This Has Got to Be the Easiest Way to Fly With an Infant

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Contrary to popular belief, airlines won't let you stow a baby in an overhead compartment. So this FlyeBaby hammock makes traveling with an infant on a long flight slightly more bearable. Not to mention cheaper, since you don't have to pay for an extra seat.

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The top of the FlyeBaby attaches your tray table, which must remain upright and locked during takeoff, landing, and any time you wish to use the kidhammock; your child then sits in your lap secured to the hammock by a five-point safety harness. So even in the worst turbulence Junior should be safe (as long as the tray table stays put). Not only does it save you from having to hold a fidgety young'un through an entire flight (it's still required during take-off and landing) but it also means the kid is always facing you, making it easier to keep him entertained. While on the ground, it can be secured to any seat.

There are some drawbacks to the FlyeBaby, though. If you're flying alone you'll have to disconnect it before you can head to the bathroom. And dining will certainly be a challenge since it renders your tray table completely inaccessible. But for $45, if it has the potential to thwart a possible temper tantrum or crying fit on a crowded flight, it's totally worth the investment.

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[FlyeBaby via The Fancy]

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So, when the stupid plastic latch on the tray table breaks because of the extra weight plus age of the plastic, which it wasn't designed for, the mother will sue the airline and the hammock company because the latch broke and killed her baby in a sudden 15 foot drop / wind pocket.

Brilliant idea. NOT! Hey, before you jump down my neck, I have 2 children. I've flown with both of them several times when they were babies. It's not fun. I get it. Going to the airport, holding your kid for several hours, getting off the plane, and doing it all over again on your connecting flight is not fun, especially when the air conditioning isn't working very well on board. I really understand. Been there. Done that. However, look at the weakest link of what is holding your child up in that position... a 1/4inch wide piece of plastic that has been abused and misused since it was installed however many years ago. Think. Anything that would help make traveling with a baby easier is a nice thought...but in this case I think it is poorly executed. When that tray table comes down on your kids head, you only have one person to blame.