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Buckle Up, Airplane Style

Between achy ears, close quarters and favorite trinkets left behind, it takes a brave parent to dare to bring a tyke on a plane. And then there’s the car seat debacle. The first time I flew with my baby, I paid for an extra ticket so I could have her securely fastened in her car seat. Once I managed to maneuver myself, the baby, the car seat and the diaper bag onto the aircraft, I was horrified that the car seat barely fit. And after a flight attendant gamely helped me wedge it in (with a little sweating and cursing on both our parts), it certainly wasn’t at the ideal angle.
CARES
CARES
Buckle Up, Airplane Style

Between achy ears, close quarters and favorite trinkets left behind, it takes a brave parent to dare to bring a tyke on a plane. And then there’s the car seat debacle. The first time I flew with my baby, I paid for an extra ticket so I could have her securely fastened in her car seat. Once I managed to maneuver myself, the baby, the car seat and the diaper bag onto the aircraft, I was horrified that the car seat barely fit. And after a flight attendant gamely helped me wedge it in (with a little sweating and cursing on both our parts), it certainly wasn’t at the ideal angle.

Now there’s a better option. For kids over one year who weigh between 22 and 44 pounds, the car seat struggle is over. The CARES child aviation restraint system is an FAA-approved safety harness that fits on any airline seat. It weighs only one pound, and it’s all you’ll need to bring on board (well, aside from the diaper bag, toys, snacks, etc).

CARES was invented by Louise Stoll, a grandmother who was horrified to see her pregnant daughter waddle off the airplane lugging both a heavy car seat and a toddler. Now this godsend gadget is a must-have for families that fly. It just slips around the back of the seat, and snaps over your child in seconds. No sweating, no cursing. Phew.