimensions
Other Info
Aer Lingus10 kgs
(22 lbs)
Pre booking required. Available on international flights.
Aeroflot11 kgs
(26 lbs)
Under one
Available on med and long haul flights.
Air Canada12 kgs
(25 lbs)
Only available in economy class. For babies unable to sit upright.
Availability only confirmed at flight departure.
Air France10 kgs
(22 lbs)
70cm/27”N/AN/AOnly available in economy/premium economy and business class long haul flights. Request by phone ASAP.
Air IndiaUnder 2 years71cm x 36cm x 19cmInfant must fit in bassinet
Air Mauritius11 kgs12 months
Air New Zealand11.8 kgs
N/A8 months - although they may be able to fit older babies.Only available on international flights. Can book and select seat with bassinet online. If infant is too big for a bassinet, a more suitably aged infant could be moved there and no refund will be given if seats are paid for as selected seats. Bassinets MAY be installed on B747, B777 and B767 with sheets, pillow and blanket. Look for bassinet icon to see if your flight will have them.
These bassinets are chargeable unless you wait to see if any are left at check-in.
Air Seychelles11 kgs
25 lbs
Up to 6 monthsRequest at time of reservation.
Alaska AirNo bassinet available
Alitalia11 kgs 76cm N/AN/AOn some long haul flight sonly
American Airlines9 kgs
This has been reduced from 15.8kg!
Available on B777 and some B767 aircraft. Cannot be reserved in advance. Will be allocated at the gate.
Asiana14 kgs76 cm76.8cm x 29.8 x 15.8 cm
29.92" x 11.73 x 6.22"
Babies who are taller or heavier than the limit will not be given a bassinet in flight.
Avianca11 kgs74 cm74.93 x 33.99 x 22cm
29.5 X 13.38 X 8.82 inches
Airport may require confirmation of request on day of flight.
Documentation- Avianca recommend taking paediatricians certificate of weight and size of baby/
British Airways12.5kgs
(27.5 lbs)
N/A2 yearsN/ABA have carrycot style for young infants and reclining chair child seat style for up to 2 years old (max 12.5kgs) which is put in the same bassinet position. Can book online and choose seat at same time as booking flight online. Bassinets available on all long except on London City to JFK service.
Cathay Pacific & Cathay Dragon12 kgs
(26 lbs)
6 months - CX state that babies older than 6m may feel uncomfortable in the bassinet.Cathay also offer their own child seat restraint, when some some infant/child car seats cannot be used on some of their passenger seats. Child must be between 6m and 3 yrs old with a max height of 100m (40") and a max wright of 20 kgs (44lbs)
China AirlinesN/AOn first come, first served basis
China Southern Airlines25lbs70cmOnly available in Mingzhu Economy Class ( premium) or economy class and if the flight is over 3 hours. Must reserve at least 24 hours before the flight.
Czech Airlines11 kgs
75cm x 32 x 22Must be requested when you book your seat.
Delta20 lbs26"Bassinet seat given at boarding gate but can be requested by contacting reservations. Only 2 skycots per aircraft.
Easy JetNo bassinet available
El Al 18 kgs9 months74 cm x 22.5 x 34 cmMust book in advance and remove infant if seat belt sign is on. baby must be able to lie flat.
Emirates11 kgs
(24.2 lbs)
N/AAge 2 limit although EK state "Whilst our bassinets are designed for babies up to two years old, we won’t be able to provide one if your baby doesn’t fit safely."75cm x 33.02 x 22 cm
29.5" x 13 x 8.8 "
Contact reservations to book. First class suites measurements are smaller 63.5 cm long and 28 cm wide. Must remove baby from bassinet when turbulent.
baby MUST be able to lie flat in bassinet.
(24.2 lbs)
N/ACabin crew will confirm that your infant fits comfortably and safely in the bassinet before affixing it at your seat position.
EVA Air10, 14 or - 16 kgs
See further info as weight limit depends on aircraft type.
See further info as measurements vary depending on aircraft.B747 - weight 16 kg 81.9 cm x 39.4 cm wide.

14 kg 70.8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide
16 kg 81.9CM Long x 39.4CM Wide

14 kg 80.9CM Long x 32.8CM Wide
16 kg 81.9CM Long x 39.4CM Wide

16 kg 81.9CM Long x 39.4cm Wide

14k 70.8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide

10kg 60 cm Long x 30cm Wide
Royal Laurel Class Baby Bassinet install between 138CM ~ 141CM height on the B777
Finn Air11 kgs or 9kgs if on A330/A340Age limit is 6 months if on A330/A340Available on all wide-body aircrafts on long haul routes. Both in economy and business class depending on the aircraft type. They can hold babies of max 11 kg of weight. On Airbus 333 /343 (excl. LQA, F, G) at row 41 D,H the maximum weight of the infant is only 9 kg.
months. Seats are chargeable!
Garuda Indonesia14 kg76.9 cm x 29.9 x 20 cmto book bassinet, request in the REMARKS box in the final review page after you have finished your booking. customer services will contact you and reconfirm.
Gulf Air10 kgs
(22 lbs)
26 "up to 7 months old
Jet BlueNo bassinets available
Hawaiian32" x 14.5 x 7"Available on request on all Japan routes and Incheon ( Korea) Beijing ( China), Sydney, Brisbane ( Australia ) and Auckland ( New Zealand).
These are on international A330 flights and the accompanying adult must purchase a bassinet compatible "Extra Comfort Seat' in row 14. See website for further info. Note for Sapporo - Japan this is a B767 aircraft and cannot be reserved in advance.
Iberia11 kgs8 monthsinternational flights.
A charge is applicable.
JAL10.5 kgs77cm x 32.5 x 15 cmAvailable on international routes.
KLM10 kgs
65 cmCan book online or by phone
Korean Air11 kgs
(24.24 lbs)
75 cmBaby seat and harness are also available on international flights to and from Incheon except for B737 aircraft, Japan- China routes. these are for infant passengers who have paid child fare for own seat.
Latam Airlines10 kgsunder 71cmOne bassinet is available on the A330 and B767
Two bassinets are available on B777 and B787. There is a charge for the bassinet ranging from US$ 45 to $140 plus sales tax.
Lufthansa14 kgs83 cmCan book for long haul flights and a seat reservation fee may apply depending on type of ticket.
MalaysianUnder 275 cm x 34 x 22.4 cm

29.5" x 13.38 x 8.82
Phone to book. only available in economy and business cabins.
Miat Mongolian
11 kgs75cm75 cm x 34 x 22.4cmYou can request at check in
Norwegian Air12kg/25lbs9 months17.8 x 36.8 x 81.3 cmOn Dreamliners B787 long haul flight only
Qantas11 kgsDomestic 6 months
Intl - up to 18 months
71 cm x 31 cm x 26 cmDomestic bassinet max age up to 6 months and intl up to 18 months. Sheet, pillow and blanket are provided.
Bassinets are fitted to B747, B767, A380 and A330 aircraft. They cannot be booked online. Babies can remain in bassinets during turbulence due to design of bassinet.
Qatar11 kgs on all narrow bodies flight,B777,787 and some A330
On A340 and some other A330 the maximum weight is 15kg
76.8 cm x 29.8 x 15.8cm
30.76" x 11.96 x 8"
Check with the airline first which aircraft type you are likely to be on (but be aware this can be subject to change for operational reasons.)Qatar website says ' During the infant booking, before payment, you will be informed whether bassinet positions are available. if bassinets are not available then you can either reselect your flights or continue with your booking, but your bassinet request will not be confirmed. In such cases you will have to travel with your infant on your lap."
Singapore14 kgs

30.81 lbs
76.8 cm x 29.8 x 15.8 cmThis is their smallest bassinet -and you can book prior to making payment for your flight.
South African Airways10 kgs 75cmUp to 6 months.
Baby's weight must not exceed 10kg .Infants not exceeding 6 months of age, 10kg and 75cm are eligible for a baby bassinet on a first come first served basis. We highly recommend eligible customers reserve a bassinet during or shortly after booking their flight
SouthwestNo bassinets available
Sri LankanUnder 12 months24 " x 12 x 8 "
Swiss AirUp to 8 monthsCharge $99 for each segment for each pax to sit next to parent at bassinet seat.
TAP Portugal11kgs
12 months75 cm x 34 cm x 22.4 cmAvailable on long-haul flights and in Executive Class of some medium-haul aircraft;

The baby should always be seen to fit comfortably inside the crib;
Thai Airways10 kgs6 months
TUI (formerly Thomson) No bassinets available.
Turkish Airlines8 kgs Bassinet seat is charged $79 USD per person per leg.
United Airlines10 kgs
(22 lbs)
29" x 11" x 7"International on B747,B767, B777, B757-200 and B787. No bassinets on First class, Global business international flights.
Some aircraft have floor bassinets! ( I’ve heard this was the case many, many years ago on a few airlines, but no major airline in European, Asia, Australia ,NZ,or Middle East allows this citing safety reasons for turbulence and rapid decompression. In my opinion, these are not as safe as other wall mounted bassinets.
Virgin AtlanticSee other info. Varies from 9kg-11kg depending on aircraft type and class.
See other info. Varies from 74cm -76cm depending on aircraft type and class.
See other info (economy / premium economy):
74cm x 35 cm x 21 cm
(29” x 13.8” x 8.3” )
Or 72.7cm l x 28.6cm
(28.6” x11.25” )
Upper class all:76 cm x 35cm x 24cm
(29.9” x 13.8” x 9.4”)
* Must remove baby from bassinet when turbulent if using a skycot type bassinet on B747-400 Otherwise, baby can remain in bassinet..

On A340-300 + B747-400 in economy and premium max weight of 9kg/19.8lb and length of”.
On A340-600 +A330 economy and premium max weight 11kg/24.25lbs and length of 76 cm/30”.
Upper class all aircraft max weight of 11 kg (24.25lb) and length of 75cm/29.5”

Bassinet – available in most Upper Class cabins (not on B747-400 from LGW, MAN, GLA, BFS)Maximum weight is 11Kg (24lbs), height is 75cm/29.5”
Infant Cradle – available in Economy and Premium Economy on B787-9, A330-300 and A340-600 Maximum weight is 11kg/24.25lbs, height is 76cm/30”

Skycot – available in Economy and Premium Economy on B747-400 Not be used during taxi, take-off, turbulence and landing.

Parent or Guardian would be asked to re-secure infant onto lap with seatbelt during
turbulence when the seatbelt sign is turned on.
Maximum weight is 9kg/19.8lbs, height is 74cm/29”

Virgin NO LONGER have a car seat type available.

N.B No bassinets in Upper Class on B747-400 on flights to/from LGW and MAN
Virgin Australia 18kgs/ 40lbs on international long haul.
11kg/24lbs A330 Aircraft

Intl long haul
74.8 x 36 x 22.5 cm
( 27.5” x 14.2 “x 8.85”

A330 Aircraft
75 x 34 x 22.4 cm
(29.5”x13.4”x 8.8”)
Bassinets are only available on domestic flights if operated by A330 aircraft. Request at time of booking through the Guest Contact Centre.
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Full Details of Airline Bassinet Policies

The below are quotes from each airlines website regarding their bassinets or skycots.

Disclaimer: Note I do fully research and check this data with airlines, but I cannot be held responsible for any bookings based on this and I do urge you to double check before confirming your ticket. Details below are correct as of September 2018.

Aer Lingus

Max weight allowed 10 kgs (22 lbs)

“Bassinet seats are offered for transatlantic flights, however they’re subject to availability and require pre-booking. You could also consider opting for increased comfort by purchasing a dedicated seat for your infant at a child rate.

Aircraft bassinet seats are unfortunately not available for infants with confirmed seating. For more information, please contact your local reservations office. * Bassinet seats are not available on Boeing 757 aircraft.”


Max weight 11 kgs (26 lbs) suitable for under one’s only

“At check-in, seats next to cot positions are first allocated to passengers who have made an advance booking. Before mounting a cot, our staff will check your infant’s weight and inform you about the rules for using the cot during the flight.

Infants carried in a cot must be placed with their legs towards the aisle. During take-off, landing and in turbulence the infant must not be left in the cot.”

Air Canada

Max weight 12 kgs (25lb)

“If you’re travelling with a young (or small) infant in Economy Class, you may request an airplane bassinet in advance of travel by contacting Air Canada Reservations. However, we are unable to confirm availability until the time of your flight’s departure.

  • Bassinets are assigned on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability at time of flight departure.
  • Bassinets may be provided on the following aircraft:
    • Boeing 787-9 (789)
    • Boeing 787-8 (788)
    • Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
    • Boeing 777-200LR (77L)
    • Airbus A330 (333)
    • Boeing 767-300ER (763)
  • For safety reasons:
    • Bassinets can be used only for infants weighing less than 12 kg (25 lb) who are unable to sit upright.
    • The cabin crew is responsible for installing the bassinet once the seat belt sign has been turned off.”

Air France

Max weight 10kg/22lbs. Must measure less than 70cm/27″

“You can request a bassinet on long-haul flights in the Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins, subject to availability.

