CARES Airplane Safety Harness for Children Review + Giveaway

If you’ve ever flown with young children, you know that it is no small feat, especially if you are travelling with their car seats. We all know that it’s safest for our little ones to fly while buckled in to an FAA approved seat. However, when you think about how cumbersome it will be to navigate airports and narrow plane aisles with your child’s bulky car seat, you probably feel overwhelmed about the logistics of your trip.

When I was planning our family trip to Texas, I knew that there was just no way we could handle carrying a car seat for my son through the airports. We don’t usually check our luggage, and since we have three kids and two adults, it’s hard enough being outnumbered! I set out to find something that would make our airplane trips easier, and I found the smartest product I’ve ever seen — the CARES airplane safety harness by Kids Fly Safe!

They say the best ideas are the simplest ideas — and the CARES harness is just that. It’s an easy-to-use harness that can fit inside your purse, and keep your kids safe and in their seats.

The CARES Harness

Your CARES harness comes in a drawstring carrying bag that you can put almost anywhere — on the trip to Texas, I carried it in my purse. On the way home, it was tucked into the outside pocket of our suitcase.

I suggest opening it up and taking a look at how it installs before you get on the plane — it’s super easy, but it’s always best to know what you’re doing when you have an aisle of impatient travellers behind you ;). Here’s what the CARES harness looks like laid out:

The CARES harness fits children from 22 to 44 pounds and up to 40 inches. For special needs flyers, CARES also makes a harness for those taller than 56 inches — pre-teens, teenagers, and adults!

How the CARES Harness Works

  1. Put your child in his or her seat.
  2. Lower the tray table behind his or her seat.
  3. Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.
  4. Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child’s shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS.
  5. Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

There is a fantastic video on the CARES website that shows you how to install the harness, as well. I received an installation DVD along with my CARES harness, too! I was really comfortable with the installation, and it wasn’t difficult at all.

Micah was so excited about using his CARES! We had talked it up a lot before the trip, and told him that he got to use a “special seatbelt” for the airplane trip. He was so happy!

By far, the CARES harness by Kids Fly Safe is worlds easier than carrying a car seat onto a plane when travelling with kids. The one pound, FAA approved harness is the absolute best alternative! Still need your car seat at your destination? Just check it as luggage!

Buy It!

You can purchase the CARES Airplane Safety Harness for $74.95.

Win it!

One lucky reader will win a CARES Airplane Safety Harness! Open to the US & CANADA, and ends 11/1.
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  1. Beth McCall says

    This Christmas will be my first time flying with my now 2 year old daughter. My parents traveled with my twin sister and I when we were a few months old so I will have them to help me. This would be a huge help to keep her safe and in her seat.

  2. Jena says

    When my daughter was turning 1 last year, we flew from Seattle to Ohio. I held her on my lap; it was a relief not to need to take the seat. (My parents have a car seat for when the grandkids come visiting.)

    I’m flying from Vancouver to Ohio next month, and I still plan to hold her on my lap; we didn’t buy her a ticket, as this will be the last time she’ll be allowed to fly in my lap.

  3. Lena Naef says

    I flew international alone with my 2 children (3 and 1). The baby was on my lap and my oldest was in her car seat… The CARES airplane safety harness would definitely come in handy in our family!!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. andrea says

    we have never flown with young children, but are taking our daughter on a trip we won in January, and I was actually wondering about the plane and car seats

  5. Kortney Picker says

    No I never have, my daughter is 11 months old and we haven’t flown with her yet, but we are planning to go to Alaska this spring to visit family

  6. Nena Sinclair says

    My kids are grown now, but when they were little and I did fly with them, you weren’t even allowed to use a car seat! My daughter will be traveling at Christmastime with my 2 grandchildren ages 9 months and 4 years old. She hasn’t traveled with her baby yet but has traveled by airplane several times with her 4 year old and used a car seat. This harness would be so much easier to use!

  7. Jessica says

    We recently took our first airplane trip with our daughter and she sat on my lap the whole time. Next time she gets her own seat!

  8. bonnye sensenig says

    I flew before she was 2 and she was in my lap. now that she is over 2- this would be so much better than a carseat

  9. says

    Yes, I’ve flown with the kiddos before. I did bring their car seats simply because I think it is much much safer than a lap if something were to happen. This is a great option for older kiddos though.

  10. Allie Dole says

    I have, and trekking around my daughter’s carseat is such a huge nuisance. This would make things so much easier.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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