18 products that make flying with kids and toddlers easier

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Advantages: FAA approved.

The inconvenients: Installation learning curve, can be difficult to clean.

For toddlers and preschoolers, the CARES Kids Travel Harness is the only Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved safety harness as a car seat alternative. Instead of lugging around a heavy seat, make air travel with kids easier with this harness that fits inside a 6-inch-tall drawstring bag. Intended for use with children 22-44 pounds, this 5-point harness is quick and easy to install and fits most standard airplane seats.

Exam: “It was a lifeline for us. We have been traveling with our now 2 year old with this for the past 6 months and it has been amazing. For short or long haul flights, it worked perfectly. Even in countries like Thailand and China, flight attendants knew it was approved for use on their flights (United, American Airlines, China Eastern, British Airways, Air Asia, Nok, Southwest Airlines all agreed) . It saved us from having to put it on our laps during takeoff, landing and during turbulence (if your baby is sleeping you know that any disturbance is to be avoided). As for how it holds your child in place, I’d say it’s a huge improvement over the lap seat belt. I also found that my toddler would relax more if he wore it (much like a car seat effect). However, they can slip under, but I put a small pillow under her legs to keep her from slipping. All in all, I would recommend it 100%.”

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