Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Review & Giveaway: CARES Restraint System

As a flight attendant, one of the most common questions I receive from traveling families besides "Do you have extra diapers on board?" is "Have you ever heard of the CARES Restraint System? Is it really that easy?"

Well, thanks to **, not only can I say I have heard about it but I've also had the opportunity to actually test it out on a recent flight to Maui.

First of all, let me tell you that anything that will decrease the amount of things I need to lug to the plane is always a blessing in my book.

Secondly, it was really easy to install. The only thing is that you'll need to temporarily put down the tray table of the person behind you and they may not always be the most cooperative people on board. However, once they realize that it will not interfere with their "personal space" in any way, they're usually pretty understanding.

Third, Baby Bug loved that she could sit on the plane's seat like her big sister. Plus it helps that she's always been really good about strapping into her car seat. To her this was a treat!

Overall, we loved using the CARES Restraint System and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling with young children. However, just be prepared to explain to the flight attendant what it is. Even though we (flight attendants) have all been informed that the CARES System is FAA approved, many may not have seen it in person yet.

The CARES Restraint System sells for $74.95.

Giveaway: Guess what? I have a CARES Restraint System to give away to one lucky person! To enter:
  • Stop by CARES before midnight, August 2nd.
  • Then come back and mention in comments one step on installing it. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified on August 3rd.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn more entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket. Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

126 comments:

Suzanne said...

We borrowed one from a friend and it was great, but it is hard to get low enough on Midwest's wide seats! (Though otherwise very easy to use, as advertised)

rachel said...

Lower the try behind your childs seat.That was step two!Hope to win!

Ursula said...

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

I"ve been COVETING this since we travel quite a bit! So much better than carrying the car seat!

Mother Hen said...

Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Krista said...

5. Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

Thanks so much for offering this, it would be really handy!

Krista said...

I'm a subscriber! ;)

Krista said...

I have your button on my blog!

Shelly said...

I just have to say this was the best $75 I ever spent! It slides through the regular seatbelt.

Steph said...

we fly alot so this woudl be useful.

Step one: Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

Seems pretty easy to use from what I saw.

truth said...

How cool is that?

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it.

I seriously think these should be allowed for older children in cars instead of boosters. I think they are actually safer than most boosters.

Stephanie said...

Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.
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bethany said...

I'd love to win this-we travel a lot!

2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

Dee said...

what a perfect item to have with children!

1st..sit the child in the seat....2nd pull down the tray BEHIND the seat the child will sit in!

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shjajo said...

I don't fly very often, but would be interested to know if this would work with a booster seat in a car. Kids just don't seem very secure, once they grow out of infant,and toddler seats. Anyone know? Please enter me, and maybe I can try it out that way.
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louiseb130 said...

Lower the tray behind your child's seat

Pamela said...

I need this for my grandson.

sandyuu said...

Step one: Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

kygirl said...

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it.

michelle said...

This is a genius product!!! I will definitely be getting one before I fly with young kids again. The very first step is to seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

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barbarabaker said...

I am adding step 4:
Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child's shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS.

Great giveaway!!!!

Michelle said...

I could really use this for my daughter! 3. Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

PS said...

2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.
It sounds so easy!!

vmkids said...

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it.

Lisa said...

2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

Besides the fact its so easy to use.
Stormy5475@aol.com

Lady_MSnow said...

This looks awesome...we could really use this. The first step is to put your child in the seat he/she will occupy and another step is to raise the tray and secure it after installing the "red" belt. Or something like that.

dawn224 said...

snug down the shoulder straps!

TheAngelForever said...

Step 2 - Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

TheAngelForever said...

I subscribe to your feed :)

gkstratos said...

Lower the tray table behind child's seat.
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Subscribed.
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Maja said...

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my son could use this for sure.

Maja said...

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mverno said...

sit the child in the seat

Reiza said...

Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

kara said...

Return tray table to upright position over the red loop! www.kccpets.com click on contact

Qtpies7 said...

Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do

I'm a subscriber! I love all your great giveaways.

Amber said...

1. Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.
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Julie said...

Put the red loop over the seat and then put the tray table back up. I want it!

Sandra said...

1. Seat your child in the seat that he or she will occupy.

These look like great devices...but I know what you mean about people not always being cooperative when children are involved...

owatz (AT) telus (DOT) net

Anonymous said...

By golly, you have to have the whipper snapper sit down first! Move the tray table, then eventually snap the snap thingy snuggly.

Thanks!

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Sue said...

5. Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

momo3 said...

lower the tray behind your child's seat . . . step 2! thanks for a great giveaway!

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LINDALSHOT said...

Step one: Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

Suzie G. said...

We're planning on flying to see family next year and this would be great for my daughter. One of the steps is lower the tray table behind your child's seat.

christene said...

Great item, beats lugging the carseat onto the plane.
Install:
Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.
cjinhb at msn dot com

christene said...

I also subscribed to your feed via my google
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flchen1 said...

This sounds terrific! (It sure would have been helpful when we flew internationally a couple months ago! Maybe next time!)

After your little one sits down, you've got to lower the tray table behind your child’s seat to install...

Thanks for the contest!

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pinkeareddog said...

Cool idea! Looks pretty easy to carry around, not all bulky like other seats.
Step one: Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

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agordon10 said...

sit the child in the seat

Anonymous said...

sit the child in the seat

idahomom said...

