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Discussion About Changing Diapers on Planes

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Airplanes Make Diaper Life Tricky

To keep the skies friendly, parents usually arm themselves with diapers, wipes and cream for unpredictable messy moments when traveling. Before boarding, many moms rush to the nearest bathroom for a quick last minute change that will hopefully (and doubtfully) last the duration of the flight.

Only the lucky few escape without at least one diaper change on board. When that not so magical moment arrives, a mother must decide her fate: change on the seat, floor, or across the trays — yes, some people do that. It seems that the most logical option would be the changing table in the bathroom. But what happens when there's no changing table in the lavatory? Such is the dilemma that many jet-setting mommies are finding themselves in lately.

Most airlines have updated fleets that now include changing tables in their lavatories. However, there are still some older birds that have yet to be babyproofed. In those cases, a parent must decide: floor, seats, lap or table trays (yick). How do you change your tot up in the air?


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Ericka Ericka 8 years
I recently flew Southwest and had to change my son in the bathroom and the table worked great for me. I was able to store the diaper bag on the closed toilet under the table and wash my hands with my son on the table since it was such close quarters.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
How exactly do you wipe and clean the area if they're standing up..? it IS important to wipe them every diaper change, it drives me nuts when people never wipe their kids. I dont think id want someone having them stand up to change the diaper.. a quick lie down on a lap for a wet diaper, still works for us if i have no space, and my daughter is 16 months and 34 inches now.
Akpril Akpril 8 years
I just flew with my 3 month old and it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Jet Blue had pretty big changing tables, especially considering how small those airplane bathrooms are. We even got a cute little pair of wings from one of the attendants at the end of the flight. Though I learned on that flight that the days windows seats are over- always go for the aisle seats. I'm not so sure about changing the child on your lap. Unless there's no changing table in the bathroom... I would be pretty grossed out if someone did it right next to me on a plane.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
At first, I figured this would be really tricky, but then I remembered our first trip with my daughter when she was 3 months old. We drove 13 hours to see my mother in law, and I changed Kairi on my lap in the back seat to save on trips into the disgusting gas station bathrooms. We had a miniscule Hyundai Accent at the time... They are SMALL, small enough that we had to put the front seat up as far as it would go, pratically on the dashboard, to be able to fit the car seat behind it.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I was lucky enough to not have to worry about this while traveling with my kids. It is true....the bathrooms are not convenient for diaper changing!
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
Omg I hadn't thought of that, what's a gal to do when she makes that first trip with her lil guy?
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