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

2 Extra Entries (per follow method) if you follow me with Google Friend Connect (see sidebar), subscribe to my RSS feed or subscribe to Thanks, Mail Carrier by email.
3 Extra Entries if you put my cute button up on your blog. Please leave an address where it can be found.
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.

455 comments:

«Oldest   ‹Older   201 – 400 of 455   Newer›   Newest»
Becky M said...

email subscriber #1
info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

Becky M said...

email subscriber #2
info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

Becky M said...

entered Great Big Outdoor Playball giveaway
info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

Becky M said...

entered Petit Couture giveaway
info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

Becky M said...

entered Chic Monkey giveaway
info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

Becky M said...

entered the Ultimate Pillow giveaway
info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

Becky M said...

entered Mrs Smiths giveaway
info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

Becky M said...

entered My Airport Busy Kit giveaway
info(at)mijalphotography(dot)com

Sarah Simplifies said...

I blogged about this on my Giveaway Roundup at Sarah Simplifies. Please check it out! http://sarahsimplifies.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-roundup.html

Sarah Simplifies said...

I blogged about this on my Giveaway Roundup at Sarah Simplifies. Please check it out! http://sarahsimplifies.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-roundup.html

Sarah Simplifies said...

I blogged about this on my Giveaway Roundup at Sarah Simplifies. Please check it out! http://sarahsimplifies.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-roundup.html

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10039364666

Jet'set said...

I learned this: AmSafe Aviation, the Phoenix based company that manufactures most of the airplane seatbelts in the world...
inalak at msn dot com

Jet'set said...

I signed up for the CARES newsletter...
inalak at msn dot com

Jet'set said...

I follow w/ GFC
inalak at msn dot com

Jet'set said...

I follow GFC
inalak at msn dot com

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10041950445

Jaydensgrandma said...

CARES is made of the same industrial-strength webbing as your own seatbelt. It is engineered and manufactured by AmSafe Aviation, the world's foremost manufacturer of airline seatbelts.
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I entered the great big playball
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I entered petit couture
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I entered evorakids
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I entered ABC neckties
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I entered fibers.com
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I entered the ultimate pillow
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I entered mrs. smiths diaper bag
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I follow with google #1
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I follow with google #2
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I subscribe to RSS feed #1
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I subscribe to RSS feed #2
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I subscribe to email #1
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

Jaydensgrandma said...

I subscribe to email #2
joyerast AT hotmail DOT com

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10074016421

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10074016421

susan said...

I entered your High Sierra Sport Company Luggage Giveaway.

susan said...

I entered your Travel Buddies giveaway.

susan said...

Tweeted ~ http://twitter.com/susanlanai/status/10087820268

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10101101722

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10132788569

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10132394756

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10172906296

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10187051468

Nancy said...

I entered the High Sierra giveaway

Nancy said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Nancy 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.

woo5nancy@gmail.com

Nancy said...

I entered the High Sierra giveaway

woo5nancy@gmail.com

Nancy said...

I entered the randomline giveaway

woo5nancy@gmail.com

Nancy said...

I entered the Noodlehead giveaway
woo5nancy@gmail.com

Nancy said...

I entered the My Busy Kit giveaway

woo5nancy@gmail.com

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10185379341

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/10207246606

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10246238674

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/10257385886

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10274791145

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10283742116

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10288367261

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/10309245859

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10323091277

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10327391896

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/10358390321

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10369553833

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10370828383

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10378097513

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/10410254414

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10421625968

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10433127015

Marie said...

I learn that there is 2 retailers that is 10 minutes or less that sells this from me.
mccataquet(at)comcast(dot)net

Marie said...

I entered mrs smiths diaper bag
mccataquet(at)comcast(dot)net

Marie said...

I entered fibers gift certificate
mccataquet(at)comcast(dot)net

Marie said...

I entered ABC neckties
mccataquet(at)comcast(dot)net

Marie said...

