under 2 years old you are not required to buy a plane ticket. but yes, that does mean that they will have to stay in your lap. i would suggest ponying up the money and get you child his/her own seat on the airplane, especially for that long of a trip. it's worth it. and no they don't have any special baby sleeping arrangements on a plane. its your lap, their oun seat or nothing
I'm a former Flight Attendant and I now fly a lot with my three children. I've flown with all three transatlantically at about this age but I have to admit, never for this long! You have a big trip in front of you.
I've flown with babies in bassinets as well as had them in their own car seat. The only way to guarentee that you can use a car seat on board is to purchase a seat.But, if there's room, you can bring your seat in the hope of getting an extra place. Request this at check-in. Ask if the flight is full, and if not, if they can "block" the seat next to you, only using it if they really need it. They often do this for families.
Bring the seat to the gate, even if they are unsure that you'll get a seat. This way, if you don't manage it, they will "gate check" your seat, sending it down with the strollers and wheelchairs. This is gentlier than checking it in at the desk.
If you have it onboard, the seat will get to your destination without risking it being damaged or lost in luggage. On my last transatlantic with my kids, three of our four bags didn't make it but since we had the car seat with us, my daughter was safe for the 2 hour drive home (the bags arrived 2 days later). I saw at least two other seats while looking for our luggage. Wonder how they left the airport?
Make sure your car seat is approved for use on aircraft. If you're flying on a U.S. company, see the below link for information on if it's approved. Most car seats, including infant buckets, sold in the U.S. are.
If you are flying a non-U.S. company, see the information for your airline. If you search with the name of the airline, followed by "children", that will usually give you the right page.
Wall-mounted bassinets are located at the "bulkhead" or the seats that have a wall in front. They are not in any specific area but can be located throughout the aircraft, depending on the configuation. While they are not as safe as a car seat for the baby, they are convenient if you don't get to use yours' during the flight.
Different airlines have different rules but most 14 month olds are too big for the bassinets. Before you request this (which is at no extra cost), find out the weight limit. They also have rules about using them. Air Canada, for example, only allows them if the baby is sleeping. They can't just sit and play in it. Most airlines require you to remove the baby in tubulence and hold him or her.
Just some other tips for flying with toddlers;
-Bring at least one change of clothes for both of you, perhaps more for her
-Bring way more diapers than you think you'll need
-Wrap this in plastic bags and tie with rubber bands. Make several bundles to save bulk in your carry-ons
-Learn to change her standing up (don't try to fit her on those tiny babychangers and toddlers hate to lie down in strange places)
-Bring an empty sippy cup to fill during the services. This will prevent spills in the air.
-Get up and move around with him but keep an eye out. Those carts the F/A's use are the perfect height for hiding little ones
-Bring snacks. Don't fret security. I've never had anything taken away (yes, water but not snacks) and that's the only risk. If you have something not allowed, they simply remove the item. No scenes, no speeches, no arrests!
-Bring slippers, especially if you're not in the bulkhead!
-Buy some inexpensive toys and bring them out one-by-one during your journey.
I've never used any drugs to get my children to sleep. Antihistime allergies are common (especially in my family) and sometimes they can provoke the *opposite* reaction. Twice I had totally wired children thanks to meds the parents thought would calm them. Talk to your ped before even considering it and try it at home...a few times!
It's actually a myth that children need to suck on something for take-off and landing. I rarely saw it in my 13 years as a Flight Attendant and I have never, ever done anything special with my own for take-offs and landings and their ears were fine.
ENT specialists simply recommend that the child is awake for landing;
The delicate time is not during take-off or landing/touchdown but at the *top of descent*. This is usually 40 minutes to an hour before landing and everyone's ears have to reverse the pressurization. I can confirm that when I worked, if any passengers had ear problems, this was the time. Not just children either! They actualy felt *better* as we got closer to landing.
The BEST way to avoid ear issues is to take your little girl to the doctor a few days before flying. The doctor will look in her ears and make sure they're clear and infection-free. Healthy ears can handle pressurization changes.
For more information, I wrote an article on this subject. It's based on both my personal and professional experience of flying with kids. It's totally non-commercial and other parents have contributed;
Good luck with the long trip. One traveller to India told me it was helpful to calculate the percentage of her journey time by the total time away. You can think "Well, this is only 5% of my India visit". It's a tough age but you'll make it!