To check availability and submit your request for a bassinet, please contact us by phone as soon as possible after booking your flight, and at least 48 hours before your departure.”

Air India

Max age – must be under two and fit in these bassinet dimensions. 71cm x 36cm x 19cm

“The preferred seat select scheme is available on the website on select routes operated by Air India. The paid seat selection doesn’t include Bassinet seats for infants which are free of charge.”

Air Mauritius

Up to 12 months old and/or weighing up to 11 kg,

” Please note that our baby cots can accommodate infants up to 12 months old and/or weighing up to 11 kg, depending on whichever condition is more restrictive.

Two infants accompanied by one adult may travel only if one of the two infants is over 12 months and is able to sit in a car seat approved for use on an aircraft. If this case applies to you, you will need to inform us at the time you book your flight and pay the applicable fare for the seat occupied by the child.”

Air New Zealand

“On international flights our Boeing 777-200, 777-300, and 787-9 aircraft may offer seats with bassinets that are:

  • Designed for infants up to 8 months old and 11.8kg (26lb)
  • Made up with sheets, a pillow and blankets
  • 73.66cm (29in) long and 34.29cm (13.5in) wide

If you’re booking online, just select a seat with a bassinet icon from the bassinet row. Not all seats in this row have bassinets, so please select carefully. You’ll be asked to confirm the infant will meet the age and weight limits when they fly. If it turns out they don’t, you may be asked to move and will not receive a refund on any seat select fee.

If you are travelling with an infant aged between 8 and 15 months who does not weigh more than 11.8kg (26lb), we may be able to allocate you a bassinet seat when you check in.”

Air Seychelles

“Baby bassinets may be requested for infants up to 6 months of age and not weighing more than 11kg / 25 lbs. Bassinets are subject to availability. Requests should be made at the time of reservation.”


“Some long-haul flights offer on-board bassinets, for children less than 76 cm long and weighing no more than 11 kg, which can be requested when booking. For operational reasons, this service might not be guaranteed on board, even if booked. In this case, the child must travel in the adult’s lap.”

American Airlines

“Airplane bassinets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the gate for travel only on 777-200, 767-300, 777-300 and 787 aircraft.”

Read more information on flying with a baby on American Airlines here.


  • Business Smartium Class Seat: height of 71 cm or below + weight of less than 10 kg
  • Other class seats: height of 76 cm or below + weight of less than 14 kg

The baby bassinet can only be used after making a reservation, and reservations may close early due to limited quantities. If the specifications are exceeded, the baby bassinet cannot be used in the cabin even if an advance reservation was made, and the infant must sit with their guardian.”


“Age: 12 months old or less
Height: Less than 74 centimeters
Weight: Up to 11 kilograms

Your baby must meet the height and weight requirements when travelling so that he or she does not exceed the size of the cradle (29.5 X 13.38 X 8.82 inches or 74.93 X 33.99 X 22.40 cms), and your request is not denied.

When making your reservation through the call center or at counters. There is a limited quota per aircraft. The service is available for all routes operated by the A330 or B787. The quota on each aircraft is three cradles.

Due to operational matters, the plane assigned for you trip may vary. In this event, we cannot guarantee the service. Flights operated by Avianca Ecuador S.A. do not offer this service.”

British Airways

“Our carrycots and child seats are for infants from birth up to 2 years old. You can reserve a carrycot/child seat position in advance on long haul flights only, as our short haul aircraft do not have carrycot/child seats.

Child seats and carrycots are supplied free of charge, but are subject to availability on-board the aircraft on the day. They will be given to the people sitting in the carrycot/child seat positions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Even if you’ve reserved this type of seat, we may have to move you on the day if there is a person with a greater need who requires it, such as a wheelchair user.

How to reserve carrycot/child seats

Please reserve a carrycot/child seat position in advance, using Manage My Booking. The carrycot seat positions are marked on the seat maps with a baby icon.

The carrycots supplied by us are:

  • suitable for babies who weigh no more than 12.5kgs (27.5lbs)
  • can only be used for an infant who is lying down
  • available on all long haul flights (except on the London City to JFK service)
  • not to be used during taxi, take-off, landing and turbulence (when the fasten seatbelt sign is on)
  • If you have reserved your seat at a carrycot position, you can ask the cabin crew for a child seat.The child seats supplied by us are:
  • suitable for older babies who weigh no more than 12.5kgs (27.5lbs)
  • available on all long haul flights (except on the London City to JFK service)
  • adjustable to a variety of reclined positions
  • not to be used during taxi, take-off, landing and turbulence (when the fasten seatbelt sign is on)

Read more information on flying with a baby on British Airways here

Cathay Pacific & Cathay Dragon

  • “All our aircraft are equipped with special baby bassinets. A bassinet measures 76.20cm (30″) x 38.10cm (15″) x 20.32cm (8”) and can carry up to 12kgs
  • Please note however a baby older than 6 months may feel uncomfortable in a bassinet
  • A request for a baby bassinet (BSCT) can be made at time of reservation if passenger is travelling with an infant.”

China Airlines – information obtained directly from airline.

China Southern

  • “Baby bassinet service is available for infant age between 14 days and 12 months who is no more than 70 centimeters in body height and no more than 12 kilograms/25 pounds in body weight.
  • Request for Baby bassinet service must be made at least 24 hours before flight departure. (Please note that Daylight Savings are not considered by the system for this deadline.
  • Baby bassinet service is ONLY available in Premium Economy Class and Economy Class on flights over 3 hours and operated by A380/A330/B777/B787 aircrafts.
  • To ensure safety and service of the flight,there is a limit on the number of bassinet available on each flight. We ask for your understanding if your request is denied due to the limit had been reached.”

Czech Airlines

“In a baby cot with load capacity of 11kg and sizes of 75 x 34 x 22cm (but only on Airbus A319/A330 Business Class and on Airbus A330 Economy Class). Please request the cot via our Contact Centre during your seat booking.”


“For some of our smallest passengers on some international flights, we offer onboard baby bassinets. They’re ideal for babies weighing up to 20 lbs. and up to 26 inches long.

  • Onboard bassinets, also known as SkyCots, are available free of charge for passengers in select seats on equipped aircraft for some international flights
  • SkyCots can be requested by contacting Reservations before arriving at the airport and then speaking with the gate agent at the boarding gate, but cannot be guaranteed due to a limit of two SkyCots per aircraft and weight restrictions
  • Please note that all infants must be held during takeoff, landing and whenever the seat belt light is on.”


“The bassinet can hold an infant whose weight does not exceed 18 kilograms and who can fit into the bassinet in a lying position (cot dimensions: length – 74 cm; height/depth – 22.5 cm; width – 34 cm).
For your child’s safety, please inform the flight crew of the infant’s current weight before the bassinet is installed.

The bassinet will be installed after takeoff and will be removed by the crew before landing.
Whenever the “Fasten Seatbelt” sign is illuminated, flight attendants will personally instruct you to remove the infant from the bassinet and hold him/her in your arms.

The flight crew will do whatever it can to assist you but cannot watch over the infant throughout the flight. Responsibility for the infant’s safety is that of the accompanying adult.
EL AL may refuse to provide a bassinet if the flight attendants believe it would be a safety hazard for the infant.”


“Our bassinets are approximately 75 x 33 x 22(29.5 x 13 x 8.8 inches) in size and can hold babies weighing up to 11 (24.2). Whilst our bassinets are designed for babies up to two years old, we won’t be able to provide one if your baby doesn’t fit safely. Please note bassinets are limited in number and subject to availability.” I have more information on Emirates bassinet seats here.


“If you’re travelling with an infant who will weigh less than 11kg on the day of travel, you can request a baby bassinet when you book your flight. Your infant must also fit comfortably in the bassinet. Our cabin crew will confirm that your infant safely fits in the bassinet before affixing it at your seat position.

Please request your bassinet when you book your flight, as we have a limited number available on each flight. We allocate bassinets on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to add a bassinet request to an existing booking, go to Manage my Booking and update the ‘Special Requests’ for your Infant.

Please note: For safety reasons, you may only use bassinets during the flight when the seatbelt sign is switched off and when the cabin crew permit you to do so. Please follow the instructions from the cabin crew.”

Eva Air

“Baby bassinets are available aboard all EVA Air aircraft, but for safety reasons, height and weight limitations apply. Please advise us of your baby’s date of birth, height and weight when you make your reservation.

70.8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide (only for Royal Laurel Class) 

77.8CM Long x 34.9CM Wide
14KG /16KG

70.8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide

76.8CM Long x 28.3CM Wide (only for 20W) 

77.8CM Long x 34.9CM Wide
14KG /16KG


77.8CM Long x 34.9CM Wide 

70.8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide
16KG /14KG

70.8CM Long x 29.8CM Wide

Finn Air

“Finnair has baby baskets on all intercontinental flights. Baby baskets are recommended for infants not older than 6 months. In order to use a baby basket, please reserve a seat suitable for cot/bassinet through Manage booking.

You can also reserve the seat through our Customer service or a travel agency. Seats are chargeable. Our cabin personnel will give you the baby basket and help you install it after you have boarded the plane.”

Garuda Indonesia

A “baby bassinet is available on Garuda Indonesia selected aircraft and it’s free of charge. Passenger must request well in advance via Garuda Call Center. Due to limited numbers of baby bassinet available on each aircraft, baby bassinet service is based on first come first served.

Passenger will be informed by check-in staff regarding the limited numbers of bassinet. Maximum weight of infant that can be accommodated in one bassinet is 9 kg.”

Gulf Air

“Infants up to 7 months old, weighing no more than 10 kg and not more than 26” in length can travel using the onboard bassinets* (carry-cots). Please request a bassinet when you book your ticket to ensure availability and to obtain advance confirmation.

Should the baby – irrespective of age and advance confirmation from the airline – exceed these set limits, our Cabin Crew will not allow the use of a bassinet as this is perceived as being unsafe and not in compliance with civil airline safety regulations.

Remember to pre-reserve a bassinet on all flights during your journey, not just the first sector.
*Please note that bassinets are not available in Falcon Gold cabin on our new Boeing Dreamliner 787″


“Bassinets are available on most of our international flights.

To use our bassinets, your child must be:

  1. Under the age of 2 years old and
  2. Cannot weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kgs).

The bassinet is 32” in length, 14.5” in width and 7” in height.

Reserve Your Bassinet on A330 Flights

You may reserve bassinets on our A330 international flights to/from the following cities:

  • Auckland, New Zealand (AKL)
  • Beijing, China (PEK)
  • Brisbane, Australia (BNE)
  • Incheon, Korea (ICN)
  • Haneda -Tokyo, Japan (HND)
  • Narita – Tokyo, Japan (NRT)
  • Osaka-Kansai, Japan (KIX)
  • Sydney, Australia (SYD)

To reserve a bassinet, the accompanying adult must purchase a bassinet-compatible Extra Comfort seat. Please follow the below instructions to complete your reservation:

  1. Call Hawaiian Airlines Reservations
  2. Request to reserve a bassinet for your international flight
  3. If available, the accompanying adult must purchase an Extra Comfort seat in Row 14 (14 AB, CD or EG, HJ)
    • If you prefer, you may purchase a bassinet-compatible Extra Comfort seat online and reserve the bassinet over the phone once you have a confirmed seat in Row 14
  4. Once your seat is purchased and bassinet is reserved, your reservation will be confirmed

If you’d prefer not to purchase an Extra Comfort seat, you may see an airport customer service agent at check-in (on the day of departure) for bassinet availability. If available, Hawaiian Airlines will accept up to two (2) requests per flight. Confirmed bassinets will be assigned during the boarding process. Priority will be given to the customer with the earliest check-in time.*

*Bassinets are not guaranteed if requested upon check-in.

Request a Bassinet on B767 Flights

Due to the configuration of the B767 aircraft, bassinet requests for the following cities cannot be reserved in advance.

  • Sapporo – Chitose, Japan (CTS)

Bassinets are not available on flights to/from Pago Pago, American Samoa (PPG) and Papeete, Tahiti (PPT).

To request a bassinet, please see an airport customer service agent at check-in (on the day of departure) for bassinet availability. If available, Hawaiian Airlines will accept up to two (2) requests per flight.

Confirmed bassinets will be assigned during the boarding process. Priority will be given to the customer with the earliest check-in time.*

*Bassinets are not guaranteed if requested upon check-in.


“For babies less than 8 months old. There are a certain number of cots for infants who weigh up to 11 kg on each Iberia aircraft on inter-continental flights. These cots, like the seats for the adults who accompany the infant, do not have to be booked online. 

Please book a cot through an Iberia Office in your country, where you can also get information about booking a seat for yourself in the designated cot area in advance. Depending on the cabin class, booking a seat will incur an additional cost.”


“Our bassinets are ideal for infants weighing up to 10.5kg (age 2).
Dimensions (length: 72 cms, width: 30cms, and depth: 15 cms). *Please note that bassinets are available in limited numbers and reservation may not always be possible.”


