Can I arrange a cot for my baby on the aircraft?
By Jonathan Vickery
Yes. The area in which you will find cots on an aircraft is most commonly known as the bulkhead.
The bulkhead area provides a little more room for travellers as they are beside the areas that separate the different classes in an aircraft, commonly known as bulkhead separators.
Your bulkhead seats will not only provide you with a cot for your baby to rest inside, but will give you the added benefit of more legroom.
If you're looking for a bulkhead seat on your flight, it is advisable to first check if your airline has the facility. If they do, you should contact them before your flight to secure a bulkhead seat. We would also suggest that they confirm any acceptance in writing. Ensure you take this with you on the day of the flight in case there are any disputes as to what you have booked.
Your bulkhead seat will not only provide you with a cot for your baby to rest inside, but will give you the added benefit of more legroom. This can be particularly useful if you need to change a nappy and are permitted to do so on the aircraft seat.
If you forget to book a bulkhead cot seat or the airline has none free, you will have to explore other avenues. If your airline has no cots available, enquire if there are any suitable alternatives on your chosen flight. If there aren't, maybe consider switching flights. This may seem drastic, but travelling with a young baby and not having access to a cot may be something you will regret. The last thing you want on a long flight is for you and baby to be unhappy.
Many airlines provide cots and bassinets for babies. Visit our child-friendly flights page for details of some of the best airlines for travellers with babies.