Kids Fly Safe CARES airplane safety harness (giveaway)

Two weeks ago, my husband and I flew for the first time with both kids. Our oldest had racked up over a dozen flights by her first birthday but hasn’t been on a plane since we moved to Ontario just before her first birthday, and I’d taken our youngest to Alberta a year ago, but the four of us had never flown as a family until our trip to Florida. This also marked the first time that we had a child who required her own seat on the plane!  I really didn’t want to install our car seat on the plane for the 3.75 year old; with two girls, one stroller, two backpacks of (one adult-sized and full of electronics/spare clothing, one child-sized and full of books), one diaper bag/purse and one carry-on bag of activities and snacks, we had more than enough to wrangle! Still, I didn’t feel fully comfortable with Ashlyn just using the lap belt on the plane. I found my solution in the Kids Fly Safe CARES harness.

What is a CARES harness?  From their website:

  • CARES is the first and only harness type Aviation Child Safety Device to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an alternative to a car seat.
  • CARES is an elegantly designed belt-and-buckle device that works in conjunction with the regular airplane seat belt and provides young travelers the same level of safety as a car seat.
  • CARES weighs just one pound and fits into a 6? stuff sack! It is easily portable, simple to install, adjustable to every size airplane seat, and usable on any window or center seat in the airplane, except in the emergency exit rows.
  • Need your car seat on the other end of the trip? Just check it through as luggage – and carry CARES on board in your pocket!

I was very happy to recieve a CARES harness to review just in time for our trip. It took me seconds to set up the CARES harness. I put the red strap around the back of the airplane seat (under the tray, so that the person sitting behind Ashlyn could still use it) and brought it down to her shoulder height, then tightened it up. Slip the loops through the lap belt.  Buckle the lap belt and the chest clip and you’re done!

Ashlyn was perfectly happy in her CARES harness for the flight, and one flight attendant commented to me that she wished that more parents knew about the CARES harness. We were lucky to only hit one very small bit of turbulence during our flight home – to which Ashlyn excitedly said “Mommy, it’s like the magic carpet ride at Disney! This is so much fun!” – but I felt much  better knowing that she was securely buckled into her CARES harness. I also think that it helped her to understand that she needed to stay in her seat while we were flying as she didn’t ask to walk the aisles or to get out of her seat except to use the bathroom.

You can find Kids Fly Safe on Facebook and follow them on Twitter via @Kidsflysafe. The CARES airplane safety harness is a great product for anyone flying with young children over March break and Easter!


One lucky reader will win a CARES harness from Kids Fly Safe!


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38 Comments on Kids Fly Safe CARES airplane safety harness (giveaway)

  1. Lisa KH
    February 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM (5 years ago)

    I’d love to win one because we are thinking about taking our first plane trip with our son this summer. This would be great to have, and keep him better secured and safe on our trip.

  2. Brenda H
    February 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM (5 years ago)

    I have been looking to buy one of these for teh last month. My son has cerebral palsy and has to have a 5 point harness to be able to sit upright while sitting on his bum. So far when we have flown we ahve taken his carseat. This fall it will be just him and I flying and with all the other equipment he requires I have no idea how I will manage it, him and a bulky carseat as well. The CARE system is exactly what we need!

  3. ToCo
    February 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM (5 years ago)

    Love how it makes child AND parent feel safe and secure!

  4. Joanna
    February 25, 2013 at 7:47 PM (5 years ago)

    I would love to win a CARES safety airplane harness belt because I’m actually flying to Ontario from Regina Saskatchewan in May of this year with my 3 year old son and 6 month old son. Last time I was on the plane was before my oldest son turned 2. This would be perfect to win and use it.

  5. Angela
    February 25, 2013 at 8:32 PM (5 years ago)

    I would love to win a CARES harness! The first time I flew with two kids, I rented one for my oldest (youngest was a lap child). The last time we flew, I forgot to borrow or rent one and my daughter kept undoing her lap belt. The CARES harness really gave me peace of mind.

  6. Samorjj
    February 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM (5 years ago)

    We are going to be taking a trip later in the year so this would be a great win.

  7. Olivia L
    February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM (5 years ago)

    I’d love to win this as we’re planning to take a trip this summer.

  8. Tamar
    February 25, 2013 at 11:50 PM (5 years ago)

    I think this would be great for my two little ones who are in the right size/age range this is suitable for.