“For intercontinental KLM flights, on board carrycots can be reserved via My Trip or by contacting us. These are suitable for babies that are no longer than 65 cm and weigh no more than 10 kg on the day of the trip.

Although we’ll do our very best, we cannot always guarantee the availability of a carrycot when you board the aircraft.”

Korean Air

“Availability: International flights only (Economy Class and Prestige Class on some aircrafts)

Service conditions: Weight – less than 11kg(24.25 lbs), Height – no longer than 75cm(2.46 ft)

Request deadline: 48 hours before departure.

Note: Even if the request was made in advance, an infant who is taller or heavier than the allowed limit will not be given a bassinet in flight.”


“You may request this service if your infant weights no more than 10 kilos and is under 71 cm.

Please note that we have one bassinet ready on each of our Boeing 767 and 2 on our Boeing 777 and 787 aircrafts. We would like to remind you to request the bassinet 48 hours before your trip through our Contact Center, as the service is subject to availability on each flight.

Service Conditions

  • If you request this service you have to purchase the preferred seat for bassinet use. Companions that require to travel next to you will have to pay for their seats too.
  • If you travel with other passengers we will assign the seats in accordance with availability and the conditions of the fare paid.
  • The bassinet service is only available for flights operated by LATAM.”


“On our entire long-haul fleet we have special baby cots available to you. The bassinets are perfectly suited for babies up to 14 kg in weight and up to 83 cm in length. The number of bassinets on board is limited. You can reserve the baby cots up to 48 hours before flight departure.

Please note that a seat reservation fee for the seat with bassinet may apply depending on your ticket condition. For further information please contact our Lufthansa Service Center.”


“A number of bassinets are provided onboard, depending on the aircraft. Due to safety and storage reasons, passengers are not allowed to carry their own bassinets into the cabin.

Should you need one for your infant, reservations can be made at the time of your initial ticket purchase for a bassinet provided by Malaysia Airlines.

This service must be requested through the Reservations/Ticket Counter/Call Centre at least 24 hours before departure. Please call 1 300 88 3000 if you are within Malaysia or +603 7843 3000 if you are overseas.”

Miat Mongolian

“Max weight size 11 kg (24.25 lbs)75 х 34 х 22.4 cm (29.5 x 13.38 x 8.82 inch)

Babies who weigh no more than 11kg/24,25 lbs and not more than 75 cm/2.46 feet tall can travel using the onboard bassinet.”


Limited amount of bassinets on board the Dreamliners (B787) and they are available on long haul flights only. The dimensions are: height 17.8cm x Depth 36.8 cm x Width 81.3cm. Maximum age is 9 months and maximum weight is 12 kg


“As bassinets are limited, please ensure that you request this at the time of booking. Bassinets on Qantas flights are approximately 71cm long, 31cm wide, 26cm deep, and have a weight limitation of 11 kg. If your infant is too large for a bassinet and is travelling on a parent’s ticket then they must be nursed.”

Qatar Airways

“Qatar Airways provides bassinets for infants. Please contact your nearest Qatar Airways office to request bassinet seats. Please note that the maximum body weight of the infant should not exceed 11 kgs (24 Lbs) and the age must not exceed 24 months. Additionally, the infant must fit within the confines of the baby bassinet.

*Bassinets are not available in the First Class cabin on-board the Airbus 380.  To check availability of a Bassinet position seat on a specific aircraft and within a particular cabin, please contact the nearest Qatar Airways office.”

Read more about flying with a baby on Qatar Airways here.

Singapore Airlines

“We encourage you to request for a bassinet when you book an infant ticket, as only a limited number of bassinets are available on board and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Each bassinet measures at 768mm (L) x 298mm (W) x 158mm (H), and can support a maximum weight of 14kg.”

South African Airways

“Infants not exceeding 6 months of age, 10kg and 75cm are eligible for a baby bassinet on a first come first served basis. We highly recommend eligible customers reserve a bassinet during or shortly after booking their flight.

At a bulkhead seat, a cabin crew member can help to position a baby bassinet after take-off, once the seat belt signs have been switched off. The crew member will be required to confirm the age, weight and length of the infant prior to bringing the bassinet, to ensure the safety of the infant.

A bassinet cannot be used during take-off and landing and can only be used during the flight when the seat belt signs are off. If the seat belt signs are illuminated, the infant must be removed from the bassinet.”

Sri Lankan

Information received direct regarding bassinet size. “There are a limited number of bassinet seats available in a flight. You will receive a bassinet seat subject to availability.

If bassinet seats are not available, then the passenger will be given a choice to select other seats as per their requirement. Please make sure that you request for a bassinet seat at the time of your booking.”

Swiss Air

“Baby bassinets are available in all flight classes on long haul flights and in Business Class on European flights. They are approved for babies of up to 8 months and weighing a maximum of 11 kg. The number of cots is limited.”

TAP Portugal

“You can ask us to provide a cot if you are travelling with a baby. This service is free only on TAP-operated flights.
The following rules apply for the use of cots:
  • They are only available on long-haul flights and Business Class of some medium-haul aircraft;
  • The baby must not weigh more than 11kg/24lbs and the baby must be no more than 12 months old;
  • The cot dimensions are 75cm / 29 in long by 34 cm / 13 in wide and 22.4 cm / 8.8 in high;
  • The baby must always fit comfortably inside the cot;
  • The cot can never be used during take-off/landing and during periods of turbulence;
  • There are designated seats on the aircraft for cots and their number is limited. Therefore, please inform us when booking of all the flights on which the infant needs a cot;
  • The number of seats available for cots varies from one type of aircraft to another and if there is availability. This information is immediate and it will be confirmed when you book;
  • Each adult may take only one baby.”


“The Bassinet for babies less than 6 months of age, weighing less than 10 kg and not exceeding 62 67 cm in length.”

Turkish Airlines – the information in the above chart was direct from the airline customer services.


“A limited number of complimentary bassinets are available for use on international aircraft only. Bassinets are large enough to hold an infant weighing 22 pounds (10 kg) or less. They may not be used during taxi, takeoff or landing, or when the seatbelt sign is illuminated.

Bassinets are available for customers traveling international segments in United Polaris® business class on select 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft and in United Economy® on 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Bassinets are not available for customers traveling in United Polaris first class, United First® or United Business® at this time.

Customers can request a bassinet by calling the United Customer Contact Center at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) within the United States or the appropriate Worldwide Contact Center. We will provide accompanying seat assignments for an adult traveling with an infant and up to one travel companion.

You can arrange these seat assignments with the United Customer Contact Center or with a United representative at the airport free of charge. Bassinet availability is limited, and these arrangements are not guaranteed, so we recommend requesting a bassinet early for your flight.”

Virgin Atlantic

(Table from Virgin Atlantic website)

Economy and Premium sky cots

  Boeing 747-400 Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A330
Dimensions 35cm wide x 21cm deep x 74cm long (13.8” wide x 8.3” deep x 29” long) 28.6cm wide x 72.7cm long (11.25” wide x 28.6” long)
Maximium weight of baby 9kg (19.8lb) 11kg (24.25lb)
Maximium height of baby 740mm (29”) 760mm (30”)

Upper Class sky cots

  Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A330
Dimensions 35cm wide x 24cm deep x 76cm long (13.8” wide x 9.4” deep x 29.9” long)
Maximium weight of baby 11kg (24.25lb)
Maximium height of baby 750mm (29.5”)

Virgin Australia

“Bassinets are available onboard all our international long haul flights and on domestic flights operated by A330 aircraft, subject to availability. Our bassinets are designed for use by one infant at a time and size and weight restrictions listed below apply.

Bassinets are limited, so please request a bassinet for your infant at the time of booking. Pre-allocation of bassinets is on a first come, first served basis. Please contact our Guest Contact Centre to request a bassinet”.

Upper Class sky cots

  Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A330
Dimensions 35cm wide x 24cm deep x 76cm long (13.8” wide x 9.4” deep x 29.9” long)
Maximium weight of baby 11kg (24.25lb)
Maximium height of baby 750mm (29.5”)

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  1. Hey, Carrie!

    Sorry to bother you again. I'd like to get your opinion on this. I know we will get a blanket with SQ when you reserve a bassinet. I'll bring a sleeping bag for my baby too, is there anything else important to bring like a sheet for instance?

    Thanks in advance :).


  2. Hi Nicole, no problem!
    I'm not sure what Singapore provides specifically, but I imagine it will be similar to most airlines, and there's usually either a sheet or a disposable sheet. I wouldn't bother taking your own sheet, but you could always use a muslin to wrap around the mattress if need be? I've just done that, as then it has a familiar smell too.

  3. Hi Carrie,
    I am very curious about the Qantas bassinet where they let keep your baby in during periods of turbulence, do you have pictures of the "special restraint" system you mention above? to me this seems very dangerous for a baby – full grown adults have been seriously injured for not being seat belted when turbulence struck… Julie – WA, USA

  4. Hi Julie. I don't believe I have a picture of the restraint part of the bassinet, just a picture of my daughter in the bassinet. However, it covers a substancial amount of the bassinet, and is obviously certified safe by the necessary authorities. It is effectively a wide 'seat belt' (but not like normal pax belts) for the bassinet. Of course, babies also have the option of being seated with their parents using the infant lap belt on all airlines except US and Canadian based airlines,, or alternatively uusing a carseat if they have purchased another seat, which would be the best option. But the Qantas bassinet is definitely a lot better than just holding a baby in turbulence. Fortunately, severe air turbulence is very rare, but it's good to know that some airlines have been forward thinking in reassuring pax by providing a safe, but practical alternative. Of course in an emergency, the bassinet would not be used. Hope that helps!

  5. Hi, Carrie.
    In 2 days we flying to Oz by Qantas. I have phoned airline up and booked bassinet and meals but do I need to say something about it at time of checking in?

    PS. Your website is just amazing. So many useful info. It helped not only me but lots of my friends too. Big thanks to you Carrie

  6. Hi Magdalena, Enjoy have a fab time in Oz. I think it's always a good idea to reconfirm as it puts your mind to rest. I was super impressed with Qantas. Thank you for your kind comments too. I have things still to add, but as you know little ones are time consuming!

  7. I will be flying with Thai Airways but I was told they only allow babies who are below 6 months with bassinet. Looks like I have to carry all the way for 10.5 hours.

  8. The a380 is the same as the rest 33cm width. The EK website states "We also have bassinets on board all of our aircraft, measuring approximately 29.5 inches (74.93 cm) long by 13 inches (33.02 cm) wide by 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) deep. There is a weight limit of 11 kgs. In the First Class suites a custom bassinet is fitted that measures 25 inches (63.5 cm) long and 11 inches (28 cm) wide.

  9. Hello Carrie,

    As mentioned by lots of other people: your site is really great! It is exactly what one needs when planing a flight with a baby!
    We are deciding wether or not to fly to Bali (Den Pasar) Indonesia from Amsterdam with our then 12/13 month old baby boy. We flew with him for a short trip to portugal when he was 6 months and that went great (just crying on the way back when taking of, because he was over-tired and hungry, since our flight was delayed and I had tried to wait nursing him till the flight took of…).
    I have some worries concerning this trip though, since it is a very long trip. The shortest option is with KLM, which takes 16-17 hours, including a gas stop in Singapore. There are other options with Garuda Indonesia (cheap ticket, but stop over for 23 hours!), Singapore airlines of Malaysian airlines (21-22 hours, with changing flight in KUL. We think we don't want to use KLM, since there bassinets ar only up to 6 months. Do you have any recommendations on what would be the smart choice? Better longer flight, but with bassinet, or little bit shorter flight with more comforts? Would it be nice to have an extra stop-over for example (for myself I like streching my legs), or would you recommend just to get there as fast as you can?

    I am most worried about getting my son to sleep in the aircraft. Would you advice a night flight (baby might sleep more/ better) of trying for a (mostly) day-flight (with other passengers that might be more understanding if the baby is not keeping them from sleeping). How do you put a baby to sleep in an airplanes, where it is of course impossible to turn of the lights etc? Honestly, he is not the easiest sleeper…
    Also, my son is now starting to learn how to walk, and I expect him to be able to, when we make our trip. He is kind of a wiggly kid already. Do you have any experience with this age, is it impossible to make them sit for so long? Or would there be enough space on the floor if we get a bulkhead seat?

    Also, I got a little spooked when I read that it could be harmful to fly with your baby when he had a cold, as it would be very painful and could also damage his eardrums… But having a now 9 month old who goes to daycare, he is almost permanently having a cold of some sort… What are your thoughts on this? Should we cancel our trip when he would have a cold? Or are there things we could do to make sure it would not bother him during the flight?

    As you see…many questions… I hope you can help a little bit. We (mostly hubby) need a little convincing that is is possible and not totally mean and selfish to travel with a baby for such a long flight!


  10. Hi and thank you for your comments. I have indeed done a similar flight. we went on a 24 hour flight when she was 12 months. Long and tiring! but so worth it! it's worth letting him crawl, walk whilst at the airport or boarding gate, so he is tired and ready for bed prior to boarding.

