Delta: Infant In Arms Or Baby Seat? (Airline Policy For Dummies)

  • It’s natural to have lots of questions about flying with a baby 
  • Different airlines have different policies regarding infants 
  • Read on to know the basics of flying Delta Airlines with a baby 
  • Plus, which is better - A baby seat or carrying infant in arms

Are you planning an air travel with your baby soon?

Are you looking for information on how you can carry your baby safely in the flight?

Do you want to know if there are any particular rules you have to follow if you are flying with your baby on Delta Airlines?

If you are thinking of a trip with your little one, it is natural to have a thousand questions, some of which can start right from the time when you start your trip. From the time you reach the airport to the time you spend with your baby on the flight, there could be a lot that you may want to prepare yourself for. If you are looking for any information that sounds like this, do read the sections below to know about the relatively safe age to start flying with your baby, what are some of the things you need to take care of and other safety checks you need to keep in place.

Please note, our site is not associated or affiliated with Delta Airlines in anyway. We are also not providing this post at the request of Delta Airlines. This post was created to be helpful for parents looking for information about flying with their children. For the most up-to-date details and information about Delta Airlines and their flight policy, please visit their site.  

At what age can you start flying with your baby?

The exact age at which you can start flying with your baby can vary depending on where you live, where you are flying to as well as the airline that you are flying on.

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  • In some instances, airlines may allow you to fly with a newborn as soon as you are out of the hospital.
  • On some other occasions, you may have to wait for at least a few weeks before which you may be allowed to fly out with your infant.

If you are looking at a really safe age when you can travel with your infant, it is best to wait till they are at least two or three months old.

  • This is because by this time, your baby’s immune system will be much stronger than what it is right after birth.
  • This will also be the time when your baby will develop a routine, which will make it easier for you to manage the baby in the flight.

Do you need to seek clearance from your pediatrician before doing so?

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In most of the cases, if your baby is less than 2 weeks old, you may have to carry a letter from your baby’s paediatrician, which states that your baby is healthy and fit to fly. In case you do not have the said letter, some airlines can even refuse to let you board with a baby, if the baby is less than 2 weeks old.

What is Delta Airline’s policy regarding infants?

If you are planning to travel with your infant on Delta airlines, you can start flying with your little one as early as they are 7 days old. It is best to speak to a Delta official to know if you can travel even earlier with your little one, before he or she is 7 days old, in case you need to do so.

Do parents need to reserve a seat for them or will they be allowed to travel with their infant on their lap or in arms?

  • Till the time your baby is less than 2 years of age, you will not be required to reserve a separate seat for the infant.
  • You can hold your baby in your arms, but you have to definitely inform the airlines in advance and speak to them about it.
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    Delta Airlines will only allow a baby to be held by someone who is at least 12 years or more.
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    Also, do remember that you can only hold one baby in the lap at a time, and if there is more than one baby who is less than 2 years of age, there has to be another person who can hold the baby.

What is the maximum allowable age for parents to fly with their children in their arms?

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  • Till the time your baby turns 2 years old, you can carry him or her in your arms or lap. After this, you will have to reserve a separate seat for your child.
  • Whether you are planning to carry your baby in your lap or in your arms, or are planning to reserve a separate seat for your little one, you will still have to pay something to the airline.
  • So make sure you speak beforehand, at the time of booking, to know what you may have to pay.

Can parents opt to purchase a seat for their infants instead, if they are more comfortable doing this? How much would it cost?

  • Yes, Delta Airlines gives you the option of purchasing a separate seat in which your infant can travel comfortably.
  • If your baby is traveling in his or her own seat and is less than 2 years old, you may be able to get some discounts that are available on certain routes on some countries.

What sort of child seat do parents need to have or bring in order to hold their infant securely during the flight?

If you are planning to travel along with your infant’s baby seat during travel on a Delta aircraft, here are a few things you should keep in mind:

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  • If you have booked a separate seat for your infant, it is always recommended by the flight that you also bring along a separate infant safety seat in which you can safely place your baby.
  • According to the Delta Airlines, if you want to carry an infant seat on the flight, you have to get an FAA approved child safety seat.
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    You can use this child seat at the time of takeoff and landing, when you will be required to place your baby in the child seat and help to secure them safely.
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    Your infant’s child safety seat will not be regarded as a separate baggage, and this means that it will not be counted as part of the standard baggage that you may have. As a result, you can easily check it in for free.
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    If you have not booked a separate seat for your infant, and if you have spoken to the airlines authorities but have been told that there is no extra seat available on the flight, you may have to check in the infant seat. In this case, you can easily do so at the gate with the help of a Delta airline representative, or you can also do it at the curb side or at the ticket counter itself.

Which is the safer option when flying with infants - a baby seat or carrying the infant in arms?

According to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), it is always best to travel in a flight with your infant in an infant safety seat instead of holding your little one in your lap or in your arms.

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  • Your infant will be the safest when you place them in an age appropriate car safety seat.
  • It should also align with your baby’s age, height and weight.
  • List Make sure that the child safety seat has a label which clearly mentions that it is approved by the FAA.

Before the air travel, also ensure that you get your baby examined by a paediatrician to ensure your baby will be safe during and after the travel.

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