I would say it depends on your child. If your LO normally sleeps in the car & isn't too bothered by new situations or can easily fall asleep anywhere, they go for the night flight. But, if your LO has a hard time going to sleep or gets riled up easily, I would do the morning flight. Remember that just because you are on a night flight & baby sleeps, you might not. If you are used to flying & know you can sleep, then go for the night flight. But if you are nervous & going to be awake anyway, then do the morning flight--the last thing you want is to land in New Jersey exhausted but with a wide-awake baby! I flew from Seattle to Amsterdam on a red-eye with my 2 mo old DD & didn't sleep at all. I was wasted when we landed & she was bright-eyed.
Finally, check with the airline about how often each flight is delayed. The later you fly, the greater your chances for getting stuck in the airport or on a runway. Good luck!
at 9:44 PM on Oct. 12, 2009