    I would probably opt for Singapore Airlines or Malaysian due to the larger bassinet size. And as the Singapore flight is shorter, I would have Singapore Air as my first choice. Singapore Airlines are also well known for a great service, especially with families. The brief stop at Singapore Changhi Airport, is also refreshing and well kitted out. I know the airport well and it's no wonder it wins airport of the year many times!

    Sleeping wise, yes those cabin lights are a nuisance. You could use a light, airy but dark coloured blanket to put over the bassinet to try and shield little one. Also for this a night flight might prove more beneficial as after the service, the crew will turn the lights off, and you will hopefully all get a few hours sleep, whereas if a day flight, that is a lot of hours to keep a little one amused in confined space. You could also try getting baby to sleep in your arms first, and then transferring him to the bassinet. Try and keep bedtime routine as familiar as possible, e.g nappy change, milk and story, which will help him relax.

    Try not to worry to much about his ears as babies often do have colds. If he has a bad cold before you are due to fly, take him to your Dr a few days before, to get him checked out and see if there is a need for antibiotics if his ear is particularly bad. Be guided by your Dr, but many babies and toddlers fly all the time 🙂 Feeding on take off and landing will help if he does have a cold as the swallowing action, clears the ears. You are not mean or selfish at all. Mummies and Daddies deserve a holiday too! Remember, its just a few hours in a plane, and several days relaxing on holiday! :-0 Go for it!

  11. If you get the bassinet on Virgin Atlantic with the 5 point harness (not the skycot) then you don't have to take them out during turbulance 🙂 So far i've only seen these in use on the A340-600, they're good for infants up to approx 16 months (size and weight permitting)

  12. Hi Carrie. I will be flying from Aus to Canada on my own with my 2 boys, a 3 year old and 17 month old. I have not booked my flights yet. Some advice please: Do you think it will be ok to have the youghest in a bassinet or will he need his own seat? if he's not allowed in a basinet, What do I do if the toddler needs the toilet and the youghest is sleeping? I'm bit confused and think I'm starting to stres now, as I've done the flight from South Africa to Aus when I was 32 weeks pregnant and it was 4 flights of hell for me being sick all the way with a nearly 2 year old. Also he doesn't take a dummy or bottle, only breastfeed, how do a baby feed when taking off? is there an extra restraint for baby thats sitting on your lap or do you use yours for both of you?

  13. Hi Lene, long flight! I think it really depends on your child re bassinet and how easily they settle. If you chose bassinet, you are limited to flying with Qantas and British Airways, luckily both good airlines. However, with a bassinet position, you wouldn't be able to lift the arm rest up, so your 3 year old would also have to sit fairly upright.. Another option to consider would be to purchase a seat and have 3 away from a bassinet position, so you can move arm rest and all be a little more comfortable? And as you are flying on your own, it may be worth looking at Etihad for flights from Australia to Canada, especially as they have a free Sky Nanny on board. She will help entertain, give you a break and assist when you need to pop to the loo. it will involve a stopover in Abu Dhabi… but they also have strollers for use for transit pax. Gulf Air also provide the same but via Qatar.

    If you don't choose Etihad or Gulf Air, then just a crew member to keep an eye. They are perfectly happy to do so.:-)

    Re take off and feeding, on take off they give you a lap belt which attaches to you, so it is still possible to feed. See my post on cars seats and CRD devices so you can see a pic of the lap loop belt.

    Because you are stressing and it is a long way, I'm leaning towards 3 seats, and Etihad as it helps resolve all concerns and ive heard they are very good with families. Crew, especially when they find out you are travelling on your own, should give you some extra tlc.

  14. forgot to add, if you buy separate seat, you'll need the youngest to sit on your lap still for takeoff, landing , etc, but you would also have the option of strapping his car seat into the seat, in which case you wouldn't need to, unless feeding on take off. 😉

  15. just seen, they are car seats style, where a seat must be purchased. Another option, nonetheless.
    Direct from Virgin website, "The seats are available on every international flight and can be used in any cabin and are suitable for new-born babies up to children weighing 20kg (44lb) or measuring 100cm (40”) tall. To ensure you get a child seat, just buy a flight at the child fare – though you should note we'll need at least 12 hours' notice to ensure a child seat is available."

  16. Hi Carrie, I'm looking for some advice. I'm planning to go to the UK (from OZ) to see family. I will be traveling by myself and my 8 month old. I'm in a dilemma on who to book flights with – between BA/Qantas via Singapore or Emirates via Dubia. The latter only has two flights, the first option has three. I've flown this route with bub when she was 3 months – she only just fit into the BA bassinet (length), Qantas she was ok. I did have hubby with me then too!. I'm concerned if I book Emirates she might be just too long for the bassinet then I would have to nurse her all that way but if I booked the alternative, she could have the child seat with BA, but likely may be too big for Qantas bassinet? Any thoughts on what you think may be best when I'm travelling on my own? Thanks

  17. Hi, I have done the same trip when my little girl was 12m old. She is tall for her age too. we went for the BA/Qantas option as the BA seat is suitable for up to a 2 yr old and the Qantas bassinet for up to 18 months. There is a pic above of her in the Qantas bassinet. The Emirates one will just be too small in my opinion. Hope that helps!

  18. Also we looked online for the seat map for Qantas and Seat Guru, for our exact aircraft type. We then rang both BA and Qantas to try and secure bassinet seat on Qantas. They allocated us our requested seat months in advance. On British Airways you can choose your seat immediately online as soon as we had booked.

  19. thank you for the advice 🙂 How did you get on when travelling in terms of keeping baby entertained when not sleeping? my baby is so active I'm worried she's going to want to be on the move!!

  20. Most welcome.. Lots of walks around the cabin, the good ol' iPad, and various toys etc all helped. As well as lots of snacks like mini raisin packets. Kept her busy. I have a post on toys and another on apps too which may help further.

  21. Hi Carrie. Thank you for such a helpful chart! I'm flying with husband, 2.5 year old and 10 month old from HK to SA via SAA. Instead of carrying bub all the way (true to your chart, they didn't allow him a bassinet), I opted to get 4 business class seats (with miles thankfully!) so hopefully he'll be able to sleep 180deg. Thing is, I've been told that I'll still end up carrying him for most of the flight because of either turbulence or that particular crew deciding that the seat belt isn't sufficiently safe for him. Would this be the case? Thanks!

  22. Hi Carrie. Would greatly welcome your advice. I am travelling to NZ next February from the UK with my daughter and her own 19month old daughter (who is already – at the age of 14months – the height of a two year old). I have booked a seat for the toddler as we couldn't have her on our laps for such lengthy flights. Will she need to sit on a lap for take-offs and landings? Also, do we need a special lap belt/restraint for her for the flights? Thank you.

  23. Hi, Yes, she will need to sit on you lap if under 2 for take off and landing unless in a car seat. The crew will provide you with a special lap restraint. I they don't, remind them before take -off, as they make think your little one is over 2.

  24. Hi,
    Hope this didn't already post, but if so sorry for the repeat.
    Am flying to Oz in December with husband and 10 month old. Booked via an agent who said she'd be fine for a bassinet up to a year. I'm traveling back just me and her at 11months. They've just contacted me to check her height and weight as the airline has restrictions. She'll be fine on weight even if I jump her up her centiles on her growth chart, but she's already 74cm (at 8 months) and their limit is 70cm. The question is, do I lie about her height on the basis that she won't sleep stretched out, or tell the truth and kick up a big fuss?? Not relishing the idea of a 11 month old baby on me the whole way and if I'd known this when I booked I might have researched a bit more (found this site) and booked a different airline!

  25. Hi Carrie,

    I will be taking an international flight with Austrian Airlines (operated by Tyrolean Airways) on OS 94 and OS 93. I called the airline but they were not able to give me dimensions of their bassinets. Do you happen to have more details? Thank you!

  26. Hi Carrie,
    Thank you for this information.
    Do you happen to know any details about the Qantas first class bassinet?
    We will be flying internationally on the A380 but cannot find a picture or anything of significance about it.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  27. Thank you so much for the information Carrie.
    I will be travelling for the first time with my grand child, a baby 5 months old and it's mother.. The airline is Air India direct flight from New York. Can you give me some information regarding the bassinet and the seat associated with it?

  28. Hi Amy, sorry for delaying responding (just had another baby!)Yes the Qantas bassinet in first class is by seat 5 A- that is the only one on the A380 in First class. The sizes and dimensions will be as listed on the Qantas website which they give as approximate. I found it very generous for our chunky 12 month old and it claims to suit up to approximately an 18 m old. Hope that helps

  29. Hi there here is some general info for you.Bassinets can be requested for at the time of reservation, ticketing, or reconfirmation of the booking. Call Air India's reservations center, the nearest Air India office, or the travel agent to request a bassinet. The bassinet provided is 71 cm x 36 cm x 19 cm (L x B x H). The infant must be under two years old and can fit in the bassinet.

  30. So sorry i must have missed this. I think you might as well try it, most babies bend their legs so wroth a shot! also worth asking if there are empty seats on the flight and see if you can get a row of 4 to yourselves, so she can spread out. Once you get on board, the crew won't know her weight or height, it will just be in system likely for ground staff.. Ask the crew before they close the doors how full flight is for extra seat- they will have a rough idea before hand, and will get a full pax list shortly before the doors close for departure detailing spare seats ( if any)

  31. Hi Carrie
    Congratulations! Boy or girl?
    Where is the bassinet located? I.e. On the wall or floor?
    My husband has booked us seat 5A but am unsure where the bassinet will be.
    Does it look like the one in your photo at the top of his page?
    Sorry for all the questions at what must be a very busy time for you.
    Thanks again

  32. Hi Carrie
    Congratulations! Boy or girl?
    Where is the bassinet located? I.e. On the wall or floor?
    My husband has booked us seat 5A but am unsure where the bassinet will be.
    Does it look like the one in your photo at the top of his page?
    Sorry for all the questions at what must be a very busy time for you.
    Thanks again

  33. Hi Amy, another little girl 🙂
    I, afraid i don't have any more info on where it is located, but I doubt the floor due to safety. I also don't know what it looks like, but i imagine similar to the one above, due to the website giving the bassinets general dimensions which covers all aircraft types. it looks as if it is to the left of the seat 5A, which can be seen from the seat map if you click under "seat map for configuration"

  34. Hi Carrie,

    Regarding bassinet seats and co shasre flights…

    My wife and I are expecting in March and looking to fly from oz to london to see wifes family.
    We have a credit with Virgin Australia and have found flights but its co shared. I rang virgin about how we would know if we would get a bassinet seat from the other provider (Etihad). Virgin had no idea and suggested to ring the other airline…
    Rang them, they couldnt say if there was a bassinet available unless I book with them BUT, did say if infant under 10 mths it guarantees a bassinet if available. – they said up 6 per flight.

    Right, so my question is, when we do book these flights, do I try again with etihad afterwards? Wing it and see or try to book seats in those bassinet areas?

    Please help us! Wifes in tears and uk family are worried they will never see there this baby til its 20


  35. Dear Ben,

    You should be able to book flight now, and update the flight details once baby has arrived and name etc decided. As Etihad are operating the flight, then it will be them that you need to ring to confirm bassinet and bassinet location. Once you have booking reference you can also check yourself and choose seats too and decide which bassinet seats you would prefer. Here is the link to plane seat maps for Etihad. . It doesn't specify where the bassinets are but as you mention 6, I suspect at the very front row of economy…

  36. Hello Carrie,

    Thanks for sharing such great information. I live in Brazil and will be traveling to the USA in July with a toddler (he will be 20 months old). It will be a 10 hour flight overnight, so hopefully my toddler will sleep for most of the time. We are flying with United and because we did not get a seat for him I'm thinking about getting the crib they have on the plane. But because he will be 20 months do you think they will let me try the crib or he will be too big? If that's not a possibility, do you have any suggestions to make him comfortable to sleep through the flight?

    Thank you,
    Gabi Booth

  37. Hi Gabi,

    United's bassinets go up to 6 months, so unfortunately i don't think your little one will fit. It may be worth asking when checking in, if there are any spare seats on the plane and if your could have a row of 4, you may luck out with a spare seat so little one can stretch out. If United allow you to check in online and choose your seats, you could choose seats DEG ( and leave F empty) middle seats are the last to go, and if it's left empty that would help you. If it does go, I'm sure the person would gladly swap the F seat for the aisle G seat, so you could all be seated together still.

  38. Hi Carrie
    I am mom of 2 kids. I planned to travel with them in 2 1/2hrs flight. What I worry is bring my elder to wash room n no body looks after my baby. Or do u think is ok to travel with 2kids in one time? My baby is 5mths during the trip n his 1st time in flight.
    Thank you

  39. Hi Carrie,
    Thanks so much for all the useful information on your page.

    I will be traveling with my 11 mth old (by then) from OZ to Colombia. I have booked my flights with Qantas to LA (I fly them often domestic and they are great). I have not booked the tickets from LA to Colombia as I'm trying to find the best option for my little one.
    My hope is to find an airline that also offers a bassinet option. I have looked at United from LA through Houston to Bogota.

