Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Traveling With Children: Safety {CARES Child Aviation Restraint System Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

This product is featured as part of a week of Traveling With Children necessities.

According to experts and the National Safe Kids Campaign, all children 40 pounds and under should be in child safety seats on airplanes. But, let's face it, lugging a huge car seat onto an airplane is NOT a convenient thing to do. On the trip that Big Sister E and I just took, I could barely get myself, our carry-on bags and my daughter onto the plane and to our seats, let alone even consider trying to get a bulky 20-pound car seat on with us. But safety is the most important issue, right? What other options are there?


Fortunately for me, Louise Stoll, a grandmother of 9, recognized this same problem with her own daughter and grandchildren nearly 10 years ago and invented a Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES). Determined by the Federal Aviation Administration as providing an equivalent level of safety as a car seat, CARES is the first and only alternative that can be used throughout an entire airplane flight.

Designed for children between 22 and 44 pounds, CARES comes in its own small fabric pouch and tucks easily into any pocket or bag until you have reached your seats on the plane (see the pictures of my diaper bag from yesterday with the blue CARES bag neatly sitting right on top).

I was slightly nervous that I would have trouble getting our CARES correctly placed, but the steps were clearly laid out online, on the DVD and instructions that came with it and sewn on the CARES itself. When it came time, I found that the installation process was extremely easy and very intuitive.

After making sure Big Sister E was sitting down, I simply slipped the large CARES loop over her seat, moved it down to her level (meaning it had to go inside of the tray table behind her) and tightened it up. The airplane seat belt fed easily through the bottom loops of the shoulder straps and after buckling that and the chest clip, we were pretty much done and she then had something similar to a 5-point harness on a car seat or stroller. I adjusted the straps a little bit to make sure she was snug and then we were both able to sit back to relax and enjoy the flight.

Big Sister E was really happy to be able to sit in her own seat and, while being safe and secure, she wasn't confined like she would have been in a car seat. She was easily able to eat, sleep and stay comfortable and I had no fears of her bouncing around if we came across any turbulence. When we arrived at our destination, all I had to do was simply unhook her, loosen the straps and pull the CARES off over the seat. Our big, heavy car seat was waiting for us with at baggage claim with no problems.

The only thing I will do differently next time is to make sure to be prepared with printed documents from the In-Flight Documents section of the Kids Fly Safe website. As CARES is still relatively new, I did have an issue on one flight with the flight attendants not being familiar with it and not believing that CARES really can be used during takeoff, landing and taxiing.

However, I definitely plan on using CARES again in the future and its ability to be adjusted to any child is a major plus. The high quality construction (it is made out of the same strong material as the airplane seat belts) will hold up to multiple children and many flights for years to come. Considering the alternatives are to either lug a huge car seat or have your child (or grandchild) fly unprotected, it really is a no-brainer that CARES is the answer.

CARES retails for $74.95 online or at retailers across the country and internationally and if you have plans to travel with a child now or EVER, it really is worth the investment. However, thanks to the generosity of Kids Fly Safe, one person will not have to worry about the airline safety of the child in their life, because...

One lucky person will win a Child Aviation Restraint System from Kids Fly Safe of their own!


To enter to win a CARES from Kids Fly Safe: Visit Kids Fly Safe and come back and tell me something that you learned there, whether about CARES, the founder or the great company as a whole.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry (per method) if you sign up for the CARES newsletter (on the left side of their homepage) and/or tell me the closest retail location to you that sells this great product.
1 Extra Entry (per giveaway entered) - Enter any (or all) of the giveaways running on Thanks, Mail Carrier for the duration of this giveaway.
1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

Win a CARES Child Aviation Restraint System (ARV $75) for hassle-free SAFE travels @thxmailcarrier! http://bit.ly/9bpIzs #win #giveaway

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3 Extra Entries if you blog about this giveaway linking back to Thanks, Mail Carrier and Kids Fly Safe. Please leave an address where it can be found.


Giveaway will end on March 25th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

A huge thank you to Kids Fly Safe for providing a CARES for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. A genius, hassle-free way for children to fly! The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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IASoupMama said...

Wow! That's a really interesting product! Since you had to put the strap through the drop-down tray, did you have an issue with the person int he seat behind her?

Ellen C. said...

I learned that it fits into a 6" sack. Thanks for the chance.

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I learned that the Child Aviation Restraint System, is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Quirky Mama said...

I learned that the system only weights one pound! Wow, so light!

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Well, there are no retailers in my state but I know there is a Buy Buy Baby near my parents home in Texas.

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Cant believe it took 2.5 years for the patent to be issued.. go go government slowness!

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contestrobyn said...

I learned that 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.

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Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

This is so awesome. I learned that it only weighs one pound. That is so cool. You know I follow you!! You are awesome.

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moushka said...

CARES is made of the same industrial-strength webbing as your own seatbelt......AWESOME!

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There are two stores in my state of WA, neither are close to me.

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abby said...

I learned that CARES weighs just 1 pound and fits into a 6" stuff sack.

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The Graves Family (Monkey Tales) said...

I learned that the system only weights one pound! Thats awesome!
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Stephanie said...

CARES has been on the market for almost 3 years, but the idea was born nearly 10 years ago when my daughter Miriam visited me in Washington D.C. She stepped off the plane carrying her toddler, a 20 lb car seat, and a diaper bag....and she was 7 months pregnant. I was aghast at the scene and remember saying to my husband, "There has to be a better way!"
First trip with toddler across the pond this summer and this looks perfect!
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Kevin E said...

I can say from experience that this is a GREAT product. We traveled by air 2 years ago with our 3 children. Our twin boys were 1 year old at the time, so they required car seats for the plane. We've lugged a car seat on a plane before and remember the inconvenience. That's when I discovered the CARES harness. We actually rented two of them for the trip and they worked great! Very easy to install!

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I signed up for the CARES newsletter. The closest retailer to me is the Toy Chest in West Hartford, CT.

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Laureen said...

I learned that the founder is a grandmother of 9 who saw one of her children carrying so many things, including a car seat when she arrived at the airport. The grandmother figured there had to be a better way to travel and with less. Thanks for the chance to win!

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I totally love it. i love that it beats lugging on board that huge car seat! I also learned its so small it will fit right into my purse!
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i am getting the CARES newsletter
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susan said...

I learned that 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. What a great invention!

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Paul and Cristina said...

it's so light - only 1 lb!

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mogrill said...

I like that it's less than a pound and easy to travel with. Thanks for the chance.
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Robinc said...

I have been looking for a good review of Cares. I learned that it will be great for my oldest, but the baby has to be above the age of 1 and 22 lbs to use it.

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My closest location is Buy Buy Baby

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Marcia said...

I learned that this product is certified by the FAA. We are flying in April and I have been searching for one of these in the stores! I guess if I don't win I could order it online!

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Sarah Simplifies said...

It can fit in a 6" stuff sack!

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The closest retailer to me is kind of far! :( Buy Buy Baby
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Downers Grove, IL 60515, United States

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