  9. emily l
    February 26, 2013 at 2:02 AM (5 years ago)

    One of my best friends is having a baby and her and her husband travel all the time. I would love to make sure their little one is travelling safe too! :)

  10. Marianne
    February 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM (5 years ago)

    We are planning a cruise, I would love to use this rather then storing a car seat aboard the ship for my 2 year old.

  11. Danica
    February 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM (5 years ago)

    Would love one because it’s so much better than just a lap belt or using a car seat.
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  12. Sean Cuthill
    February 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM (5 years ago)

    I know my niece will be doing some flying in the next couple years so this would be very good for her.

  13. Theresa Michalik
    February 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM (5 years ago)

    My niece just had a baby boy and they go on a lot of trips, this would come in handy for Wesley

  14. nikki robak
    February 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM (5 years ago)

    my grandaughter travels on planes and this would be great for her

  15. Ang
    February 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM (5 years ago)

    We travel a lot so this would be well used. I would feel more comfortable knowing my daughter is safe, and its much less bulky than a car seat.

  16. Sara Morgan
    February 26, 2013 at 11:39 PM (5 years ago)

    I would love to have a CARES harness for our daughter. She’s just about grown out of the carseat we use on airplanes.

  17. Avigayil
    February 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM (5 years ago)

    I would love to win because I live far away from my family and we travel to visit them- this would make the trip easier with less lugging!

  18. molli vandehey
    February 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM (5 years ago)

    i plan to travel “home” with my kids soon and this would be awesome!

  19. Sandy
    February 27, 2013 at 4:08 PM (5 years ago)

    Would love to try the CARES safety harness for my girls! (I wish all airplanes would have these for their child passengers.) The harness is a great idea and so easy compared to a car seat, which ours are too big for the airplane seats.

  20. Ron
    February 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM (5 years ago)

    great for granddaughters when they travel

  21. Aura
    February 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM (5 years ago)

    My friend is always bringing her lap baby when she joins her husband on business trips. and I’m always nervous about her baby’s safety

  22. Tanya
    February 28, 2013 at 7:25 AM (5 years ago)

    Would be great for family vacations!

  23. Amy Martin
    February 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM (5 years ago)

    I’d love to be able to loan this out to friends who fly and to be able to use it in the child passenger safety demonstrations I do.

  24. Hannah
    March 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM (5 years ago)

    Would love a cares harness! We are flying in a couple months and checking the car seat at the gate would be so much easier!

  25. natasha severson
    March 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM (5 years ago)

    because i’m hoping to be able to fly somewhere in the next year ;)

  26. sandra mitchell
    March 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM (5 years ago)

    I was wondering where we could get one of these for our grandaughter because we have done some travel with her.

  27. Denise
    March 6, 2013 at 12:46 AM (5 years ago)

    We have a trip booked this june to go to mexico and I have two boys (4 and 2) and would love to get a harness! :)

  28. holly messana
    March 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM (5 years ago)

    Flying always makes me nervous with little ones. i would love this to make sure that my youngest child who is very small for her age is properly secured.

  29. Teri
    March 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM (5 years ago)

    would love one of these for my daughter

  30. Katie K
    March 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM (5 years ago)

    I actually work in the aviation industry and I’d love to have one of these on hand for those traveling with little ones

  31. tara Gauthier
    March 9, 2013 at 2:07 AM (5 years ago)

    Would be great for my daughter

  32. Jenny
    March 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM (5 years ago)

    We’ve only flown with our son as a lap infant – he’s over two now and we’re gearing up for our first flight in his own seat. I do NOT want to lug the carseat through the airport, but I know he needs something more than just the lap belt :-/ This looks just the ticket!
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  33. Brooke Adametz
    March 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM (5 years ago)

    We’ve been reluctant to take our toddlers on planes because of the lack of restraint and carseats, this would be great for traveling!
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  34. Lisa L
    March 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM (5 years ago)

    I’d love to have this for my daughter so I can worry less when we travel on planes

  35. trixx
    March 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM (5 years ago)

    We’re going to Disney World this Summer & I’d love this to keep my daughter safe!

  36. Laurie Emerson
    March 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM (5 years ago)

    I would love to win this as we travel a lot by plane as my husband is in the military. It would be perfect for when I and my children fly from MS to Maine this summer.


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