    Domestic:Boeing 737-800/ 757-300
    International: 757-200/737-700

    Will they have a bassinet for the domestic flight?
    What about changing facilities? If none….how do you change a nappy in a plane? 🙂 This is my first time flying with a baby so any tips/comments will be very useful!!!!

    Thanks so much

  40. Hi Carrie,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to update this site, it's an amazing resource.

    I wanted to ask if you knew of any other airlines that provide the reclining seat BA do for bigger babies?

    I'm looking to book a flight to Singapore and would prefer to fly Emirates as it would break up the long flight with a 2 hour run around in the airport for our son but he is just about 11kgs now so i'm concerned he won't fit into their bassinets. Do you know what Emirates do in that situation, would we be forced to have him on our laps for the whole journey?

    Thanks so much

  41. Hi Kate,

    Ooh am so jealous. I love Singapore! I am not aware of any exactly like the BA recliner chair, but I Virgin have something fairly similar on Y.C and premium Y on their B787, A330-300 and A340- 600. However, it is again only suitable for up to 11kg, although it does alternate from lying flat to tilting up. Qantas have the lying flat bassinet for up to 2yrs old, but they codeshare with Emirates now, so it would be the EK flight. Their bassinets are quite small in comparison. You could certainly ask for the bassinet to be put up on EK, and use it for putting your bits and bobs in and for giving you some extra space, but as the weight restriction is there, you would likely not be able to use it for little one.

  42. Do you have a picture of the bassinet on the United Boeing 767 and/or 777? I am looking to book a flight to England from Ohio through United Airlines. My baby will be 9 months old and approximately 18 lbs and 28" long. According to United she meets the weight limit of 22 lbs, but I am not sure she will be comfortable in the bassinet. I didn't know if I should book her a seat and just bring the car seat?

  43. I've had a look and seen one that says 25 lbs weight limit but I'm not sure what aircraft this is for. I suspect they may say a weight limit on the website and then have the actual max weight a little more which is specified on the actual bassinet. if you go to this site and scroll to post 8, their is a pic of the bassinet but i can't tell which aircraft but I'm taking an educated guess that it would be for the large Boeings. Alternatively, BA have large bassinets for up to 2 yrs.. they have 2 types, the first is a lie down flat bassinet for about 6 m and the second is a recline chair type bassinet suitable for up to 2 yrs old. On my Flying With A Baby Facebook page I have several photos of various airline bassinets

  44. Hi, great blog 🙂 We are travelling to Dubai soon without our 8 month old son, this will be his first time flying and our first time travelling with a baby so I am a little anxious. We have a bassinet seat reserved in business class with Emirates, do you have any images of these, I can only find economy images? Thanks

  45. Hi, thanks for your great information.
    We are travelling Qantas Oz to LA with our 9 month old next week.
    Do you know if it would be possible to attach a dark sheet with tape to the wall above the bassinet? Or don't you think it's necessary, or it wouldn't stick or they wouldn't allow it?

  46. Hi Carrie i looked on Qantas site and it said their bassinets were 71cm long which is shorter than the Emirates 75cm, yet you seem to suggest above the Qantas bassinet is longer?



  47. You are right! How did I miss this. They have definitely changed since I last saw one and flew on EK, which makes sense as they now code share with Qantas on the Australia routes. Will update the blog to reflect this. Thank you for pointing out!

  48. Thanks for that Martin, I've looked into this a bit more and several airlines have updated their information on bassinets. Emirates used to allow only up to 6 month as maximum age but have now extended this to 2, but mention that a baby over 1 maybe uncomfortable. Qantas limit the age to 18m on their international bassinets. The longest bassinets currently available are Qatar, Singapore and Cathay Pacific. Ive not update the blog. So thanks for helping others too!

  49. Hi Carrie,

    Great blog! wondering if you have any advice re traveling with an infant on Virgin atlantic in upper class. what are the best seats? i believe the plane is an Airbus A340-600 for the LHR-LOS route. thanks.

  50. Hi and thank you!

    1D is where the bassinet is. Some people do complain it can be a bit hot and stuffy there though, as no overhead air vents, so you may want to take a small battery powered fan which can clip on the bassinet. Easily available on Amazon and also handy to clip on buggies.

  51. Hi Carrie,

    We're flying with a 2 1/2 year old and 14 month old from Sydney to England soon. The 14-month old is too big for the bassinet now and we can't afford an extra seat for him at this stage. I know this sounds really dodgy, but is it feasible to bring a pop-up portable bassinet like Phil & Ted's nest and just put it at our feet when the flight isn't bumpy?

  52. Hi Carrie,

    Very usefull site, thank you!
    I will be travelling with a 4.5 month old on a 5hour flight with BA. I tried grtting a bassinet seat when booking but unfortunately they weren't any available (i think they only had two).
    What do you suggest to do in this case? Will i have to carry the baby on my arm for 5 hours?
    Thank you

  53. SWISS AIR just informed me, that they only book baby bassinet up to the age of eight months. Further if the second parent want to sit next to the other parent, SWISS AIR charges 99 US $ on each segment (Dubai -Zurich). It seems that SWISS AIR likes to keep their extra leg room seats for paying passenger rather than families. Sad

  54. Yes Carrie. I had to read the email from the official travel agent of SWISS AIR twice today. I never thought that a modern airline of our times has still this kind of attitude towards families. One just doesn't feel welcomed – John

  55. Dear Carrie

    Thanks for the above tips & sharing of your experience. Please pardon my experience as my wife & myself are going to travel with our 10months baby in SQ. Any procedure to take note when using bassinet? Example during take off & landing; strictly we shouldn't place her in bassinet. Is there some kind of rules?

    Please keep me posted as it will very useful for us. Thanks for your valuable time.

  56. Hi Carrie! When Thai Airways says that the bassinets are for babies younger than 6 months, weighing less than 10kg, what does that mean for a baby older than 6 months but weighing less than 10kg? Our baby was premature so is a bit small for his age.

  57. Hi, the age is usually a guideline, and it's the actual weight which is important, as the bassinet would have a certain weight capacity. So you'll be fine if baby under 10kgs.

  58. Hi Carrie!
    We'll be flying with Delta, transatlantic for 12 hours with a 4 months old baby. She is petit so we should be fine concerning the bassinet. I couldn't find information about taking a stroller with a carry cot which can't be totally folded… Do you know what Delta's policy is about such cases?

  59. Hi, your stroller sounds very similar to the Bugaboo , in which it is two parts. This is all fine and comes under the freechecked baggage allowance. I do recommend a bag to put your stroller into though, as it keeps it better protected and clean too.

  60. Thanks for the quick response!
    We have a Hartan pram, which is a bit bigger that the Bugaboo.Would we be able to take both parts up to the gate, or will we have to send it with the rest of our luggage? The pram is foldable, like is shown in the link…

  61. no problem. Happy to help. here is the answer "Children’s strollers and seat restraints are not counted as part of the standard baggage and therefore can easily be checked for free. For your convenience these items may be checked at curbside, the ticket counter, or at the gate." so yes you can gate check if you wish.

  62. We are flying from dubai to the uk on an A38-800 on a night flight with our 3 month old and have just found out our bassinet seat is right by the toilet. I am concerned about the smells, germs, and queues by this location and I am thinking of changing flights. What are your thoughts? I used to be cabin crew and I know that not everyone on a flight is hygienic or polite when using the toilets!

  63. Hi Vaness,

    I would say ,as it is a night flight the toilets won't actually be be very busy. The busiest times are always after the service and before landing, so I doubt there would any big queues except possibly prior to landing or as they switch the lights on for the breakfast service in the final couple of hours. The crew are pretty hot on making sure the lav's are clean etc.

    Here is a link where you can see the interior of the A380 ..I suspect from your description you are talking about the seats by the main deck near door 3. There are 2 toilets on either side..hope this helps.

  64. Hi, I'm wondering if you can perhaps help me more than the United customer service reps have. Do you know if 737's are even equipped with baby bassinets? I'm flying a red eye from LAX to ORD, continuing on to PHL (both flights on 737's) with my 17-month-old daughter. I don't think she will sleep on me and a bassinet request has been added to my reservation but the phone customer service reps and the Twitter reps are at odds with the information they're supplying. Any help or perspective you can give would be extremely helpful. Thank you! -Megan

  65. Hi Megan,

    From what I understand, there are no bassinets on this aircraft and no bassinets on any United aircraft, if flying domestically. I had a look on their site and found this "A limited number of bassinets can be reserved for use, free of charge, on international aircraft only. Bassinets are available for customers traveling international segments in United BusinessFirst® on select 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft and in United Economy® on 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Bassinets are not available for customers traveling in United Global FirstSM, United First® or United Business® at this time.

    Bassinets are large enough to hold an infant weighing 22 pounds (10 kg) or less. They may not be used during taxi, takeoff or landing, or when the seatbelt sign is illuminated. Along with bassinet requests, we will provide accompanying seat assignments for an adult traveling with an infant and up to one travel companion. "

    I also researched other sites for you and it all seems to confirm this.Hopefully you can get a spare seat assigned next to you.

  66. Hi Carrie,

    Do you know whether Lufthansa handles bassinets in long haul premium economy too? No one seems to know that…
    Thanks! -Yair

  67. Great website thanks.
    I think you also need to note that neither Qatar or Qantas airlines will guarantee your bassinet request. Having spent hours on the phone to airlines I've just been told by Qatar that NO airline will guarantee a bassinet, even if requested at time of booking as basically other babies who are younger will get priority. You will only find out once at airport if you have or have not got a bassinet. So stressful for someone travelling along with an infant for over 24 hours of travelling.

  68. Pleasure and glad it's helped! Re the confirming of bassinets, yes many do not confirm and state it is a request only- similar to requesting a special meal or any seat etc as airline schedules can change due to technicalities etc.

    However, I have rung may airlines to confirm my bassinet seats including Virgin, Qantas, BA etc.. The gerneral exception to it not being confirmed ( and a airlines get out clause, is generally because of a last minute aircraft change or over booking etc. I rang Qantas 6 months before our flight and knew our allocated bassinet seats. However, with Qantas they do mention younger babies do get priority.
    With BA you can choose your bassinet position at point of booking so again, unless an aircraft change you are pretty much confirmed it, same as Emirates etc as you can choose seats immediately after booking. Qatar may not be aware of this.

  69. Hello Carrie,

    Your page is just fantastic! Thank you so much!

    I am traveling alone with a 1yo and a 2.5yo from Adelaide (Australia) to Colombia. Not only am I petrified but also in real need of advice. Hope you dont mind.

    In addition to any advice you may have, I have the following questions:

    1. Bassinet or three seats?
    2. Which route?
    3. Which airline?
    4. Stroller or forget it?
    5. Buy the CARE restraints?
    6. Am I crazy?

    Any help is much appreciated.

  70. Yair, we’ll be flying economy from Montreal to Frankfurt and reserved a bassinet for our 18 month old without any issues, there was a small charge (about $50 IIRC). We booked our flights through a points system and then called Lufthansa directly to book the bassinet. We’ll be seated at what seems to be the only bulkhead based on what I’m seeing on the seat map of the Airbus 340 (row 29). Is it possible that this is the only row one could put a bassinet? I’ll report back after our adventure.

    She’s tiny for an 18 month old so I’m hoping she’ll be ok in it, fortunately Lufthansa’s bassinets are one of the longer ones so she’ll have room to move around. Unfortunately bassinets are not available for flights within Europe so she’s on our lap during our connecting flight.

    Thanks for the resources Carrie. – Montrealer

  71. Hi Carrie , you are doing amazing service here by replying everyone individually. Thanks for that. Dear I ll be flying in next Feb 2016, my boy ll be 14 months old, I have done one journey with him when he was 6 month, at that time he was hardly fit on bassinet on business class on emirates A380. .. coming Feb I ll be travelling alone with him, he won't be fit in bassinet I m sure . So do you thing I have to buy or ask for separate seat for him. N if it is easy for you can also tell me , if I ll not for bassinet site row, what row or isle will be suitable for me ? As I heard or read that the area where bassinet are , there are no way you can put your bags for grabbing quick access. And do you recommend that I should arrange cares harness belt. Do I need to tell them while reservation of my ticket. Seriously I don't want to buy another ticket r 14 month old boy. I ll be flying from newzealand to dubai … very long flight ll plan to have two stopover. Plz do reply to me in your spare time . Thanks dear stay bless

  72. Hi Carrie , you are doing amazing service here by replying everyone individually. Thanks for that. Dear I ll be flying in next Feb 2016, my boy ll be 14 months old, I have done one journey with him when he was 6 month, at that time he was hardly fit on bassinet on business class on emirates A380. .. coming Feb I ll be travelling alone with him, he won't be fit in bassinet I m sure . So do you thing I have to buy or ask for separate seat for him. N if it is easy for you can also tell me , if I ll not for bassinet site row, what row or isle will be suitable for me ? As I heard or read that the area where bassinet are , there are no way you can put your bags for grabbing quick access. And do you recommend that I should arrange cares harness belt. Do I need to tell them while reservation of my ticket. Seriously I don't want to buy another ticket r 14 month old boy. I ll be flying from newzealand to dubai … very long flight ll plan to have two stopover. Plz do reply to me in your spare time . Thanks dear stay bless

  73. Hi,

    Firstly, he definitely won't fit in the bassinet, so it's worth asking if there is a spare seat, whether he can sit in that. They may still give you the bassinet position ( bulkhead) just for the extra leg room etc.
    You can put your baby items there on the ground in front of you for easy access, but if in bulkhead row ( bassinet row) they MUST be in overhead locker for taxi, take off and landing. There is plenty of space in business class A380 to stow bits you may need just for take off etc and you can get the rest after seat belt sign is switched off etc.
    if you have a spare seat then you can use car seat or cares harness. If you use spare seat and don't have car seat or CARES harness, he will need to sit on your lap using infant safety lap belt for taxi , take- off and landing. Otherwise if no spare seat, the same.