Looks like a very handy product for easy flying. Thanks for the chance.

L said...

Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

Great offer :)

thanks!

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Kim B said...

Step 5 - buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

What a wonderful little gadget and a great giveaway!!

Kari said...

We're flying in a month so I could really use this!!

Slide the red loop of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the redloop so it is just above your child’s shoulders and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

LeeAnn P. said...

I would love to win this for a trip we're planning for the holidays!

step 5: Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

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imjasonc said...

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it.

ps9906 said...

Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy

Wehaf said...

I like this step: seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

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Thank you.

Parker Family said...

this would be perfect for those trips to Grandma's house in CA. I love the first step: Seat them in the seat they are going to occupy. Thanks for the giveaway! trishblack(at)juno(dot)com

Alyce said...

This is wonderful! I had never heard of it before, but we have at least one flight with our boys planned in the next few months. This would be perfect! Here's one of the instructions:

Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

Christie O. said...

oooh, kailani! how wonderful! i've entered to win this on a couple of blogs (to no avail!) but i would LOVE THIS!
here's a step: Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

the picture makes it look a lot like a carseat chest buckle, which is nice to see. my baby (two year old) would be pretty secure in this and i wouldn't have to lug around two giant carseats. thanks for giving this away!

purehrt555 said...

Step 3 Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

lindsey.hefner at gmail.com said...

. Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child's shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS.

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Bender House said...

Step 2: pull down the tray behind the seat the child will sit in.
This is a great giveaway, thanks!

Luke and Katie said...

4. Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child's shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS.
I had never even HEARD of this, but it is great!

silverbele said...

This would be great for the grandmother's car

Ma Val said...

#2 Lower the tray table behind your child's seat. I wish I had one of these on our last family flight. Thanks.

thundercloudgirl at hotmail dot com

cmartin0055 said...

4. Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child's shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS.

Lori said...

Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

vanessa said...

1. Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.
I cannot wait to get this for our Disney Trip this winter!! I've read such great reviews.
Thanks
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Meredith said...

This is a great giveaway! Step one is: Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

~Meredith
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jnmacdonald said...

Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

We're taking our daughter on her first flight this fall so this would be great to have.

mogrill said...

Lower the tray behind the childs seat!!

pierce said...

I read the whole thing, but here's the second step!!


2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

Thank you.

Tonya said...

Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.
Thanks for the entry :)
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Anonymous said...

adjust the height of the red loop so its just above your child's shoulders.

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melanie said...

3. Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

What a great idea! I love it!!

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D said...

What a great invention!
Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child's shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS

DOODLEGIRL said...

this would be great for all of our travels

Dawn said...

Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

What a great prize! Thanks!

melanie said...

I blogged about this for an extra entry on my Our Happy Happenings blog:

http://ourhappyhappenings.com/2008/07/giveaway-everyday-thursday-edition-2/

me@livinwithme.com

Nicol said...

This is great!!! I would love this for my dd who we travel a lot with. We have a large trip to Aruba and Venezuela planned for Christmas and this would be nice to have with us!

As for the step on how to install....
3. Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

Thanks!

nicolmontero at gmail dot com

Richelle said...

I would LOVE to have one of these!

Erica C. said...

the tray of the person behind you has to be down.

Lucy said...

Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

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Kiy said...

5. Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

We borrowed this from a friend when we traveled in April. Our little gal was still a bit young (and afraid of the plane) to use it all the time, but during naps and dvd time we used it to great success. I would love to have one of these!

Storm said...

Lower the trap table behind the seat and slide the red loop of the cares restraint over the seat back.

Storm said...

I'm subscribed!

Jinxy and Me said...

Step one: Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

Looks like a great product. Thanks for the giveaway!

Rockin' Mama said...

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

I'm a subscriber

pitaharmon said...

Step 3 is: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

Janine said...

Step 2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat. Thanks for the giveaway!

Chief Family Officer said...

Step 5: Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

I love that it seems so easy! And we are planning to visit Hawaii next year so this would definitely come in handy :)

Becky said...

2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

Would be great to win!

Stacy said...

Step one: Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.
Thanks for the giveaway, isn't this fun!
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Sherry R said...

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it.

I hope I win this one!

carissaad said...

Step 3. Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

This looks great.

Thanks!

carissaad (at) aol dot com

carissaad said...

I'm a subscriber.

Amy said...

5. Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

Amy said...

Oh and I subscribed to your feed!

Princess Golden Hair said...

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

this truly is a great product thanks for telling me about it

madonnap said...

Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

masonsgranny59 said...

2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat. :)

Traci said...

The easy answer is to lower the tray table behind your child's seat. : ) I hadn't seen this product before but I think it's a great idea and we will be looking into it before we fly to Disney this fall. Thanks.

sewingmema said...

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.

klp1965 said...

Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps :)

Jocelyn said...

Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it.

This would be awesome to have when my son gets a little older!

AmberRose95 said...

1. Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.
Thank you for the contest!

Lexigurl said...

Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child's shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS. One of the steps, seems pretty easy to install. What a great idea

memetu said...

I am going to adapt this saftey restraint for the car. I think these should be allowed for older children in cars instead of boosters.
"Step 3: Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it."

Becca Ann said...

. Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child's shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS.
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1. Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

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Step one: Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.

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Lower the tray behind your childs seat.

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Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat

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Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.

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