Do you usually purchase a seat for a child under 2? While I know it's safer, it's such a hard call because of cost. We have previously flown twice with a child as a "lap child." We're thinking of going on a trip this spring (one, direct flight) and our airfare will be about $300pp. I thought we'd do "lap baby" again but of course then I get all worried and want to do the "safest" thing and buy a ticket. But, it's $300 more ($1500 as opposed to $1200). It almost makes me just not want to go at all and just postpone until next year when I don't have to make the call.
We have a free place to stay but still, man, now that we have to buy four or five tickets, and now that we have to rent a car b/c we can't just fit with DH's parents, this trip really adds up. We're looking at almost $2,000 just for air and rental. Ugh! And I used to debate about buying a $300 ticket for myself to go somewhere! I should have traveled more when it was easy.