    When you check in ask about if any spare seats are available and also ask the cabin crew. There may be some spare seats on some of the sectors . E.g NZ to Australia etc, so definitely worth asking! As a biz class seat for a toddler is expensive.

  74. Hi I am having the same issue with virgin and Ethihad. I am flying in Dec from London to Australia with a 3 month old baby. Virgin said that I can't book bassinet with them and Ethihad said because I booked with Virgin I will have to wait until I check in and see if any are available.

  75. Hello Carrie,
    We're travelling shortly to Mexico from India. We're booked on Lufthansa. My baby is 8 months old and quite tall for her age. The lufthansa bassinet is said to about 33". My dd is already about 30" in height. My question is what should we do on the return journey 2 months later if she gets taller, which I'm sure she will… She is not old enough for a booster seat in my opinion… What do you recommend we do?

  76. Hi there,

    I think you should be just ok as even if she grows an inch a month, she should just squish in. It obviously won't be as comfortable as cot, but also generally babies don't lie their legs out flat when sleeping, so I think you'll be fine. Have a fab trip.

  77. Hi Carrie,
    Are airlines OK with using a small, travel bassinet on flights? We were unable to book seats that would allow us to use the airlines bassinet, but to help our 9 month sleep on the flight from Brazil to the US we were considering buying a fold n go (or similar) travel bassinet to place on our laps during flight so we wouldn't have to hold our daughter the entire trip. Is this an option? Thank you!

  78. Hi sorry for delay but I've been asking airlines for you. And unfortunately the information varies. E.g BA said no problem and Virgin said no it cannot be used as too big.. So I can't give you a definitive answer in afraid …

  79. Hi Carrie. As everyone else has said, thanks for the great site! My question is regarding our flight to and from London to New Zealand at Christmas time. My husband and I are flying with our son who will be 22 months when we travel, although due to being extremely premature, he should have only been 18.5 months. The reason I say this is that he is a lot smaller (10kg) and not as developed as you might expect for his age. He's a very high energy boy, always on the go and doesn't really sleep. We've not flown with him before and I am incredibly worried about how we will manage the very long flights and minimise disturbing other passengers. Virgin and Singapore Airlines have both been great and booked us bassinet seats so that we can freely get up and down with him, however Air New Zealand simply offer the option to "upgrade" to a bassinet seat at a cost of £40 per person per leg, which would total £160. Apparently our travel agent should have booked appropriate seats at the time of booking (our travel agent told us to contact the airline direct). Otherwise, we will simply be put wherever they are able to put us on the day and possibly not together. Also, currently I'm told there are no aisle seats left, however having often been bumped by passengers and trolleys previously when on an aisle seat, I'm not too keen on this option with a babe in arms. I just wondered if there was any other option for us, or if you knew what the chances might be of being allocated seats together that we can easily get up and down from, at check in…? I have to say, I'm quite surprised. I've always been very impressed with Air New Zealand in the past.

  80. Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for a fantastic resource!!
    I am travelling with my parents and my son in December on a Qantas A380-800 (he will be 15 months at the time). We are booking through a travel agent & are paying extra to reserve seats.
    We have been told we can't guarantee getting a bassinet, and in any case we can only reserve one seat with the bassinet (which could still be taken by a younger baby). This is my worst nightmare… Sitting alone with my baby in my arms all flight & sitting next to another baby in a bassinet!
    So now we don't know what to do…
    1. should we just try & get 3 seats together… And forget about the bassinet…
    2. should reserve the bassinet seat & sit alone & risk not getting the bassinet…
    Is there anything you suggest I do to improve our chances or do you have any other advice?

  81. Hi, yes Air New Zealand are one of the few airlines that charge for a bassinet seat. Some airlines charge for it regardless if you have a child or not, due to the extra room at a bulkhead. However, the air new Zealand website states "n international flights, bassinet fittings may be installed on Air New Zealand Boeing 777 and 767 aircraft. The bassinet dimensions are 29 inches (73.66 cm) long x 13.5 inches (34.29 cm) wide and made up with sheets, a pillow and blankets and are designed for infants up to 8 months old (and weighing a maximum of 11.8kgs/26lbs).
    When booking online, bassinets are identified with a bassinet icon, and when selecting a seat in a Bassinet Row with a bassinet fitting you will be asked to confirm that the infant will meet the criteria to use the bassinet. If the infant is more than 11.8kgs/26lbs or older than 8 months at the time of travel, they may not be able to use the bassinet and you may be moved to allow a suitably aged infant to use the bassinet. In this instance you will not be provided with a refund of any paid seat select fee. Please note that when selecting your seat online, not all seats in a Bassinet Row have bassinet fittings, those that do are indicated with a bassinet icon and states that it includes a bassinet."

    It is impossible for me to say whether you would be allocated seat together at check in, but the options you have are:
    book one bassinet position on either side of the aircraft ( not middle) as these only have 1 bassinet position. So a ABC or JFK seat and then either book a seat behind for hubbie if it is free. Or wait to see if it will be allocated to him at check in airport check in would be aware from booking ref that you are travelling all together.
    Alternatively, Air NZ have a sky couch which is 3 seats that extend. Its about £100 extra but I'm not sure if that's per person . I've pictures of it on my FB page It may be worth investigating this to see which is more cost effective.
    Lastly, ring Air NZ directly again and ask to speak to a supervisor – they may be able to do something, even if its just a request, or at least advise you if the flight is looking very full at the moment and if sky couch is an option. Definitely also bring your travel agent again and see if they can firm up sears too. Again ask for a supervisor if initial person can't or won't assist. Really wish I could help more, but it is hard to say when airlines charge for bassinet seats.. A trait I sincerely hope doesn't catch on!

  82. Hi Sara,
    Looking at the Qantas website, and the small print with seat selections, you can definitely request a bassinet seat position for free. As of Sep 23rd 2015, the charge for seat selection on international flights is $30 but free if you do it from 24 hours before the flight departs. So if you choose a bassinet position on the side of an aircraft.. Eg ABC or HJK, then there is only one bassinet position and you could pay extra to secure the seats next to you, or secure one and then wait 24 hours before flight. I had a 1 year old on a requested bassinet seat and we weren't moved.. But obviously every flight is different. It may be worth calling Qantas directly to book bassinet etc and pay for any seats. Also worth calling and asking how many infants are currently booked for the flight to help make your decision. Hope that helps a bit.

  83. Hi Carrie,

    A quick one for you. We are flying AMS-BNE in the next three weeks with, now 3 week old daughter. We are keen on Singapore Airlines as we just like their services. We book our tickets online with Singapore Airlines directly as the prices are often cheaper, however, we will have to do this at least 3 weeks ahead. My question is, do I book the tickets first, opt for bulkhead seats and hope that there will be a basinet available when we board the aircraft, or call SA first and reserve a basinet and book after? Not sure which way to go about it and your suggestions or advise will be greatly appreciated (or any other tips you may have:-)

    Many thanks – Jill

  84. Hi Jill,

    I believe you have to book the flight first before you can request the bassinet. I just had a similar dilemma, and I rang my airline first to see if bassinet positions were available for my particular flight, then I immediately booked online the tickets and requested bassinet position. It's good you are booked with the airline directly rather than a 3 rd party as this gives you a bit of an edge in priority. Have a great flight Singapore Airlines are fab!

  85. Hi Carrie,

    Do you happen to know bassinet details for Kuwait Airways? We could not book a child seat for my 19 months son as they said only 2 and above can purchase child seat.

    I will be travelling from Malaysia to JFK (23 long hours journey) and I hope we can survive the journey :(. My son is tall so i doubt he can fit in a bassinet.

    It would be great info for me if you can assist in getting the measurement,

    Thanks so much!


  86. Hi Carrie, im planning to fly with my 4.5 month old on Thai Air in the last week of Nov from Bangladesh to Thailand. Must be a 2.5 hr flight.
    Ive requested for a bassinet as he is under the age limit & weight limit. My ques is regarding food. Since he is mostly formula fed n requires to be fed every 2 hrs, will i be allowed to bring in warm water and powdered milk for 1 to 2 feedings?
    Since its gonna be my 1st time with the lo, im kinda nervous. Is there any advice on things i should know?

  87. Pleasure. We just came back last week from a 15 hour flight too. My eldest is also 3 and youngest 1, who only just started crawling but she just fitted into a bassinet. We also took turns and had 6 hours each break through a night flight. It worked a treat, so would definitely recommend a night flight if possible.

  88. Hi Carrie,

    You're info was very helpful. We're flying Delta for a 14 hour international flight for my husband's job. We will have an 8 month old who is over the max weight and height for the Delta bassinet. He will have his own seat in business class (seats that lay flat). Do you have any suggestions for how I should have him sleep on the flight besides holding him? My doc is HIGHLY against him sleeping in a carseat like Delta has suggested. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!!

  89. Hi,
    Fab that he has own seat and in business too! I know where your Doctor is coming from. The advice is the same over in UK too – no more than 2 hours in a car seat for a baby.

    The only thing I can think of is, line the seat with pillows when it's flat, or perhaps even your cabin bag, especially if he can't crawl or can't crawl over things. Second, have an on / off duty time with your husband and share the time you watch over him. That way everyone gets a chance to rest, eat, sleep etc.

  90. Thank you for the quick response. 🙂 He actually JUST started crawling this week. I think that makes sense to switch with my husband. We will also have our 3 year old on board too. We will have our hands full for sure. We may look into different airlines. I think I may almost rather have an airline that has a bassinet that would work rather than his own seat. ??? This our first time flying with the kids so I'm just very anxious! Thanks for your help!

  91. Having terrible problems with Air France and Vietnam Airlines. We live in Hanoi and we're taking our newly adopted child back to UK for Christmas. We booked months ago – one of the reasons being that we wanted to guarantee a bassinet as the child would likely still be traumatised by the changes. Anyway – the flight is booked via Air France but run by Vietnam Airlines. We have correspondence from both – each saying the other is responsible for providing the bassinet. In addition – Air France say that despite what Vietnam Airlines say – we should wait to check in. However, on this flight, at every occasion any request for assistance from Vietnam Airlines is always met with a no because "you booked via Air France". Despite the ideology behind Sky Team alliance no one wants to help and we really just want to get our child home as easily as possible. This is a 13 hour flight that starts at midnight. We really need to get something confirmed in advance. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

  92. Hi Steve, what a nightmare.

    Codeshares are complicated as you have discovered. Theoretically, the airline who sold you the ticket should help you at least request it, but it is the airline who is operating who can actually reserve the bassinet for you as it is their aircraft. Vietnam Airlines may need a booking ref from Air France which suits their reservation system as often these differ between airlines and codeshares . When I've had to codeshare with BA/Qantas etc, I pestered both via Twitter and phone.
    I've found Twitter very helpful and that may hopefully provide you some help- so definitely try that. Let me know how you get on and I'll be happy to also chase them for you. I'm @flyingwithbaby on Twitter.

    On a side though, airlines do prioritise passengers who book directly with them, over those who do book directly with them and not their codeshare partner. Frustrating I know, and kind of defeats the purpose of codeshare- but it's unfortunately what happens.

  93. Hi – this site is amazing!
    We are flying from London to Bogota on Saturday with Avianca (Business class) – they have not been massively helpful in terms of info regarding bassinets so we're not sure whether we are getting one or not. Your list above doesn't include Avianca – do you happen to have any knowledge here? Our daughter is 17 months.


  94. Hi and thank you!

    It doesn't look like he will fit into the bassinet length wise. The crew are very strict on the weight and length and will not put up the bassinet if he cannot lay straight in it. It is always worth asking at check in and again when boarding, if there is a spare seat on the flight, which you could put him in, otherwise he will need to be on your lap.

    You could look into getting a transit visa as you have a 7 hour break -and you could explore a bit of Dubai, or alternatively, check in to the transit airport hotel to get a little bit of rest before your connecting flight.

  95. Thanks for putting this together! I wanted to share that I just booked transatlantic flights for myself, husband, and son (who'll be 1yr at the time) on KLM. When I called to request the bassinet, the customer rep told me it's only for infants in arms/on laps, not infants in seats (and I had bought a seat for Kiddo… he might be too big for the bassinet by then, anyway); they don't seem to state that on their website, so I wanted to put it here just in case anyone comes looking. She also said we'll have to wait until we're at the gate to request bulkhead seats. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!

