Keeping kids kids on planes safe: CARES Harness

Have you been worrying about your child travelling safely on an airplane?  The inventor of the CARES Harness for kids tells us all about it.

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What is it?

cares harnessA multiple award-winning child air safety device. CARES stands for Child Aviation Restraint System, a five-point harness invented by grandmother Louise Stoll who saw her pregnant daughter Miriam step off a plane carrying a toddler, a 20lb car seat and a baby bag.

Louise said: “There has to be an easier way to travel than that.” CARES is made by AmSafe, major world manufacturer of aviation seatbelts and pilot restraints. 

Who's it for?

Babies, toddlers and young children up to the age of five (or up to forty pounds in weight). Because young children cannot adopt the brace position in aeroplanes, on impact their bodies will be tossed back and forth.

CARES keeps them safe, secure and robustly held in an upright position – unlike the lapbelt supplied.

Why is it different from other travel products for families?

CARES is the first and only harness-type child safety device to be certified by the FAA as an alternative to a car seat. Also approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

It can be used on both Ryanair and Aer Lingus

Tell us in 5 words why buy a CARES Harness?

Light, portable, easy to use.

The CARES Harness retails at around £80 and is available to buy at or

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Have you used a CARES Harness before?  Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls