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CARES Travel Seat

Junior Jetset: CARES For Trips

Somehow our plane to Bermuda seemed more like a flight to Disneyland with the number of kids on board. Since I didn't have my own tot in tow, I fawned them.

One mom brought the Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) along for the ride. Curious about the nifty contraption, I asked her for the lowdown. Instead of hauling the child's car seat through security and the terminals, she toted the one-pound sack in her carry-on. To find out how it works,


She simply attached the strap to the seat back. After threading the airplane seat belt through the harness and buckling it, she snapped the breastbone clasp together.

The $75 gadget surely made this mom's life a whole lot easier during her travels. Generally made for kids ages one to five, I invest in one of these, too.

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amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 8 years
We bought this last year. We did a share with another family but we fly a lot. We always rent a car when we reach our destination so I never have needed to bring the carseat. It's totally light weight and easy to use. My son stayed in his seat the whole trip to Florida. The only thing I don't like is it was hard for him to sleep. We use it every time we fly. I would recommend it to anyone.
vickibug vickibug 8 years
This thing is awesome. I used one when I flew with my daughter from PA to CA last September, just the two of us. I couldn't imagine trying to get that huge carseat through the airport without my husband, not to mention dealing with a 2 1/2 yr old too. I can't recommend this enough.
nancita nancita 8 years
What a great idea. I always feel bad for parents hauling car seats onto airplanes.
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