  96. Hi Carrie.

    Good info listed. Travelling to dubai via emirates with 1 yr old. I thought emirates offers 2 types of bassinets. One which can convert into a sky cot.
    If we are left with the one they provide in just curious is baby will be confortable or not..

  97. Hi Carrie, thank you so much for the site, it's been sooo useful for me when I travelled with my then 6 months old for 30 hours by myself from Australia to Europe.
    This time she will be 18.5 months and the flight length will be the same, so I would love to have your advice if I have a choice between travelling with Qatar business class and having her on my lap ( I will ask for bassinet as she is 11kg now and prob will not be bigger than 13kg by then) or should I choose economy class and buy a separate seat for her? If economy, at this age can I use CARES harness or I will be required to bring a car seat? the less baggage the better, I thought…
    I wonder if I can also just use baby carrier at this age or pram would be required? (there is a pram at the destination point for us)
    Thank you!

  98. Hi and thank you. It's always great to hear the information has helped and welcome back!

    Ooh tough call. I'm very tempted to say business class – seats are bigger and she may settle on you easier.
    Also less people in the cabin, and more likely you may get a spare seat..possibly more help too from the crew as less passengers.

    However, in economy you could use a CARES harness (they are suitable for babies over 12 m old) or an airplane certified car seat. Qatar also provide their own infant seat which can be pre booked if a seat is purchased- so this is an option too.

    The bassinet may be fine weight wise, which is good, but as she'll be 18.5 months and walking, it could be pretty hard keeping her in- also length wise she is unlikely too. ( my 12 month old was 73 cm long.) So if you go for that, best option would be to get her to sleep first and then put in- but you would have to obviously keep an eye out to see she doesn't move.

    Hope that helps a little- but most importantly have an amazing time!

  99. Hi,
    Emirates just provide one style. ( BA have the two types) My one year old just fitted into the Emirates one. It's a standard bassinet style. They provide a liner and an amenity pack for the baby with bib, wipes etc. And a blanket. Hope that helps!

  100. Hi Carrie, thanks for your reply. I decided to go with business class on a way there as they had great discount introducing new flight…on a way back we are flying with my husband and bought economy. when we tried to book seats together – they refused and said only one parent with child can seat in front row…so, it means I can't get help from my husband now and when I asked what will happen if I purchase separate seat for a baby, they said I will need to have a car seat, they don't have infant seats to provide and they never heard of CARES harness…it's a dilemma now as I am not going to take car seat and I don't want to be left with an empty seat and child who can't even seat with me! to be honest, if I would know about this complications I would choose another airline.

  101. Hi- please don't worry as you have a few options.
    Can you remind me which airline again?

    It's normal for airlines to just book the bassinet row for 1 parent as the other bassinet may be needed for another baby. This can work in your favour- basically means you and your husband can take turns and each have a break from little one. If you would prefer not to, then ask for him to sit immediately behind you.

    With regards to the CARES harness- I am sure you got hold of someone in customer service who has no idea as YOU ARE are allowed to use these on a flight! Also, depending on which airline, you can purchase a seat for your infant and if you don't use a car seat, then all it means is for taxi, take off, landing and turbulence, they need to be seated on your lap. Several airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airlines- provide an airline infant seat ( in case the car seat or CARES doesn't fit – often the CARES won't work on the first class and some business class seats as some airlines premium seas are like 'suites'.
    Get back to me with the airline and I will try and provide you with the info you need and that you can take to the airport with you.

  102. Ive just seen you are on Qatar. The airline provides its own child seat restraint device as long as requested at least 48 hours in advance. It's called a CRD . Here are the links on their website to have to hand when you call customer service again.

  103. Hi,

    How was your experience with Kuwait airways? Did your son fit in the bassinet? I will be travelling with my 19 month old so was wondering if you can tell me your experience.

    Many Thanks

  104. Hi, I have exactly the same problem as stated by Vicky. At the time of booking the bassinet, the airline people asked for my baby's height and weight and booked the bassinet for us. The wt then was 24lbs. But after talking to some friends who had doubts about the bassinet weight limit for delta airlines, I called in the customer care and the lady told me "the wt limit is 20lbs". I don't know what to do now. I am flying this Friday.

  105. Hi,
    I'm afraid the Delta bassinet weight limit is 20lbs. There are not really many options at this stage. However, it is worth mentioning when you check in that you have just found this out and IF there is a chance of a spare seat, you would greatly appreciate it, seeing as you can't use the bassinet. If the ground staff can't, also ask to speak to the senior when you board the plane. Once they get the final passengers numbers ( this is when nearly everyone has boarded) they may be able to help but again only IF there are a couple of spare seats. It may be that you and baby sit in one area and partner in another. Then you could take turns in looking after the baby.

  106. Hi Carrie
    Thanks for all your information. We are due to fly Australia to UK with our baby when she will be 10 weeks old. We are unsure whether it is generally acceptable to have an infant of this age in business class and hope you can give an opinion. We will be flying qantas/Emirates codeshare. Of course we don’t want to disrupt other passengers – in your experience if the baby is unsettled in business is this a problem? Thank you!

    • Hi Maddie,
      Its definitely acceptable to have a baby in business class. People understand that business and leisure travellers appreciate a bit more space and comfort. Please don’t worry if your little one does cry a little. Most people understand that babies do that and Im sure you will get some ooh and as over how small and cute she is! They are very portable at a young age, and with being 10 weeks, she will mostly feed and sleep. Enjoy your first family trip and please let me know how it goes. 🙂

  107. Hi Carrie,

    Flying from London to Barbados business class with BA, I’ll have an 18 month old who will be crawling… Do you know if you can bring the pop up bassinets on board (think Koodi do one and the 3-in-1 diaper bags etc) and put them on the floor in front of leg space? He’ll be too big for the wall mounted bassinet and won’t sit in the seat thing so was thinking I could use the pop up as a playpen/bed almost??
    Anyone tried them??

    Thanks in advance!!!

    • Hi Cheri- good news the BA bassinets are suitable for up to 2 years old. They have two styles, the bassinet cot style for younger babies and the reclining car seat style for older babies.
      With regards to the Koodi or similar- it wouldn’t be allowed on the floor due to safety reasons ( can’t secure it and oxygen mask wouldn’t reach it)
      Have an amazing time!

  108. Hi Carrie,

    Looking for some advice! I’m living in Dublin in Ireland. I’ve been invited to a family wedding in America (near Washington DC) in January and plan on going with my little girl who’ll be 22 months old then.

    I’m trying to decide what are the best flights to take. There are direct flights with Aer Lingus or United Airlines from Dublin to Washington but they’re on a smaller plane (Boeing 757) with no bassinets available.

    British Airways seem a lot more child friendly. They use the bigger planes for the long-distance flights and they will provide carrycots and child seats for children up to 2 years old if you are in one of the assigned carrycot seats. They provide children with an activity pack for the flight and they bring kids meals first so as adults can then enjoy theirs. They sound so much nicer to fly with, but then of course the catch is that I would have to fly Dublin to London Heathrow to Washington DC which would add a good few hours to my journey and mean dealing with an extra airport.

    I’m not sure what to do. I’m leaning towards the British Airways flight as they seem so much more child friendly and I like the idea of being able to put my little girl down in her bassinet for a nap for an hour or 2 during the flight, both for her sake and mine! But as I’ve said it would make the day a good bit longer. But then again 8 hours on a direct flight with nowhere for the child to sleep sounds awful.

    What would you advice? Would it be worth going the longer route for the more comfortable BA flight? Or would it be just adding unnecessary hours to my journey and making my daughter’s day even harder?

    Thanks in advance,


  109. Hi. I think the child seating information for Virgin Atlantic has changed. I flew premium economy in June with my almost 2 year old and was told they no longer have the airline supplied car seats (it is also not listed on the website anymore). Also, you can not use your own car seat in that class, but you can use your own car seat in economy.

    • Hi Claire, thank you so much for this. You are indeed right. I have followed this up with Virgin and unfortunately you can now only use a carseat in economy and the only option if you fly in another class is to either have them on your lap or purchase a seat for them. They can sit in the seat except for when the seat belt sign is on ( e.g. taxi, take-off, lading, and turbulence) Its a real shame they got rid of this seat as it was such a good idea.

  110. This is really interesting. We’ve always fly with EVA air from London – Bangkok. They are really fantastic with kids. I must say Thai Airways is a real disappointment the last time I flown with them 5 years ago. Such a horrible experience with them. Never again! #TheList

    • Hi Su. Thank you! I’ve heard great things about EVA too but am yet to fly with them. Could be an option for our next flight to Oz. I think the girls would love a Hello Kitty flight! Thanks for joining via #thelist

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  112. We’re flying on LATAM and have reserved a bassinet for our baby who’s 7 months 8 kg and 68 cm (just within their weight/heigh limits). Are airline bassinets safe for babies that can sit up, crawl, and pull himself up to kneeling by the bars of his crib at home? I realize they have some kind of restraint, but do these really work? I’m concerned about him going over the side because he’s quite wiggly.

    • Hi Heather- he would need constant supervision as if he can pull himself up, there is the danger he could fall out. There is usually a velcro or zip fastening for when they are lying down and sleeping. What my husband did for our 11 month old, was take turns in supervising so one of us could sleep and the other watched over the girls.

        • Hi Hada,
          yes! here you go. 🙂
          Babies less than 8 months old
          There are a certain number of cots for infants who weigh up to 11 kg on each Iberia aircraft on inter-continental flights.
          These cots, like the seats for the adults who accompany the infant, do not have to be booked online.
          Please book a cot through an Iberia Office in your country, where you can also get information about booking a seat for yourself in the designated cot area in advance. Depending on the cabin class, booking a seat will incur an additional cost. Check conditions.

  113. Hi – looking for some advice-
    we are flying with Emirates with a toddler (2) and a baby next month, we have booked the 3 window seats with a bassinet at the bulkhead- do i need to ring them up to ensure we have use of this bassinet? Is it also worth buying something inflatable to put on the floor to create a bed type for toddlers legs?!
    Also sounds silly but planning to use the buggy in the airport then leave with the car seat as we board the plane like we did for travelling in Europe last year- assuming they get put in the hold last- is this the safest thing to do with the car seat- im worried it may get bashed about a little!
    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi, no you don’t need to ring again as those seats are allocated are by the bassinet. Unfortunately, at the moment Emirates do not allow any inflatable device or similar to create a bed. They are looking into it, so this could only be temporary. I will update if it happens before you travel.

  114. Hi Carrie,
    Just wondering if you had a pic of the virgin aus bassinet. Booking a trip with delta from syd to lax but going on a flight operated by virgin due to bassinet size and weight restrictions. My 6 month old is already 8.2 kg and 71 cm long. Hope she doesnt grow too much over the next couple of months!

  115. Hi Love your site! Do you know the measurement of the BA bassinet, I am not sure in my little one would be too long? ve Also as I have not paid for a seat but o have booked a bassinet would my child still receive meals?

    • H Kathryn and thank you. I’m afraid I don’t know the length, but its suitable up to 2 years old and as long as within the weight you should be fine. Regarding the meals- no you won’t receive a meal unless you request a baby meal BBML which is just pureed food jars. for post weaned kids, bring your own snacks and food pouches. I’ve taken Ella’s pouches, rice cakes, cooked pasta, whole banana etc

  116. Hey Carrie! You recently helped me with a few ‘flying’ queries! I have a few more if you could possibly help? We decided to fly Etihad from Melb- Manchester with our 17 mnth old. We usually go Emirates. Flights were a little cheaper and there is an ‘on-board Nanny.’ I understand there’s not too much feedback on what these Nannies do and if they’re a huge help- is that the case? You also suggested booking seats A and C for example and hoping B isn’t taken (they’ll always move to the aisle if it is) If we DO get given a bassinet at check in, what would your preference be? Stick to the A and C seats with our 17 month old in the middle, or get the luxury of more space from bassinet seats but likely baby wont fit in the actual cot? (He’s small for his size but will be over 10kg) Also do you know if Etihad allow the blow up inflatables for baby to spread out on? I know Emirates don’t.

    Thanks (once again) for all your help. You’re fantastic


  117. Hi Carrie, i’m planning to fly from Mauritius to Zagreb with Turkish Airlines but was wondering if i have to call them for the bassinet or should i try to reserve the seat while doing my booking.
    Thank you for your blog


  118. Hello Carrie! Sorry for disturbing you.
    I am just a student but I am currently doing a project on babies and toddlers in flights!
    To move on with this project however, I need to know what are the major constraints and problems parents often find with bassinets or seats for toddlers who can no longer fit in bassinets and what you think could be done? What do you think you need?
    Could I also use the data above on airlines in my project Carrie? It will not be posted anywhere but will go in my coursework for teachers to see. If that is okay by you!

    (Parents you can also answer!)

    Thank you in advance!