I entered Natura pillow
mccataquet(at)comcast(dot)net

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10448104731

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/10457764804

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10477806003

TheSmellyArmpit said...

I learned that it took 2.5 years to patent and another 4 years of developement and testing for regulatory stuff to get this on the market. I'm so glad the inventor had such tenacity!!! Especially since our little two year old and his daddy will be going on his first plane ride ever soon.

MageeMommy
cindyloumagee(at)yahoo(dot)com
http://mageebaby.blogspot.com

TheSmellyArmpit said...

Visiting from Follow Friday and am a new follower here. Couldn't pass up the chance to win this giveaway yahoo!

Please visit my site if you get the chance. :)
MageeMommy
cindyloumagee(at)yahoo(dot)com
http://mageebaby.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

I learned that CARES is made of the same industrial-strength webbing as your own seatbelt. Sounds like an awesome product!

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

There are no stores in my state that sell this product! :(

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I follow you on twitter, and I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/monteefamily/status/10484115862

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I follow you on google friend connect. #1

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I follow you on google friend connect. #2

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I am an email subscriber. #1

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I am an email subscriber. #2

onlychcoolate4me at gmail dot com

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10484536062

Amanda said...

I entered the Snack Taxi giveaway.

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I entered the Fairy Gram giveaway.

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I entered the Prima Princessa giveaway.

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I entered the High Sierra giveaway.

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I entered the Travel Buddies neck pillow giveaway.

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I entered the Natura giveaway.

onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

"Iowa Mom" said...

We 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.

"Iowa Mom" said...

Closest to me :(

Our Baby

* (773) 588-5120
* 3420 N. Elston
* Chicago, IL 60618, United States

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered Traveling With Children: Organization {Mrs. Smith's Bags Diaper Bag Review & Giveaway}.

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered the snackTAXI colorful reusable sandwich-sack and snack-sack giveaway.

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered Choice of adorable Fairy-Gram giveaway.

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered the Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake DVD giveaway.

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered the Traveling With Children Event: On-the-Go Inflatable Potty Seats (5 winners) giveaway.

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered the Traveling With Children Event: RandomLine On-The-Go game of choice giveaway

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered the Traveling With Children Event: Travel Buddies Children's Neck Pillow giveaway

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered the Traveling With Children Event: My Busy Kit giveaway.

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered the The Ultimate Pillow from Natura giveaway.

"Iowa Mom" said...

We follow and tweeted today:
http://twitter.com/strawberrykidss/status/10487448123

"Iowa Mom" said...

Teri Hardy is a public follower of yours with Google Friend Connect.

"Iowa Mom" said...

You have subscribed to "Thanks, Mail Carrier."

"Iowa Mom" said...

Email Subscription Confirmed!

A message will be delivered to strawberrykidssales@gmail.com if the publisher has produced new content on that day. No new content, no email for you.

"Iowa Mom" said...

Your button is on my blog:
http://momtobedby8.blogspot.com/

1

"Iowa Mom" said...

Your button is on my blog:
http://momtobedby8.blogspot.com/

2

"Iowa Mom" said...

Your button is on my blog:
http://momtobedby8.blogspot.com/

3

Lindsey said...

I leanred CARES weighs just 1 pound and fits into a 6" stuff sack!

Lindsey said...

google follower 1

Lindsey said...

google follower 2

Lindsey said...

email subscriber 1

Lindsey said...

email subscriber 2

Anonymous said...

I learned that the max weight is 44 pounds
jagel888@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I signed up for the CARES newsletter
jagel888@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I learned the closest location is BuyBUyBaby
jagel888@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I subscribe to Thanks Mail Carrier 31
jagel888@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I subscribe to Thanks Mail Carrier #2
jagel888@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I subscribe to your email #1

jagel888@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I subscribe to your email #2

jagel888@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I entered the My Busy Kit giveaway


jagel888@yahoo.com

Laureen said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/status/10501864502

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10514663359

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10516795661

Marie said...

