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Air New Zealand Has The Perfect Solution For Parents Flying With Babies

Get ready to actually maybe sleep on the plane with your baby.

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If you've ever flown on a plane with a baby, you know that it can be...a challenge, to say the least.

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^^You, after sitting in a cramped airplane seat with limited leg room for 2+ hours with an infant in your arms.

The good news is that there is a better way — if you fly (or ever want to fly) Air New Zealand, you can book special seats that will make sitting, eating, playing, and sleeping with your baby that much easier.

The "Skycouches," as Air New Zealand calls them, are basically a dream come true. They're located in the economy section, and are the same as any standard airplane seat, except they have a footrest that pops up, which turns the row into an extra-wide area to stretch out.


Basically, the new features, which are still pending approval, will let your infant stay lying down while a plane is in the air (!!!), even when the fasten seatbelt sign is on.

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The proposed plan includes an infant harness that comes in three different sizes (small, medium, and large), and a belt loops that through it and is secured by a clip in the window. Meanwhile, the pod is a bassinet-like baby holder that lets a parent snuggle right up next to their child.

That means no more bouncing your infant up and down until they maybe fall asleep (and you definitely don't), a slightly more private space for nursing, and extra room without having to upgrade to first class.

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According to Air New Zealand, "the Skycouch infant harness, belt and pod will be available on all Air New Zealand Boeing 777 and 787-9 operated long-haul services from mid-2018 and will be provided to all Economy Skycouch customers traveling with infants by cabin crew." All you need to do is click a Skycouch-designated row when booking your seats.