  119. Hi Carrie,

    Your website is a life saver! So much great information and tips from experienced mum which is even more reassuring. My husband and I will take my son for a overseas trip from Australia to China in few months time. He will be 15 months old by the time we travel. We have decided to travel by Singapore Airline based our previous experience and love of the Changi airport. But our dilemma now is how much layover time should be leave. Hope fully you could give us some suggestion.
    For example, on the flight back, there are 2 options.Opt 1, leave China at 11pm arrive Singapore the next morning at 4am ish. Then fly out again at 6:40am again for 8 hours flight to get back to AUS. Opt 2, leave China in the evening at 6:30pm, arrive Singapore at 11:30pm. Then 7 and half hours layover, fly out from Singapore at 6:55am the next morning, arrive AUS in the arvo.
    From your point of view, which option do you think it’s more suitable/doable?
    Our son have only been on couple domestic flights so far, 2 and half hours the longest. And he did really well both time. With all the rice biscuits and BF on take off and landing, he didn’t cry at all, and barely whinged (except the time we stopped him trying to touch people’s head who sit in front of us :P).
    Oh, btw, we will purchase a ticket for him, so he will have his own seat on the plan. And I am also thinking about purchasing the jetkid travel suitcase/bed, so he can laying flat on the plan and hopefully get some sleep (he is already 78cms and 10kg, so will definitely out grown the SQ bassinet when we travel i think?). Have you tried the Jetkid before, or do you have any other recommendation?
    I understand every baby is different, but just want to get your opinion as we never took him on international flight before. Thanks for your help in advance!


    • Hi Cherrie,
      Ooh tough one- the problem with the 7 hour layover is by the time you have got to a hotel ( either the airport hotel or outside if you have no need for a visa etc) or if any delays- you could end up with just 3 or 4 hours rest. I think in this scenario I would probably do the shorter layover and get it over with asap or see if I can spend 24 hours in Singapore?
      Great idea about the jets kids BedBox- and fabulous he has his own seat too. I think it will prove very useful!

      • Hi Carrie, thanks for your prompt reply.

        We finally decided to go with the 2.45hours layover on the way back. Just as you said if the 1st leg flight delay then we won’t get much time at the airport hotel. And flight delay is very common out of China from what I know :P.
        Stay in Singapore for 24 hours is definitely an option, and we did many times before as well, as it’s such nice please to spend some time. But this time with baby, the stop over might be tricky as if we don’t get the check in luggage then have to pack the carry on to the maximum. Since we also take Yoyo+ on board, so really prefer to leave less to carry with us if possible. And to take the check in luggage then re-checkin the next day sounds too much trouble as well. So with his own seat and jetkid box, guess we’d better just power through the whole way, and hoping for a good rest once get home. 🙂

        Once again, appreciated your opinion. I will for sure continue follow your website for more great information. And will let you know how we do with this first international flight with baby later on. 🙂

        Many Thanks

  120. This site is awesome! Do they actually weigh / measure your baby? For SAA, I am able to prebook a seat with a bassinet but baby cant exceed 1kg. He doesn’t at the moment but may be just over 10kg at the time we actually fly so am a bit worried.

    • Thank you! They don’t actually weigh the baby- but the bassinets are secured to a wall which has a weight limit. If a baby is over the limit, the bassinet could fall. They do usually ask you before they bring the bassinet. Try not to worry to much. 🙂

  121. Thank you Carrie for this detailed post. I have a question.

    I am planning to travel with my 9 month old on AirFrance and KLM. She is already 67 cm and will most probably be longer than 70 cm when we travel. Do you have any idea on how strict are the airlines on the length specification. Do they allow your child in a bassinet if s/he is longer (may be slightly) than the specification.


  122. Hi Carrie,
    Thanks so much for all your advice and tips! We are just about to take our 6m daughter on a Virgin Atlantic flight to NY – it’s exciting but feels daunting too! 🙂 I just wondered if you could give some advice regarding her sleeping in the bassinet we have booked. In general she’s a bit of curious baby and so will find it difficult to sleep without some kind of covering as she otherwise will watch everything happening instead of sleeping, then get overtired! Do you know if Virgin bassinets have any kind of hood/covering and if not, do you have any suggestions for something I could make or buy!?

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Hester, Virgin bassinets don’t have a covering but you can use the CoziGo ( we found it worked brilliantly!) There is a review of it under my Travel Gear section. Or you could try a light weight blanket and duct tape. I have heard rumours that Virgin Atlantic have restricted some items such as Bedbox, Plane Pal and others items which may include CoziGo but I will message and try and find out the latest for you asap.

  123. Hi Carrie, we’re planning to fly Heathrow to Australia via Singapore with Singapore Airlines when my baby will be 15 months. We’re doing night flights on each leg and are requesting a bassinet, but I’m now very concerned my baby will not fit. Do you know how big the Singapore Airlines bassinets go (they only state the smallest size which will definitely be too small)? If she can’t fit in the bassinet what is our alternative? We can’t afford an extra seat, but even if we could, I don’t really understand how a baby would sleep safely on a chair. Grateful for any advice. Thank you.

  124. Hi Sarah, if you can please give me the aircraft type for that route, then i can try and ask Singapore Airlines for you. Alternatively, BA, and Qantas could work. They allow babies up to 2 yrs and 18 m respectively. However, the weight is a little less than the 14kg allowed on Singapore. a product like Sky Baby may help if this is not an option. A review is on here under the travel products section. Apart from that, Air New Zealand offer a Sky Couch, or you can ask at check in or crew if there is a spare seat or try the spare seat trick ( all detailed on my best seats post). If a cheap fare comes available for an extra seat, then a CARES harness or car seat would have to be used or baby in a lap belt with you for taxi, take off, landing and turbulence.. let me know!

    • Thank you, Carrie! It looks like we have a mixture of B777-300/B777-200/A380-800 depending on the legs. Unfortunately the 777 only appears to be 3 seats abreast in the centre so we can’t do the spare seat trick on those flights (we need the 3rd seat for our toddler) but we’ll definitely try that for the A380.

  125. Hi Carrie I’m flying on Boxing Day From Heathrow to Auckland with my 7 month old. We’re flying with emirates and have booked a bassinet.. we have purchased a cozi-go but just wondered if there’s anything else I could get to make the bassinet cozy for her?

  126. Hi
    Flying Virgin Atlantic upper class with my six month old, and have asked for a sky cot… they said they attach to the floor? Just wondering if anyone has flown with them and what the sky cot is like? I.e. flat or like a bouncer?!

  127. Hi, just flew with Qatar, and there was an age limit for bassinets, too – 12 months. My baby is 15 months and 10 kgs and she was not allowed in there.

    • Thank you for letting me know! I will try and find out if this is an official policy and if so if they will update heir website or if cabin crew just thought this. 😉

    • Hi kristina- Here is their response. Hello, we follow the policy whereby Infants (up to 11 kgs) who do not fit the bassinet size are required to travel on the lap of the accompanying adult passenger. Kindly DM us more details to further investigate on your claim. Thank you.

      • Wow, thank you… it looks like it was only the cabin crew then grrrr… thanks for checking anyways and good to know for future trips.

  128. Dear Carrie

    Many thanks for your amazing website!

    In April my wife, our 12 month old daughter and I are planning to fly to Denmark from Vietnam with Finnair. Do you know the bassinet info (size, weight, age etc) for this airline, since I have not been able to find this on the Internet.

    This will be the first plane travel for our daughter so we are a little bit worried about this trip, since we think our daughter is suffering car sick. Because we have tried to take some car trips with her, but she cries a lot when coming home and feels tried during the car trip.

    We will be flying with Finnair new A350 plane from Vietnam to Helsinki and then have a 14hours night layover before flying with a Embraer ERJ-190 to Denmark from Helsinki. We plan to book an airport hotel for the layover. I imagine the Embraer ERJ-190 plane wouldn’t have bassinet, so we will sitting with our daughter during the 2hour plane trip?

    Another option is to fly with Turkish airline from Vietnam to Istanbul with A330 plane, have a morning layover for 7hours before flying with Boeing 737 to Denmark from Istanbul.

    If you have time to give your opinion which option would be less tried for our daughter or perhaps any comments/your experience about the Helsinki/Istanbul are baby friendly airport, my wife and I would be so excited to hear it.

    Many thanks in advance!

    • Dear Henry,

      Thank you for you kind comments.
      I will get in touch with Finn Air for you and also ask other parents about Helsinki and Istanbul airport. I’ll report back as soon as I hear.

      • Hi Henry,
        Here is the answer from Finn Air
        “The baby baskets are available on all wide-body aircrafts on long haul routes. Both in economy and business class depending on the aircraft type. They can hold babies of max 11 kg of weight.

        On Airbus 333 /343 (excl. LQA, F, G) at row 41 D,H the maximum weight of the infant is only 9 kg.

        Recommendable for infants up to 6 months. ”

        I’m just clarifying if the age restriction is applicable for all bassinets or just the A330/A340 one.

        • Dear Carrie

          Many thanks for your usefully replies.

          This mean its difficult for us to fly with Finnair with our daughter if we need a bassinet for her, as she will be 12 months at that time.

          Then we must look at the other option by flying with Turkish airline, do you know if the Istanbul airport is baby friendly eg. do they have a free strollers we can use, toilets where we can change diaper for our daughter etc.

          Many thanks in advance and have a nice day!

  129. Dear Carrie
    Big thanks for your effort to answer my questions!
    Now that its clear we will fly with Turkish airline and bring our own stroller on the plane, do you have any experience with Turkish airline when you bring your own stroller on the plane, if they allow that? Since Jennifer haven’t mention about this in her review.

    Have a nice weekend!

    • Hi Henry, I’m afraid I don’t. Most airlines won’t allow a stroller in the cabin but will check it into the aircraft hold with the suitcases.You have the option whether to check it in immediately or take it to the gate and have it gate checked as you board the plane. Some exceptions may be the travel strollers – like the BabyZen YoYo, which folds to cabin baggage size.

      • Dear Carrie

        I hope you had a nice weekend and many thanks for your reply.

        I actually just want to use the stroller to my daughter when we are transiting in Istanbul airport where we have a 7 hours layover before boarding the plane to Denmark.

        Having read this “..Strollers for infant passengers can only be transported in the cargo hold. However, infants in their strollers can be brought as far as the plane entrance, where guardians can hand over the stroller to staff. At the end of the flight, the stroller will be unloaded by our staff and given back to the guardian…” on this website:

        ..then I think at the HCMC airport we will take the stroller to the plane entrance and hand it over to the staff, when arriving in Istanbul we will get the stroller back, for us to use it at the Istanbul airport. When boarding the plane to Denmark do the same as written before. 🙂

        Unfortunately the BabyZen YoYo isn’t available to buy in Vietnam. 🙁

        Have a nice evening.

  130. Hi Carrie,

    I like your bassinet seat guide. Every parents helped by this guide. I hope you do share more guide about traveling.

  131. Hi all!

    To add some additional information, I just spoke with United and their bassinet dimensions are 29in long, 11in wide and 7in deep.

    Personally, the 7in deep scares me! I’m sure my daughter will be able to fling herself out of that by the time we fly… I may be booking her her own seat!

    • Thank you so much for the additional information. So useful and I’m sure it will help others too. Yes, the deepness is always a bit of a worry. I usually transferred mine to the bassinet once they were asleep in my arms – but it means you can never sleep in case they wake up..

  132. Hi Carrie – awesome page! Thank you!
    I have just booked a flight from UK to India via Air India.
    I’ll be travelling with my 11 month old baby.
    They tell me that there is no bassinet available (there was 1 but it’s already been allocated to another family), despite my flight being 6 months away so I thought I was on the ball with it.
    Are airlines obliged to provide a bassinet? It’s an overnight flight and I’m worried that if I fall asleep it’s not particularly safe for my baby to be sitting on my lap.
    Any suggestions about what I could say to Air India? Or do I just need to suck it up and go ahead?
    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    • Hi Sam,

      Unfortunately, airlines are under no obligation to provide one, and if it has already been allocated to someone who booked before you there is really nothing that can be done. You can try the spare seat trick though? ie choose a window and aisle and hope the middle seat is free – as these are the ones that are always the last to go.

  133. Please note that greedy airlines such as Finnair will charge you for have the baby cot. If you are a couple, they charge more than 80 euros. I dont find this very ethical…

  134. Hello Carrie,

    Thank you for offering great information through this site. It is really helpful.

    I have a couple of questions and I would like to know your opinion.

    We are scheduled to take a 17 hours American Airlines flight next month from Dallas to Hong Kong with our 11 month old. As our agent helped with the tickets, we have been allotted random seats (40E and 40G). Our son is touching 20 lbs so I don’t know if bassinet is an option. We don’t know if we can carry him in the lap in seats provided for the entire flight journey. This is our first flight with our baby and we are really worried.

    Do you recommend us upgrading our seats to Main Cabin (rows 20, 33) with extra legroom? Each seat upgrade costs 211 dollars and we wanted to take in your opinion before upgrading. Looking for any insight. Thanks again!

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