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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,

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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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