When B was under one, we always brought along a car seat for him to sit in when we flew. While we still occasionally bring along his car seat on long flights, we more often bring along our CARES Child Aviation Restraint System.
CARES is the only child restraint ever certified for airplane use by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is designed for children over 12 months of age, and between 22 and 44 lbs.
CARES’ belt and buckle system fits around the back of the seat and connects to the existing safety belt. Its adjustable straps will fit virtually any airline seat and can be installed in less than a minute.
- It weighs only 1 lb and fits into a small stuff sack - it takes up only as much room in your bag as a baseball
- The device is quick to install and take-off, and doesn’t hinder the passenger behind you from using their tray table
- It provides a safe airplane seat for your child, without having to bring a car seat on board
- Got twins or triplets? CARES offers discounts to parents purchasing for multiple children
Keep in mind
- We have been on several flights where the flight attendants were unfamiliar with the system, so it is a good idea to make sure you carry the FAA documentation provided with CARES, just in case they have any questions.
- If your child refuses to keep his/her lap belt fastened (B's new trick), this won’t help that. For safety reasons, the buckle is still easily accessible in an emergency (AND for little fingers… click click click)