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CARES harness rental is not only convenient, but highly economical.

Since CARES is recommended for kids between 22 and 44 pounds (10 and 20 kilograms) in a forward-facing seat, the harness’ use is generally limited to children between one and four years old.  Unless you are a frequent traveler with children, you may not get enough trips in with your CARES harness to justify an outright purchase of the harness, when a rental costs just about 75% less than the full purchase price.  If you do travel frequently enough, the CARES harness can be purchased directly from KidsFlySafe or from resellers including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Buy Buy Baby and others, while gently used CARES harnesses can also be purchased at a reduced price through us via eBay.

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If you do rent, once you are done with your trip, you simply return the CARES.  This not only avoids having to store it, but also the headache of having to find the CARES when you are preparing for your next trip.  All you have to do is go to RentCARES.com and set up your next rental.  Cheaper than owning and no headaches, it is a win-win.

Is CARES Harness Necessary?

On most airlines, children can travel in their guardian’s or parent’s lap up to age 2.  This means that no separate seat is purchased for that child.  However, the caretaker has to meet an age requirement and can only take care of one child at a time.  Seats would have to be secured for any additional infants.  That second infant would then have to be secured in the seat.

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Most airlines do offer the choice of purchasing a seat for your infant as long as you have the proper child restraint device.  This could be either a car seat or a CARES harness.

When you already have your hands full with one in your lap, do you really want the hassle of dealing with a full car seat for your other child?  CARES harnesses fit neatly in a small bag, are light, and take a lot of the stress out of taking a trip, especially when dealing with multiple kids.

Using CARES is as Easy as Loop, Feed and Clip

Looping the CARES over the back of the seat and securing requires lowering the tray table on the back of the seat.  As such, this is more easily and quickly accomplished if you board early.  Take advantage of the opportunity for priority boarding because you are traveling with young children.  It will not only make getting the CARES installed easier, it will also allow your young one to get acclimated to the surroundings and the feel of the CARES over the shoulders and around the lap.

It is suggested that once the passenger behind your child arrives and takes their seat, you let them know that you have installed the CARES and assure them that it will have no impact on their ability to use their tray table.  This will likely avoid any issues with these passengers getting concerned and alerting a steward or stewardess, which would then require additional discussions and explanations.  Should this nevertheless happen, please be reminded that the CARES is equipped with labels clearly identifying the product as FAA approved, which should defuse any such situations.  Additionally, a short explanation and demonstration of how the product works and how it really has no impact on the usability of the tray table of the passengers behind should also go a long way in bringing such an exchange to a swift end.

The use of the CARES harness should be limited to window and center seats, much as the use of a car seat.  However, unlike a car seat, the CARES harness fits neatly into a small bag until you need to take it out to install it on one of these window or center seats.  No bruises to the shins, no pulled muscles wrestling the car seat into position.  A quick loop and tighten and the CARES is ready for use.