I entered my busy kit
mccataquet(at)comcast(dot)net

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10515248309

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10565632655

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10567517326

Marie said...

I entered travel buddies neck pillow
mccataquet(at)comcast(dot)net

Marie said...

I entered randomline game
mccataquet(at)comcast(dot)net

Marie said...

I entered on the go inflatable potty seat
mccataquet(at)comcast(dot)net

avs96bm said...

I learned that it took 2 ½ years for the patent to be issued.

avs96bm said...

I also entered the The Ultimate Pillow from Natura giveaway

avs96bm said...

I also entered the ABC Neckties giveaway

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10567318719

Lentil said...

I learned it is ususable on any seat in the airplane, except in the emergency exit rows.

Lentil said...

I follow #1

Lentil said...

I follow #2

Lentil said...

the closest retail location is Corporate Air Parts

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10617737216

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10619967676

ChiefFamilyOfficer said...

I learned that CARES only weighs one pound - so portable! Thank you for the giveaway.

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10649263811

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10666836082

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10667545438

"Iowa Mom" said...

We entered the Pediped Giveaway

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10674536996

Dee said...

I learned that it weighs a pound -- yes!

Dee
dbyrne1[at]gmail[dot]com

susan said...

I entered your pediped footwear Originals shoes giveaway.

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10719156048

Anonymous said...

I learned that: In September, 2006 the FAA announced it had certified CARES - the first and only alternative to a car seat permitted on planes. The certification gives parents the right to use CARES on all US airlines for all phases of flight: taxiing, take off, turbulence and landing.

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10723760012

susan said...

I entered your Britax Blink Stroller giveaway.

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10770086993

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10784839992

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10794246679

"Iowa Mom" said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/strawberrykidss/status/10797672365

Anonymous said...

It's so easy to carry--it fits in a 6" bag!

amanda.townsend2 at gmail dot com

sodahoney said...

My SIL is a patent attorney I can understand that 2.5 years waiting for a patent.

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10817323703

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10821524251

"Iowa Mom" said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/strawberrykidss/status/10822281530

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10846038036

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10867302530

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10868002690

"Iowa Mom" said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/strawberrykidss/status/10896704204

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10901890438

Jinxy and Me said...

I learned it is super lightweight

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect. #1

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect. #2

contestrobyn said...

I tweeted

http://twitter.com/contestrobyn/status/10910404597

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10923361361

"Iowa Mom" said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/strawberrykidss/status/10924334122

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10933877845

sharonjo said...

I learned that Kids Fly Safe has been certified by Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK and flies on most of the major airlines of Europe and Asia.

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10929518674

skgaff said...

I learned that flight attendants and pilots love this so they don't have to deal with passengers trying to properly secure large car seats in small airplane seats
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I'm signed up for their email newsletter
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

Baby Blossom in Fairfax, VA is the closest retailer to me that sells CARES.
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I follow with google friend connect #1
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I follow with google friend connect #2
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I subscribe to rss feed #1
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I subscribe to rss feed #2
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I subscribe to emails #1
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I subscribe to emails #2
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

Jlefkovenj said...

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

K Stanley M said...

CARES, the Child Aviation Restraint System, is the only harness type child aviation safety restraint ever certified for airplane travel by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Kim said...

tweet http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/10974357293

kjmaje said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/10977786764

abby said...

http://twitter.com/uberabby2/status/10978088805

"Iowa Mom" said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/strawberrykidss/status/10982976087

skgaff said...

I entered the britax stroller giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I entered the mrs. smith's diaper bag giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I entered the high sierra luggage giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I entered the by busy kit giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I entered the travel buddies neck pillow giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I entered the randomline on-the-go game giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I entered the inflatable potty seat giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I entered the uprinting giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I entered the zooshoo giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

skgaff said...

I entered the prima princessa giveaway
glass.stephanie(at)gmail(dot)com

«Oldest ‹Older   201 – 400 of 455   Newer› Newest»