Kids Fly Safe by CARES

Kids Fly Safe by CARES

Parents of toddlers have many obstacles to deal with when they are raising children. When you become a parent of a kids fly safetoddler you learn to juggle, handle, carry, lug many different things that you toddler will need to be comfortable. Kids fly safe by CARES is one of the “tricks of the trade” to help you handle all of the extras that need to go with you and your toddler. When your travel is local; around town or a nearby relative, there is not a need for taking along so many extra. Your visit often is shorter and all of your toddler items are not needed for comfort. The real challenge comes when you are visiting family or friends that live far away or you are taking a vacation. This is when the quantity of items your toddler needs becomes a logistical problem.

The key to managing all of the stuff is determining which items are essential. In this post I will help with your toddlers safety on an airplane.

FAA Guidelines

The safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap! Your arms aren’t capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence. The FAA strongly urges you to secure your child in a CRS or device based on the child’s weight. See the table below:

CRS Type Selection
If your child weighs… Use a…
Less than 20 pounds Rear-facing CRS
20 to 40 pounds Forward-facing CRS
22 to 44 pounds CARES child safety device
More than 40 pounds Airplane seat belt


It is important to note that the choice of safety restraint is based on weight and not on age. It is very important that you know what your child weighs and adhere to those recommendations for their safety. As you can see in the chart once your child weighs 22 pounds they no longer have to be in a child car sear for their safety restraint. The only CRS that is not a car seat that is approved by the FAA is the CARES Kids Fly Safe.

Features of Kids Fly Safe by CARES

The Kids Fly Safe device rolls up very compact and can easily fit inside the child’s diaper bag or small backpack for easy transport. See the illustration below. No bulky car seat to transport through the airport.

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Another advantage of the Kids Fly Safe harness is the easy installation. The red belt secures tightly around the airline seat. The airplane seat belt slides through the bottom of the two side shoulder belts and fits securely around the child’s hips. There is also a chest clip that securely holds the child in position. This illustration shows the proper installation.

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This video demonstrates the proper installation of the CARES harness.

As you saw this was demonstrated by its inventor.

Tips for Using Kids Fly Safe by CARES

  • Children must know that this is how they fly in an airplane. Just like in their car seat in an automobile, once they are secured in the seat belt they stay fastened in until they have reached their destination. The airplanes seat belt sign will also assist children in knowing that this is the rule.
  • This harness is only intended for use in an airplane. It is not rated as safe in a regular automobile. You must use the car seats according to your child’s weight. Car seats are easily rented at your destination when you reserve you car rental. You also could check your car seat when you arrive at the airport to lighten your load as you move through the airport.
  • The Kids Fly Safe harness will also allow a little more wiggle room then a conventional care car seat. This allows for the seat to recline for the child’s comfort to take a nap while on the fly safe

Reviews and Awards

CARES is manufactured exclusively by AmSafe, the foremost manufacturer of aviation seatbelts and pilot restraints in the world. (Turn over your airplane seat belt buckle. Chances are it says AmSafe.) CARES is made of the same industrial-strength webbing as your own seat belt and is engineered to the highest aviation-safety standards.

CARES has received awards  from Dr. Toy, Mr. Dad, Mom’s Choice, Certified Miracle, to name a few. Kids Fly Safe has also been seen on Good Morning America, Today. MSNBC. CBS News. Parents, New York Times, USA today and fly safe


  1. Netta

    Hey Jan:

    This is a very informative and useful post for parents with young ones. Since I’m way past the kid-raising stage, I hadn’t realized how complicated it is to travel with kids these days. It certainly ramps up my appreciation of the conundrums that going to Grandma’s house involves when Grandma lives on an island far, far away from the grandkids.

  2. Heather Montgomery

    Hello, Janice!

    What an awesome product! I have never traveled with my son via airplane ( or by myself on an airplane in general) but plan to in the future! He is still pretty young and isn’t quite big enough for the CARES belt, do you have any other suggestions for the rear-facing models of CRS?

    We are very adamant about our child’s safety (who isn’t?) and want to be sure that he travels in the safest way possible!

    Thanks for all the information, this was something I had never thought about (obviously, since I don’t even know what to expect for myself when riding in an airplane, haha!) so I’m glad I ran into this before the situation occured!

    -Heather M

    1. Janice

      Heather I’m very glad that you found the Kids Fly Safe harness a product of interest and one that you could use. This is the only product that is approved by the FAA.

      In answer to your question about a rear facing devise; only your car seat is FAA approved at this time. I am monitoring frequently to see if they approve any other safety restraint that is rear facing. I will post a review if one is approved.

      Check back again for updates and new products


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